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Out of Biles' Shadow, a New Gold Medalist for Team USA

18-year-old gymnast Suni Lee of Minnesota takes top honors at women's all-around finals

(Newser) - Much of the talk of late regarding women's gymnastics at the Summer Olympics has centered on the US' Simone Biles , who dropped out of multiple events to focus on her mental health, but one of her teammates just earned her own big headline. Sunisa Lee, 18, took home the...

Biles Experienced a Gymnast's 'Worst Nightmare’

Gymnasts speak out on the dangers of the 'twisties'

(Newser) - In describing the shaky landing of her Tuesday vault routine at the Tokyo Olympics—after which Simone Biles withdrew from the team and all-around individual competitions —the world's most decorated gymnast said she'd had "a little bit of the twisties." Considering she was attempting to...

Sydney McLaughlin Beats Hurdles Record by Plenty

Dalilah Muhammad promises the two will have 'a battle in Tokyo'

(Newser) - In the course of 51.90 seconds Sunday at the US Olympic track trials, Sydney McLaughlin won the women's 400-meter hurdles, set a world record, and positioned herself as the favorite in the Tokyo Olympics. The 21-year-old's time was 51.90 seconds, topping Dalilah Muhammad's previous record...

Suspended Shelby Houlihan Blames Steroid on Burrito

Olympic runner is out of the Tokyo Olympics after flunking drug test

(Newser) - Shelby Houlihan says her mistake wasn't taking a performance-enhancing substance. It was grabbing a burrito from an "authentic Mexican food truck" near her home in Oregon 10 hours before providing a sample for a drug test. The test results came back positive, and the US Olympic runner now...

World's Fastest Man Is in Hot Water
World's Fastest Man
Is in Hot Water

World's Fastest Man Is in Hot Water

Christian Coleman could miss the Olympics

(Newser) - The likelihood that the world’s fastest man, American sprinter Christian Coleman, might miss the Olympics next summer increased Wednesday when he received a provisional suspension for failing to be home when drug testers showed up last year. Coleman, the reigning world champion at 100 meters, said his latest flare-up...

Athletic Engagement: Olympic Skier to Wed NHL Star

Lindsey Vonn is engaged to New Jersey Devils' PK Subban

(Newser) - Tiger who ? Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn has been dating New Jersey Devils star PK Subban since early last year, and now the couple is "taking things to the next level," per People , which confirms they are engaged. Although rumors of a romantic relationship got their jump-start...

A Year After Daughter's Death, New Joy for Bode, Morgan Miller

They're expecting identical twin boys after their little girl drowned

(Newser) - "We carry Emmy with us every day. ... Keeping her a part of our family has really made this journey a little bit easier for our family," says Morgan Miller more than a year after the drowning death of her 19-month-old daughter with husband Bode Miller. And now that...

Olympian Arrested After Woman Shot at His Farm

She was reportedly training at his dressage facility

(Newser) - A former member of the US Olympic dressage team was charged with attempted murder Thursday after a woman was shot at his equestrian center in rural Morris County, New Jersey. Police responded to the farm belonging to Michael Barisone, 54, on Wednesday afternoon in response to a report of a...

Days Before Suicide: 'If I Am Not an Athlete, I Am Nothing'
Days Before 
Suicide: 'If I Am 
Not an Athlete, 
I Am Nothing'
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Days Before Suicide: 'If I Am Not an Athlete, I Am Nothing'

Kelly Catlin was 'obsessed with success': 'NYT'

(Newser) - A Stanford graduate student with an Olympic silver medal under her belt, Kelly Catlin was bound for "something great." Or so her mother thought. Poised for a shot at gold with the US women's cycling team at the 2020 Olympics, Catlin felt differently. In a January email—...

US Olympic Medalist Kelly Catlin Dead at 23
US Olympic Cyclist
Dies by Suicide

US Olympic Cyclist Dies by Suicide

Kelly Catlin was 23

(Newser) - USA Cycling says it has suffered a "devastating loss" with the death of Kelly Catlin, a track cyclist who helped the women's pursuit team win silver at the 2016 Rio Games. Relatives say the 23-year-old died by suicide at her Stanford University campus residence Friday night, Reuters reports....

Olympic Gold Medalist Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

Swimmer Nathan Adrian hopes to 'break the stigma of discussing men's health issues'

(Newser) - Five-time US Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian is aiming for a sixth finish atop the podium in Tokyo in 2020—cancer or no cancer. "Life … can come at you hard," the 30-year-old swimmer wrote in an Instagram post in which he revealed a testicular cancer diagnosis. "...

Team USA Getting Its Butt Kicked in Sochi

And things aren't likely to pick up, writes Bill Plaschke

(Newser) - Sure, Americans just swept the podium in men's slopestyle skiing, but overall it's been a pretty dreary Olympics for US athletes. In fact, "the US team is getting the hind parts of its snow pants kicked," writes Bill Plaschke for the Los Angeles Times . Despite stellar...

Here Are Your Olympic Medal Predictions

Norway, US predicted to come out on top in Sochi

(Newser) - Though the opening ceremonies aren't until tomorrow, the 2014 Olympics officially kick off today in Sochi—and the Wall Street Journal is ready with its extremely complex medal prediction system, which proved to be accurate to within just a few medals at the last two Olympics. So who's...

Athlete Gives Up Olympic Spot—to Twin Sister

Tracy Barnes says Lanny would have beat her if she wasn't sick

(Newser) - Tracy Barnes won a spot on the US Olympic biathlon team Sunday, but she's not taking it. She gave up her place so her twin sister, Lanny, could go instead. Lanny had been too sick to compete in all the selection races, but Tracy believes her sister had a...

In Huge Snub, No. 3 Skater Left Off US Olympic Team

Mirai Nagasu bumped for Ashley Wagner, who finished 4th

(Newser) - In an unprecedented snub, US Figure Skating has left the third place finisher at Saturday's US Figure Skating Championships off its Olympic roster—in favor of a fourth-place finisher who described her own performance as "embarrassing." Why? Because that fourth-place finisher was Ashley Wagner, winner of the...

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...

Norway Wants Back US Gold Medals ... From 1904
Norway Wants Back
US Gold Medals ... From 1904
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Norway Wants Back US Gold Medals ... From 1904

They say wrestlers were Norwegian, not American

(Newser) - Call it the opposite of instant replay: Norway is trying to get the US to hand over gold medals that it won 108 years ago. Wrestlers Charles Ericksen and Bernhoff Hansen had just emigrated from Norway when they took gold for the US in the 1904 Olympics, and now sports...

Why North Korea Is Really Winning the Games

China's merely second, depending on how you count

(Newser) - The country really winning the Olympics is ... North Korea? If you've been following the Games you know that China and the US have been neck-and-neck in the medals count (with the gold-medal advantage going to China), but in a blog post spotted by the Pacific Standard , politics professor Seth...

Obama Booed for Kiss Cam Whiff

But he gets the girl in the end

(Newser) - If other presidents have gotten into hot water for macking on women they shouldn't, President Obama got jeered last night for failing to smooch his own first lady. The Obamas were watching the US men's basketball team play an exhibition game against Brazil in DC, when the never-so-clever...

Team USA Uniforms to Be Made in USA —Next Time

Designer Ralph Lauren announces switch for 2014

(Newser) - The long, sartorial nightmare is nearly over. The US Olympic team will wear uniforms made in the US-of-A starting with the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, reports the AP . Ralph Lauren, who designs the team's outfits, announced the change yesterday. It's too late to change them this...

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