Madison Kocian at the Rio Olympics. Photograph: YouTube

Olympic champion Madison Kocian, 20, underwent surgery in August to repair a torn labrum, the Daily Bruin reports. The operation was successful and Kocian is now slowly recovering.

Kocian injured her shoulder at the Olympic Trials in July 2016, but managed it not only for the Olympic Games in Rio, where she won a gold and a silver medal, but also for an entire NCAA season with the Bruins, during which she competed in the all around in twelve of UCLA’s fourteen meets.

In an interview with NBC last month, Kocian explained that she had a hard time competing with a torn labrum every week, but that she wanted to avoid surgery if possible.

Kocian competed for UCLA as a freshman during the 2017 season from January to mid-April. She helped the Bruins finish fourth nationally at the Super Six, and, individually, she gained four All-America honours and became Regional champion on the uneven bars and on floor exercise. Kocian also scored a perfect 10.o on the uneven bars on 11 February against Stanford.

She is now starting her sophomore year as a UCLA Bruin. Doctors cannot estimate the time of recovery at this stage, but Kocian is expected to make a full recovery.

Article by Talitha Ilacqua
Twitter: @TalithaIlacqua
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