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Hong Tears ACL, Will Have Season-ending Surgery
(12 votes, average 4.33 out of 5)

2009 world balance beam bronze medalist Ivana Hong sustained a torn ACL in her right knee after landing a vault last Sunday. She was participating in a U.S. national team training camp at the Karolyis' ranch outside of Houston when the injury occurred.

Hong, 17, had an MRI on Monday in Houston and saw another doctor in Dallas after returning home. She is scheduled to have surgery on March 23, and will be out for seven months.

In 2008, Hong was an alternate to the U.S. Olympic team. After the Olympics, she left GAGE in Blue Springs, Mo., to train at WOGA in Plano, Texas. Last summer, she placed second all-around and first on balance beam at the Visa Championships in Dallas. Last October, she competed on uneven bars and balance beam at the world championships in London.

Hong's injury ended her chances of being selected to compete in the 2010 Tyson American Cup on March 6 in Worcester, Mass., which is where she was born.

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Sophia M. said:

Oh, that's sad news! Ivana is such a classy gymnast! In fact, I think she is one of the most underrated gymnasts of this generation!
Hope everything goes well and that we can see her back in action as soon as possible!
March 05, 2010
Votes: +3

Robert Nikirififo said:

Goodness, someone should stop Marta, she's killing the beautiful gymnasts. Damn, now that Ivana was getting nice upgrades
March 05, 2010
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KayR said:

Oh this is terrible news especially since she's recently rediscovered her joy for the sport again and after her success at the world championships this year! I hope she is able to recover quickly!
March 07, 2010
Votes: +2

Ivy said:

I just tore mine landing a full. It is a horrible injury. I wish her well.
June 17, 2010
Votes: +0

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