UCLA’s junior Madison Preston has retired from competitive gymnastics due to injury, but will remain with the team with a managerial role.
UCLA Gymnastics wrote on Twitter: Madison Preston ‘has injury retired, but we are happy to still have her on the team as a manager!’
Preston competed consistently on vault and floor in her freshman and sophomore years for the Bruins, and occasionally on beam during her freshman season. Her best scores were a ‘perfect’ 9.950 on vault for a beautifully stretched full-twisting Yurchenko; a 9.925 on floor and a 9.775 on balance beam. Among her honours, on 16 February 2016 she was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, and later that year she became NCAA Regional vault co-champion.
During her club career, she won the 2014 National title on vault with a score of 9.900. She described hitting one of her best ever vaults at the J.O.s to win the National title as ‘her biggest athletic thrill’.
Fans were left devastated by the news of her retirement. One fan wrote on her Instagram page: ‘I’m broken hearted you won’t be competing! You were the most badass Bruin! But best wishes to healing and feeling healthy.’ And another added: ‘So sad to here you won’t be competing this year! I was really hoping we could see you compete a 10.0 start value vault this season’.
Health, however, always comes first, and we also wish Madison Preston a speedy recovery!