Bridget Sloan, the 2009 world champion, is out of the running for the London Olympics after spraining her left elbow during warm-ups Friday.
Athletes aren't allowed to petition directly onto the Olympic team, so the injury effectively ends her chances. The team will be named Sunday.
"I'm definitely a fighter. I don't like to go down without a fight. I mean, I've never been known for just giving up. I wanted to keep going, but safety is obviously one of the big things and, you know, my body just... my body's telling me one thing, my mind is telling me another, but in the end, your body kind of wins," Sloan said.
Sloan, also a member of the squad that won the silver medal at the Beijing Games, was working on uneven bars when she hurt her elbow. She was examined by Dr. Larry Nassar, physician for the U.S. women's team, and went to try and warm-up on balance beam. But she soon left the competition floor with coach Marvin Sharp, and the announcement that she was scratching came about 30 minutes later.
"This happened for a reason and my career...I had a great career, I had a great run and, again, I have no regrets, absolutely none, but I'll be okay," she said.
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