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Lisa Mason, 31, returning to gymnastics

Jan 18, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

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In sport dominated by tiny, if not fierce, teenagers, British gymnast Lisa Mason is aiming to make a comeback at 31 after twelve years away from the sport. She’ll hope to qualify for Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next summer.

“I know it’s a little bit crazy. Not a lot of people can do it, but if you can, why not?” Mason told the BBC. “I think getting back into a leotard scares me more than doing a full twist on the beam.”

Mason, a two-time British national champ and Commonwealth Games gold medalist, last competed in Sydney when she qualified in the all-around. She said she didn’t consider returning until watching the other girls compete in London last summer.

“I’ve got nothing to lose. I’m enjoying it. I’m loving training again. I’m older and wiser. I’m a mum now so I’m not going out partying. I’m doing it because I want to do it and because I have faith that I can.”

  1. dawglb - Jan 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Good for you! We only live once. Make the most of it! You have gained another fan!

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