Sad news from Baton Rouge!
LSU’s junior All-American McKenna Kelley ruptured her Achilles tendon during practice on 27 November, and will sit out the 2018 season.
McKenna, who is the daughter of Olympic champion Mary Lou Retton, is the current SEC Champion of floor exercise and a two-time All American.
She underwent surgery on 29 November and is expected to make a full recovery for the 2019 season.
She wrote on Twitter: ‘It is with utmost disappointment that I say I have ruptured my Achilles. I will be undergoing surgery tomorrow & out for the season. Tiger fans, I can promise you I will work my tail off be the best person, student and athlete for this school. Geaux Tigers & Forever LSU.’
Despite the disappointment, on Instagram McKenna showed her positive attitude, writing: ‘His plan, not mine. Here’s to the next chapter!⭐️’.
Head coach D-D Breaux also commented on the injury: ‘McKenna was at the top of her gymnastics and has really worked hard to be the anchor and make the vault lineup. In a year when we are replacing a great senior class she will be missed. She is the spirit and emotional leader of our team. It is now a time for us to develop addition depth and see who will step up and carry the LSU flag.’
Among the people wishing McKenna a speedy recovery on Twitter was Romania’s star Larisa Iordache.
We also wish McKenna a speedy recovery!