© John Cheng

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 5, 2011 – 2010 U.S. uneven bars silver-medalist Cassandra Whitcomb of Colorado Springs, Colo., is officially retiring from elite gymnastics to prepare for her collegiate career by competing as a Level 10 gymnast. Whitcomb, who is coached by Mary Lee Tracy at Cincinnati Gymnastics, spent five years as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team. She is a senior at the Ohio Virtual Academy and has committed to compete for the University of California, Los Angeles Bruins this coming Fall.

Quotes from Cassie Whitcomb and Mary Lee Tracy

"I have decided that for my last year before college I will be competing (at) Level 10," said Whitcomb. "I feel that it is better for my mind and body as I prepare for my collegiate career at UCLA. I am thankful for all the opportunities that being an elite gymnast has given me. The lessons that elite has taught me will help me throughout my collegiate career as well as life. I want to thank everybody who has helped me advance my gymnastics and become the gymnast and person that I am today."

"Cassie is an amazing athlete and person," said Tracy. " support her decision, and I will help her make this last year at CGA the best year."