In 4½ years of rigorous training, a promising junior can vault to being an Olympic contender. But after a 4½-year layoff, even an Olympic champion is likely to tumble into obsolescence.

Laurie Hernandez flipped that narrative — and reclaimed her joy in the sport in the process — by returning to competition for the first time in 4½ years Saturday at USA Gymnastics’ Winter Cup in Indianapolis. Read More