Madison Kocian put on quite a show in the first two rotations of the P&G National Gymnastics Championships prelims. She lead the first two rounds of competition with beautiful performances on beam and bars. And at the end of the day, she ended up in second place to Simone Biles on beam (beating Kyla Ross) and second to Kyla Ross on bars.
Though beam and bars are definitely her strong events, Madison continued to look great in her floor routine. On her third pass, she most obviously hurt herself. For a split second, I thought it was a repeat of Georgia Rose at the Pacific Rims. In the moment, the landing on her third pass looked pretty bad, and I fully expected a broken ankle. I was shocked when she continued on, and tentatively landed her final pass. It was such a courageous routine.
After the routine was over, her coach worked on her ankles, and she was surrounded by medical staff. Rumors later in the evening placed her in an aircast. And today, USA Gymnastics announced that she would not be competing in the Finals on Saturday.
Full Release from USA Gymnastics:
Madison Kocian of Dallas/WOGA has withdrawn from the second day of women’s competition at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships. She suffered a third degree sprain on her left ankle during the floor exercise competition last evening.
Sad to see her out of the competition, but this is definitely not the last time we will be hearing her name.