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UCLA Gymnast Christine Peng-Peng Lee Will Sit Out 2014 Season
By: UCLA Athletics
UCLA redshirt freshman Christine Peng-Peng Lee will undergo an ACL revision surgery on Tuesday and will miss another season of gymnastics competition. Lee sat out the 2013 campaign after suffering a torn ACL just prior to the 2012 Canadian National Championships.

Lee had the initial knee surgery in 2012 using an allograft. She rehabbed her injury in 2013 and realized in early October that the graft was not functioning properly. After meeting with medical staff to determine the best course of action, an ACL revision using an autograft patella tendon was scheduled.

Lee will be out for the year but is expecting a great outcome from the surgery, as the rest of her knee is in pristine condition.

"I had my moment of being really upset because I was super-excited about the season. I sat out last season and, watching all the girls, I just wanted to get out there and compete," said Lee. "But stuff happens, and sometimes it's uncontrollable. People go through adversities, but I know I can come back, and I'm not worried about what is going to happen with my gymnastics."

"I'm still thinking about doing another four years and going to an Olympic Games, so I don't think people should lose hope because I'm not losing hope," she continued. "I still have faith in everything I do, and after this surgery, I'm going to be that much stronger and have that much more of an edge over those who aren't mentally as strong. When people go through tough times and they have to go through a lot they just come out a better person."

Lee said she is looking forward to Tuesday's surgery to get her knee fixed and begin the rehab process.

"It's just another bump in the road," she assured. "Injuries are unfortunately a part of gymnastics, but I wouldn't be doing it unless I loved it. And because I love it, I'm just going to come back as strong as ever. Don't underestimate the power of my mind!"

Lee was Team Canada's honorary captain at the 2012 Olympic Games and a competitor at the 2011 World Championships. She won three medals at the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships, capturing bronze in the all-around and silver on balance beam and floor exercise.

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Monday, Feb 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 195.175 - 196.375
Saturday, Feb 06
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
W, 197.100 - 197.075
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 197.475 - 196.225
Sunday, Feb 21
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 196.675 - 196.450
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 196.625 - 192.950
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. Georgia and Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
3rd, 196.825
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
L, 197.200 - 197.950
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
1st, 197.250
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. NCAA Regionals
Salt Lake City, UT
2nd, 196,375
Friday, Apr 15
vs. NCAA Team Semifinals
Fort Worth, TX
3rd, 196.700
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. NCAA Super Six
Fort Worth, TX
5th, 196.825
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