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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 Sunday

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Day 9 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, gymnastics, tennis, golf, fencing and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): TRACK AND FIELD The title of world’s fastest man goes on the block when Jamaican Usain Bolt, American Justin Gatlin and the other sprinters take to the track. The 100 meter final is at 10:25 p.m. following three rounds of semifinals that start at 9 p.m. Bolt won his first heat of…

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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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Missy Franklin not in freestyle relay final

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The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local): 9:40 p.m. If Missy Franklin is going to claim her first swimming medal of the Rio Olympics, it will have to come while she’s on dry land. Franklin competed in the preliminaries of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, but her time wasn’t fast enough for the coaches to give her a spot in the evening final. Allison Schmitt posted what was by far the fastest split time…

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Without a ’10,’ perfection is a tough task in gymnastics

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Without it, Nadia Comaneci is just another gold-medal winning gymnast from Eastern Europe. The Perfect 10 made the Romanian superstar more than a champion. It made her a legend. Yet four decades after her barrier-shattering uneven bars routine in Montreal — the one that ended with Comaneci and coach Bela Karolyi initially staring at the scoreboard in confusion when it read 1.00 because it wasn’t outfitted to put up the first 10.0 in Olympic history — perfection is harder to…

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Martha Karolyi’s ‘Final Five’ U.S. team wins gymnastics gold

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Just call them the Final Five. Dominant. Peerless. Golden. The U.S. women’s gymnastics team gave retiring national team coordinator Martha Karolyi a fitting send off in the Olympic finals on Tuesday night, putting on a two-hour display of precision and class. Their score of 184.897 was more than eight points clear of silver medalist Russia, a blowout that Michael Jordan‘s “Dream Team” should envy. The Americans’ second straight Olympic team triumph — and third overall — was never in doubt.…

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