Stanford wins 4th straight NCAA gymnastics championshipApril 16, 2023 GMT
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) — Freshman Fred Richard of Michigan three individual crowns — including the all-around — Asher Hong and Taylor Burkhart went 1-2 on the vault to help top-ranked Stanford win its fourth consecutive title Saturday at the NCAA gymnastics championships.
Olympian Sunisa Lee says kidney issue ended Auburn seasonApril 3, 2023 GMT
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Olympic gymnastics champion Sunisa Lee said a kidney issue cut short her college career, but she still has her sights set on the Paris Games next year.
Ethics agency to better protect gymnasts for LA OlympicsMarch 23, 2023 GMT
GENEVA (AP) — Created to help protect athletes after the USA Gymnastics sexual abuse scandal, the sport’s international investigations agency has set new safeguarding standards with a view to the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
Russian gym coach who criticized Olympic judges bannedMarch 7, 2023 GMT
A top Russian gymnastics coach whose athletes won numerous Olympic gold medals has been suspended following vehement criticism of judges who ended Russia's winning streak in rhythmic gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics.
Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum closed after ceiling piece fallsMarch 3, 2023 GMT
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's Stegeman Coliseum has been closed for repairs after a small piece of concrete fell from the ceiling of the nearly 60-year-old facility that hosts several of the university's sports teams and school graduation ceremonies in the spring.
Former girls gymnastics coach gets 96 years for sex assaultFebruary 22, 2023 GMT
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A former suburban Chicago girls gymnastics coach has been sentenced to 96 years in prison for sexually assaulting a teenage gymnast about a decade ago, prosecutors said.
Fisk, 1st HBCU gymnastics at NCAA level, heads to Las VegasDecember 12, 2022 GMT
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Fisk University women's gymnastics program, the first at a Historically Black College and University at the NCAA level, will make its team debut on Jan. 6 at the inaugural “Super 16” in Las Vegas.
2020 Olympic champ Sunisa Lee to make a run at Paris 2024November 15, 2022 GMT
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Sunisa Lee is going to make another run at Olympic glory.
The 2020 women's all-around gymnastics champion announced Tuesday that she will return to training at the elite level following the end of her sophomore season at Auburn next spring.
Brody Malone gets rare gold for US men at gymnastics worldsNovember 6, 2022 GMT
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Brody Malone won the first world championship on the high bar by an American men's gymnast in 43 years on Sunday when he edged world and Olympic all-around champion Daiki Hashimoto of Japan in a close event final.
Jade Carey adds to medal haul at worlds with vault goldNovember 5, 2022 GMT
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Jade Carey's rebound from Olympic disappointment in her best event ended with a gold medal at the world championships.
The 22-year-old American soared to victory in the women's vault final on Saturday, giving her a second trip to the top of the podium at M&S Bank Arena after helping the U.S.
Hashimoto adds world championship to go with Olympic goldNovember 4, 2022 GMT
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Daiki Hashimoto of Japan won the men's all-around title at the world gymnastics championship on Friday, giving the 21-year-old star a bookend to the gold he won at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Brazil’s Andrade makes history, wins world gymnastics titleNovember 3, 2022 GMT
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Rebeca Andrade grew immune to pressure long ago. Enduring three reconstructive knee surgeries provides some perspective.
It's why the 23-year-old Brazilian gymnast wasn't thinking about making history or her own grueling personal journey during the women's all-around finals at the world championships on Thursday.
China tops Japan at sloppy men’s gymnastics championshipsNovember 2, 2022 GMT
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — China won its 12th world men's gymnastics championship on Wednesday, putting together six solid if not always spectacular rotations to cruise to victory over rival Japan in a meet that felt like a battle of attrition.
U.S. women earn record sixth straight world gymnastics titleNovember 1, 2022 GMT
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — A pair of falls on the balance beam in qualifying cost Jordan Chiles a shot at the world all-around gymnastics title.
USA Gymnastics expands mental health services for athletesOctober 10, 2022 GMT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Gymnastics is expanding its mental health coverage for athletes and coaches under a new program unveiled on Monday.
The organization will help cover eight visits a year to mental health providers for eligible national team members across all disciplines and four visits to mental health providers for eligible coaches under the new program.
