Chung on Fast Track to London

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The image and the following article were published in today's (26/04/2012) The Western Australian. It's a feature on the lovely Nikola Chung and kudos to her for completing a full Tertiary Entrance Examination load whilst aiming for the Olympics! Also mentioned in the article is the tidbit we have all been waiting in anticipation for: Olivia Vivian who finished her collegiate career at Oregon State University has returned to train at the Western Australian Institute of Sport. According to the article, National Coach Peggy Liddick is working with Vivian, Emily Little and Lauren Mitchell! Could Vivian be aiming for a second Olympics??

A double twisting Yurchenko vault executed by only a few of the best gymnasts in the world, could be Nikki Chung's ticket to the London Olympics - just 18 months after making her debut for Australia.
The 16-year-old has leapt into contention with recent performances on the vault and bars. She hopes to join WAIS training partners Lauren Mitchell and Emily Little in London.
Senior WAIS coach Martine George said Chung was a relative late starter in gymnastics and was being provided plenty of chances before the Australian championships and Olympic selection trials in Sydney from May 21.
 Her next international assignment is the World Cup in Zagreb, Croatia, starting tomorrow.
 "She is just one of three Australians, along side Lauren and Emily, who stand out with their vaults, but she is also a very strong competitor on the bars," George said of Chung. 
Chung has come back from an elbow injury to be in a position to make the Olympic team, at the same time as completing a full TEE load at Presbyterian Ladies' College, where she is a student.
The remainder of the WAIS squad, which has been boosted by the return of Beijing Olympian Olivia Vivian from a US college, are midway through a heavy training phase, with national coach Peggy Liddick this week working with Little, Mitchell and Vivian. 

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