Bad shoulder knocks Peszek out of gym worlds

Updated: September 15, 2009, 5:07 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- A bad shoulder will keep Olympic silver medalist Samantha Peszek out of the world championships.

Peszek announced Tuesday that she was withdrawing her name from consideration for next month's world gymnastics championships and will have surgery to repair a torn labrum. She had been one of 10 gymnasts invited to the final selection camp, which begins Sept. 30 at the Karolyi ranch outside of Houston.

"I'm disappointed that I won't be able to compete for a spot on the" world team, Peszek said. "The decision was a tough one to make but one that will enable me to get healthy and ready for next season."

The high school senior has already committed to competing for UCLA.

The torn labrum kept Peszek from doing the all-around at last month's national championships, where she finished second on balance beam.

Peszek was part of the U.S. squad that won the silver medal at the Beijing Olympics, but was limited to the uneven bars in preliminaries after a last-minute injury. She sprained her ankle just as the Americans were finishing their warmups in the training gym.

She also was on the team that won gold at the 2007 world championships, only the second world title for the Americans and their first on foreign soil.

Peszek is the second Olympian to withdraw from world team consideration. Olympic champion Nastia Liukin pulled out earlier this month, saying she hasn't had enough time to train.

The worlds competition is Oct. 13-18 in London.

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