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Olympic hopeful and 2018 world champion Riley McCusker took to Instagram Monday to express her disappointment over not making the Olympic team.

McCusker finished in sixth, just outside of a team and individual spot after falling off of her sole event — the uneven bars — on Sunday. 

“Devastated is an understatement,” McCusker wrote. “My heart is shattered into millions of pieces. It’s so hard to have come this far and been so close to my dreams to fall just short.”

“My main motivation for this last year and a half while training with Brian Carey was to show all of the little gymnasts and athletes out there that you can still become the best athlete that you can be in a healthy environment. You don’t have to sacrifice your mental health, physical health and overall well-being to become the best version of yourself.”

McCusker was one of the gymnasts who trained with coach Maggie Haney. Haney was suspended for eight years after being accused of verbal abuse and mistreatment of athletes. In November 2020, McCusker sued Haney and Victoria Levine for negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and assault. 

“I would love to come out and share my whole story eventually when I’m ready,” McCusker continued. “I hope that by doing so I can help the next generation of gymnasts as well as other athletes around the world.”