Van Gerner said that while recovering from her Achilles surgery, she started doubting her decision to come back. She felt like she learned more about herself during this year which helped her to make the decision.
Her last competition was the European Championships in Glasgow, where she won bronze with the Dutch team and finished fourth in the floor exercise final.
“In that time period, I started looking at myself. What do I want? What gives me energy? Challenge, growth and curiosity are my motives. That’s what makes me happy. I love the sport, the game. But I couldn’t do it every day anymore. Lately, I wasn’t fully in it anymore. Part of me was already busy with life after my gymnastics career. It’s been hard to make the final decision. It’s fine this way. I always told myself I had to win a big medal (at a European or World Championship). Everything had to be perfect. I failed myself with that. My whole career is one big medal. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved. I’ve been amongst the top for years and I have been able to compete in big finals.”