Remembering the 2017 World Gymnastics Championships
The 2017 world gymnastics championships were the event that put the relatively unknown Morgan Hurd on the map. The favorite, though, was her compatriot Ragan Smith who was set to win yet another all-around title for the United States, after qualifying 2nd after Japan's Mai Murakami. However, just minutes before the all-around competition started, in the vault warm-up, Smith got injured and she had to withdraw from the championships. It was up to debutant Morgan Hurd to step up for her country and that's precisely what she did.
The 16-year-old, who was born in China but was adopted by American parents, started doing gymnastics when she was only 3 years old. Thanks to her victory in the all-around, the United States of America won their 5th title in a row after Jordyn Weaver won the championships in 2011 ahead of Russian Viktoria Komova and Simone Biles won every single title ever since until she decided to take a year off in 2017 (there are no world championships in the Olympic year). Ellie Black, from Canada, finished 2nd and Elena Eremina, from Russia, was 3rd.