2012 Silver Medalist Brittany Broben Withdraws from Rio

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Yesterday Australian diver Brittany Broben announced that she needed to pull out of the Rio Olympics, due to a shoulder injury. At Olympic Trials she dislocated her shoulder, but the rehab has been insufficient.

Broben was set to compete on platform. In 2012, she won silver in the event.

The 20 year old shared the news on social media.

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It breaks my heart to say this, it's been a long 8 weeks of rehabilitation after dislocating my shoulder at Olympic trials and as a result I will not be competing in the rio Olympics! I have never had to deal with such heart break however hopefully this will make me stronger and a better diver once I have some time to work on my injuries! Sometimes life just really sucks! I owe it to myself to listen to my body and it finally had told me enough was enough, I didn't want to go over to the Olympics and show the world the fear and pain on my face every time I stood on the edge of the platform, I have many people to thank for helping me chase my dream and although this time I'll be cheering on my team from home, I'll be back even stronger next year! A shout out to three amazing people @chava_sobrino @_joel_rodriguez_ @vyninka who made me realise I am stronger then I think, I love and appreciate you more then you could imagine, sometimes dreams don't come true and that's ok! #Olympics #Rio #BiggerAndBetter 🇧🇷🇦🇺💔

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Broben later announced that after her latest MRI, she was confident she had made the right decision. Her doctor told her something “horrible” would have happened had she competed in Rio.

Read the full press release from the Australian Olympic Committee here:

DIVING: 2012 Olympic diving silver medallist Brittany Broben has been forced to withdraw from the 2016 Australian Olympic Team. Broben suffered a shoulder injury during the Diving Nomination Trials and whilst she had made excellent progress in recovering, a recent setback, given timeframes, has proven too much.

“Brittany has been fighting hard to return to full fitness, and she and Diving Australia were confident she was going to be ready to perform at her best in Rio,” Diving Australia CEO David Bell, said.

“Unfortunately this setback has put paid to her chances.”

“This is obviously a very disappointing outcome for Brittany, and we will be supporting her through this difficult period.

Broben caught the attention of the nation when she won silver in the platform final in London, as the youngest member of the Australian Olympic team.

Diving Australia is working through channels regarding the ability to name a replacement. Australia will be represented in the women’s platform by two-time Olympian, Melissa Wu.

Several members of the Australian diving team have already left for Rio, with the remaining members of the team due to leave on Sunday.

Full profiles on divers under the Team section of the website and App.