Former world balance beam champion Ana Porgras has called it quits, dealing a blow to the Romanian team's medal hopes at this summer's Olympic Games in London.
2010 world balance beam champion Ana Porgras has decided to retire from gymnastics, dealing a blow to the Romanian team's medal hopes at this summer's Olympic Games in London.
The 18-year-old star has called it quits due to repeated injuries, said Adrian Stoica, president of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation.
Porgras has been Romania's most successful gymnast so far this quadrennium, winning a bronze medal on uneven bars at the 2009 World Championships and the gold medal on balance beam at the 2010 Worlds. She won three consecutive Romanian national titles from 2009-2011, and earned the Longines Prize of Elegance at the 2011 Worlds.
The elegant Porgras suffered a broken ankle in 2010, and struggled through much of 2011. She injured her elbow in December during a training camp in France, and decided not to continue.
"Ana has suffered some minor injuries in her career so far, nothing serious, but still made the final decision to no longer engage in this sport," Stoica said. "She had small health problems and has gained weight. I think she could continue, but it's a personal matter. You cannot force someone to do a job like that."
The Romanian women have failed to win a team medal at the past two world championships, but were expected to regroup to challenge the top teams in London. Porgras was expected to contribute particularly on uneven bars, the Romanian women's Achilles' heel.