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Aurora's Anna Li Out of Games After Injury

USA Gymnastics confirmed Thursday Li is "no longer training as a replacement athlete"

By Lauren Jiggetts and Rob Elgas
|  Thursday, Jul 26, 2012  |  Updated 2:08 PM CDT
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Aurora's Anna Li Out of Games After Injury

Aurora gymnast Anna Li tweeted out a photo of herself in a neck brace Thursday. Li was training with the other alternates at an off-site facility Tuesday when she fell.

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Aurora's Anna Li will no longer compete as a gymnastics alternate in the London Games.

USA Gymnastics confirmed Thursday Li is "no longer training as [a] replacement athlete" after she suffered a torn neck ligament in a fall this week on the uneven bars.

The news sent via Twitter came after doctors recommended Aurora's Anna Li stop training for the Games as a precaution after the fall. She is wearing a cervical collar as a precaution.

"Anna Li is still in Birmingham and has been advised by the medical team not to do gymnastics at this time as a precautionary measure," USA Gymnastics spokesperson Luan Peszek said in a statement. "That is all we know at this time."

In a separate Thursday statement, USA Gymnastics spokeswoman Leslie King said all of Li's medical tests, including a CAT scan and MRI "have come back normal, and everything appears to be fine."

Li told NBC Chicago Thursday her neck is injured but she can still walk around. She said she wants to come to London and support her team. It's not clear, though, whether she'll be able to come to Olympic Park.

Li was training with the other alternates at an off-site facility Tuesday when she fell. Despite a report earlier Wednesday that she was OK, the gymnast and her mother said Wednesday Li is struggling emotionally and in a neck brace.

"We are sad she got hurt, but she is lucky because [the injury] could have been worse," her mother and coach, Jiani Wu, said Wednesday via email. "She will have to wear a neck brace for a few weeks."

Earlier in the day, USA Gymnastics said the gymnast was "fine."

"Anna Li fell from bars July 24 and was taken to hospital for testing, which is standard," USA Gymnastics said via Twitter. "All of her tests, including a CAT scan and MRI, have come back normal, and everything appears to be fine."

Li earned an alternate spot on the U.S. Women's gymnastics team after she delivered a strong trials performance on the uneven bars.

The 23-year-old Waubonsie Valley High School graduate was the second-oldest female gymnast at the trials. Both of Li's parents are former gymnasts and both won Olympic medals for China back in 1984.

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