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Gymnasts Who Rose To Fame In 2013-2016 Quad But Did Not Make It To Rio Olympics

Despite rising to fame in 2013-2016 Quad, they were not able to fulfill their dreams of becoming Rio Olympians. Photo by Silvia Vattero...

Despite rising to fame in 2013-2016 Quad, they were not able to fulfill their dreams of becoming Rio Olympians.

Photo by Silvia Vatteroni

Huang Huidan of China

Huidan rose to fame in 2013 when she claimed the uneven bars title at the World championships. At the following World championships, she took the silver medal on the same event. She did not make the 2015 China's World team due to shoulder injury.

She could only contribute on uneven bars and balance beam to her country's Olympic team hence was over shadowed by co World bars champion Fan Yilin and talented Shang Chunsong.

It was also said that Huang did not do well in internal tests and competitions prior to the Olympics.

Jonna Adlerteg of Sweden

Adlerteg made headlines when she became Sweden's first gymnast to win a medal at a major international competition in over 50 years which was a silver on uneven bars at the 2013 European championships.

At 2015 European championships, Jonna tore her ACL on floor during the all around competition. She missed the second half of the 2015 season.

She made her comeback debut at 2016 Doha cup. There, she ruptured her meniscus while dismounting the bars. The injury put an end to her Rio Olympic dream.

Noel Van Klaveren of Netherlands

With her beautiful twisting form, Van Klaveren captured the heart of many gymnastics fans. In 2013 European championships, she earned a silver medal on vault. She competed at Antwerp World championships where she finished in 20th place in the all around. 

We did not see much of Van Klaveren in 2014 due to family issues. In 2015, she took part in the 2015 European championships and finished in fourth place on vault. She did not make the 2015 Worlds team as she was outshone by her compatriots.

In 2016, she suffered from an ankle injury which put an end to her career.

Mykayla Skinner of USA

Skinner caught our attention when she debuted her double twisting double layout at Fiesta Bowl in February in 2013. She was believed to be the first gymnast to do the skill. However, she did not make the 2013 Worlds team thus did not get the chance to submit it and have it named after her. The skill was named after Canada's Victoria Moors who successfully performed it in Antwerp.

In 2014, Skinner was selected to represent her country at 2014 World championships. She contributed to her team's first place finish and won a bronze medal on vault.

In 2015, she was named as an alternate to the USA team for the World Championships.

Despite finishing fourth at the 2016 US Olympic trail, Mykayla did not land a spot on the Olympic team. Nevertheless, she was named as an alternate.

Maria Kharenkova of Russia

In her first major international assignment which was at the 2014 European championships, Kharenkova won a gold medal on balance beam. At the following European championships, she earned a silver in the all around.

Kharenkova competed at 2014 and 2015 World championships but did not make any individual finals. In mid 2016, it was announced that Maria was no longer in contention for Rio Olympics due ankle pain.

Larisa Iordache of Romania

Iordache was part of the Romanian London Olympic bronze medal winning team. However, she established herself as Romania's new leading gymnast in 2013-2016 Quad. She earned all of Romania's medals at World championships and won seven individual medals at European championships.

Since Romania did not qualify a full team to Rio, they were only able to send one gymnast to the Olympics. Iordache and teammate Catalina Ponor fought for the country's wild card spot. It was Ponor who was eventually chosen to represent Romania in Rio leaving Iordache on the sidelines.

Maggie Nichols of USA

Nichols turned senior in 2013. However, it was only in 2015 that she made a name for herself in the sport. She contributed to her team's first place finish and won a bronze medal on floor exercise at the 2015 World championships.

Nichols competed a number of difficult skills like double double on floor and Amanar on vault. 

In April 2016, she sustained a knee injury which was believed to affect her chance of making the Olympic team as an alternate. After few days of the Olympic trials, she announced her retirement from elite gymnastics.

Roxana Popa of Spain

Popa made her senior debut at a major international competition at 2013 European championships where she finished 6th in the all around and 7th on floor exercise. She competed at all of the World championships this quad. Her style and being a Spanish gymnast from Romanian descent earned her fame among the sport's fan.

Popa suffered from an ACL tear which made her miss most of the 2015 season. Spain was able to send two gymnasts to the Olympic final qualifier the "Test Event" and Popa earned one of the two spots. Sadly, she re injured her knee and was forced to sit out the competition.

Written by Gigi Farid

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