Kim Janas training. Photograph: Kim Janas's Instagram

Kim Janas, who turns 17 on Saturday, from Halle, Germany, has announced her retirement from elite gymnastics. Janas took the hard decision after tearing her ACL for the third time during the Cottbus World Cup competition last week.

An ACL tear is a potentially career-threatening injury for a gymnast. Tearing an ACL ligament three times must be devastating, as well as immensely painful.

Janas tore her ACL for the first time in November 2013 in training. She had just been selected to represent Germany at the Élite Gym Massilia, but was withdrawn from the roster after the injury. She was out for a full year.

Janas tore her ACL for the second time in 2015, on balance beam, during qualifications at the European Championships. She was out for another full year. She was set to come back in spring 2016, but suffered a dislocated elbow and a torn ligament in April 2016, which kept her out for another half year.

Until last week. Janas was competing for Germany at the Cottbus Individual Apparatus World Cup competition, when she re-injured her knee on her bars dismount, and was forced to withdraw from the competition. The injury was later confirmed to be a third partial ACL tear.

As a consequence of this last injury, Kim Janas decided to put an end to her elite career.

The highlight of Janas’s career was a double silver medal in the all around and on floor at the European Youth Olympic Festival in 2013. Janas actually tied for gold with Russia’s Maria Kharenkova in the all around competition, but she was awarded silver due to a tie-break.

Kim Janas will be remembered especially for her floor routines, which were particularly engaging for such a young gymnast and uniquely choreographed. Watch here her beautiful floor routine at the EYOF in 2013, which won her a silver medal. She will be missed!

Good luck with everything, Kim!

By Talitha Ilacqua



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