Gabby Douglas Announces Retirement from Gymnastics Due to Spinal Damage
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - The 2012 All-Around Gold Medalist and 3rd-best female gymnast in the world (per all-around preliminaries) has announced her retirement from the sport at the conclusion of her final event in the 2016 games. Citing severe spinal damage due to the strain of "numerous people refusing to get off my back" during the games, Gabby Douglas has stepped away from her sport.
Although she is a highly-trained athlete with a body built and molded to withstand the abuse of the sport, Gabby admitted the excess strain of "thousands and thousands of people do the couch potato variety" jumping on her back about her hair, her "attitude" and her podium posture were more than even she could withstand.
"I love the US and I love gymnastics," Gabby said at her press conference, "but just because I helped carry my team to Olympic gold two games in a row doesn't mean I can carry the weight of pointless criticism and mindless gripes."