The U.S. women’s gymnastics team won three golds, a silver, and a bronze In London this summer to bring the team total to 64 international medals since Martha Karolyi took over back in 2001.
And while a bit of posturing suggested she might step down after guiding the girls to the second U.S. team gold in Olympic history and third straight all-around title under her watch, it seems like she plans to stick around for a little while longer, albeit with a different definition of her role with the team.
Instead Karolyi started divvying up the duties Monday, naming Valeri Liukin – father and coach of five-time Beijing medalist Nastia Liukin – athlete development coordinator and Steve Rybacki the director of elite athlete programs.
“We believe the partnership of Martha, Valeri, and Steve gives USA Gymnastics the dream team to pilot and manage our women’s program from development through the elite level and national team,” President of USA Gymnastics, Steve Penny, told the AP. “Each of them has been integral in the success of our women’s team.”
Karolyi, who said that winning in London “reinforces the idea that I love it,” will remain in her post as team coordinator and will start prepping a successor for when she finally steps down.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The world, some fret, is falling apart. Politicians spar viciously on social media. Leaders lie. Former heroes fall like dominoes amid endless scandals. Cruelty has come to feel commonplace.
But never fear: We have curling.
The sport with the frenzied sweeping and clacking rocks has rules that literally require players to treat opponents with kindness. Referees aren’t needed, because curlers police themselves. And the winners generally buy the losers a beer.
At the Pyeongchang Olympics, curlers and their fans agree: In an era of vitriol and venom, curling may be the perfect antidote to our troubled times.
“Nobody gets hit — other than the rock,” laughed Evelyne Martens of Calgary, Canada, as she watched a recent Canada vs. Norway curling match. “And there’s nothing about Trump here!”
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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The memories are impossible to ignore. Justin Olsen sees him in the start house. Elana Meyers Taylor hears him on her track walks. Mentions of his name bring some members of the team to tears, and others still can’t fully open up about how difficult moving on has been.
NBCOlymipcs.com: 2018 U.S. Olympic bobsled team
It’s been nine months since Steven Holcomb died.
USA Bobsled is not over it, not by any stretch of the imagination.
Holcomb was the best bobsledder in U.S. history, and he was supposed to be at these PyeongChang Olympics for what likely would have been the final races of his career. Instead, the Americans will head to the start house at the Alpensia Sliding Center on Sunday for the first bobsled races of these games and face the nearly impossible task of doing as well as he would have done.
This season has been one struggle after another for the Americans. Nerves have been frayed all year. Results have been far from what the U.S. wanted or envisioned. Getting a third men’s sled to PyeongChang was a challenge until the final possible moment, something that certainly would not have been the case if Holcomb was still driving.
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