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Category: Gymnastics

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‘Your peak can be at any point’: the female gymnasts defying age barriers

Simone Biles not ruling out the 2024 Paris Olympics, when she will be 27, is part of a trend of maturity showing benefitsAfter months of subtly indicating that the coming Olympics could be her last, Simone Biles recently changed her tune and refrained …

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‘I’m not a little girl anymore’: Simone Biles on world domination, pandemic ennui and staying on for Paris 2024

Much has changed since America’s greatest athlete set Rio aflame, but one familiar constant endures: her only competition is herselfSo much has changed in the five years since Simone Biles lit up the 2016 Olympics in Rio, affirming her presumptive stat…

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Athletes unhappy at British Gymnastics’ slow response to abuse allegations

Gymnasts told to wait until December for responseGroup of 17 pursuing action over abuse from coachesAthletes who have made allegations of physical and psychological abuse against British Gymnastics have been told to wait until December for a response t…

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British Gymnastics faces class action lawsuit from 17 alleging abuse

Jennifer Pinches, 2012 Olympian, spearheads the actionPinches says authorities ‘prioritise podiums over people’British Gymnastics is facing an unprecedented class-action lawsuit from 17 former gymnasts, who allege there was widespread physical and psyc…

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John Geddert: ex-USA Gymnastics coach charged with 24 crimes takes own life

Geddert, 64, takes own life after being charged with 24 crimesFormer US women’s gymnastics coach was tied to Larry Nassar Former US Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert, who had ties to disgraced team doctor Larry Nassar and was charged earlier on Thu…

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Former USA Gymnastics coach charged with human trafficking, sexual assault

John Geddert, 63, charged with 24 crimes in Michigan courtAttorney general has scheduled afternoon news conferenceGeddert coached 2012 US women’s Olympic gymnastics team A former US Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry N…

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Simone Biles would bar daughter from USA Gymnastics after Nassar scandal

USAG failed to protect athletes from doctor’s sexual abuseOlympic champion attacks lack of accountability Simone Biles says she would not allow her daughter to be part of the USA Gymnastics set-up following the organization’s handling of the Larry Nass…

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Hotline set up for gymnasts alleging abuse receives over 220 calls

More than half of complaints referred to police or social servicesAllegations of mistreatment made at all levels of the sportMore than 220 calls alleging abuse in British gymnastics have been received on a special hotline set up by the NSPCC – with mor…

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Why we don’t see viral routines like Nia Dennis’s in the Olympics

The UCLA senior’s viral floor exercise prompted shout-outs from Michelle Obama and Janet Jackson by leaning into the freedom of expression unique to college gymnasticsThe latest entry in the surprisingly robust YouTube subgenre of viral college gymnast…

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Why we don’t see viral routines like Nia Dennis’s in the Olympics

The UCLA senior’s viral floor exercise prompted shout-outs from Michelle Obama and Janet Jackson by leaning into the freedom of expression unique to college gymnasticsThe latest entry in the surprisingly robust YouTube subgenre of viral college gymnast…

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Nia Dennis wins plaudits for stunning ‘black excellence’ gymnastics routine

UCLA athlete says routine ‘reflects everything that I am’Routine clinches victory for team over Arizona StateUS gymnast Nia Dennis’s latest floor routine, which she dedicated to black culture, has won praise from fans such as Missy Elliott and Simone B…

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Olympic great Agnes Keleti’s journey to 100th birthday is extraordinary | Sean Ingle

The world’s oldest Olympic champion survived the Holocaust and the Soviet clampdown on Hungary – and fizzes with energyIf a Hollywood scriptwriter had come up with the extraordinary story of Agnes Keleti – the world’s oldest Olympic champion, who celeb…

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Olympic great Agnes Keleti’s journey to 100th birthday is extraordinary | Sean Ingle

The world’s oldest Olympic champion survived the Holocaust and the Soviet clampdown on Hungary – and fizzes with energyIf a Hollywood scriptwriter had come up with the extraordinary story of Agnes Keleti – the world’s oldest Olympic champion, who celeb…

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Laurie Hernandez: ‘Gymnastics felt like home, but coming back was unsettling’

The Olympic gold medallist is rediscovering her love for the sport after verbal abuse from her former coach led to her stepping awayWhen times have been hard and Laurie Hernandez found herself questioning why she decided to return to the pounding and p…

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British Gymnastics chief Jane Allen steps down in wake of abuse scandal

Amy Tinkler and Ruby Harrold among Allen’s criticsAllen denies December retirement is related to scandalThe beleaguered British Gymnastics chief executive, Jane Allen, has announced that she is to step down but has denied her decision is related to the…

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British Gymnastics says Amy Tinkler’s weight-shaming claims ‘unacceptable’

Olympic medallist says coach ‘went psycho’ over sweets‘Such incidents are completely unacceptable in our sport’British Gymnastics has described further weight-shaming allegations levelled by Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler as “completely unaccepta…

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British Gymnastics launches fresh investigation after Tinkler releases email

Senior coach allegedly used phrase ‘fat dwarf’ in an emailTinkler says email is ‘the first of many examples’British Gymnastics has launched another investigation after Rio Olympic bronze medallist Amy Tinkler alleged that a senior coach had used the ph…

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Amy Tinkler claims British Gymnastics ‘lied’ and warns it ‘cannot be trusted’

Olympic medallist says one complaint was secretly dismissedBritish Gymnastics apologises for lack of communication A war of words has broken out between Amy Tinkler and British Gymnastics after the Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist accused the governin…

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Amy Tinkler says British Gymnastics chief has ‘hung her out to dry’

Rio 2016 bronze medallist still seeking response from Jane Allen‘I’ve received nothing. Do you think this is acceptable?’Governing body apologises and admits: ‘She deserves answers’The British Gymnastics chief executive, Jane Allen, has been accused of…

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Ellie Downie speaks out after ‘weight-shaming’ complaint is not upheld

English Institute of Sport says gymnast’s complaint not provenWorld medallist tweets ‘this is why we haven’t spoken before’The double world medallist gymnast Ellie Downie has expressed her frustration after her complaint about being weight-shamed when …