Swiss gymnast Giulia Steingruber, who managed to come back from an ankle injury sustained in Rio to win bronze on vault at 2017 Worlds, was injured once again during the Sainté Gym Cup friendly meet between France, Germany and Switzerland on Saturday. As she landed her double layout, Steingruber fell to the ground, clutching her left knee, and an MRI confirmed yesterday that she had suffered a torn ACL as well as damage to her meniscus and a possible fracture of the tibia, ruling her out of competing at the European Championships in Glasgow next month.
This is devastating news for the 24-year-old, who had regained almost all of her difficulty and was looking extremely strong and prepared for the upcoming competition. The Swiss federation has confirmed that she will also miss Worlds in Doha and next year’s European Championships in Szczecin, as she will be unable to train for at least nine months. Steingruber is due to have a second MRI today to confirm the damage and a date will then be arranged for surgery. We wish her all the best at this tough time and hope she will be back stronger than ever.