Ex-coach’s Nassar-related conviction will not be reinstatedSeptember 21, 2022 GMT
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court turned down an appeal Wednesday and won't reinstate the conviction of a retired Michigan State University gymnastics coach who was accused of lying to investigators about campus sports doctor Larry Nassar.
Konnor McClain rallies to claim US gymnastics national titleAugust 22, 2022 GMT
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Konnor McClain arrived in Texas last spring adrift, her confidence shattered. The gymnastics that came so easily for so long to the precocious teenager had turned shaky. Uncertain.
Malone cruises to second straight US gymnastics titleAugust 21, 2022 GMT
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Brody Malone cruised to his second national gymnastics title on Saturday night to cement his status atop the American men's program with the Paris Olympics less than two years away.
Shilese Jones sprints to lead at US gymnastics championshipsAugust 20, 2022 GMT
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Shilese Jones could have moved on a year ago. There's a gymnastics scholarship waiting for her at the University of Florida whenever she wants it.
Only Jones couldn't walk away from the chance to make a run at the Olympics.
Skepticism and hope as USA Gymnastics enters post-Nassar eraAugust 19, 2022 GMT
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The blue and red flames of the new logo USA Gymnastics unveiled this week are designed to symbolize rebirth.
Malone out to early lead at US Gymnastics ChampionshipsAugust 19, 2022 GMT
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Defending champion Brody Malone sprinted to the lead at the U.S. Championships on Thursday, posting an all-around score of 88.942 in the last major tuneup before this fall's world championships.
USA Gymnastics: Abortion laws to play role in site selectionAugust 17, 2022 GMT
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — USA Gymnastics will take abortion laws into consideration when it comes to selecting venues for competitions.
USA Gymnastics president Li Li Leung said Wednesday there is “no question” abortion laws will play a factor in whether a state is chosen to host events like the U.S.
Today in Sports: Usain Bolt wins three gold medals.August 17, 2022 GMT
1923 — Helen Mills, 17, ends Molla Bjurstedt Mallory’s domination of the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships and starts her own with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.
1958 — Floyd Patterson knocks out Roy Harris in the 13th round at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles to retain his world heavyweight title.
Today in Sports-Lou Gehrig plays his 1,308th straight game.August 16, 2022 GMT
1933 — Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees plays his 1,308th straight game to break Everett Scott’s record of 1,307.
1938 — Henry Armstrong wins the lightweight title with a 15-round decision over Lou Ambers and becomes the only boxer to hold world championship titles in three weight divisions simultaneously.
Gymnastics congress moved to let Russian officials attendJuly 27, 2022 GMT
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Gymnastics Federation said Wednesday its annual congress will be moved out of Norway so that officials from Russia and its ally Belarus can attend.
The FIG congress was due to be held in Norway in October but the FIG said it will be moved.
Biden awards Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, GiffordsJuly 8, 2022 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday presented the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 17 people, including gymnast Simone Biles, the late John McCain, the Arizona Republican whom Biden served with in the Senate, and gun-control advocate Gabby Giffords.
Pandemic-delayed World Games open in Birmingham a year lateJuly 7, 2022 GMT
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Delayed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Games open Thursday in Alabama featuring more than 3,600 athletes participating in non-Olympic events including sumo wrestling, gymnastics, martial arts and tug of war.
Review finds British Gymnastics failed to address abuseJune 16, 2022 GMT
LONDON (AP) — British Gymnastics failed for years to address abuse complaints as it prioritized financial growth and medals, according to an independent investigator’s report that calls for governance reforms.
Iowa swimmers wondered if Title IX suit was ‘going to work’June 15, 2022 GMT
Alexa Puccini was just a few days into her freshman year at Iowa, working out with a couple other members of the women’s swimming and diving team. It was August 2020 and she was finally on campus after committing as a junior in high school.
Sacramone Quinn, Memmel embrace new roles at USA GymnasticsJune 13, 2022 GMT
Alicia Sacramone Quinn and Chellsie Memmel walked through the fire together for much of their decorated gymnastics careers, becoming more than just teammates as they traveled the globe for one of the U.S.
Olympian, Nassar victim Schwikert Moser on USA Gym boardJune 2, 2022 GMT
Tasha Schwikert Moser knew she had a choice.
The former Olympian could continue to work on the outside while attempting to hold USA Gymnastics accountable as it tries to emerge from the rubble of the Larry Nassar scandal.
