Bridget Sloan Withdraws from Competition
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By: Emily Gillis
2008 Olympic Team member Bridget Sloan has withdrawn from tonight’s competition, thus halting her quest for London. During warm-ups of tonight’s prelims, Sloan sprained her elbow. She was seen wincing in pain and holding her elbow after several turns. After bars, she and coach Marvin Sharp met with U.S. Team Doctor Larry Nassar, but then Sloan warmed up some beam tumbling on floor. Shortly after, though, Sloan and Sharp gathered their things and left the competition floor.
“This is not the way we planned to finish up, but she has had a wonderful career and I am very proud of her,” Sharp said. “She has represented the USA for the past eight years on the National Team, including the Olympics and Worlds where she won the All-Around title.”
As one of the three 2008 Olympic Team members making a push towards London, Sloan would serve as a team leader in London if she were to make the team. The biggest area she would contribute is definitely uneven bars, which is exactly where Team USA could use another strong swinger. Our hearts go out to you, Bridget!
Fortunately, Sloan’s career will not stop here. She plans to attend the University of Florida in the fall as a member of the Gator gymnastics team, and we look forward to watching her continue on her gymnastics journey. At this time, it is uncertain if the extent of her injury will affect the start of her NCAA career. What has been your favorite moment in Bridget’s career so far? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page!
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