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Japan's Top Olympic Gymnast Ousted for Smoking

Women's team captain Shoko Miyata violated strict rules on drinking, too

(Newser) - With the Paris Olympics only a week away, Japan is suddenly without a team captain in women's artistic gymnastics. Shoko Miyata has been sent home from France by the Japan Gymnastics Association because—prepare to gasp—the 19-year-old admitting to smoking and drinking, reports the Japan Times . The offenses...

USA Gymnasts Are Getting Extra Sparkly for Paris

One of the leotards for Simone Biles and Co. will feature 10K Swarovski crystals

(Newser) - One of the side attractions at the Olympics is checking out all the various outfits designed for the competitors. For Team USA's gymnastics contenders, this year is going "big on bling," per People , with leotards crafted with thousands of Swarovski crystals to make the gymnasts sparkle and...

Simone Biles Secures Her 3rd Trip to the Olympics

She nabs the only automatic spot on the 5-woman team

(Newser) - Simone Biles is heading back to the Olympics and the white-hot spotlight that comes with it. The gymnastics superstar earned a third trip to her sport's biggest stage by cruising to victory at the US Olympic trials on Sunday night, posting a two-day all-around total of 117.225 to...

Simone Biles Easily Wins Her 9th US Championship

No one else has more than 7 national gymnastics titles in the US

(Newser) - Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles won her ninth US Championship on Sunday, leaving little doubt that at 27 and a decade-plus into her run atop the sport, she is as good as ever, the AP reports. Biles posted a two-day all-around total of 119.750, nearly six points clear of runner-up...

Gabby Douglas Will Not See Her Third Olympics in Paris

Gymnast withdraws from USA Gymnastics Championships with ankle injury

(Newser) - Gabby Douglas' long-shot bid to make the US women's gymnastics team for the Paris Olympics is over. As the AP reports, the 2012 Olympic all-around champion withdrew from the USA Gymnastics Championships on Wednesday, citing an ankle injury. The 28-year-old Douglas, who helped the US win gold in the...

A Gymnast's Legendary Olympic Run Comes to End
A Gymnast's Legendary
Olympic Run Comes to End
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A Gymnast's Legendary Olympic Run Comes to End

Oksana Chusovitina will miss first Summer Games since 1992

(Newser) - She's far from the biggest name among Olympic gymnasts, but by one measure she is certainly the most frequent. Uzbekistani gymnast Oksana Chusovitina on Thursday announced that she has no shot at competing in the Paris 2024 Olympics, ending a run that has seen her compete at eight consecutive...

Simone Biles Begins Her March to Paris

Gymnast dominates US Classic looking for her spot on Olympic team as Gabby Douglas scratches

(Newser) - Simone Biles certainly looks ready for Paris with more than two months to go before the Olympic games begin. The gymnastics superstar began her bid for a third Olympic team looking as dominant as ever at the US Classic on Saturday, posting an all-around score of 59.500, nearly two...

AP's Female Athlete of the Year Made Comeback for Three-peat

Simone Biles, who stunned in her return to gymnastics competition, wins honor a 3rd time

(Newser) - There were jitters, of course. Considering all that happened, how could there not? When Simone Biles walked onto the floor at a suburban Chicago arena in late July for her first gymnastics competition in two years, she knew plenty of people were wondering how it was going to go. "...

'Tyranny of the Scales' Eliminated From British Gymnastics

British Gymnastics unveils new policies designed to put children's welfare first

(Newser) - British gymnastics coaches can instruct their gymnasts to do many things. Step on a scale isn't one of them anymore. The BBC reports that new British Gymnastics rules prohibit "harmful" weight-management practices that it described as "on the fringes of abuse." Going forward, no child 10...

Mary Lou Retton's DWTS Partner Has an Update on Gymnast
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There's a Good Update on Mary Lou Retton

Gymnast is home, recovering, after intense battle with pneumonia

(Newser) - After nearly two weeks in the ICU battling a rare and life-threatening form of pneumonia, Mary Lou Retton has been discharged, the BBC reports. In an Instagram update, Retton's daughter, McKenna Kelley, said Monday, "Mom is HOME & in recovery mode." She thanked the doctors and nurses...

