May 21, 2009 / 6:20 PM / 9 years ago

Former Olympic floor champion Kyle Shewfelt retires

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Former Olympic floor champion Kyle Shewfelt, who broke both legs after landing badly in a practice session in 2007, retired from gymnastics Thursday.

The Canadian, who won his country’s first Olympic artistic gymnastics gold at the 2004 Athens Games, recovered from the accident to make the team for last year’s Beijing Games but failed to qualify for the floor final.

“I have come to the decision that it’s time to hang up the grips, put away the stinky gym shoes, remove the singlet, take my hands out of the chalk bucket and start embarking on new journeys,” the 27-year-old wrote on his blog (

“Breaking my legs and having the course of my Olympic path redirected in an instant was something that has left me forever changed.”

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