USA Gymnastics released the following statement about McKayla Maroney today. Maroney, the 2011 world vault champion, injured herself during warm-ups of the second day of US nationals. From USA Gymnastics:
At the 2012 Visa Championships, McKayla Maroney suffered a minor nasal fracture and a mild concussion following a missed landing during the warm-ups prior to the final senior women's session. Since then, Maroney, her parents and coach have been working closely with several physicians, including Dr. Larry Nassar, the U.S. Women's National Team doctor. Maroney has returned to the gym and her progress is being closely monitored.
A quote from McKayla Maroney:
"My doctors and coaches are working together to find the balance between recovery and my wanting to get back into the gym and prepare for the Olympic Trials. My family and I appreciate all of the well wishes and support from my fans, friends, and teammates."
I hope Maroney heals quickly! I think she's a virtual shoe-in for a spot on the Olympic team because of vault alone. The selection procedures this year are a little scary though -- all athletes must compete at Trials (held June 29 and July 1 in San Jose) to make the team. So hopefully she will be well enough to compete, or some sort of loophole can be figured out. I really hope she's not rushed back because of this rule.
Pictured above: Maroney; © Lynn Moore