Canadian gymnast tells of sexual, emotional abuse by coachMay 26, 2022 GMT
A former member of the Canadian national gymnastics team wrote a public letter accusing the country’s 2016 Olympic coach of inappropriate and unwanted touching.
The letter by Abby Pearson Spadafora, 38, revealed the latest in a long series of allegations of sexual, emotional and physical abuse by coaches Dave and Elizabeth Brubaker, who have been banned by Gymnastics Canada.
USA Gymnastics tabs Sacramone Quinn, Memmel for top postsMay 26, 2022 GMT
USA Gymnastics is turning to two of its most-decorated athletes to help guide its women's elite program.
Alicia Sacramone Quinn and Chellsie Memmel, teammates on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team that earned silver in Beijing, are part of the new leadership paradigm within the organization.
Canadian athletes, parents call for culture change in sportsMay 21, 2022 GMT
Scales should be banned from children’s gyms. Parents should be permitted to watch. Rules of acceptable behavior should be posted on gym walls with a toll-free line to report violations.
They may sound like basic safety precautions for children in sport, but they don’t exist on a blanket scale in Canada.
Russian gymnast gets 1-year ban for wearing pro-war symbolMay 18, 2022 GMT
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak has been given a one-year ban for displaying a symbol on his uniform supporting the invasion of Ukraine.
Kuliak had taped the “Z” symbol — seen on Russian tanks and military vehicles in Ukraine and embraced by supporters of the war — to his vest for a medal ceremony at a World Cup event in March.
13 Nassar victims seeking $130M from FBI over bungled probeApril 21, 2022 GMT
DETROIT (AP) — Thirteen sexual assault victims of Larry Nassar are seeking $10 million each from the FBI, claiming a bungled investigation by agents led to more abuse by the sports doctor, lawyers said Thursday.
Five Alive! Oklahoma rallies to claim 5th national titleApril 16, 2022 GMT
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Ragan Smith didn't hear a thing. Not her Oklahoma teammates. Not coach K.J. Kindler. Not the roar of the crowd as the perfect score on floor exercise by Florida's Trinity Thomas flashed.
In NCAA women’s gymnastics, a Texas-sized holeApril 16, 2022 GMT
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Ragan Smith did not lack options when it came to choosing a college, as tends to happen when you're an elite gymnast with a national title on your resume.
In college gymnastics, the ripple effect of real “air time”April 15, 2022 GMT
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — 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.
Olympic champ Lee, Florida star Thomas shine at NCAAsApril 15, 2022 GMT
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — This is why Sunisa Lee kept her promise and came to Auburn. And why Trinity Thomas endured at Florida.
To compete on the podium with their sport stopping to watch. To celebrate with their teammates under the lights.
Sex abuse case in snowboarding exposes flaws in reportingApril 14, 2022 GMT
DENVER (AP) — When former members of the U.S. snowboarding team wanted to report sex-abuse allegations against a longtime coach, they received conflicting information that left them unsure of where to turn — or whether they wanted to pursue the cases at all.
Olympic gymnasts face outsized expectations at NCAAsApril 14, 2022 GMT
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Sunisa Lee arrived in Tokyo last summer relatively unknown. Then came the Olympics, the meet of her life, a gold medal she once thought unattainable and first-name-only status in her sport for life.
EXPLAINER: The differences between Olympic & NCAA gymnasticsApril 13, 2022 GMT
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — For decades, college gymnastics lived in the shadow of elite competition.
The Olympics were the Olympics. And what happened outside of that rarified air was ... not that.
Olympic gold medalist Carey returning to elite gymnasticsApril 8, 2022 GMT
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Jade Carey is returning to elite gymnastics.
Carey, who won gold in floor exercise at the 2020 Tokyo Games, announced on Instagram Wednesday that the Oregon State freshman plans to attend a USA Gymnastics team camp following next week's NCAA Championships.
Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee banking more NCAA successApril 5, 2022 GMT
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Sunisa Lee needed a respite from the exhausting, all-consuming world of elite gymnastics.
Russian appeals against sports bans to be heard by CASApril 5, 2022 GMT
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian federations and athletes have filed multiple legal challenges to fight their bans from international sports events because of their country waging war on Ukraine.
