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Laurie Hernandez withdraws from gymnastics nationals

Laurie Hernandez

FORT WORTH, TEXAS - JUNE 04: Laurie Hernandez waits to warm up on the vault during the Senior Women’s competition of the 2021 U.S. Gymnastics Championships at Dickies Arena on June 04, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Laurie Hernandez withdrew from the U.S. Gymnastics Championships after hyperextending her left knee in balance beam warm-ups on Friday, according to USA Gymnastics.

Hernandez is not on the start list for the second night of competition Sunday.

“Due to Laurie’s recent knee injury, she and the medical team made the decision to withdraw from the competition,” according to USA Gymnastics.

Hernandez, a Rio Olympic team champion coming back this year after four and a half years away from competition, heavily wrapped her knee and took part in one event, beam, on Friday night.

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She scratched the rest of the session and posted later Friday night that she was “still keeping an open mind” about the second night of competition on Sunday.

‘Just a lil ouchie,” was posted on Hernandez’s social media. “Not the way i thought this would go, but thank you for all the love and support.”

Hernandez can petition for a spot in the U.S. Olympic Trials in three weeks.

Hernandez hasn’t competed in an all-around in three meets since returning to competition in February after taking a break after the Rio Olympics. Hernandez earned balance beam silver in Rio, in addition to her team gold.

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