Russian gymnast Kudryavtseva retires aged 19
MOSCOW, Jan 10 (AP) — Russian rhythmic gymnast Yana Kudryavtseva has retired from competition aged just 19 following a brief but dazzling career.
Kudryavtseva won 13 world championships from 2013 to 2015, making her the early favorite for the all-around gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but a foot fracture disrupted her preparations. She had to settle for silver in Rio behind fellow Russian and friend Margarita Mamun following a rare mistake on her club routine.
The International Gymnastics Federation says her retirement, which follows numerous injury struggles, ends "one of the most glittering careers in rhythmic history."