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College Gymnast Slips From Bars, Dies Days Later

Melanie Coleman was a junior at Southern Connecticut State University

(Newser) - An "unexpected accident" has claimed the life of a Connecticut gymnast. The Hartford Courant reports Melanie Coleman, 20, died two days after falling from the bars on Friday while practicing at Southern Connecticut State University. The 20-year-old junior was studying nursing, and the paper describes the Connecticut native as... More »

Simone Biles Does It Again

She has now medaled 24 times at the world championships, more than any other gymnast

(Newser) - Simone Biles broke the all-time record for most medals by any gymnast at the world championships by winning the balance beam competition on Sunday, reports the AP . It's the 24th world championship medal for Biles, breaking a tie on 23 with the Belarusian men's gymnast Vitaly Scherbo. Biles... More »

Biles Breaks Medals Record for Female Gymnasts

USA wins world gymnastics team gold

(Newser) - Simone Biles won a record 21st medal at the world gymnastics championships in Stuttgart, Germany, on Tuesday as the United States retained its women's team all-around title. It was Biles' 15th career gold and broke a tie with Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina for the most medals overall by a... More »

Gymnast Shoots for Olympics at Age 44

Oksana Chusovitina waits to hear if she'll make the team for the 8th time

(Newser) - Oksana Chusovitina intends to keep her mind off gymnastics until Saturday night, when she will find out whether she'll be competing in the Olympics for the eighth time. She'll look for distractions and maybe take a walk, USA Today reports. "But I will peek into my phone... More »

Simone Biles Is the First Person to Land This Dismount

Gymnast makes history with 'double double' beam dismount

(Newser) - Simone Biles made history Friday, becoming the first gymnast ever to pull off a "double double" dismount off the balance beam. As Team USA explains in a press release , the move's full name is "double twisting, double somersault dismount," and no one else had ever even... More »

Gymnast Knew It Was Bad, but Not That Bad

Auburn's Samantha Cerio has a good perspective on her 'small setback'

(Newser) - Auburn gymnast Samantha Cerio became an internet sensation earlier this month for all the wrong reasons. The 22-year-old dislocated both knees and suffered major ligament damage when a landing went awry, but she tells NBC's Today show that she's got it all in perspective. "This is a... More »

Injured Athlete Asks Everyone to Stop Sharing the Video

'My pain is not your entertainment,' Auburn gymnast says

(Newser) - A collegiate gymnast thinks everyone has seen the video of her breaking her legs in a meet last week quite enough. "My pain is not your entertainment," Samantha Cerio tweeted, USA Today reports. Cerio, a senior at Auburn, dislocated her knees and ruptured ligaments during her floor routine... More »

College Athlete's Gymnastics Career Ends in Brutal Fall

Auburn's Samantha Cerio breaks both legs

(Newser) - "It was pretty tough to watch," said Auburn women gymnastics coach Jeff Graba afterward. That may be an understatement. He was referring to the gruesome injuries suffered by senior Samantha Cerio during competition Friday night. Just after her floor routine began, she landed badly after a flip, breaking... More »

Watch This Gymnast Score the Most Joyous Perfect 10

We're not worthy, Katelyn Ohashi

(Newser) - Looking to start your weekend off with a feeling of pure joy, awe, and maybe even a little envy? This now-viral video out of UCLA Athletics should do the trick. NBC Los Angeles reports on the routine that Bruins gymnast Katelyn Ohashi performed last weekend at the Collegiate Challenge in... More »

USA Gymnastics Won't Jump, So USOC Will Push It

Organization refused to give it status voluntarily

(Newser) - USA Gymnastics has refused to give up its status at the sport's national governing body, so the US Olympic Committee has started what could be a months-long process to force it out. The USOC first moved to decertify USA Gymnastics earlier this month, saying the organization had failed to... More »

20 Years of Deception: How Larry Nassar Got Away With It

The Cut: 'The trick was to establish traditional medical credibility and then get weird'

(Newser) - It's a simple question regarding Larry Nassar, the imprisoned pedophile who raped hundreds of young gymnasts: "How did he deceive so many for so long?" The question is posed in the headline of a lengthy story at the Cut by Kerry Howley, who begins by disputing the notion... More »

USOC Moves to Shut Down USA Gymnastics

First step toward decertification has been taken

(Newser) - The US Olympic Committee took steps Monday to decertify USA Gymnastics as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, choosing the nuclear option for an organization that botched its own rebuilding attempt in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar. In an... More »

Gold Medalist Stunned Over Latest USA Gymnastics Move

Simone Biles is critical of organization's new interim leader

(Newser) - USA Gymnastics is trying to get past months of scandal—but as of Saturday, their house is still rocking. The organization's appointment of Mary Bono as interim president and CEO landed with a shockwave when gold medalist Simone Biles reacted in disbelief: "*Mouth drop* ... don't worry, it'... More »

Another Head Rolls at USA Gymnastics

Kerry Perry resigns as president of scandal-hit organization

(Newser) - Kerry Perry resigned under pressure as USA Gymnastics president Tuesday, the move coming days after the US Olympic Committee questioned her ability to lead a path forward for an organization rocked by scandal. Perry spent nine months on the job and repeatedly came under scrutiny by athletes who felt she... More »

New USA Gymnastics Coach Fired After Only 3 Days

Mary Lee Tracy contacted Aly Raisman without permission

(Newser) - Not a month into her new job as CEO of the US Olympic Committee, Sarah Hirshland has seen enough from USA Gymnastics. She's calling for yet another shake-up in the federation's leadership as it tries to remake itself in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. Hirshland... More »

Simone Biles' Leotard Sends a Message

She dresses in teal for survivors of sexual abuse, while breaking a record

(Newser) - Simone Biles had quite a night. The 21-year-old not only became the first woman to win a fifth US women's gymnastics title on Sunday, she did so while sending a message about sexual abuse. Biles wore a teal leotard, the color designated for survivors, and Biles tells the AP... More »

Sports Doc Larry Nassar Now in Trouble in Texas

New charges are linked to six former patients treated at Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville

(Newser) - Disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar, who has already been sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing former patients in Michigan, is facing an additional six counts of sexual assault in Texas, reports NBC . Authorities have also charged trainer Debbie Van Horn with one count of sexual... More »

Aly Raisman Goes After US Olympic Committee

Nassar, USA Gymanstics also named in lawsuit

(Newser) - Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman is suing the US Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, claiming both organizations "knew or should have known" about abusive patterns by disgraced former national team doctor Larry Nassar, the AP reports. The lawsuit, filed in California on Wednesday, alleges negligence by the USOC and... More »

Larry Nassar Handed His Final Sentence

Given 40 to 125 years in prison over Twistars abuse

(Newser) - Larry Nassar was sentenced Monday to a third prison term of 40 to 125 years behind bars for molesting young athletes at an elite Michigan training center. He had pleaded guilty to penetrating girls with ungloved hands when they sought treatment for injuries at Twistars, a gymnastics club that was... More »

NYT Finds 40 More Reasons for Anger Over Nassar Case

That's how many victims he molested during the span of the FBI investigation

(Newser) - Victim after victim has come forward to describe how former sports doctor Larry Nassar molested them during exams. Now the New York Times reports that the list could have been shorter by at least 40 names. That's how many girls and women say they were abused by Nassar as... More »

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