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World Cup Champion Price Announces Retirement
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Following a successful international season, U.S. gymnasts Elizabeth Price has announced her retirement from elite gymnastics and her plans to attend Stanford University in the fall.

Elizabeth Price (USA) has announced her retirement from international competition and plans to attend Stanford University this fall.

Price won the Stuttgart World Cup in December and the American Cup in March, and was crowned the overall champion of the International Gymnastics Federation's World Cup series. She also won the all-around, uneven bars and floor exercise titles at the Pacific Rim Championships earlier this month.

"I have given this a lot of thought," Price said in a statement issued by USA Gymnastics. "Although the timing means that I might miss the opportunity to compete at the world championships, I am ready to move on and have decided to enroll at Stanford University this fall."

Price, who trains at Parkettes Gymnastics in Pennsylvania, was also an alternate to the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. She also won the all-around titles at the 2012 Stuttgart and Glasgow World Cup events.

"Elizabeth's achievements put her among the world's best gymnasts, and we are going to miss having her on the national team," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "Elizabeth has shown character and integrity in everything she has done, and I know that she will be a tremendous student and student/athlete at Stanford. We wish her the best of success."

A native of New Jersey, Price turns 18 on May 28. She said she is looking forward to the next stage of her career.

"I am proud of what I have accomplished and I will miss my teammates, but I am excited to go to Stanford and compete in collegiate gymnastics," she said.

Read an interview with Price in the April 2014 issue of International Gymnast magazine, and "Full Price," a cover story on Price, in the January/February 2013 issue. To order back issues, or subscribe to the digital and/or print versions of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

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Rachel T said:

Completely stunned!!!!
I feel like I have been hit by a Mack truck!!!! I didn't see this coming at all. I believed she was our number one hope for a medal at Worlds. I truly respect her decision, but wish she would still compete at Worlds as it is not that far off. I think she could have worked out an agreement to do both. I always believed she was robbed a spot in the 2012 Olympics and she legitimately earned a spot for them. Having been a competitive gymnast myself, I thought it was ridiculous to have an Olympic trial competition as they never went with all the top competition gymnasts from that competition. I have always said if you perform and succeeded in a top spot, you should be the one to go. No further second chances. It's the fair and right thing to do.
Price is a wonderful gymnast with a lot of integrity. This really hurts our chances at the World Championships. I feel the United States needs to work on two things. First, I have noticed many of the gymnasts are all doing the same skills...the same mounts on beam, the same dismounts etc. The coaches need to start encouraging more innovation. I remember back in 1992 when Kim Kelly (from. Prices club the Parkettes), had an amazing mount from the springboard onto the bars. So innovative and beautiful. We need more of what we used to see in the 80's to early 90's.
Second, I believe that a bigger part of the United. States training should be ballet and other core dance skills. The only current gymnast that truly impresses me on floor is the lovely Russian Ksenia A. In my humble option, I don't think anyone comes close to her talent in dance.
April 24, 2014
Votes: +10

Stephanie Schupak said:

I am shocked about Elizabeth decision to retire. I am disappointed because she is such a good gymnast. I was happy to see her have a chance to shine. I really thought she had a really good shot to become world team member and be a leader to the team. I also believe she had a legitimate shot to the world title. I do agree what Rachel said in her comments. Many of the gymnastics that I have seen from the Americans have been similar. I thought maybe it was the code of points. I really which Elizabeth well and I do hope she is happy. That is the most important thing. I wish her the best.
April 24, 2014
Votes: +3
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