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Here Are Some Videos Of Simone Biles Dominating At The National Championships Here Are Some Videos Of Simone Biles Dominating At The National Championships

BOSTON, Mass.—We are just eight routines into Simone Biles’s return to competition and I’ve already run out of superlatives to describe just how good she is. I feel like everyone who is tasked with writing about Biles more than once finds themselves reaching for the thesaurus just to find new ways of describing her…

I Got Coated In Chalk At National Championships I Got Coated In Chalk At National Championships

BOSTON, Mass.—There are a lot of things you might miss when you watch a sport on television instead of viewing it live. In sports like figure skating, it might be difficult to really get how fast the skaters are zipping around the rink. Ditto for the speed at which NBA players move on the court when you watch a game…

Simone Biles Doesn't Want To Be A Savior Simone Biles Doesn't Want To Be A Savior

Just the other day, I was talking to a fellow gym nerd about the upcoming world championships in October. “Who’s your number two?” she asked, by which she meant who did I think would win the silver at worlds. I won’t say my answer because I am almost always wrong about these things. I don’t have to say that my number…

1988 Olympic Gymnastics Champion Yelena Shushunova Dies At 49 1988 Olympic Gymnastics Champion Yelena Shushunova Dies At 49

Yelena Shushunova, the 1988 Olympic all-around champion, died in St. Petersburg due to complications from pneumonia. She was 49 years old.

Dutch Gymnast Goes Full-Blown Cat At The European Championships Dutch Gymnast Goes Full-Blown Cat At The European Championships

When Dutch gymnast Celine van Gerner was introduced for the last time in Glasgow at the 2018 European Championships, she waved to the crowd sporting a full face of cat makeup. The reason: Van Gerner, 23, was set to compete to music from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats for her floor final.

Goats On The Lam Goats On The Lam

This morning, residents in Boise, Idaho, woke up to approximately 75 marauding goats roaming from house to house, eating everything in their path like a plague of slow-moving, adorable locusts.

Simone Biles Cruises To A Win In Her Return To Competition Simone Biles Cruises To A Win In Her Return To Competition

Simone Biles won four gold medals and a bronze at the 2016 Olympics, solidifying her position as the greatest female gymnast of all time. Those wins came at the end of an Olympic cycle that saw Biles completely dominate the sport by winning three consecutive world all-around titles, four straight national titles, and…

Simone Biles Makes The Absurd Look Routine Simone Biles Makes The Absurd Look Routine

Simone Biles is set to return to competition this weekend at the U.S. Classic in Columbus, Ohio. And in the podium training session today, she showed that she’s set to pick up right where she left off at the Olympics—by winning everything in dominant fashion with incredible skills that virtually no one else can do.

The Third Congressional Hearing Into The Larry Nassar Scandal Was Just More Political Theater  The Third Congressional Hearing Into The Larry Nassar Scandal Was Just More Political Theater 

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened today its third hearing looking into the Larry Nassar scandal, as well as the people and institutions that enabled him to sexually abuse athletes for years under the guise of medical treatment. This one, entitled “Strengthening and Empowering U.S.…

Report: Denis Ten, Kazakhstan's First Olympic Skating Medalist, Dies After Being Stabbed During Robbery Report: Denis Ten, Kazakhstan's First Olympic Skating Medalist, Dies After Being Stabbed During Robbery

Denis Ten, the first figure skater from Kazakhstan to win world championship and Olympic figure skating medals, died in Almaty today. He was 25 years old.

This Is What It Looks Like When A Coach Stops Pretending It's About Anything But Winning This Is What It Looks Like When A Coach Stops Pretending It's About Anything But Winning

One of the first times we meet Irina Viner-Usmanova, the head of Russia’s dominant rhythmic gymnastics program, in the documentary Over The Limit, she’s berating gymnast Margarita Mamun after a competition. “You were rubbish today,” says Viner-Usmanova, who wears a Justin Timberlake–style straw fedora throughout most…

Heroic Gymnasts Continue Routine In Absolute Darkness During Sudden Power Outage Heroic Gymnasts Continue Routine In Absolute Darkness During Sudden Power Outage

You often hear athletes talk about how they practice so much, they could perform under any conditions—in the cold, in the heat, in the rain, in their sleep.

Former Elite Gymnast Kamerin Moore Learns To Take Back Her Accomplishments From An Abusive Coach

Kamerin Moore, former elite gymnast and Larry Nassar survivor, posted a video to Youtube this week discussing her struggles with body image after a lifetime spent as a gymnast. “I’ve had poor body image, I mean, as long as I can remember,” she says close to the start. “Like since I hit puberty.”

Larry Nassar And A Former USA Gymnastics Athletic Trainer Indicted In Texas Larry Nassar And A Former USA Gymnastics Athletic Trainer Indicted In Texas

Today, authorities in Walker County, Texas, which encompasses the infamous Karolyi Ranch, announced that the grand jury had returned indictments against Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who sexually abused hundreds of women and girls, and Debbie Van Horn, a former athletic trainer who worked with…

USA Gymnastics Finally Names New National Team Coordinator USA Gymnastics Finally Names New National Team Coordinator

USA Gymnastics announced today that Tom Forster, a coach and gym owner from Colorado, will be the new coordinator for the U.S. women’s national team. But, per the press release from USA Gymnastics, the job appears to have been renamed. Instead of calling him the national team coordinator, which was the official title…

USA Gymnastics President Assures Membership That Everything Is In Chaos And The Situation Is Excellent USA Gymnastics President Assures Membership That Everything Is In Chaos And The Situation Is Excellent

Kerry Perry hasn’t sat down for any media interviews since coming on as president and CEO of USA Gymnastics six months ago, which means no one knows much about her approach to running the embattled national governing body. In fact, the only times that the public has even heard her voice has been in a series of stiff…

What Rhonda Faehn's 1988 Olympic Experience Tells Us About The Culture Of USA Gymnastics What Rhonda Faehn's 1988 Olympic Experience Tells Us About The Culture Of USA Gymnastics

Earlier this month, Rhonda Faehn, the recently ousted senior vice president of the women’s program at USA Gymnastics, appeared in front of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security to talk about abuse of athletes in the U.S. Olympic program. Faehn was the only person…

120 Larry Nassar Survivors Call On Michigan State To Force Out President John Engler  120 Larry Nassar Survivors Call On Michigan State To Force Out President John Engler 

When John Engler, former Michigan governor, took over as Michigan State University president after Lou Anna K. Simon resigned in January, some survivors of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse were skeptical that he was the right person to get the university back on track. “I’m beyond disappointed,” Rachel Denhollander, the…

Simona Halep Might Be Changing The Future Of Romanian Tennis Simona Halep Might Be Changing The Future Of Romanian Tennis

When Simona Halep won the French Open last week, it was almost inevitable that someone would bring up Nadia Comaneci, the Romanian gymnast who scored seven Perfect 10s at the Olympics in 1976. That feat turned Comaneci into an icon and inspired generations of gymnasts and led to decades of Romanian superiority in…

If USA Gymnastics Goes Down, Who Goes Down With It? If USA Gymnastics Goes Down, Who Goes Down With It?

Last month, Michigan State settled with 332 victims of Larry Nassar’s sex abuse for half a billion dollars. While it’s still unclear how exactly MSU will pay out that substantial settlement, the prevailing wisdom is that some combination of insurance, public funds, loans, and university money will cover it. It was…

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