GymDog junior Gracie Cherrey retires

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.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declared the Lord, "plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future" Jeremiah 29:11 My love and drive for gymnastics is something that truly cannot be put into words. Gymnastics has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and has given me more than I could ever ask for. This being said, I have decided to medically retire from the sport I have so much love and respect for. As hard as it is to let go of, I have made this decision recognizing it is in the best interest of my body and my future. 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 bright lights and roaring crowd, sticking a bar dismount in front of 10,000 fans is a feeling I will never forget & cherish forever. Unfortunately an upcoming shoulder surgery will keep me from having the opportunity to experience that again this year. I am honored to have received a full ride scholarship to such an incredible school and to have helped my team solidify a spot in the super 6 championship, allowing me the opportunity to compete on collegiate gymnastics biggest stage. So while the chalk and glitter settle, I would like to thank everyone for all of their support in my gymnastics career. From my club coaches at TCT, to my family & friends, to the coaches at UGA, to my teammates and to the sports medicine staff...I wouldn't be where I am today and I so appreciate your encouragement and belief in me. I don't know what my future holds but I do know who holds the future and I am anxious to see all thats to come. UGA is an incredible place, and despite all the adversity, there truly is no place I'd rather be. I am so proud to be Gymdog and have the opportunity to continue to represent the G in a different role. To my gymdog family: I will be by your side supporting and encouraging you all season...your biggest fan

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