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Other Winter Sports - 09. February 2018.

Canadian figure skater Daleman ready to bounce back in Pyeongchang

CANADIAN FIGURE SKATER GABRIELLE DALEMANMAY BE ONLY 20 YEARS OLD, BUT SHE HAS BEEN THROUGH MORE UPS AND DOWNS THAN MANY OLDER ATHLETES.

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After undergoing emergency surgery last May for the removal of a cyst, the world bronze medallist has worked her way back into medal contention at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. “I had a brutal summer with surgery and a lot of problems,” said Daleman speaking at Gangneung Ice Arena.

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“This Olympics means more to me than I ever thought it could,” she added. “I was off for four months and we were told that after the abdominal surgery I had you're supposed to be off for about eight months."I tried to get back after three months, but that didn't work in my favour. I had no idea what was going to happen this season."

The season started slowly for Daleman, but once she returned to full training towards the end of the year her results started to improve dramatically. "I wasn't looking much into the Grand Prix, I wasn't looking to the podium, I wasn't looking to do anything. I was just seeing where I was in my training. From the beginning, we said our goals are the Canadians, the Winter Olympics and the Worlds. We were already focusing on the second half of the season and that's exactly what we did."

At the Canadian national championships in January, she came out strong to beat favourite and world silver medallist Kaetlyn Osmond (CAN) to take the title.

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