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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...

After Days in the Stands, Biles Makes the 'Impossible Possible'

Gymnast wins a bronze medal, after she'd earlier pulled out of team competition, 4 individual events

(Newser) - It's been a difficult week for Simone Biles, who pulled out of multiple events at the Summer Olympics to deal with mental health issues after a bout with the "twisties." But the determined gymnast made it back onto the competition floor Tuesday in Tokyo, walking away with...

Looks Like Biles Will Make One More Olympics Showing

Gymnast set to appear in balance beam finals on Tuesday, though she could still withdraw

(Newser) - A week after we last saw her compete, Simone Biles will return to the Olympic stage. After pulling out of team competition finals and four individual events— all-around , floor, uneven bars, and vault —to take care of her mental health, saying she was struggling with the "twisties,"...

Biles Pulls Out of 2 More Finals in Tokyo

No vault or uneven bars for gymnast as she focuses on her mental health

(Newser) - Simone Biles is opting not to defend her Olympic vault title, pulling out of Sunday's event finals for both vault and uneven bars while she focuses on her mental health. The 24-year-old six-time Olympic medalist removed herself from competition during the team finals on Tuesday and sat out Thursday'...

In Suni Lee's Story Is the Hmong Story as Well
In Suni Lee's Story
Is the Hmong Story as Well
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In Suni Lee's Story Is the Hmong Story as Well

Gymnast is the first from her ethnic community to compete for America

(Newser) - Sunisa "Suni" Lee was going to make history even if she returned from the Tokyo Olympics without a single medal. The 18-year-old is the first Hmong American to compete, and not only did she compete, she is taking home the gold in individual all-around gymnastics. Lee's victory is...

Simone Biles: 'Twisties' Have Never Hit Me Like This Before

She says it's the worst case she's ever had

(Newser) - Simone Biles says she's still dealing with a very bad case of the "twisties"—a disconnect between body and brain known as a "gymnast's worst nightmare" —and it's not clear whether she will compete again in Tokyo. In a series of now-deleted Instagram...

How Simone Biles Feels Now
How Simone Biles Feels Now
THE RUNDOWN

How Simone Biles Feels Now

Star gymnast says outpouring of support shows she's 'more than my accomplishments'

(Newser) - Simone Biles acknowledged an "outpouring" of love and support Wednesday following her unexpected exit from events at the Tokyo Olympics. Meanwhile, Texas Deputy Attorney General Aaron Reitz is backtracking on his harsh criticism of the 24-year-old gymnast.
  • In a since-deleted tweet, Reitz shared video of Kerri Strug performing at
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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...

Simone Biles Drops Out of All-Around

No decision yet on individual events

(Newser) - The day after Simone Biles removed herself from the Team USA gymnastics final , USA Gymnastics announced she is also exiting Thursday's all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics. Jade Carey will take the 24-year-old's place, the AP reports. "After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the...

Simone Biles: It Wasn't a Physical Injury

'I have to focus on my mental health,' says gymnast after exit from team competition

(Newser) - Simone Biles is shedding some light on the Olympic stunner that saw her exit from team competition on Tuesday. While USA Gymnastics cited a "medical issue," Biles herself clarified that it wasn't a physical injury, reports the Washington Post . "I just felt like it would be...

US Falls to Russia After Simone Biles Pulls Out of Finals

She left competition 'due to a medical issue'

(Newser) - The US Women's gymnastics team settled for silver on Tuesday after having to compete without golden girl Simone Biles, who USA Gymnastics confirmed had to exit the competition "due to a medical issue." It continued, "She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future...

Olympic Gymnast Ends Floor Routine With BLM Tribute

Luciana Alvarado of Costa Rica raised fist in the air, knelt

(Newser) - The first-ever Costa Rican gymnast to qualify for the Olympics used the end of her floor routine Sunday to make a big statement. Luciana Alvarado, 18, took a knee with one arm behind her back and the other raised in the air with a fist, NBC Olympics reports. (Watch the...

First US Athlete Tests Positive in Japan

Kara Eaker is an alternate on the women's gymnastics team

(Newser) - An alternate on the women's gymnastic team has become the first American athlete to test positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Japan for the Olympics. Officials say 18-year-old Kara Eaker has been transferred to a hotel for quarantine, as has Leanne Wong, an alternate who trains with Eaker and...

Simone Biles Lands a First in Her Return

Gymnast performs Yurchenko double pike in winning US Classic

(Newser) - Simone Biles hadn't performed competitively since 2019, so no one knew how she'd do Saturday at the US Classic. She did well. Biles posted the highest scores on the vault, beam and floor, the Washington Post reports, in winning the all-around title. But Biles broke ground along the...

Gymnast's Competition Outfit Causes Quite a Stir
Gymnast's
Competition
Outfit Causes
Quite a Stir
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Gymnast's Competition Outfit Causes Quite a Stir

German athlete Sarah Voss wore full bodysuit to take stand against 'sexualization' in the industry

(Newser) - When the German women's gymnastics team was practicing ahead of the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships held in Basel, Switzerland, this week, the athletes wore full bodysuits for maximum comfort. That's when it hit them, says gymnast Elisabeth Seitz, per the BBC : Why couldn't they wear these outfits...

She Retired From Gymnastics in 2012. At 32, She's Back

Olympian Chellsie Memmel is hoping to make the US national team

(Newser) - Chellsie Memmel has a world all-around gold medal tucked away somewhere. An Olympic silver medal, too. When she officially retired in 2012, Memmel went out on her own terms. She got married, had two kids, became an integral part of running the gym her family owns in New Berlin, Wisconsin,...

After Closing a Bad Chapter, Biles Is Ready to Compete

After the abuses under USA Gymnastics, athlete says this time, 'It's for me'

(Newser) - Simone Biles has committed to performing in the summer Olympics this year. She's up at 6am for six hours of training, six days a week, for the Games scheduled for July in Tokyo . And she's committed to being even better, though she already has more Olympic and World...

Nia Dennis' 'Masterpiece' Sparks a Race Discussion

UCLA gymnast goes viral (again) for a floor routine celebrating Black culture

(Newser) - UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis is making a habit of going viral with her floor routines. In February, she did so with a Beyonce-inspired performance , notes CNN . But she's outdone herself with a new routine celebrating Black culture that has racked up more than 10 million views on Twitter . "...

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