Danusia Francis’s sobs as she learned she had made the cut for Tokyo 2020, which will take place in 2021, recounted the whole story.
D. Francis Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Olympic gold seemed out of reach for the 27-year-old gymnast. She had given up hope of ever being an Olympian after realising that her showcase beam routine at the London 2012 test event was her only shot.
Although she was disappointed not to be selected for the Great Britain team, she enjoyed the opportunity to show off her skills on her favourite piece of equipment in front of a raucous home crowd as all eyes were on her.
Francis Enrolled in UCLA, an American School in California, the next Year.
The British gymnast discovered her passion for the sport again after years of training to compete at the Olympics. She got a perfect score of 10!
At 27, Francis was afraid he’d be hurt again. But she persisted and is now in Tokyo for the 2019 global championships.
She had already accepted the fact that she had no shot at a medal. But she fantasised about sharing the stage with Olympians, training with them, and even getting a tattoo of the Olympic rings. She merely desired to participate.
On Friday, She Found out that she had Damaged her left anterior Cruciate Ligament.
Due to injury, she was forced to drop out of the competition in the balance beam, vault, and floor.
On Sunday, though, her bandaged left knee didn’t stop her from attempting two toe-ons and a gentle dismount from the lower of the uneven bars. She kept a permanent grin on her face.
She later reflected, “It was a truly special event.” Not everything I’d hoped for, but a big success considering my limitations.
She was hoping to complete her bars routine on Sunday morning, just as she had on Friday during podium training, though without a full dismount. She initially planned to do so, but doctors persuaded her otherwise. However, she concerned that without the full routine, she might not be considered an Olympian.
Danuesa May Francis-Reid, who was born on May 13, 1994, competed for Great Britain and Jamaica in artistic gymnastics before retiring. She was on the British Olympic team’s bench in 2012.
She was a member of the UCLA gymnastics team while she was a student there. (Second) She competed for Jamaica in the next Olympic Games.
Francis added, “If we’ve learned anything from Simone, it’s how psychological the sport is,” adding that the world of elite gymnastics needs to learn to prioritise athlete safety more (mentally and physically) like she’s seen on the collegiate stage.
Francis gave the example of gymnasts performing difficult release moves on bars without a coach on hand to catch them, opting instead to place an extra mat under them.
“Anything that can assist an athlete’s performance should be allowed to a certain degree,” she said. The needs of gymnasts should be first.
Francis is slated to have surgery in the middle of September, after which he will begin the long process of getting better.
Her future plans are uncertain at this time because to her injured knee, although she hopes to compete in her final Commonwealth Games in the United Kingdom in 2022.
She claims that one of her trainers is obsessed with the upcoming Paris Olympics, even though she is not currently training with that goal in mind.
Francis remarked, “Never say never; if you had asked my younger self if I would’ve gone to Tokyo, the answer would have been a resounding no.”