Canadian gymnasts’ letter on abuse spurs roundtableApril 1, 2022 GMT
TORONTO (AP) — Brittany Rogers is an adult and three years removed from her athletic career, yet the cutting words of her childhood gymnastics coaches still play like a broken record in her mind.
‘Beacon of goodness’: NCAA women’s gymnastics is boomingMarch 29, 2022 GMT
Sunisa Lee and the rest of the Auburn women's gymnastics team filed out of Stegeman Coliseum on Georgia's campus in mid-February, equal parts exhausted and giddy. A happy three-hour trip home awaited after the Tigers edged the Gymdogs on the road for just the second time in program history.
USA Gymnastics restructures leadership in women’s programMarch 28, 2022 GMT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Gymnastics is overhauling its leadership structure in its women's elite program.
Instead of having one person serve as the program's high-performance director, USA Gymnastics is dividing the job into three “equitable” positions, each of whom will report to the program's vice president of women's gymnastics.
Canadian gymnasts ask for investigation into ‘toxic’ cultureMarch 28, 2022 GMT
A group of Canadian gymnasts is asking Sport Canada to launch an independent investigation into what they describe as a “toxic culture” within the sport's national governing body.
The group of 71 current and former Canadian gymnastics national team members sent an open letter to Vicki Walker, the director-general of Sport Canada, on Monday saying it can “no longer sit in silence" as cries for change have gone unheeded.
Michigan law adds mandatory reporters after Nassar scandalMarch 24, 2022 GMT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Physical and occupational therapists and athletic trainers will now be required to report suspected child abuse or neglect under a new Michigan law that follows the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.
Russian Olympians face backlash after Vladimir Putin rallyMarch 23, 2022 GMT
LONDON (AP) — Russian Olympic athletes who participated in a rally supporting President Vladimir Putin and the invasion of Ukraine are facing a backlash, with one losing a sponsorship deal and facing a disciplinary investigation.
Russian gymnast facing ban for pro-invasion symbol on podiumMarch 7, 2022 GMT
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak is expected to be investigated after displaying a symbol on his uniform supporting the invasion of Ukraine.
Kuliak taped the “Z” symbol — seen on Russian tanks and military vehicles in Ukraine and embraced by supporters of the war — to his vest for a medal ceremony at a World Cup event on Saturday in Doha, Qatar.
Gymnastics, curling add Russian athletes to sports bansMarch 4, 2022 GMT
Russia has been banned from international gymnastics and curling events in response to its invasion of Ukraine.
The International Gymnastics Federation on Friday said Russian and Belarusian athletes or officials, including judges, will not be allowed to participate in sanctioned competitions, indefinitely.
Alabama drops bid to sell alcohol at games over city feeFebruary 14, 2022 GMT
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama is scuttling a proposal to sell alcohol during basketball games and gymnastics meets over a fee proposed by the city, athletics director Greg Byrne said Monday.
Fisk University launches first HBCU gymnastics programFebruary 11, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fisk University is launching the first women's gymnastics program at a historically Black college and university.
The school based in Nashville, Tennessee, made the announcement Friday.
Shiffrin talks about watching Biles deal with Olympic stressFebruary 2, 2022 GMT
Alpine skiing superstar Mikaela Shiffrin was paying attention when gymnastics superstar Simone Biles opened up about being burdened by “the weight of the world” and sat out a string of finals at the Tokyo Olympics six months ago.
Former Olympic gymnastic champion dies after COVID infectionJanuary 24, 2022 GMT
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Former Olympic gymnastics champion Szilveszter Csollany died Monday at the age of 51 after spending weeks hospitalized with COVID-19, Hungarian sports officials said.
The Hungarian Olympic Committee and the country's gymnastics federation issued a joint statement confirming the death of Csollany, who won a gold medal in the men's rings competition at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
3-time Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan retiringJanuary 11, 2022 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Three-time Olympic gold medal gymnast Kohei Uchimura of Japan — the man they call “King Kohei”— is retiring, his management company said Tuesday.
The 33-year-old won gold in 2012 and 2016 as the best all-around men's gymnast, and also won a team gold in 2016.
Mental health among athletes spotlighted in tumultuous 2021December 22, 2021 GMT
Simone Biles understands now that she was struggling long before she arrived at the Tokyo Olympics, where the unofficial face of the Games and one of the greatest gymnasts of all time was unable to force a smile and push her way through on the world's biggest stage.