Carter’s Corner: Gators decorated gymnast Morgan Hurd undergoes knee surgery

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Morgan Hurd, who joined the Gators this spring, competes at the 2021 U.S. Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo: Jérôme Miron / USA TODAY Sports)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The most followed Gators student-athlete on social media – has nearly 180,000 followers combined on Instagram and Twitter – Morgan hurd is a newcomer to the UF gymnastics team.

For his fans around the world who are waiting for Hurd’s college debut, the wait is going to be longer than expected. Hurd announced on social media Monday night that she had had knee surgery to repair an ACL tear.

Hurd, 20, joined the Gators for the spring semester after spending the fall traveling with members of the U.S. National Team on the Gold Over America Tour. Born in China, Hurd grew up in Middletown, Del., And flourished as one of the country’s top elite gymnasts.

Hurd gained international notoriety in 2017 when she won all-around gold at the World Championships in Montreal. Hurd supported her new teammates in the season opener Friday night, but did not participate.

“Apparently I partially tore my ACL last year and just didn’t know it,” Hurd posted Monday night after the operation. “And then tore up the rest about a week before I left for UF.”

Hurd was set to make the US team for the Tokyo Summer Games until a series of elbow injuries derailed his Olympic bid. The No.2-ranked Gators host Alabama on Sunday afternoon (3 p.m., ABC) in the first meeting of the NCAA gymnastics regular season which will be broadcast live on one of the three major networks.

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