UF signee Sloan injured at U.S. gymnastics trials

Published: Friday, June 29, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 12:10 a.m.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Incoming Florida freshman Bridget Sloan injured her left elbow during warm-ups for the opening day of competition at the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials, ending her bid to earn her second consecutive spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

Sloan, the 2009 World Championships’ all-around champion, suffered the injury while warming up on the uneven bars. After a turn on the bars, she clutched her elbow in pain. She received medical treatment and then she attempted to warm up for balance beam before leaving the competition floor.

“This is such sad news for Bridget. I know she had worked very hard to prepare for her chance to go for another Olympic team,” Florida coach Rhonda Faehn said. "We hope that her recovery goes well and look forward to her joining the Gators next season.”

This was to be Sloan’s third all-around since 2009 and third of the month, as she was unable to compete in all four events since 2009 due to ankle and shoulder injuries.

Sloan signed with the Gators in April of 2011 and deferred her enrollment at Florida until the fall of 2012 to attempt to earn her second consecutive spot on the U.S. Olympic team. She represented the U.S. National Team in 15 international competitions, including three World Championship teams (2010, 2009 and 2007, the first as a reserve athlete).

In 2008 at age 16, Sloan was the youngest member of the silver-medal winning U.S. Olympic team. A year later, she won gold by taking the top spot in the all-around competition at the 2009 World Championships. She’s claimed six Visa Championship medals (gold for 2009 all-around, uneven bars and floor; silver for 2007 floor; bronze for 2008 bars and 2006 beam). Her 10th place finish in the 2012 Visa Championships’ all-around earned her a spot on the U.S. Senior National Team for the sixth consecutive year and advanced her to the Olympic Trials.

Women’s competition for the Olympic trials opened Friday at the HP Pavilion and continues Sunday. The five member U.S. Olympic team along with three alternates will be announced at the competition’s conclusion. Jordyn Wieber, the 2011 World Championships all-around winner, leads the first day of competition with an all-around total of 61.70.

The final day of the women’s Olympic trials can be seen live Sunday on the NBC Sports Network from 9-11 p.m.

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