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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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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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What to watch at the Rio Olympic games on Tuesday

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Day 4 of the Rio Games features medal action in gymnastics, swimming, fencing, judo and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): GYMNASTICS It’s show time for the U.S women’s team, which made a statement in Sunday’s qualifiers by posting a top score that outpaced second-place China by a staggering 10 points. China, Russia, Great Britain, Brazil, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands will look to knock off the Americans, which are led by Martha Karolyi. How difficult will…

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