Hambuchen named Germany’s Sportsman of the Year

Fabian Hambuchen was named Germany's Sportsman of the Year last week.2007 World high bar champion Fabian Hambuchen was named Sportsman of the Year in Germany this week, completing what for him has been a year of accomplishment.

Hambuchen won a medal of every color at the World Championships in Stuttgart in September, capping off his arrival as a contender for multiple medals in Beijing.

He took home a bronze medal with the rest of the German team, was second to Yang Wei in the all-around (an improvement from 2006, where he was third) and won the gold medal on high bar.

The 20-year-old Hambuchen, who has completed high school but plans to delay going to the university until after the Olympics, hinted earlier to The China Daily that he feels rings are his weak spot, but said he hopes to improve “everywhere” in 2008.

“My strongest point is that I’m not that nervous in the competitions and I’m mentally good,” he said. “My goal is just to do my best, to stay healthy, and it will be very good to catch a couple of finals.”

He has no plans to retire anytime soon.

“My dream is to get four Olympic Games, so that means I’ll try to go until 2016,” he said.

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