Zonderland revels in status as new father, new doctor
DOHA: 2012 Olympic horizontal bar gold medalist Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands could be forgiven for feeling a bit distracted and overwhelmed these days.
As a new father and recent medical-school graduate, Zonderland is also preparing to try for his third world horizontal bar title when he competes at the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.
“It’s a special year for me,” Zonderland told www.worldgymdoha18.com after Sunday’s podium training at Aspire Dome. “Of course, it’s great to finish my studies, and last Saturday my baby son, Bert, was born.”
Zonderland, who won horizontal bar at the 2013 and 2014 Worlds and placed second on that apparatus at the 2017 Worlds, is proudly embracing all of the responsibilities on his crowded current agenda.
“Of course it’s hard to stay focused here for Worlds, but I’m really happy about it and I’m also looking forward to this competition,” he said.