LONDON -- Anna Li, who was one of the three replacement athletes in England for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, will be in London supporting the U.S. squad despite suffering a neck injury earlier in the week that has put her in a cervical collar and taken her out of the replacement pool.
According to a USA Gymnastics spokesperson, Li made the decision to stay in London and watch the competition rather than returning home immediately for further medical care.
The women begin team and individual qualifications Sunday.
Li, who was training as a replacement athlete in Birmingham, England, had fallen earlier in the week as she finished training a routine on the uneven bars, her specialty.
"Things could have been a lot worse," Li said Friday. "I'm lucky because I wanted to finish out this entire journey and I wanted to still be part of the team."