Jonathan Horton has suffered an overuse injury to his left shoulder that will take him out of contention for the Rio Olympics, according to Chron. The two-time Olympic medalist will endure rotator cuff surgery in March, but he says he's not done with gymnastics quite yet.
Horton is 30 years old with hopes of returning in 2017 to compete parallel bars or high bar at Worlds.
I'm not done. I hope to do more. But if I never compete again, I did as much as I could. I've had a great career.Of course, the timing of Horton's injury is unfortunate--as is the case with every injury--but it is time for him to take care of his body. He said his shoulder has been slowly giving way without him realizing, and he has reached a spot where he can no longer continue. It's important to Horton that he is able to do everyday activities such as picking up his daughter.
He said he plans to treat next year as "kind of a victory lap" and then will assess matters after that. Horton has been a well-known athlete in the gymnastics community with his long tenure and vibrant personality.
Wishing him a speedy recovery and strong comeback!
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