Claire Martin (FRA). In the very first days of January, France’s beam standout Claire Martin announed her retirement. As a junior Claire was the beam bronze medallist at the 2013 EYOF, as a senior she was the bronze medallist on beam at home Europeans in Montpellier in 2015. Sadly, 2016 was plagued with injuries and she did not make it to Rio, so she made the decision to retire.
Ana Sofía Gómez (GUA). Also in January, we received the unexpected news of Ana Sofía’s retirement, many had hoped she would continue towards Tokyo but she chose to close her career after attending Two Olympic Games. Ana Sofía has made Guatemala very proud, aside from her Olympic participations she has three Pan-American medals including one gold on beam in Guadalajara 2011. She’s among the few non-Romanian gymnasts to have competed a back handspring into a full twist and she usually performed the skill with a high level of precision since her junior days at the Youth Olymic Games.
Rebecca Tunney (GBR). She was scheduled to compete at the 2017 American Cup but withdrew, then in April she surprisingly announced her retirement. While Rebecca did not make the Rio Olympic Team she did compete at home Olympics in London 2012 where she placed 13th in the all-around.
Diana Bulimar (ROU). At Romanian Nationals the rumour of Diana’s retirement surfaced and sadly these were expected news. Diana was an amazing talent; she claimed a silver medal on Floor at the Youth Olympic Games while celebrating her 15th birthday. Attended the 2012 Olympic Games and had an spectacular 2013 Europeanswhere she won beam silver and floor bronze as well as placing fourth in the all-around. But afterwards the knee injuries continuedly plagued her year after year, she missed both the 2013 and 2014 World Championships and while she did attend the 2015 World Championships she was not at her best. Sadly the Olympic Test Event, where Romania failed to qualify a full team to Rio became her last competition. Afterwards while training for the 2016 Europeans she tore her Achilles tendon which mounted to the endless knee injuries she has faced, forcing her to end her career earlier than many would have hoped for.
Shang Chunsong (CHN). After the Chinese National Games Shang Chungsong was not selected to the World Team which led to the announcement of her retirement. While Shang became a senior in 2012 her real debut year was 2013 where she impressed with her own skill on bars which is rated F. Since then Shang has been constantly contributing to the Chinese success at the international stage and has won World Team Silver Medals at both the 2014 and 2015 World Championships as well as Olympic Team Bronze in Rio. What sadly eluded her was an individual World medal, she came close twice in 2015 when she finished fourth both at the all-around and Floor Final; Rio would be no different as she finished fourth in the all-around once again.
Catalina Ponor (ROU). At the 2017 World Championships Catalina Ponor announced she would retire at the end of the year. After Worlds she attended the Arthur Gander Memorial and the Mexican Open to close this stage of her career. Watch her retirement speech as well as her last competitive beam routine and her last Floor performance at the Mexican Open Gala.