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GYMNASTICS: Biles wins All-Around in Stuttgart; two wins for Carey in Baku

A nice weekend for the U.S. women with victories in both FIG World Cups, including two impressive wins for Jade Carey in the Apparatus World Cup in Azerbaijan. But the focus of the gymnastics world was on a rare appearance by Olympic and World Champion Simone Biles in an All-Around World Cup in Stuttgart, Germany, […]
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GYMNASTICS Preview: Simone Biles headlines Stuttgart All-Around World Cup, with an Apparatus World...

Two gymnastics World Cup events are on tap this weekend, an Apparatus-only event in Azerbaijan and an All-Around World Cup in Stuttgart (GER) featuring a 4-foot, 8-inch superstar from Texas. ● FIG Apparatus World Cup in Baku This is the third FIG World Cup this season, beginning on Thursday. Qualifications will continue through Friday and […]
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LANE ONE: USOC Board focuses on Congress, athlete advocacy and gymnastics in L.A....

The United States Olympic Committee has been battered by accusations and scandal, hammered in Congressional hearings, changed out its leadership … and got the message. The USOC Board of Directors met in Los Angeles, California on Thursday and Board chair Susanne Lyons and chief executive Sarah Hirshland spoke to reporters afterwards by conference call. They […]
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GYMNASTICS: Wong, 15, surprises with American Cup win; Moldauer repeats as men’s winner

The annual American Cup gymnastics meet is often the coming-out party for new talent. So it was this year as Leanne Wong, the reigning U.S. Junior Champion, made her senior debut against two World Championships medalists … and won! Wong, all of 15 years old, won the Vault (14.666) and Beam (14.066) and finished fourth […]
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GYMNASTICS Preview: Five World Champs medalists in American Cup in Greensboro

The top U.S. artistic gymnastics meet of the year – the American Cup – is on for Saturday at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum, and will also serve as an FIG All-Around World Cup. The fields are strong, with multiple World Championships medalists: Men: ● Bart Deurloo (NED) ~ 2017 Worlds Horizontal Bar bronze ● James […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Nassar abuse survivors have until 29 April to file claims...

The wheels of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court are now spinning on the USA Gymnastics filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection, with the posting of an order opening a two-month time period for sexual-abuse claims to be filed against USA Gymnastics. The order states that “on February 25, 2019, the Court entered an order (the “Bar […]
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GYMNASTICS: China takes four titles in season-opening Artistic World Cup

Chinese gymnasts topped the podium four times at the FIG Artistic World Cup in Melbourne (AUS), but four World Championships medal winners collected wins as well. China’s Yang Liu led a 1-2 finish in the Rings, with Hao You second, and then You won the Parallel Bars with an impressive 15,066 score. Yilin Fan also […]
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GYMNASTICS Preview: World Cup season begins in Melbourne

The first FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup is underway at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne (AUS), with 95 gymnasts from 33 countries entered, although none are from the U.S. This is an apparatus World Cup, so no All-Around competition will be held. Qualification to limit the finals to eight gymnasts is scheduled through Friday, with […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: USA Gymnastics hires a new chief executive (again)

USA Gymnastics has been targeted by the United States Olympic Committee for de-certification as the National Governing Body for the sport, but it isn’t acting like it. On Tuesday, the organization announced that Li Li Leung, a Vice President of the National Basketball Association (NBA), has agreed to become the next USAG President and Chief […]
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GYMNASTICS: Moldauer wins All-Around, and five medals for Mikulak in Winter Cup Challenge

The first test for the American men’s gymnasts on the road to the 2019 World Championships came at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the two-day Winter Cup Challenge. The two-day competition started with the All-Around on Friday, won by 2017 U.S. All-Around champ Yul Moldauer. He barely edged 2018 All-Around winner […]
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GYMNASTICS: Liu edges MacLennan in Trampoline World Cup opener

A classic showdown between Olympic and World Champions was the highlight of the first FIG Trampoline World Cup of 2019, in Baku (AZE). China’s Lingling Liu, the 2014 World Champion and Canada’s 2012 and 2016 Olympic champ, Rosie MacLennan were the two to keep an eye on in the women’s competition and they did not […]
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GYMNASTICS Preview: American men gather for Winter Cup Challenge; first FIG Trampoline World...

The fight over the future of USA Gymnastics has not stopped the athletes or the competitions, as the Winter Cup Challenge for men will be held this week at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA). The program includes competition on Friday and Sunday. Most of the top U.S. men are […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: USA Gymnastics stays on course, makes new hires

For an organization that the United States Olympic Committee is trying to destroy, USA Gymnastics seems quite alive and even well. New USAG chair Kathryn Carson posted an open message on the usagym.org site on 17 January, noting: ● “We have made executive leadership changes, and we are close to hiring a new president and […]
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LANE ONE: Ready for chaos? This might be the year for it in...

If you thought 2018 was a rough year for the Olympic Movement, in board rooms, courtrooms and the halls of the U.S. Congress, get your seat belts fastened for an even rockier ride in 2019. At the start of the year, there are already more than a handful of issues set to explode (or implode, […]
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LANE ONE: The top Olympic-sport stories of 2018, part II: Nassar overshadows all

As 2018 fades away, what were the top stories of the year in the Olympic Movement, both in the U.S. and worldwide? We found a mix of on-field heroics and off-field tumult. We shared no. 10-6 in our last issue, so here are the top five stories of the year, counting down from no. 5 […]
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LANE ONE: The top Olympic-sport stories of 2018, part I: Thrills, yes, but...

As the calendar runs out on 2018, it’s worth looking back at the stories that were the most compelling, the most exciting and the most gut-wrenching over the course of the year. We’ve identified our top 10 stories of the year in Olympic sport, with today’s edition profiling nos. 10-6: 10. Cycling: Britain sweeps the […]
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LANE ONE: U.S. House committee report indicates little change coming to the Ted...

While the Ropes & Gray Report on the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal has grabbed most of the national headlines, an important report from one of the Congressional committees looking into the matter indicates that only modest changes might be coming to the laws governing the U.S. Olympic Movement. The U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy & […]
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LANE ONE: Larry Nassar preyed on young girls; why is gymnastics focused that...

Larry Nassar has been convicted of crimes that will keep him in jail for the rest of his life. He sexually abused hundreds of young, female gymnasts who trusted him to provide medical care. As horrible as his actions were, they are hardly the end of the tragedy. In fact, it’s still going on. The […]
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LANE ONE: The Nassar sex-abuse scandal: What actually happened (and didn’t happen)?

The long-awaited report on the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal in gymnastics from the Boston-based Ropes & Gray law firm was made public on Monday (10th) and did not disappoint with a heavily-detailed, 252-page report that filled in many of the blanks on what happened, when and why. What did happen? Entitled “Report of the Independent […]
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LANE ONE: USOC’s reformation attempt with gymnastics is only its latest NGB adventure

The move by the United States Olympic Committee to institute revocation of recognition proceedings against USA Gymnastics drew headlines in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. But it’s hardly the first instance of the USOC getting involved – and in some cases, actually running – a national governing body. In fact, since the […]
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