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Four Dew Tour events to watch Thursday

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With the Sochi Games a mere 14 months away, some of the top Olympics snow sports athletes are in Breckenridge, Colo. for the Dew Tour this week to start preparing their runs for the world’s biggest stage. Here are four events you shouldn’t miss on Thursday. (And don’t worry, you can catch them from your work desk here on NBCSports.com)

Men’s Freeski Superpipe Semi-Final (10 a.m.)

Kevin Rolland has been the undisputed champ of the pipe over the past few years, winning gold at the 2010 and 2011 X-Games and sweeping the 2011 Dew tour. The 23-year-old Frenchman was also an ambassador for the 2012 Innsbruck Youth Olympics, mentoring younger athletes along with Lindsey Vonn.

Defending X-Games champion David Wise and 2010 Breckenridge winner Simon Dumont were set to headline the American contingent. The latter underwent wrist surgery Wednesday after suffering an injury in practice and will not compete. Gus Kenworthy, Tucker Perkins and Tanner Hall are three other Americans to watch.

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Semi-Final (Noon)
Lake Tahoe native Jamie Anderson staked her claim as the best American slopstyle rider by winning three events in 2012, including gold at the X Games. Still just 22, she has a good chance of making it to Sochi.

Canadian Spencer O’Brien won the Dew Tour event in 2012 and is looking to repeat this season. Great Britain’s Jenny Jones and Finland’s Enni Rukajarvi are names you’ll likely hear again come 2014.

Men’s Snowboard Superpipe Semi-Finals (2:30 p.m.)
Shaun White, Louie Vito, and Scotty Lago – the three top names in the sport – are all set to compete at Dew Tour. Joining the American trio will be the Mitriani brothers (Luke and Jack) and California native Greg Bretz.

Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov – the 24-year-old who has two X Games silver medals to his name – enters Dew Tour 2012 as a legitimate podium threat. Finland’s Peetu Piiroinen should also be in the mix. Kohei Kudo and Kazuhiro Kokubo each give the Japanese an outside shot at making the top 3.

Men’s Freeski Big Air Finals (5:30 p.m.)
Nick Goepper is a name to stash in the back pocket. The Lawrenceburg, Ind. native has been a consistent slopestyle skier since 2011, and at just 18, has plenty of room for growth. Tom Wallisch, 25, has struggled in the past during Big Air (similar to aerials), but will be one to watch in anticipation of the slopestyle event.

The favorite here should be Breckenridge native Bobby Brown, who has two X-Games gold medals to his name. Look for the 21-year-old to put on a show in front of his hometown crowd.

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Ryan Lochte, Laurie Hernandez join ‘Dancing with the Stars’

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  Ryan Lochte of the United States attends a press conference in the Main Press Center on Day 7 of the Rio Olympics on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
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Gold medalists swimmer Ryan Lochte and gymnast Laurie Hernandez are the latest Olympians to take turns on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Lochte said he committed to the show’s 23rd season (Sept. 12 premiere) before his Aug. 14 gas-station incident at the Rio Olympics.

“The emotional part is the hardest thing,” Lochte said Tuesday on “Good Morning America.” “The past two weeks have been the lowest point of my life. It’s been really hard. But the fans, my family, my friends, they’ve all been really positive, keeping me going. That’s what I want to do. And this is perfect with the show, because I want to put that behind me.

“I want the whole world to move forward. Everyone’s got to be sick and tired of hearing about this. I know I am.”

Lochte and Hernandez join a long list of Olympians and Paralympians on the show:

Season 1 — Evander Holyfield (1984, boxing)
Season 4 — Apolo Ohno (2002-2010, short track speed skating) — WINNER, Clyde Drexler (1992, basketball)
Season 5 — Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1996, boxing)
Season 6 — Kristi Yamaguchi (1992, figure skating) — WINNER, Monica Seles (1996-2000, tennis)
Season 7 — Maurice Greene (2000-2004, track and field), Misty May-Treanor (2000-2012, volleyball)
Season 8 — Shawn Johnson (2008, gymnastics) — WINNER
Season 9 — Louie Vito (2010, snowboarding), Natalie Coughlin (2004-2012, swimming)
Season 10 — Evan Lysacek (2006-2010, figure skating)
Season 12 — Sugar Ray Leonard (1976, boxing)
Season 13 — Hope Solo (2004-2012, soccer)
Season 14 — Martina Navratilova (2004, tennis)
Season 15 — Shawn Johnson, Apolo Ohno
Season 16 — Dorothy Hamill (1976, figure skating), Aly Raisman (2012, gymnastics)
Season 18 — Meryl Davis (2010-2014, figure skating) — WINNER, Charlie White (2010-2014, figure skating), Amy Purdy (2014, snowboarding)
Season 19 — Lolo Jones (2008, 2012, 2014, track and field/bobsled)
Season 20 — Nastia Liukin (2008, gymnastics)

VIDEO: Michael Phelps reacts to Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Fallon’s impersonation

Simone Biles’ longtime coach takes new job

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Aimee Boorman, who coached Olympic all-around champion Simone Biles since Biles was 7, is moving from their native Texas for a new gymnastics job in Florida.

Boorman accepted a job as executive director of women’s gymnastics and elite coordinator at EVO Athletics in Sarasota.

It’s unknown if Biles will follow Boorman to Florida, or if or when Biles will return to elite-level gymnastics training.

The 19-year-old is taking a well-earned and indefinite break, soaking up the opportunities after she won four gold medals and one bronze at the Rio Games and three straight world all-around titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Biles joined Final Five teammates at MTV’s Video Music Awards in New York on Sunday and will do so again for a 36-city USA Gymnastics tour beginning in mid-September.

Boowman, also the U.S. women’s head coach in Rio, teared up at the Olympics in acknowledging that it might have been her final meet as Biles’ coach.

VIDEO: Biles welcomed home with cheerleaders, band, police escort