In college gymnastics, the ripple effect of real "air time"
The then-fledgling SEC Network needed content when it launched in 2014. The gymnastics programs within the conference needed a way to showcase their burgeoning talent. “She was (ticked) off to say it quite bluntly,” said Kathy Johnson Clarke, a two-time Olympic medalist turned commentator for ESPN.news.yahoo.com
Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee banking more NCAA success
Sunisa Lee needed a respite from the exhausting, all-consuming world of elite gymnastics. The Olympic all-around champion who has her sights set on defending her title in Paris in 2024 has capitalized on her still-newfound fame with appearances on “Dancing with the Stars” among other endeavors. “Even without the NIL, I knew I wanted to go to college anyway just because I had to come find my love for the sport again,” Lee said.news.yahoo.com
For Asian American women, Olympics reveal a harsh duality
Across two pandemic Olympics set in Asian countries, Asian American woman fronting the Games have encountered a whiplashing duality — prized on the global stage for their medal-winning talent, buffeted by the escalating crisis of racist abuse at home.
Melnikova wins all-around final at gymnastics worlds
Angelina Melnikova of Russia won the women’s all-around final on Thursday to claim the first gold medal of the gymnastics world championships. Melnikova, the 2020 Olympic all-around bronze medalist, built up a solid lead with high scores on the vault and uneven bars and finished with 56.632 points. With defending champion Simone Biles and Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee of the United States not taking part, the stage was set for a new generation of gymnasts to emerge.news.yahoo.com
Seven for Simone; Biles claims another US Gymnastics title
Simone Biles toned it down. Shaking off a somewhat sloppy start Friday, at least by her impeccable standards, Biles put on a four-rotation showcase that highlighted why a GOAT emblem — a nod to her status as the Greatest Of All Time — has become a fixture on her competition leotard. Biles' all-around score on Sunday of 60.100 was her highest since 2018 and served notice she is only getting better with the Tokyo Games less than seven weeks away.news.yahoo.com
Olympic gymnast Hernandez enjoys solid return at Winter Cup
Yet rather than greet them with anxiety or fear as she did the last time she stood on the competition floor, Laurie Hernandez embraced them. Yet all of it faded into the background on Saturday at the Winter Cup in Indianapolis. “They handled themselves really really well,” national team coordinator Tom Forster said. And I think if anybody, of course, like Riley, Riley gets it. And so we’ve been able to connect in that way and, you know, in so many different levels.
Simone Biles won 6th national all-around
Simone Biles performs on the balance beam during the Superstars of Gymnastics at The O2 Arena on March 23, 2019, in London. (CNN) - Simone Biles made history more than once this weekend during the US Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri. She also snagged her sixth national all-around title with a score of 118.500, nearly five points ahead of second place finisher Sunisa Lee. And that wasn't the reigning Olympic and world all-around champion's only history-making moment of the competition. Now, she's nailed the landing, made history twice, and won her sixth national title all in one weekend.