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November 2004
International Gymnast Magazine

Interview published in the November 204 issue in the ATHENS CONFIDENTIAL section.

14 September 2004

15 August 2004
Qualification Competition, Athens 2004 Olympics

12 August 2004
Podium training, Athens 2004 Olympics

06 August 2004
Savannah College of Art and Design Chronicle says:

Zuzana Sekerova, wife of cheerleading coach Wayne Evans, will be competing in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games as Slovakia’s sole gymnast. Sekerova, a veteran of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, recently returned to Slovakia, where she is training more than five hours a day and staying with her family. ...The Chronicle

September 2004
La Serena, Chile World Cup

23 July 2004
Savannah Morning News online
(Savannah Now)
Three years ago, as Zuzana Sekerova sat in her home in Slovakia and scrolled the Internet for a tumbling coach in the U.S., she had no intention of returning to her earlier sport of gymnastics - or of finding a husband more here

19 July 2004 publishes article

Na olympijskych hrach v Atenach bude v sportovej gymnastike reprezentovat jedina Slovenka - Zuzana Sekerova (nar. 25.9. 1984). Devatnastrocna rodacka z Trnavy s trvalym bydliskom v americkom Savannahu v state Georgia sa momentalne usilovne pripravuje more here

European Championships Amsterdam 2004 - Event finals results and routines of finalists (GER) more here

13 May 2004
Sekerova Healing From Amsterdam, Hopeful For Athens
International Gymnast Magazine online: Slovakia's Zuzana Sekerova told IG she is recovering from the injury she suffered during the recent European Championships, and is preparing for more here (look near the bottom of the page)

03 May 2004
European Championships 2004, results

02 May 2004
European Championships 2004, commentary (in ENG language)
Zuzana Sekerova – opened powerfully with an arabian double front and made it through to her second tumble and heartbreak. She fell on her 2 ½ twist – punch front more here

12 March 2004
Friendship Classic in Pottsville
Winners of the "FRIENDSHIP CLASSIC 2004", held this weekend in Pottsville, PA./USA were Gymnasts from Russia and Ukraine in the the junior and senior all-around and event titles. more here

January 2004

International Gymnast Magazine online

Although 2000 Olympian Zuzana Sekerova of Slovakia says she never planned to compete internationally after the 2001 World Championships, various changes in her life have given her more here

08 June 2000
Gym-Festival Trnava

14-16 April 2000
Romania dominated their annual invitational held this past weekend in Ploesti. World champ Maria Olaru
topped the women's standings with a stunning 39.05, scoring no lower than a 9.65 (vault) and tying for the highest score of the day with a 9.875 on floor. more here


When did Zuzana start to take gymnastic classes?

  • I started gymnastics in the age of 4.

    Why did Zuzana become a gymnast?
  • My mom was going to the gym for some aerobic classes. She was taking me with her but I was very hyperactive child and I was disturbing the class so at one point she started "storing" me in gymnastics class while she had her own class and that's how everything started :).

  • How did Zuzana become a National Team member?
  • When I was old enough I switched coaches and started training with Ukrainian coach Ludmila Stepanovna Puskareva. It was not easy. First I had to learn Russian language because Ludmila spoke to us in her home language. Although she could understand us when we spoke Slovak to her she never really learned to speak it. Ludmila thought me most of the skills I know the
  • "double Arabian" on the floor ex. or "Jeger salto" on uneven bars. Because Ludmila was pretty good technical coach and I learned these hard elements in quite young age I had no troubles to become National Team member with few another gymnast from gym in Trnava that trained under the same coach as I did.

    Did Zuzana go through any crisis in her gymnastics career?

  • YES. I think every athlete goes through hard times in her/his sports career. But from my experience I have to say that it is really important to realize when the crises come and to learn how to get through it. Sometimes I was afraid to do some skill that was new for me and it was very hard and dangerous so I wanted to quit because I thought I'll never get over it. Or I fell badly and I was afraid to do any gymnastic skills at all. Also I broke my left elbow in 1996 and I had to have surgery because it was bad break. I didn't believe I could get over fear of breaking my elbow again or could not imagine putting full weight onto that left arm during practices.
    So yes, there are times when I wanted to quit from all of it but I only needed some encouragement or little break from gymnastics and I was back again and stronger than before.
    I think one of my biggest crisis was in 2001 when I injured my ankle severely and could not do gymnastics even if I wanted to. It seemed like it wasn't going to get much better. I dropped gymnastics in Slovakia and left to the US try to find power tumbling club. Coach Wayne, now my husband, sponsored me to the US. With him I started teaching tumbling mostly to cheerleaders and started tumbling myself. Once my ankle was getting better I started getting onto the beam and tumbling there. Than I started doing all four events and I was back in gymnastics. Now I'm competing on international level again and holding off of power tumbling career for now. Maybe I will get back to that idea in some years when I'll be too old for artistic gymnastic.

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