Lindsey Vanden Eykel Retires From Gymnastics

Sept. 2, 2005

UCLA sophomore Lindsey Vanden Eykel has retired from gymnastics, Bruin head coach Valorie Kondos Field announced Friday. After undergoing surgery on August 17 on her right shoulder for a labrum tear, Vanden Eykel was advised by her surgeon that continuing to train in gymnastics could cause irreparable damage to her shoulder due to chronic degeneration of the underlying bone. She will stay involved with the UCLA gymnastics team in a support role.

The former two-time junior national uneven bars champion competed for the Bruins in every meet in 2005 and recorded season-highs of 9.925 on uneven bars, 9.85 on balance beam and 9.675 on floor exercise. She had two first-place finishes on uneven bars - at Oregon State on Jan. 14 and at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 11. She also placed fourth on that event at the Pac-10 Championships.

'Obviously I'm really sad about not being able to continue my gymnastics career here at UCLA, but I have to consider my future and health,' Vanden Eykel said. 'I look forward to remaining a part of the team. My teammates have been great in helping me through this transition.'

'I really want to thank everyone over the years who has supported me and my gymnastics,' she continued. 'Thanks for all the messages you sent, last year in particular. 'L-Boogie' will live on in future endeavors.'

Said Kondos Field, 'It's always difficult to see someone's athletic career come to an end. I'm glad that Lindsey will still remain a part of this team. She has so much to offer besides her beautiful gymnastics. Hopefully we will be seeing her in the near future in acting and/or dancing roles.'

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