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Anna Li's Olympic Future in Question After Fall

Li fell from the bars Tuesday and was taken to the hospital

By Lauren Jiggetts and Rob Elgas
|  Thursday, Jul 26, 2012  |  Updated 1:43 PM CDT
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Aurora Holds Olympic Sendoff for Anna Li

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Anna Li performs on the uneven bars during the preliminary round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials, Friday, June 29, 2012, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Aurora Holds Olympic Sendoff for Anna Li

The 23-year-old Waubonsie Valley High School graduate is an alternate on the U.S. Women's gymnastics team. Lauren Jiggetts reports.
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UPDATE: Li Out of Games After Injury...

Despite a report earlier Wednesday that Aurora's Anna Li was OK after a fall during practice a day earlier, the gymnast and her mother said Li is struggling emotionally and in a neck brace.

Li, an alternate on the U.S. women's gymnastics team, was training with the other alternates at an off-site facility when she fell.

"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. ... We will know more tomorrow."

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.

"It's really exciting," Li said after the competition, "because my parents have already been to the Olympics so they know what it takes to get there, and having them be there to guide me ... it's really great to have them be mentors, and I always wanted to be just like them."

Editor's Note: This post was originally published July 25, 2012.

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