Petition under review by Men’s Program Committee
Indianapolis, Ind. – Chris Young, a member of the 1999 World Championships Team, has withdrawn from the John Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships due to an Achilles’ tendon injury suffered earlier this year.
Young, 27 (Winston-Salem, N.C.), has been training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. His petition was filed Tuesday, July 25, by coach Ron Brant, explaining Young’s inability to compete and outlining his injuries. If Young’s petition is approved, he will compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Boston, August 17-20.
Young’s petition also lists a recent wrist injury, sustained during competition at the men’s qualifying event in Santa Barbara, July 1.
“This is frustrating for me,” said Young. “I have been working hard to be ready for this competition. The Olympic Games are an important goal of mine, and I hope to be able to compete in Boston.”
The men’s Olympic selection procedures allow for an athlete to petition directly into the Olympic Trials if an injury prevents him from competing in the championships.
“This is unfortunate for Chris,” commented Ron Galimore, Senior Director of Men’s Program for USA Gymnastics. “He has been a valuable member of our team and our goal is to help him get healthy.”