Much of the skin from her right palm was gone.

Unable to finish her routine, she did not advance. But in the face of hardship on a grand stage, she chose to finish out her other events, participating in the beam and floor competitions.

Said Stefanov: "I've never seen such a … such a tear on the hand. I think it's quite, quite amazing that she was able … to pull it off."

This year's world championships went more smoothly.

"I felt like I was more determined this time and more focused and actually knew what I was doing and what was going on," she said.

Next up for Williams is Christmas on the Chesapeake on Dec. 13-15 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Her next international competition will be this summer at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

She wants "to keep working hard" and continue on the path that got her to where she is today, never settling on talent alone.

Williams is "a fantastic athlete," Barnes said. "But she's always worked like she wasn't."

Christmas on the Chesapeake

Where: Baltimore Convention Center

When: Dec. 13-15

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