The sprain she endured hindered her via the conclusion of Florida’s 2021 season. She didn’t return to the Gators’ all-around lineup till the NCAA Championships in Fort Value, Texas, the place they completed fourth.
The York, Pennsylvania, native introduced her retirement from the elite portion of gymnastics on Twitter May 19 as a result of she believed that she wouldn’t have sufficient time to get better and put together for the U.S. Olympic Group Trials.
“I would like time to relaxation and rehab, so I made a troublesome choice,” Thomas stated. “The one that’s greatest for me…. Proper now my focus is on recovering so I can proceed to compete to the most effective of my capability.”
It’s disappointing for Thomas and Gators followers that she gained’t have the ability to try to make Group USA for the Tokyo Olympics. However Thomas’ harm nagged her via the conclusion of the season and in the course of the NCAA Championships. It was simple to see that Thomas nonetheless didn’t seem to be she was again at full energy as a result of she took further steps on landings to guard her ankle.
There additionally wasn’t a pot on the finish of the rainbow for Thomas in 2021. If the Tokyo Olympics weren’t postponed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, Thomas would’ve been wholesome sufficient to compete at tryouts to doubtlessly make the staff.
If she tried out for the nationwide staff this season, the dangers would’ve outweighed the potential rewards. Thomas may’ve injured herself the place she would miss the Olympics and coaching for her senior season at UF.
Her four-year profession with Group USA must be celebrated. Thomas achieved second place within the all-around to assist the crimson, white and blue take residence gold on the 2018 Senior Pan American Championships. She additionally scored a silver medal within the all-around on the 2018 World Cup.
Nonetheless, there are a handful of future Florida gymnasts who may characterize the U.S. in Tokyo on the finish of the summer time. Riley McCusker, Morgan Hurd, Leanne Wong and Shilese Jones will all try to make the squad whereas Thomas focuses on restoration to assist Florida chase its fourth nationwide title.