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Jordyn Wieber moves on… to 2013.

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While London all-around champ Gabby Douglas was named AP Female Athlete of the Year Friday, and American teammate Aly Raisman took home co-Bostonian of the year, Jordyn Wieber was busy getting back to work.

According to her outspoken coach John Geddert’s Facebook page, the 17-year-old contacted him Friday (his birthday!) and informed him that she’s ready to resume serious training, with sights set on the U.S. Championships in August.

“One step at a time of course, but what a great birthday present. Have to say I am a bit geeked about this….”

Wieber hasn’t made an official announcement of her future plans in gymnastics, and it’s too early to assume Rio, but it would appear the heavily touted 2011 world champ, who suffered a painful disappointment by not qualifying to the Olympic all-around competition, is ready to take the next step.

In a post Olympic interview, Geddert expressed concerns over Jordyn’s age and body type (she’ll be 21 in 2016) saying, “Like it or not, this is a little girl’s sport, not a women’s sport.”

If Geddert needs a reference on age, we have a good one:

American Shannon Miller suffered disappointment by finishing with an all-around silver medal by one one-thousandth of a point in Barcelona. She went on to become America’s most decorated gymnast, a back-to-back world all-around champ, part of the first U.S. gymnastics team to win Olympic gold, and the first American to take Olympic gold on the balance beam. Miller was nearly 20 at the time. Not bad.

You want one more?

Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina suffered incredible disappointments in 1996, and again in the 2000, when she (like Wieber) was the reigning world champ and expected to take the all-around crown – until, of course, someone set the vault at the wrong height. Khorkina eventually prevailed, winning three world all-around titles, including her final one at age 24. She added an Olypmic all-around silver medal to her resume in Athens at the age of 25.

The relatively inexperienced U.S. gymnastics team performed brilliantly this summer. Both the team and individuals like Douglas and Raisman made history, but Wieber’s determination and unfinished business? That’s the kind of stuff that can make all-time greats. Good luck, Jordyn.

Wagner, Asada, Hanyu headline NHK Trophy in Japan; Grand Prix Final berths on the line

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Three-time U.S. national champion Ashley Wagner looks to qualify for her fourth consecutive Grand Prix Final at this weekend’s NHK Trophy in Nagano, Japan. A medal of any color should be good enough to get her to Barcelona, but she faces a tough field.

Japan’s Mao Asada returned to competition this season and is poised to qualify for the most elite competition since the Sochi Olympics (where she finished sixth) and 2014 World Championships (which she won). Finishing on the podium would earn a berth to the final for Asada. Also in the field are Americans Mirai Nagasu and Courtney Hicks, Japan’s Satoko Miyahara, and one of Russia’s darlings from last season, Anna Pogorilaya.

Olympic champion and last year’s Grand Prix Final winner Yuzuru Hanyu, surely to be the overwhelming crowd favorite in the men’s field, will look to improve his short program results from his other Grand Prix appearance. At Skate Canada, two of his three jumping passes recceived zero points. He rallied in the free skate, finishing second behind Canada’s Patrick Chan. Chan is essentially a lock for the final, while a top three finish would seal the deal for Hanyu.

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Other men in the hunt for Grand Prix Final berths competing in Nagano include China’s Jin Boyang and Russia’s Maxim Kovtun, who also need podium finishes to lock up spots in Barcelona. Jin’s and Kovtun’s finishes will likely dictate whether or not American Max Aaron qualifies to the final. More on that process here. No U.S. man has qualified since Jeremy Abbott did it in 2011.

MORE: Jason Brown withdraws from NHK Trophy

Reigining U.S. pairs champions Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim can make the Grand Prix Final with a medal in Japan.

The U.S. is sending three ice dance couples to Japan, of which two have a shot at qualifying for Barcelona. Siblings and Sochi Olympians Maia and Alex Shibutani can finish in any 1-2 combination with Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue allowing for both duos to qualify for the final. Madison Chock and Evan Bates, U.S. ice dance champions, already qualified. will stream for subscribers live coverage of men’s, women’s, pairs and ice dance short programs and free skates. NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra will have coverage Sunday from 4-6 p.m. ET.

Men’s short program — Friday, 2:10 a.m. ET (start order here)
Women’s short program — Friday, 5:05 a.m. ET (start order here)
Men’s free skate — Saturday, 2:30 a.m. ET
Women’s free skate — Saturday, 5:35 a.m. ET

Inside the #RoadtoRio photo shoots

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Bringing together over 100 Summer Olympians and Olympic hopefuls with puppies, samba dancers and supermodels, NBC Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee partnered for an extensive five-day media summit in West Hollywood, Ca. The athletes took part in photo shoots, interviews and video segments all in preparation for next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Over the course of the summit, participants shared behind-the-scenes moments on social media using the #RoadtoRio hashtag. NBC Olympics also launched its official Snapchat account, with the username NBCOlympics. Here are some of the highlights:

Olympians fell in puppy love:


Then got a crash course in Brazil’s signature dance, the samba:


A photobooth with props let the athletes–and even Bob Costas–show off their silly sides:


Olympic fans like Alessandra Ambrosio and Flula dropped by:


In between shoots, athletes from different sports mingled:


The faux-Rio beach was the perfect set:


But these Olympic stars needed only a simple white backdrop to shine:

Wait who is the Olympian here! Linnéa stealing the show at the @nbcolympics #roadtorio

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