Katja Abel

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Katja Abel
Country represented  Germany
Born (1983-04-08) 8 April 1983 (age 35)
Berlin, Germany
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 55 kg (121 lb)
Discipline Artistic gymnastics
Club SC Berlin

Katja Abel (born April 8, 1983) is a German artistic gymnast. She competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Abel helped the German team finish in 12th place. Her best individual result was 32nd place on uneven bars.[1] Her most notable achievement is a bronze medal on vault at the 2006 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships.


Abel started training in gymnastics with her mother Irene Abel, an Olympic medalist in 1972.[2] Her career was marred with injuries that stopped her from competing in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. First she had back problems throughout 2000.[3] Later, on 6 February 2004 she fractured bones in both forearms after falling from uneven bars. She had a long recovery, and in 2005 competed only on balance beam, with a minimum load on her arms. In 2006, she won a European bronze medal on vault, but later during the year she suffered ligament injuries in both feet and missed the world championships. Those injuries required two surgeries in 2008 and 2009 and resulted in her skipping the vault at the 2008 Olympics.[4] In early 2007 she moved from her native Berlin to Stuttgart, seeking a team environment. In Stuttgart she trained with Marie-Sophie Hindermann and Kim Bui under the guidance of Tamara Khokhlova and Elena Dolgopolova.[5]

She retired from competitions after the 2008 Olympics. After returning to Berlin, she moved to the Technical University of Ilmenau to study sports and biology.[4]


  1. ^ Katja Abel. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Irene Abel (GDR) Archived 2012-10-10 at the Wayback Machine.. GymnasticGreats.com, January 13, 2001
  3. ^ Katja Abel. munzinger.de, 5 August 2008
  4. ^ a b Katja Abel - Berlins letzte Olympiaturnerin Archived 2010-11-23 at the Wayback Machine.. gymmedia.com, 11 February 2010
  5. ^ John Crumlish (31 May 2007) Interview: Katja Abel (Germany). International Gymnast Magazine

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