STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford women’s gymnastics incoming freshman Elizabeth Price has officially announced her retirement from the U.S. Women’s National Team and will join the Cardinal in 2014-15.
Price, one of the world’s elite women’s gymnasts, wrapped up an outstanding international career by winning the International Gymnastics Federation’s all-around World Cup Series in April. Price claimed victories at the AT&T American Cup in Greensboro, N.C., and the Stuttgart (Germany) World Cup. She took second at the Glasgow (Scotland) World Cup. She is coming off a successful Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships at the Richmond (B.C., Canada) Olympic Oval in which she claimed titles on bars and floor.
Price will join a Stanford team that competed in its seventh NCAA Championships in the past eight years, and 14th time in program history, during the 2014 season. The Cardinal has made 31 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances (34 overall) and accumulated 101 All-America honors (including 81 since 2002).
It was a year full of accomplishments for Stanford which finished with a 25-8 record – tying for the third-most wins in program history. The Cardinal placed second at the Pac-12 Championships, recorded its second-highest team score at an NCAA regional competition (197.275) and three gymnasts combined for five First Team All-America honors.
Price had a terrific year in international competition, earning the World Cup Series all-around title. At the Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, Price paced the field with a 14.600 on bars and a 14.950 on floor.
Price finished first in the all-around at the AT&T American Cup with a score of 59.966. She posted a meet-best 15.700 on vault, and went 15.2 on bars, 14.566 on beam and 14.500 on floor.
Price defended her 2012 title at the Stuttgart World Cup by posting a meet-best 58.032 in the all-around. She scored a competition-best 15.700 on vault, and had strong performances on uneven bars (14.466), floor (14.366) and balance beam (13.500).
Price signed a National Letter of Intent in mid-November to join the Cardinal in 2014-15. She boasts a wealth of national and international experience and was named an alternate to the U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics. It was the first gold-medal finish for the U.S. since 1996.
Price finished fourth at the 2012 Olympic Trials after hitting each of her eight routines.