Photograph: Bailie Key/Facebook
Bailie Key is officially back! Key, who was the 2013 U.S. junior all around champion, seemed to be destined to Olympic glory, but gymnastics is an unfair sport, and injuries prevented Bailie from being in full form during her senior career. In 2015, at the P&G Championships, she was third both on bars and on floor and was fourth in the all around, but failed to make the World Championships team. In 2016, she trained at the Secret U.S. Classic, but later announced that she was putting an end to her season because of a back injury. Her Olympic dreams were over then.
It was heartbreaking, because Bailie was one of the most talented, polished and mature gymnasts on the U.S. team. This year, however, a new chapter of her life is starting at Alabama. Hopefully, she will have a happy and successful career, she deserves every second of it.
We are now lucky enough to have footage of her new balance beam routine from yesterday. She competed a switch leap to switch leap half to beat; a new triple series – BHSO + BHSO + LOSO; a full turn; a free-cartwheel; and, as a dismount, a round-off into one-and-a-half twist.
Welcome back, Bailie!
Article by Talitha Ilacqua