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Maggie Nichols retires from elite gymnastics, report says

Maggie Nichols

Maggie Nichols competes on the floor exercise during the women’s U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif., Friday, July 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


Maggie Nichols ended her elite gymnastics career at the Olympic Trials on Sunday and does not plan to pursue the 2020 Olympics, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

“My body is kind of fragile and it’s very tired, and I can get hurt very often,” Nichols, who dislocated her left kneecap in 2014 and tore her right knee meniscus earlier this year, said, according to the report. “So [retiring from elite competition is] a better decision for me.”

Nichols, who plans to compete collegiately for Oklahoma, finished second to Simone Biles in the 2015 P&G Championships all-around and was the only U.S. gymnast to compete on all four events at the 2015 World Championships.

She also earned a floor exercise bronze medal at worlds.

Nichols’ meniscus injury, suffered on an Amanar vault attempt, hurt her chances of making the five-woman Olympic team. She was sixth in the all-around at the Olympic Trials.

“I was very disappointed that my name was not called,” Nichols said, according to the newspaper. “I was confused, but I knew there was a reason for why I didn’t get picked. I support the committee’s decision and everything like that.”

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