Victoria Moors announces retirement

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The 18 year old gymnast has announced her retirement from elite gymnastics today at the Canadian National Championships.

My gymnastics career has been a long hall… And now it’s time for me to retire as a professional gymnast. It’s been a tough road for me and I’ve been faced with some challenges that i just couldn’t overcome. This sport has taught me so much about myself and life itself. I’ve made so many amazing friends that i know will stick by my side for my whole life and I know I will stick by theirs. My love for this sport will truly never end and I will continue to inspire young athletes to be the best person/athlete that they can be. This has been one of the toughest decisions that I’ve had to make but I have to look out for myself and do what’s best for me. I would like to thank my friends, fans, coaches and my family who have stood by my side throughout my whole career I wouldn’t of been where I am without you thanks so much for believing in me and understanding this tough decision.

A photo posted by The Official Victoria Moors (@victoriamoors_) on

Moors had a strong Junior career  with her accolades including winning the 2010 & 2011 Canadian All Around Championships as well as numerous gold medals in the apparatus finals in both years.

She launched her successful Senior career competing at the London 2012 Test Event where she helped Canada secure a spot to the Olympic Games, the first full women’s team since 2004. Following this she placed 3rd AA at the Elite Canada competition also taking bronze on Bars and gold on Floor. It was on the World Cup circuit where she really began to make a name for herself, competing in three American Cups. 2012 was the first time she represented Canada here, placing fourth, the same position she achieved in 2014 but it was 2013 that was her most successful outing at the event taking bronze behind Katelyn Ohashi and Simone Biles.

Following on from the American Cup, Moors had a busy 2012. She was a member of the Canadian team that won a bronze medal at the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships, she also qualified through to the Floor final. Following on from this she competed at the World Cup in Zibo taking silver on Floor. In her first Canadian Championships as a senior she Later in June, she was selected for her first Olympic Games, where Moors and the Canadian team went on to finish 5th in the team competition.

2013 continued to be a good year. One highlight in particular was that Moors became the first female gymnast to compete a double twisting double layout. In October of the same year the skill was rated as an “I” in the Code of Points by the FIG and named after the gymnast. In fact this was Moors second element to be named after her and entered into the code of points, the first being in 2012 for a bar dismount. Another highlight, not to be ignored, was Moors 10th place AA ranking at her first ever World Championships.

At this point, going into 2014, things were only on the up for Moors. She kicked the year off taking All Around gold at the Elite Canada competition, also qualifying to three finals but withdrawing from the Floor final. In her third American Cup in 2014, she ranked 4th. Victoria competed at the Tokyo World Cup in April of 2014 placing 4th AA.  The Canadian Championships in May saw her win AA bronze, gold on Floor and bronze on Beam. With the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in sight, all was going well in the world of Victoria Moors.

By mid June Canada had named it’s team for the CWG, with Victoria Moors at the helm, ready to lead the team. The delegation travelled to Glasgow and only a few days before the CWG Gymnastics Canada released a statement:

Statement from Gymnastics Canada on the final selection for the 2014 Glasgow Games
Posted Sunday, July 27, 2014

 

The Canadian Gymnastics Teams held preparation camps prior to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The objectives of these camps were to conduct final training prior to the Games, as well as to give the coaching personnel the opportunity to evaluate the athletes prior to heading to Glasgow. Following discussion between the coaches and Victoria Moors, it was determined that she was not performing at competition readiness for these Games. The coaching staff therefore decided that Victoria-Kayen Woo would compete in Glasgow instead of Victoria Moors.

No other information was divulged, with Moors disappearing off the radar for quite some time with fans unsure of her training status. She was not named as part of the 2014 World Championships team and we didn’t see her compete for the rest of 2014 as she took a break. Moors made a return in 2015 at the Elite Canada competition where she only competed Floor and Vault. Despite having qualified in second place on both, she only competed on Floor and unfortunately finished 6th.

We had hoped that Moors would make a go for Rio 2016 and looked forward to what more she had to offer the sport. Wishing Victoria the best in the future, in whatever she decides to pursue. She has certainly left her mark on the sport and as one of the greatest Canadian gymnasts of all time.

At the time of posting, no comment has been made by Moors or by Gymnastics Canada, although we can assume that the announcement to those at the Canada Championships (by Moors) is true as she has now begun retweeting good will messages, regarding her retirement, by fans.

**Update** Confirmation via Instagram post above

Image via Getty Images

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