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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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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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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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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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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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The Martha Karolyi way leaves lasting legacy for USA Gymnastics

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The Martha Karolyi Way is a pinch on the neck. A tilt of the head. A purse of the lips. A nod of approval. A series of directives, most of them blunt, all designed for maximum impact. It is a compound tucked in the Texas woods where the rest of the world slips away so the foundation of a gymnastics dynasty can be laid. For the last 15 years, the U.S. women’s national team coordinator has methodically molded a once…

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Pinellas gymnastics coach accused of duct-taping student’s mouth shut and posting pictures to Facebook

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If you’re a coach and you decide to duct tape a kid’s mouth shut and then post pictures of it to Facebook and that kid’s mom used to be a lawyer, you’re going to have a bad time. That’s what Lori Palmieri accuses her daughter’s gymnastics coach of doing. Palmieri is now suing Tracy Maggiacomo, the coach, and her employer, Victory Gymnastics Training Center in Oldsmar, for damages suffered by her daughter, Marisa Palmieri, from being “exploited” by the photos.…

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