Gym Dog senior, Brittany Rogers, a 2012 Olympian for Canada, has decided to defer a semester and return to Georgia in December. She still has the desire to compete internationally for her country, and with the world championships coming up in October, Rogers will turn her focus fully toward elite and remain home in British Columbia to train in the hopes of making the Canadian team. She will then return to finish out her career at Georgia for the 2016 NCAA season.
Rogers entered college as a freshman in December of 2012, so she is familiar with having to jump right into the collegiate season after arriving at school. However, it is possible she will come back even more prepared than she was as a freshman. After the Olympics in 2012, Rogers enjoyed the fall by taking a break from gymnastics, training less intensely to prepare for college. This fall, she will be training even more so than she would have if she remained in Athens, which should prepare her for her senior season.
The 2015 world championships run from Oct. 23-Nov. 1 in Glasgow, Scotland, and the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games will be held in Aug. 5-21, 2016.