More than Swag: Nichols leaves indelible mark on gymnastics


April 19, 2020

The end was supposed to include one last run at perfection. One final salute to the judges. One lingering wave to a packed arena followed by a group hug with her Oklahoma teammates, preferably atop the podium at the NCAA women's gymnastics championships.

Instead, the end of Maggie Nichols' remarkable career arrived quietly in the middle of an otherwise routine practice a month ago. One minute, the 22-year-old senior was working on the beam preparing for a homecoming meet in Minnesota. The next, coach K.J. Kindler was telling the Sooners their season was over due to the pandemic.

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