Elizabeth Price is retired
Brenna Dowell is injured
Mckayla Maroney is injured
Peyton Ernst is injured
Lexie Priessman is injured
Rachel Gowey is injured
Alyssa Baumann is injured
Maggie Nichols is injured
And training *death* camp is in three weeks.
Is this really happening?
This is ridiculous… And the injury rate is pretty high in Romania, Russia, GB, etc. too… Should we be blaming the code’s difficulty demands?
If boys are assholes to you, crush their egos like Ludmilla Tourischeva collapsed the uneven bars in 1987: just keep flying high, ignore their weakness and don’t bother looking back as they lie broken.
Okay, I need to put in my two cents worth here. Firstly: even Ana has said in interviews that the injury was what pushed her over the edge to retire- so yea, we know the injury itself wasn’t the issue.
But secondly, as someone who has experienced burnout in her own sport, I gotta speak up. It honestly can get to the point when the fear of losing or not making a certain rank or standard is so daunting and so terrifying that you begin to hate the very sport you so loved. You start to try and escape from it, look for any reason, just to let the pressure go. It’s honestly suffocating. It’s just not possible to carry on. No matter how much potential you’ve been touted to have or great futures ahead, it gets to a point where your fear of failure means that you have nothing in you to pursue that, to maintain that form or keep training. Without the love you need to pick yourself up and carry on, potential and ability means nothing.
So yea, while I sure wish we could’ve seen Ana at the Olympics, the truth is that sometimes it just isn’t physically possible for it to happen. Ana devoted so much to the sport, but it wasn’t a matter of “just pushing on a little further” because sometimes you just don’t have any more to give.