11:42 am - 09/10/2012

McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman injured on gymnastics tour.

News out of Ontario, Calif. on the second night of the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions is none too good for Olympic gold medalists McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman: both were reportedly injured while performing exhibition sets on uneven bars, which happens to be each gymnast's weakest event.

Maroney, the Olympic silver medalist on vault, was reportedly carried out of the arena by medics after she fell landing a very simple layout dismount during her uneven bars routine. The 16-year-old Californian, who was plagued by toe issues before the Games, recently revealed that she was also suffering from a broken fibula in London.

Raisman, who became the first U.S. gymnast to win gold on women's floor exercise last month, fell to her stomach as she missed a Shaposhnikova on uneven bars. Her legs, according to Tweets by people who saw the show, smacked the hard concrete surface of the arena floor, which for some reason was not covered by a mat.

butt_or_skotch 10th-Sep-2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
Well there's money involved, and sponsorships. And there's probably pressure for her to tour since now she's become a household name and she may feel like she can work through the injury to do this for her fans. It also seems like gymnasts know that most careers are over by the time they're in their late teens, so it seems that plays a part. What's the actual likelihood that she'll make it to the Olympics again?
galagooo 10th-Sep-2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
True. But I don't think her parents should have allowed her to because overworking an injury can affect your longterm health and quality of life.
butt_or_skotch 10th-Sep-2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd like to think the same thing. Her family seems a bit quiet and not like overzealous stage parents so hopefully this is the first and last time something like this happens for her.
silentxstrom 10th-Sep-2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
they're not going to have much of a career left if they keep competing or training on injury after injury and don't take the time to properly heal. I hope both get better.
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