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Gymnasts Who Bid Their Farewell To Elite Gymnastics In 2016

All of these gymnasts have chosen to end their elite gymnastics career in 2016. Anastasia Grishina of Russia The news of Grishina's ...

All of these gymnasts have chosen to end their elite gymnastics career in 2016.

Anastasia Grishina of Russia

The news of Grishina's retirement came a few days after her wedding. Despite her talent, the retired athlete did not live up to her potential as her career was plagued with injuries and problems with the head coach. Her highest point of achievement in her gymnastics career was winning the 2012 Olympic silver medal with the team and two individual bronze medals at 2013 European championships.
Photo by Silvia Vatteroni

Kyla Ross of USA

At the beginning of this year, Ross announced her retirement from elite gymnastics. The US gymnast has had a successful career. She has an Olympic gold medal and four individual World medals. She was planning on trying to make the Rio Olympic team but pulled out in order to focus on college gymnastics.

See also: US Kyla Ross "It’s Going to Take Me Time to Get Used To Being Known As An Elite Gymnast Whose Career Is Over”.

High Profile Gymnasts React To Kyla Ross' Retirement.

Mckayla Maroney of USA

Maroney is the third member on the Fierce Five team to announce that her elite gymnastics career has come to an end. Maroney's last competition was the 2013 World championships where she defended her World vault title. 

She has expressed desire to start a singing career.

See also Mckayla Maroney "Mentally My Coaches Messed Me Up So Badly"

Andreea Iridon of Romania

Two weeks after Romania had a meltdown of epic proportion at the final Olympic qualifier. Former Olympic champion Andreea Raducan confirmed to the press that Andreea Iridon has left the sport for good. Iridon's most successful performance was at the first edition of the European Games where she won two medals.

Youna Dufournet of France

After a poor showing at French championships, Dufournet announced her retirement in a lengthy Facebook status. Youna is one of the most successful French gymnasts. She is World bronze medalist and European silver medalist on vault.

Photo by Silvia Vatteroni

Ruby Harrold of Great Britain

In an Instagram post, Harrold informed her followers that she will no longer be competing as an elite gymnast and that she is looking forward to a new chapter in her life in college gymnastics.

Harrold missed the Olympic cut in 2012. At 2016 Rio Olympic games, she helped the team finish fifth. She was part of the 2014 and 2016 European silver medal winning teams. She also contributed towards the British team winning their first World team medal, last year.

Marine Brevet of France

After finally fulfilling her dream to compete at the Olympic Games, Brevet quit elite gymnastics. She said that she will continue competing with her club team.

Brevet turned senior in 2010. Although she was eligible to compete at the London Olympic Games, an elbow injury prevented her from competing there. Her Olympic dream was delayed for four years.

In Rio, she finished fifteenth in the all around.

Noel Van Klaveren of Netherlands

The Dutch gymnast took to Facebook to announce her retirement from gymnastics. Van Klaveren, who injured her ankle last spring, said that the chronic pain in her ankle has made it impossible for her to continue in the sport.

Noel is best known for her beautiful twisting form. Her best result was winning the silver medal on vault at the 2013 European championships.

Kim Janas of Germany

Janas took the hard decision to retire after tearing her ACL for a third time. The unfortunate gymnast, who was known for her creative and artistic floor routine, has never competed at Europeans, Worlds or Olympic Games. Her best results were at European Youth Olympic Festival where she finished in second place in the all around and floor exercise finals.

Photo by Silvia Vatteroni

Maggie Nichols of USA

After not making the US Olympic team, Nichols announced her retirement from elite gymnastics and moving on to collegiate gymnastics. Last year, she was named to her country's World team. She grabbed two medals, a gold with the team and a bronze on floor exercise.

Lauren Mitchell of Australia 

Australia's most successful gymnast Lauren Mitchell put an end to her longtime career after missing out Olympic place. In 2010, she became the first Australian gymnast to win a World gold medal which was on floor exercise. She also has two World silver medals which she won in 2009. She competed at 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games.

Gaelle Mys of Belgium

After three trips to the Olympic Games, Mys ended her gymnastics career. Her best career results was at the 2006 European junior championships where she earned a bronze medal on floor exercise.

Julie Croket of Belgium

Croket announced her retirement after an impressive career. She competed at several World and European championships. She was initially chosen to represent Belgium at the 2012 London Olympic Games but was unable to compete due to an ACL tear. This year, she helped her team to qualify to the Olympics Games for the first time since 1948. She was named an alternate for the Olympic Games in Rio.

Other gymnasts

Valentine Pikul of France
Millie Williamson of New Zealand 
Kirsten Beckett of South Africa
Alessia Leonilli of Italy
Megan Skaggs of USA
Madison Desch of USA

Written by Gigi Farid

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