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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 »

Entire USA Gymnastics Board to Resign

US Olympic Committee had threatened to remove it as sport's national governing body

(Newser) - The 16 remaining members of USA Gymnastics' board of directors will resign following the sentencing of Larry Nassar and the issuing of demands by the US Olympic Committee, ABC News reports. On Thursday, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun demanded the entire USA Gymnastics board resign because the "culture needs fundamental... More »

Olympic Officials Give Ultimatum to USA Gymnastics

Entire board must quit, or it will no longer be sport's governing body

(Newser) - As the harrowing testimony against Larry Nassar continued earlier this week, three top members of the USA Gymnastics board resigned. Not good enough, says the US Olympic Committee. The group has ordered everybody else on the 21-member board to quit by Wednesday, and it wants an interim board set up... More »

More Than 150 Victims Came Forward. Here's What They Said

Everything you need to know as Larry Nassar sentenced to up to 175 years

(Newser) - "I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting," McKayla Maroney told Larry Nassar during his seven-day sentencing hearing, which concluded Wednesday with a sentence of up to 175 years in prison... More »

Judge to Larry Nassar: 'I Just Signed Your Death Warrant'

Sports doctor gets up to 175 years in prison for abusing girls under his care

(Newser) - The former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation's top gymnasts for years was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison as the judge declared: "I just signed your death warrant." The sentence capped a remarkable seven-day hearing in which scores of Larry... More »

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