Marcel Nguyen

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Marcel Nguyen
— Gymnast —
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Personal information
Full name Marcel Nguyen
Country represented  Germany
Born (1987-09-08) September 8, 1987 (age 28)
Munich, Germany
Hometown Munich
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics
Club KTV Straubenhardt / TSV Unterhaching
Head coach(es) Valery Belenky

Marcel Nguyen (born 8 September 1987 in Munich) is a German gymnast. In 2012, he became an Olympic silver medalist after competing at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He's a soldier (currently ranked Corporal) in the Bundeswehr (German military) since July 2007, beginning when he was training in the Bundeswehr Sports Development Group (Sportfördergruppe der Bundeswehr) in Munich.[1] Starting December 23, 2014 Marcel Nguyen represents team KTV Straubenhardt.[2] Management: 24passion GbR, Stuttgart, Germany [3]

Sporting career[edit]

Born to a German mother and a Central[4] Vietnamese father, Nguyen began gymnastics at the age of four, and at seven years of age, joined TSV Unterhaching. Since 1995, he has trained in the regional training center in Munich. Since 1997, Nguyen was part of the squad perspective, where Andreas Hirsch and Jens Milbradt were his coaches. He rose quickly from the D- to B-squad. Since 2002, he has started for the Junior National Team. In 2005, Nguyen was the German junior champion on parallel bars, runner-up on rings and third in the vault. That same year he took part in the World Championships in Melbourne for the first time and placed 16th on the parallel bars. After the World Cup, Nguyen spent a year at the sports boarding school in Stuttgart in order to prepare with his teammates under the coaches Anatoli Jarmovski and Klaus Nigl for the 2006 World Championships in Aarhus.

In the 2012 London Olympic Games, Marcel won two Olympic silver medals after competing in the Men's artistic team all-around, floor and parallel bars. Marcel Nguyen collected the first all-round gymnastics medal for Germany since the 1936 Summer Olympic Games held in Berlin.

At the European Championships in 2014 he placed 4th on the team, but failed to qualify for any of the individual finals. In September 2014 Nguyen was at the home championships in Stuttgart on parallel bars and rings where he tore his ACL.[5]

After a ligament injury Nguyen celebrated his comeback at German national championships in Giessen, where he was qualified to take part at the World Championships 2015 in Glasgow. Although the German team was not directly qualified for the Olympic Games 2016, Nguyen participated at the Test Event of Olympic Games in April 2016. The German team won that round and got the right to participate in the Olympics.[6]

The last events before Olympic Games were quite successful for Marcel Nguyen — the bronze medal on the parallel bars with 15,566 at the European Championships in Bern and gold at the German national championships at the rings. That was the 7th title of Marcel at this apparatus. For the first time since 2009 he did not win the gold medal on the parallel bar and stayed second behind his teammate Lukas Dauser. This caused the second ranking in the overall competition as well but saved the nomination to represent Germany in the Olympic Games 2016.

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