Bridget Sloan, a member of the 2008 silver medal team, pulled out of the U.S. Olympic trials Friday night after injuring her left elbow during warm-ups.
Sloan said she knew something was wrong when she slipped off the uneven bars and landed hard on her elbow. When she tried to continue with another practice routine, the pain became unbearable.
"My body is telling me one thing and my head is telling me something else," said Sloan, fighting back tears. "And the body wins."
Sloan said it initially has been diagnosed as a sprain, but that she was getting an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.
"It's a little hard to take," Sloan said. "You work so hard and your body sometimes doesn't hold up. But everything happens for a reason. I had a great career and I have absolutely no regrets."
Her withdrawal from the trials means 14 women now are competing for five spots on the U.S. Olympic team that will compete in London.
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