I knew this was going to happen!
This whole week leading up to the Olympics, and there was no news from the gymnasts. We’re going to hear someone is injured, I thought.
And yes, more than one someone is injured!
My favourite for the All Around gold medal – Romania’s Larisa Iordache – has hurt her foot. And she might compete in half of the events. She won’t be competing the two events she would have challenged for gold in: All Around and Floor. She had a starting score so high all she had to do was hit her routines on the day and she would have won gold. Not now.
I’m so disappointed.
China’s Yao Jinnan (who came third at the World Championships last year) has her thigh bandaged. America’s Anna Li has torn a ligament in her neck, is in a neck brace and has been sent back to the US. So – in this day and age, where gymnastics is all about who can survive without needing a knee reconstruction – the Olympic Games will be about who managed to stay out of the emergency room, rather than who deserves to win.
Larisa winning floor at the European Championships only weeks ago.