From Nico’s social media:
“7 months ago on July 19 I underwent ACL surgery on my right knee. It was my first ever surgery and I was devoted 24/7 these last 7 months to getting my knee better to compete and win an Olympic gold. At the same time, I had to shrink my body down to 57kg which I did.
I started drilling light in December and then January I really picked it up to a very hard pace on the mat.
Since late January my progress was through the roof and I was really happy. Last Thursday I was drilling and my knee again buckled the wrong way and went to get an MRI to find out it is torn again.
God has a plan for me and the 2020 olympics is not in the plan. I accept his plan as it is way bigger than mine. I know there will be good to come out of this for whatever is next.
At this point I need to sit back and enjoy life as much as I can. I will not be making any decisions about surgery or when I will be back. Just need some time to wind down a little for once in my life.
The crazy thing is my body feels better than it did when I was 21 (except my knee lol). I know I am still in my prime.
I love this sport and I know whatever this sport has for me, it will be for the good.
To finish this long post, I wish whoever is the 57kg USA rep in Tokyo my best and to enjoy every moment of this year. It is a freakin tough weight, and the 57 USA rep will do great.
I can only move forward from here and live according to the plan God has in store for me with life, my business, and wrestling career!
Thanks for all the support! I appreciate everything!”