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Gymnasts Say Former Team USA Doc Abused Them

One accuser is a medal-winning Olympian

(Newser) - There was an ugly secret at the heart of Team USA Gymnastics for many years, according to two women who accuse a longtime team doctor of abusing them as teens. In separate legal complaints, the women say Larry Nassar groped and fondled them during multiple treatments in the 1990s and... More »

Simone Biles Exits Rio a Golden Girl

Wins a record-tying 4th gold

(Newser) - The Simone Show went out in style. And gold. Again. Simone Biles put the finishing touches on one of the greatest Olympics by a gymnast, capturing her fourth gold of the games with an electric performance in the floor exercise on Tuesday, the AP reports. The 19-year-old American completed an... More »

Simone Biles' 3rd Gold Is a First for the US

She's first US female gymnast to win gold on vault, win 3 golds in one Olympics

(Newser) - Simone Biles' golden run in Rio is picking up steam. So, surprisingly, is Great Britain's. Biles added a third gold medal to her rapidly rising haul on Sunday, easily capturing the women's vault final. The 19-year-old, who helped the "Final Five" to team gold and also dominated... More »

Simone Biles Is Untouchable in Gymnastics Final

And she brought home the gold

(Newser) - Forget the pressure. Forget the hype. Simone Biles is immune to all of it. Dynamic on vault. Effortless on beam. Jaw-dropping on floor. Brilliant all over. And now, finally, an Olympic champion. The AP reports the 19-year-old American soared to the all-around title on Wednesday afternoon, putting the gap between... More »

'World's Best Gymnast' Scores an Epic Win

Uchimura finished less than 0.1 ahead of Ukrainian rival

(Newser) - Japan's Kohei Uchimura, widely considered the greatest men's gymnast in history, won the gold medal over Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev by less than one-tenth of a point Wednesday night. Their two-hour duel provided the closest call in Uchimura's run of two Olympic crowns and six world all-around... More »

US Women's Gymnastics Dominates for Gold Medal

Team USA was more than 8 points ahead of 2nd-place Russia

(Newser) - The US women's gymnastics team won gold and gave retiring national team coordinator Martha Karolyi a fitting sendoff in the Olympic finals Tuesday, putting on a two-hour display of precision and class, the AP reports. Their score of 184.897 was more than eight points points clear of silver... More »

Dutch Gymnast Booted From Rio After Night Out

He broke team rules against drinking: ambassador

(Newser) - Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder was probably celebrating making the final of the men's rings event when he went partying in Rio on Saturday. Unfortunately for the former world champion, drinking—and even leaving the Olympic Village at night, apparently—is against team rules. "It's terrible for... More »

'Shocking Downfall' for the Country That Gave Us Nadia

Romanian women's team fails to qualify for Rio

(Newser) - The Romanian women's gymnastics team has scored a medal in every Olympics since 1976, making it the longest Olympic medal streak in the sport—and one that has now been broken, reports NPR . The team failed to nab a spot at the Rio Olympics during a qualifying "test... More »

Girl, 5, Paralyzed After Doing Backbend

Eden Hoelscher's mother says 'extent of damage is unheard of'

(Newser) - A 5-year-old girl in California is undergoing extensive physical therapy a few months after doing a simple backbend in her living room left her paralyzed from the waist down. Eden Hoelscher's mom, Kylee Hoelscher, reports in a GoFundMe page set up to help with that therapy that her daughter... More »

Coroner: Ex-Olympic Coach Killed Himself in Cell

Marvin Sharp was facing child sex charges

(Newser) - An award-winning gymnastics coach facing disgrace and a long prison sentence suffocated himself in his jail cell, according to the Marion County Coroner's Office. Indianapolis resident Marvin Sharp, the USA Gymnastics 2010 coach of the year, was found dead on Sept. 19 , weeks after his arrest on three counts... More »

Ex-Olympic Coach Found Dead in Jail Cell

Marvin Sharp was facing several felony charges

(Newser) - An award-winning gymnastic coach charged with crimes against underage children was found dead yesterday in his jail cell, WRTV Indianapolis reports. Authorities say Marvin Sharp, 49, took his own life but gave no further details. Arrested just last month, Sharp was accused of molesting a preteen gymnast and storing thousands... More »

Decorated Coach Accused of Molesting Preteen Gymnast

Police reportedly found thousands of images of child porn, too

(Newser) - An Olympic gymnastics coach was arrested Sunday on charges of molesting a preteen gymnast and keeping thousands of sexual images of young girls and boys in a safe at his home and a file cabinet at his gymnasium in Indianapolis, the Indy Star reports. Marvin Sharp, 48, coached two female... More »

County to Woman: No More Cartwheels at Meetings

'It's a safety issue,' officials say

(Newser) - A Phoenix woman says she has received an "intimidating, threatening, and defaming" letter ordering her to stop performing cartwheels at local government meetings. The letter to Dianne Barker from the Maricopa Association of Governments planning agency states that she has "from time to time suggested that MAG cannot... More »

Now They're Cheating in ... Rhythmic Gymnastics?

Judges caught cheating on tests

(Newser) - The athletes all look so innocent in those sequined neon unitards, but rhythmic gymnastics (that's the one with the ribbons and hoops) is the latest Olympic sport caught up in a cheating scandal. But it isn't the athletes under fire. This time, the judges are the ones in... More »

Obama, McKayla: Not Impressed

US gymnast has some fun with her Internet meme at White House

(Newser) - Well played: When the US Olympic gymnastics team visited the White House this week, silver medalist McKayla Maroney showed she has a sense of humor about her own Internet meme, with help from President Obama. The two posed with McKayla's legendary "not impressed" look from the podium, notes... More »

Most Affectionate US Olympic Team Is...

Men's volleyball, 'Wall Street Journal' determines

(Newser) - The gold medal for most on-camera displays of physical touch among US Olympic athletes goes to the men's volleyball team. The Wall Street Journal tallied up the number of high fives, group hugs, bum taps, and those one-armed "bro hugs" among US Olympic teams, and the results show... More »

Gabby Douglas: You People Are Worried About My Hair?

Does anybody remember that gold medal thing?

(Newser) - Women's gymnastics all-around champion Gabby Douglas likes her hairstyle just fine, thanks. The 16-year-old said yesterday she was a little confused when she logged onto her computer after winning her second gold medal in three days and discovered people were debating her pulled-back look. "I don't know... More »

Women's All-Around Gold Goes to ...

USA's Gabby Douglas takes first place

(Newser) - Might be time to get Gabby Douglas a new nickname. Olympic champ might work. Known as "The Flying Squirrel," Douglas won the women's all-around title today, becoming the third straight American to win gymnastics' biggest prize. It's her second gold medal of the London Games, coming... More »

Gymnastics: US Women Take...

Gold! It's the first gold for Team USA since 1996

(Newser) - The Americans lived up to the hype and then some, winning their first Olympic gold medal in women's gymnastics since 1996. Won it in a rout, too. Their score of 183.596 was a whopping five points ahead of Russia. Romania won the bronze. With three incredible vaults to... More »

Japan Wins Gymnastics Silver After Appeal

China takes gold; Britain forced to settle for bronze

(Newser) - China easily took the gold medal in the men's gymnastics final today, but who got silver was a matter of some controversy. When the event was first concluded, Britain stood at an astonishing second place, followed by the Ukraine. But Japan, sitting in fourth, launched an appeal, complaining that... More »

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