Utah gymnastics gets good news about Grace McCallum’s knee injury

Medical staff says ‘conservative measures are in place’ for the Olympian’s recovery.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Grace McCallum on the vault as Utah hosts UCLA, NCAA gymnastics in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.

The University of Utah gymnastics team was “devastated” over the weekend when star sophomore Grace McCallum suffered an injury during her vault routine. Now the team’s medical staff has an official diagnosis for the Olympian.

The staff on Wednesday said McCallum “suffered a hyperextension of the right knee” at Saturday’s meet.

“Conservative measures are in place and we are all working hard for a safe and healthy return to play,” the staff said in a news release.

Utah has not released a timeline for McCallum’s return. The Cleveland Clinic states a hyperextended knee typically takes “between a few weeks to a month” to fully recover.

The update is good news for the Red Rocks, who are considered one of the top gymnastics teams in the country. McCallum has been instrumental to their success so far this season.

“Once again, I’d like to thank everyone for the support and kind messages,” McCallum said in the release. “I will be focusing on the recovery process and doing everything possible to be back on the competition floor when it is safe and healthy for my body.

“As it was shown last weekend, I know my teammates will go out there and continue having each other’s backs no matter what happens. This team has a lot left to give and I can’t wait to see what the second half of the season has in store. Don’t count us out just yet!”