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Top 10 medal-winning moments from Rio

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The U.S. Olympic team came away with 121 medals during the Rio games that concluded on Sunday. Among those were 46 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze. They won golds in 14 different sports that included ending long droughts in certain events. Of the 121 medals, 77 came from swimming, track and field and gymnastics. Some of the medal-winning performances stand out among some of the others. At the risk of slighting medal-winning performances, here is this observer’s top 10…

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USA Gymnastics primed for more success after Martha Karolyi

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Martha Karolyi doesn’t know who will replace her as national team coordinator for USA Gymnastics when she officially steps down later this month. She does, however, have a message: Don’t get cute. “The program is already built,” Karolyi said. “I just really hope that they don’t try to fix a program which proved itself and right now really shows that it’s the highest level program in the world.” It’s hard to argue with the results. The “Final Five” — a…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Tuesday

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Day 11 of the Rio Games features medal action in gymnastics, track and field, boxing, wrestling and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): GYMNASTICS Simone Biles can wrap up her remarkable time in Rio with a fourth Olympic gold medal when she competes in the floor exercise at 2:47 p.m. Biles has already earned three golds and a bronze, though her chance to become the first female gymnast to capture five golds in a single Olympics…

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Simone Biles struggles on beam, settles for bronze medal

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Simone Biles proved she’s human after all. In a major surprise, Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands came away with the gold medal in the balance beam final. American Laurie Hernandez took the silver medal and Biles won the bronze.  Biles was off to a strong start on her routine, but nearly fell off the beam nearly halfway through. She needed to place both hands on the beam to prevent a total fall, but the deduction is nearly as harsh as…

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Time to start talking about Simone Biles as the best ever

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The first one was for the team. This one was a little more personal. The next three for Simone Biles could be for the record books. Where to start judging Biles after her romp to gold in the gymnastics all around? Perhaps by beginning the conversation with talk about the best in history. She already owns three world championships, and now has two Olympic golds. Before an appreciative crowd Thursday at the Olympic gymnastics arena, she capped off her latest…

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Super Simone! Biles soars to Olympic all-around gold

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Forget the pressure. Forget the hype. Simone Biles is immune to all of it. Dynamic on vault. Effortless on beam. Jaw-dropping on floor. Brilliant all over. And now, finally, an Olympic champion. The 19-year-old American soared to the all-around title on Thursday, putting the gap between herself and the rest of the world on full display under the Olympic spotlight. Her total of 62.198 was well clear of silver medalist and “Final Five” teammate Aly Raisman and Russian bronze medalist…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Thursday

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Day 6 of the Rio Games features medal action in gymnastics, rugby, track cycling, swimming, fencing, judo and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): GYMNASTICS American Simone Biles heads into the women’s individual all-around starting at 4 p.m. She won the world championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Aly Raisman, who also shared in the U.S. team gold Tuesday, is in Biles’ rotation. The two start on the vault. Keep an eye on Biles’ floor routine:…

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