Ragan Smith - Interview - 2017 World Championships - Qualifications
Ragan Smith injured her ankle during vault warmups and had to pull out of the competition just minutes before entering the arena at Montreal Olympic Stadium for the 2017 World Championships women's all-around final.
Valeri Liukin later confirmed in a post-meet interview that Smith was on her last vault in warmups -- doing a double twisting Yurchenko -- and landed sideways injuring her right ankle. After first seeing the vault, he didn't know the gravity of the injury and hoped Smith would be able to continue. Unfortunately, it was worse than initially expected and took Smith out of the competition.
The 2017 U.S. women's gymnastics all-around champion is 18 years old now and, well, writing on her bedroom walls.
The inspirational quote "She believed she could so she did" stretches across the left side of the dry-erase wall canvas in cursive, reminders to go through each physical therapy rep in "All directions!" on the right.
Then there's the narrow, underlined column titled "Goals." Smith erases and supplements the text beneath it about biweekly. She doesn't hesitate when asked on a late afternoon in July what she'll write next.
Smith grabs a handy black Expo marker and scribbles "Classics" above goals to indicate the next challenge she'll meet head on.