Recall Riley injured her ankle at the U.S. Classic. On competition Vault landing mats, where so many major injuries happen.
… I want to thank Brian from the bottom of my heart for showing me what it was like to be treated with kindness and respect everyday.
Because of this I will never let anyone treat or abuse me the way I was for years, he has helped me become a whole person.
He is also an incredible coach and before I hurt my ankle at classics I was doing things on floor and vault that I never thought possible for me.
My main motivation for this last year and a half while training with Brian Carey was to show all of the little gymnasts and athletes out there that you can still become the best athlete that you can be in a healthy environment. …
I didn’t have a vote. But my pick for the +one U.S. Olympic team would have been Riley. She hit 5/6 Bars routines this season and would have been a favourite for the Bars final, if not the podium.
If you want a deep dive into WHY the USA didn’t pick Riley as an alternate, listen to the June 30th GymCastic episode – Olympic Trials Party and Postmortem.