10/21/2018 9:59:39 PM (GMT+3)

Passion keeps two-time medalist Shatilov coming back for more

Passion keeps two-time medalist Shatilov coming back for more

DOHA: Israeli gymnast Alexander Shatilov’s planned pause from the sport last year was short-lived, well-earned and perfectly timed to rejuvenate him for the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships that will begin at Aspire Dome on Thursday.

The 31-year-old, who won a bronze on floor at the 2009 and 2011 Worlds, said his desire to recreate and refine his gymnastics keeps him coming back for more.

“I always try to do something new,” Shatilov told www.worldgymdoha18.com after the training at Aspire Dome. “I try to find some new techniques. To do new routines and new elements. This is my passion.”

The three-time Olympian took a break from gymnastics after he won bronze on floor exercise at the European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in spring 2017.

Absent from the last year’s edition in Montreal, Canada, Shatilov is here to pick up right where he left off.

“The first goal for me is to make the floor final,” he said. “This is the minimum. And then, in the final, to do the maximum.”