Georgia junior Gracie Cherrey will retire from gymnastics, the University of Georgia announced in a release Wednesday.
Cherrey missed her sophomore season with an ankle injury. As a freshman, she competed 13 times on bars and averaged a 9.7817 with a regular season RQS of 9.8. She also competed four times on beam.
“Although Gracie will no longer be competing as a GymDog, we look forward to her contributing to our team in many other ways,” Georgia coach Courtney Kupets Carter said in the release. “Her bubbly personality and contagious smile brings joy to the gym and we will continue to support her in her transition of life after gymnastics.”
Cherrey also announced the decision on Instagram.
“Though two extensive ankle reconstructive surgeries limited my training to only bars in college and kept me from my dream of competing floor under stegemans (sic) bright lights and roaring crowd, sticking a bar dismount in front of 10,000 fans is a feeling I will never forget and cherish forever,” Cherrey wrote in a post Wednesday night. “Unfortunately, an upcoming shoulder surgery will keep me from having the opportunity to experience that again this year.”
Georgia had five gymnasts compete on bars at the team’s First Look event in December. The GymDogs open the season at Alabama Friday.