Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Cassie Whitcomb Retires From Elite
Cassie Whitcomb is dropping down to level 10 for her final year of high school. This retirement doesn't come as a complete shock, as she was never favored by Martha Karolyi no matter what skills she was training on bars. Cassie's start values never got her out of the 'bubble' zone for making World Teams.
Whitcomb has suffered injuries throughout her career (like most elite gymnasts). Her retirement from elite is great news for UCLA, a team that has always been plagued by beat-up talented elites. The decision to drop down to level 10 may be the best thing for her elite career. It also means that she will not defer to try for the 2012 Olympic Team, which she had little shot of making. Whitcomb will be a strong NCAA gymnast if healthy and is someone who will really help UCLA on bars and floor (and possibly vault.) Given her utter inconsistency on beam, it is unlikely that she will compete all-around in college.
The official statement from USAG reads:
Mary Lee Tracy