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Category: Gymnastics

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Farewell Amla and Steyn, thrilling padel rallies and Biles at her best

This week’s roundup also features a great team own goal, the ultimate teasing cross and new young diving sensation Sereda1) The best goals are team goals, where the ball is knocked about effortlessly, before the coup de grace is administered. With that…

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Simone Biles is redefining brilliance in a sport that shamefully failed her | Marina Hyde

After the Larry Nassar saga USA Gymnastics should not exist but Biles continues to bring her sport dignity – and moneyOn Sunday night Simone Biles, on her way to securing her sixth US gymnastics title, performed a triple-double in her floor routine, on…

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Simone Biles sticks triple double en route to sixth US gymnastics title

Biles becomes first woman in nearly 70 years to win six US titlesSunisa Lee, Grace McCallum were second and third, respectivelySimone 2.0: Somehow, someway, there’s nowhere to go but upSimone Biles messed around and got a triple-double. And just about …

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Simone Biles 2.0: Somehow, someway, there’s nowhere to go but up

It’s not always so simple for female athletes to openly acknowledge just how great they are, but the superlative American is finally doing so with a newfound outspokennessIf you’re the greatest gymnast of all time, you should dress like it.When Simone …

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‘You had one job’: tearful Simone Biles attacks USAG over Nassar scandal

Olympic champion angry at lack of protection for gymnastsBiles revealed she was abused by disgraced gymnastics doctorSimone Biles was in tears as she spoke about the anger and disappointment she feels about the handling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse…

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Is the US finally taking sexual abuse in sports seriously?

US politicians are now getting involved in an effort to avoid a repetition of the Larry Nassar scandal. But questions over funding remainsHas Congress finally taken up the leadership reins in combating sexual abuse in Olympic sports? Or are we seeing j…

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‘Cover-up in spirit’: Congressional report attacks USOC and FBI over Nassar abuse

Former USA Gymnastics doctor abused dozens of athletesReport says institutions failed to act of reports of abuseA series of institutions, including the US Olympic Committee and FBI, “fundamentally failed” to protect young athletes from the serial sexua…

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15 months on from Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics struggles to find its way

The disgraced doctor is behind bars after abusing dozens of youth athletes. But the effects of the scandal are still being felt across the sportGymnastics, on the surface, is thriving in the USA. Millions of kids participate. At the 2018 World Champion…

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15 months on from Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics struggles to find its way

The disgraced doctor is behind bars after abusing dozens of youth athletes. But the effects of the scandal are still being felt across the sportGymnastics, on the surface, is thriving in the USA. Millions of kids participate. At the 2018 World Champion…

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UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi out to punctuate viral season with final statement

Ohashi set to compete for final time at NCAA championshipsUCLA senior has transcended gymnastics with viral routinesOhashi, 22, has emerged as voice on issues of empowermentKatelyn Ohashi wrote a poem called Fame that ends “Not everyone’s destiny is go…

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Ellie Downie: ‘You realise that not many people can do what we can do’

British gymnastic champion prefers to focus on herself rather than watching her rivalsWhile Ellie Downie lives gymnastics every day, and has for as long she can remember, she resides in an often brutal house of pain to which most of us rarely devote a …

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Simone Biles looks ahead to Tokyo 2020 positively after Larry Nassar abuse scandal – video

Simone Biles believes US gymnastics is moving in a positive direction after the ‘dark place’ it found itself in a year ago following a sex abuse scandal.The 22-year-old, winner of a record-equalling four gold medals at the Rio Olympics, was one of more…

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Simone Biles: ‘I go to therapy, because at times I didn’t want to set foot in the gym’

The world’s best gymnast on disgraced US team doctor Larry Nassar, her year out and Tokyo 2020Simone Biles, four-times world champion, winner of three individual Olympic gold medals and arguably one of the greatest gymnasts of all time, is 4ft 8in, but…

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Katelyn Ohashi proves smiling can be a serious asset to elite athletes | Tim Lewis

Gymnast’s joyful routine is a happy alternative to putting on that grim ‘game face’ in a business where smiling is, well, frowned uponBetween Brexit and Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year, aka this Monday– it’s not always been easy of la…

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Katelyn Ohashi’s perfect 10 reminded America life could be fun again

The gymnast’s unbridled exuberance and joy set off a floor routine that captivated millions around the world as a message of hope to all in the face of adversityThere’s a reasonably good chance you’ve already seen the video of the American gymnast Kate…

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MSU head resigns after saying some Nassar survivors are ‘enjoying’ themselves

MSU board vote to make resignation immediateEngler said some Nassar victims were ‘enjoying’ the ‘spotlight’The Michigan State University interim president John Engler has stepped down amid heavy criticism over last week’s remarks that some survivors of…

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Megavalanche, footballers dancing badly and a perfect 10 | Classic YouTube

Also featuring a full-court buzzer beater, some dire defending and a 1956 lap round Le Mans (including oncoming traffic)1) Clear some time in your day, strap in and relive the 40 minutes of mayhem that was Megavalanche 2018 from the point of view of th…

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Michael Schumacher turns 50, FA Cup third-round shocks and sneaky drinks | Classic YouTube

The German legend in F1 – and chariot – action, plus: shock cup exits, tumbling, sneaky drinks and dazzling darts1) Today, Michael Schumacher turns 50. He won a grand prix for the first time at Spa in 1992 for Benetton. He’d go on to win five more in B…

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‘I just count money, that’s all I do’: the sporting quotes of 2018

From Australia’s sandpaper storm to some impressive popularity contests, via José Mourinho and worm denial5 January: “We have money for sardines and I’m thinking lobster. I will do my best to try and bring in the best players. I will look to the lobste…

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Tom Jenkins’s best sports photos of 2018

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer Tom Jenkins selects his favourite images from the thousands of frames that he shot during 2018 and recalls the stories behind them20mm lens 1/2000 f4 ISO 3200 Continue reading…