Canadian gymnast ONeill suffers ankle injury during Olympic training

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BEIJING - Canadian Brandon O'Neill's status for the Olympic gymnastics competition is up in the air after he injured an ankle in training earlier this week.
The Edmonton native was doing a tumbling pass at the National Indoor Stadium on Monday when he suffered the injury.
"He landed quite short and when he hit the ground he felt something move in his ankle," said Canadian coach Tony Smith said Tuesday. "Normally he'd get right back up but he wasn't able to."
Canadian officials initially feared something was broken and rushed O'Neill to hospital. Tests ruled out a break but revealed ligament damage.
It's not clear if he'll be able to compete in the Olympic meet, which begins Saturday with men's qualifying.
The 24-year-old was unable to train Tuesday and wasn't expected to participate in Wednesday's podium training, which is essentially a dry run of the Olympic competition.
"It's still pretty swollen," said Smith. "He's working on moving it around right now so we've got the full gamut of the medical services working with him."
The Canadian team is all to familiar with injuries after star gymnast and Olympic gold medallist Kyle Shewfelt of Calgary broke both his knees while training for last year's world championships. He's back to defend his title on the floor but hasn't competed on the international stage since the injury.
"My heart broke for him, because I know what it's like to have worked for years and years and have one minute put it all in jeopardy," said Shewfelt. "I told him to relax and stay positive until we found out what was really wrong. It's tough on everyone but this is the Olympics and you have to move ahead. You can't let something like this shake you."
The Canadian team has until one hour before the start of qualifying Saturday to decide if O'Neill can compete. If he's unable to suit up, alternate Ken Ikeda will take his spot on the roster.
"As far as his ability to compete, we won't make any decisions until the last possible moment," said Smith. "No one is panicking right now. We're pretty optimistic about what's going to happen and Brandon's ability to compete."
The floor is O'Neill's best discipline. He won a silver medal in the event at the 2005 world championships.

Organizations: O'Neill's

Geographic location: BEIJING, Edmonton, National Indoor Stadium Calgary

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