Ragan Smith injured her ankle during vault warmups and had to pull out of the competition just minutes before entering the arena at Montreal Olympic Stadium for the 2017 World Championships women's all-around final.
Due to an ankle injury during the vault warm up, Ragan Smith has withdrawn from tonight's women's all-around final.— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) October 6, 2017
Valeri Liukin later confirmed in a post-meet interview that Smith was on her last vault in warmups -- doing a double twisting Yurchenko -- and landed sideways injuring her right ankle. After first seeing the vault, he didn't know the gravity of the injury and hoped Smith would be able to continue. Unfortunately, it was worse than initially expected and took Smith out of the competition.
An update on Ragan Smith: she rolled her ankle on a vault during the warm up and is being taken for X-rays. #MTL2017Gym— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) October 6, 2017
Following the x-rays taken following her injury, USA Gymnastics reported Smith's injury as a right ankle ligament injury, which precludes her from participating in the floor exercise final on Sunday. Canada's Ellie Black was the first alternate and will now be competing in Smith's place. Full list of finals competitors here.
Smith was entering the all-around competition as a favorite for gold after finishing second in qualifications with a 55.932.
This comes just two days after Romania's Larisa Iordache tore her Achilles tendon during the touch warmup on floor during women's qualifications, and three days after Kohei Uchimura pulled out of the men's qualifications due to a torn ligament in his ankle.