Marcel Nguyen Gymnast
August 2, 2012 by staff
Marcel Nguyen Gymnast, After overcoming a shaky start and a nagging sense of self-doubt, Marcel Nguyen smiled in disbelief as he touched the silver medal hanging around his neck – proof that he had won Germany’s first men’s all-around Olympic medal since 1936. As the last gymnast in action on Wednesday, the humble 24-year-old had an agonising wait after his floor routine, staring up at the screen for his score to be posted before his podium finish was confirmed.
“It’s amazing. A dream came true today and I’m just happy to have this medal around my neck,” Nguyen, who is half-Vietnamese and was born in Munich, said.
Nguyen reeled in the silver medal after a weak start on the pommel horse.
German coach Andreas Hirsch called Nguyen’s performance “stunning” and said it had left him speechless after some rocky patches characterised by a lack of confidence.
“Marcel was the one who doubted himself the most because he was scared, because he had a couple of difficulties, and he was a bit sceptical that he was going to advance,” Hirsch said.
Nguyen, who four years ago in Beijing failed to secure a place in the final of the same event but finished eighth in the 2011 world championships, agreed that he lacked self-belief at times.
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