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Olympic floor champ Shewfelt to miss worlds after breaking legs

8/29/2007

STUTTGART, Germany -- Olympic floor champion Kyle Shewfelt
won't compete at the world gymnastics championships after breaking
bones in both legs during training.

The Canadian gymnast landed awkwardly while practicing a
difficult tumbling move on the floor exercise that included two
aerial somersaults with a twist. He fractured his left and right
tibias, though they were not considered severe breaks and should
not require surgery.

Shewfelt expects to be out about two months and plans to be
ready for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

"I'm a very positive person in every part of my life,"
Shewfelt said Wednesday. "I have to deal with it. I feel guilty
for being in this situation because I was looking forward to
contributing to the team."

The men's competition starts Monday. The top 12 teams qualify
for the Beijing Games.

Shewfelt is the first Canadian to win any Olympic medal in
artistic gymnastics. He missed 2005 and won a bronze in floor at
last year's worlds.