Mary Lou Retton in ICU, Unable to Breathe on Her Own

Iconic gymnast has rare form of pneumonia, her daughter says

(Newser) - Mary Lou Retton is still in the ICU and the legendary gymnast "continues to fight," her four daughters posted on Instagram Wednesday. The sisters thanked fans for their love and support and asked for continued prayers and positive thoughts, saying their mom is getting "incredible medical care....

Simone Biles, US Women's Team Both Set Records

By winning team title at gymnastics world championships in Antwerp, Belgium

(Newser) - Simone Biles and her teammates were far from perfect, and yet nothing could stand in the way of a victory that set a record for both the US women's team and the greatest gymnast in history. The US women earned a record seventh consecutive team title at the gymnastics...

Simone Biles Launches Into the History Books

She becomes first woman to land the Yurchenko double pike vault at international meet

(Newser) - Simone Biles made a remarkable return to international competition at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships on Sunday, becoming the first woman to land the Yurchenko double pike vault at an international meet. In her first international competition since the Tokyo Olympics, an event she withdrew from in 2021, the 19-time...

Young Black Gymnast Watches Everyone Get a Medal but Her
Video of Snubbed Black
Gymnast Spurs Outcry, Apology

Video of Snubbed Black Gymnast Spurs Outcry, Apology

Ireland's sports ministry says girl at competition was 'badly let down' by being passed over

(Newser) - A video showing a young Black gymnast being passed over for a medal while her white counterparts all receive one is now making the rounds, prompting an apology from Gymnastics Ireland and support from one of the biggest names in the sport. The BBC reports that the clip now circulating...

A Decade After 1st US Gymnastics Title, Simone Biles Makes History With 8th
Simone Biles
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Simone Biles Just Made History

She won a record 8th US Gymnastics title, and became oldest woman to ever do so

(Newser) - Simone Biles is not going to explain herself. Part of this is by design. Part of this is because she simply can't. When the gymnastics star is at her best, as she was on Sunday night while winning her record eighth US championship, she feels like she's in...

Simone Biles Returns. It Was Like She Never Left

After two years away from gymnastics, she smokes the competition at US Classic

(Newser) - Notice to the world's elite female gymnasts: Simone Biles is back. The 26-year-old returned to competition at the US Classic Saturday after taking two years off for mental health issues and easily dominated, reports USA Today . Biles won the competition by 5 points, an enormous margin—the New York ...

Larry Nassar Was 'Lucky' to Survive Prison Stabbing

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What We Know About the Larry Nassar Stabbing

Disgraced sports doctor was stabbed 10 times, is 'lucky to be alive'

(Newser) - A few details are leaking out about the prison stabbing of former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who was convicted of sexually abusing college and Olympic female gymnasts:
  • 10 times: The attack occurred about 2:35pm Sunday at the Coleman federal penitentiary in Sumterville, Florida, reports the AP . Nassar was stabbed

Simone Biles, Other Nassar Victims Go After FBI for $1B

'Time for the FBI to be held accountable'

(Newser) - Former Olympic gymnasts, including gold medalist Simone Biles, are among dozens of assault victims who are seeking more than $1 billion from the FBI for failing to stop sports doctor Larry Nassar, lawyers said Wednesday. There's no dispute that FBI agents in 2015 knew that Nassar was accused of...

He Wore a 'Z' After Medaling. Now, a Ban

Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak sported letter, symbol of Russian invasion, while next to Ukrainian

(Newser) - The letter "Z," a letter proudly tied by the Russians to their invasion of Ukraine, has been spotted everywhere from military tanks to warmongering politicians. One of the country's gymnasts, however, is now paying the price for defiantly wearing his own version of it after medaling in...

Simone Biles Embarks on 'Career Pivot'

Gymnast partners with mental health company

(Newser) - "I'm still scared to do gymnastics." Simone Biles says the anxiety that forced her to withdraw from competition at the Olympics has not retreated. On the Today show Thursday, the gymnast said she's OK doing floor exercises, but she still can't manage to do anything...

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