Elizabeth Price retires from U.S. National Gymnastics Team

Elizabeth Price

2012 Olympic alternate Elizabeth Price is retiring from the U.S. National Gymnastics Team after winning two of her biggest titles in the last two months.

Price, 17, will enroll in Stanford in the fall and compete collegiately. That could preclude her from competing at the World Championships in Nanning, China, in October. But she didn’t rule it out.

“I have given this a lot of thought,” Price said, according to USA Gymnastics. “Although the timing means that I might miss the opportunity to compete at the World Championships, I am ready to move on and have decided to enroll at Stanford University this fall. I am proud of what I have accomplished and I will miss my teammates, but I am excited to go to Stanford and compete in collegiate gymnastics.”

Price won the American Cup all-around title on March 1 and the Pacific Rim Championships all-around April 9.

Price’s retirement comes during a time of transition for U.S. women.

Simone Biles, the 2013 world all-around champion, missed the American Cup and Pacific Rims due to injury. Fierce Five member McKayla Maroney had knee surgery in March.

Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas and floor exercise champion Aly Raisman are in training but haven’t set competitive returns yet. Less has been heard from Jordyn Wieber, now a UCLA student, about if and when she will return to competition.

The only 2012 Olympian who has competed this season is Kyla Ross, who took second to Price at Pacific Rims.

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