Olympic floor champ Shewfelt to miss worlds after breaking legs

Updated: August 29, 2007, 3:58 PM ET
Associated Press

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.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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