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Jonathan Horton announces retirement after ‘Ninja Warrior’ appearance

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Two-time Olympic medalist Jonathan Horton announced his retirement from gymnastics Monday night, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Horton, 31, missed much of the Rio Olympic cycle due to shoulder surgeries and a torn pectoral muscle, the former ultimately derailing his bid to make a third Olympic team.

“I was hurt every single year for six years after never being hurt once,” Horton said at a watch party for his “American Ninja Warrior” appearance Monday, according to the newspaper. “It was a matter of my body telling me that we need to be done.”

Horton, at 5 feet, 1 inch, succeeded 2004 Olympic all-around champion Paul Hamm as the star of U.S. men’s gymnastics.

He led a depleted American team to bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games and tacked on a high bar silver, missing gold by .025.

Horton added a world all-around bronze medal in 2010, plus all-around titles at the 2008 Olympic Trials and 2009 and 2010 U.S. Championships.

“I would love to have won a gold medal, but I’m proud of what I was able to accomplish,” Horton said, according to the newspaper. “I left nothing out there. I gave it all I had, and I don’t live my life by regrets.”

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Two-time U.S. Olympic medalist Jonathan Horton confirmed that he will miss the Rio Olympics, requiring left shoulder surgery.

Horton, who earned high bar silver and team bronze at Beijing 2008, is not retired and hopes to return to competition in 2017.

“But if I never compete again, I did as much as I could,” Horton said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “I’ve had a great career.”

Horton, 30, competed at the London Olympics with a right shoulder “torn to shreds,” a doctor told him right after the Games. He required reconstructive surgery on that shoulder and then tore a pectoral muscle in December 2013.

He had hoped to become the oldest U.S. gymnast to compete at the Olympics since 1956, according to sports-reference.com.

Horton, the 2009 and 2010 U.S. all-around champion, finished eighth and ninth in the P&G Championships all-around the last two years. He was not selected for either World Championships team.

“[The left shoulder] was a ticking time bomb,” Horton said, according to the newspaper. “It had been slowly giving way without me realizing it over the last three years, and it finally went now, unfortunately, and didn’t last me until the Games.”

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