Disclaimer: As of the time of this posting, there was no official news from USA Gymnastics, so please take all of this info – which comes mostly from spectators and some tour staff – with a grain of salt. We will update with USAG’s statement when they post.
11:20 p.m. EST: Maroney posted a photo on Instagram, commenting: “I’m finally leaving the hospital!!!! #peaceout.” Her left knee is heavily braced and she has a pair of crutches in tow. Still no official word on her diagnosis or how long she’ll be kept from the tour, but we’re wishing her a speedy recovery!
2:01 p.m. EST: USAG has just released a statement regarding the injuries sustained by Maroney and Raisman:
Raisman, who was examined at the arena by the physician for the performance, has bruised knees. She will follow an icing and additional treatment regimen with continued assessment by the medical staff, but does not require any further testing at this time.
Maroney is undergoing medical evaluations and tests today to determine the extent of her injury to her left knee. A further update will be provided once Maroney’s injury is diagnosed and confirmed.
1:41 p.m. EST: According to Boston.com, Raisman’s injury is minor and she has already joined the rest of her cast in San Diego, where she will continue on as scheduled in this Thursday’s performance.
1:28 p.m. EST: We heard from a source that Raisman hyperextended her back when she landed awkwardly after peeling from the bar on her
Shaposhnikova Maloney; her knees are also apparently “sore” but not seriously hurt. Maroney spent the night in the hospital after a long wait in the ER last night, according to a source who added that she looked to be in good spirits. Her leg is in a brace though there is still no confirmation as to her official diagnosis or whether either will be able to continue when the tour resumes later this week.
1:22 a.m. EST: Tumblr user ukelele-hero was at the performance and recounted her story on her blog:
“So there are two uneven bars set up and each of the girls are doing little mini routines. They’re all doing it simultaneously, and every time one girl dismounted from the bars the next one was right up there doing their thing. I looked over just when McKayla landed (feet apart and sort of crouched if I recall correctly) and she either fell right after she landed or took a hop and then fell. Either way she was on the ground and she wasn’t really getting back up. Aly (who was preparing for her turn on bars) came over to see if she was ok. Two medics noticed that Mack was down so they came running over, she must have said she was hurt because they both picked her up between them and carried her out of the arena.
Picture c/o ukelele-hero
Aly was up so she went on (she might have been doing a sort of synchronized routine with Gabby who was on the other one) but during one of the releases onto the high bar (or off of, I was watching Gabby at the time) I’m guessing she didn’t catch it because I saw her fall and land on the mat behind the higher bar, only there wasn’t enough mat behind it because when she landed face first, her legs smacked against the concrete floor of the arena behind it. I could hear it from where I was sitting. I’m pretty sure my heart stopped.
Thankfully Aly (being the trooper that she is) got up and walked over to one of the chalk bowls but after a short time (I think she might have been talking to the person who was also at the chalk bowl) she walked out of the arena, to I assume the medics.”
12:41 a.m. EST: It seems that attempting to compensate for her existing injury is the reason McKayla Maroney had problems tonight. Apparently Maroney was feeling pain in her injured leg and fudged her landing while trying to avoid weight-bearing; we also heard from several fans who attended the performance in San Jose last night that the apparatuses are not on a podium (meaning the surface is a bit harder, making landings more forceful) and that a lack of padding around the uneven bars and floor mat resulted in a few “close calls” on awkward or out-of-bounds landings.
11:38 p.m. EST: The Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions must go on, despite the injury of two of its stars.
Details are still coming to us straight from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., so what we know is a bit fuzzy, but an awkward photo of the Olympic rings minus McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman can attest to the injuries sustained by both athletes only two days into the 2.5 month tour.
As we reported on Facebook, Maroney and Raisman both had bad falls on the uneven bars early in the performance and haven’t returned to the floor for the remainder of the show. Maroney, who was shown with a heavily taped leg in rehearsals after injuring her fibula, landed a flyaway dismount from the uneven bars and from the details we’ve received, it seems that it’s related to her current injury and is apparently “serious.” Raisman also fell on bars, on her
Shaposhnikova Maloney, landing on her stomach and smacking her legs hard against the weakly-padded floor. She immediately left the floor (walking unassisted, whereas Maroney was carried out by medics), though her status remains unknown.
There’s a big difference between the level of fitness required for elite competition compared to performing on tour, so it’s likely that being out of “elite shape” combined with weeks of busy rehearsals, traveling, talk show appearances, and lack of sleep contributed to the injuries for both. It’s also no secret that bars isn’t the strongest event for either of these athletes; although the skills performed were at a lesser difficulty than either athlete normally competes and are skills they’ve probably done hundreds of times without a single issue, it’s clear not being in full competitive shape limited their ability to perform them effectively.
We will keep you updated with the status of both athletes as we find out more information.
The next stop on the tour is in San Diego, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 13, giving the athletes a few days of rest…which is hopefully all they’ll need.
Article by Lauren Hopkins
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