Young U.S. gymnasts highlight Saturday’s American Cup

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Those who’ve had a hankering for gymnastics ever since watching the Fierce Five take gold in London are in luck: the 2013 season kicks off at the American Cup in Worcester, Mass. this weekend.

And while Fierce Fiver Kyla Ross and London alternate Ebee Price were forced out of the event with injuries, the U.S. will be well represented by up-n-comers Katelyn Ohashi and Simone Biles, both competing in their first senior competition.

“I was ready for it,” Ohashi, who trains under 1988 Olympic champ Valeri Liukin, said. “I feel prepared for this meet and I’m excited to be a senior.”

They’ll flip in the footsteps of gold medalists Aly Raisman, Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Shannon Miller, and Mary Lou Retton, who all competed at the same international invitational early in their careers.

The two young Americans will face off against London Olympians Vanessa Ferrari of Italy, Asuka Teramoto of Japan, and Victoria Moors of Canada during Saturday’s World Cup event.

U.S. gymnasts Danell Leyva and Jake Dalton headline the men’s competition, along with London all-around silver medalist Marcel Nguyen of Germany, and Kristian Thomas of Great Britain.

Catch the American Cup live on NBC Saturday starting at 1pm est.

Decker scores twice, U.S. women’s hockey team beats Canada 5-2

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QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Brianna Decker scored twice to help the U.S. women’s hockey team open its pre-Olympic exhibition schedule with a 5-2 victory over Canada on Sunday.

Hilary Knight, Annie Pankowski and Alex Carpenter also scored for the Americans.

Meghan Agosta and Jillian Saulnier scored for Canada.

The teams will meet again Wednesday night in Boston. Canada has won four straight Olympic titles, and the U.S. has claimed seven of the last eight world championships.

World downhill champion Ilka Stuhec tears ACL

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Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.

Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a practice crash in Austria this weekend.

Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.

According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that. But preliminary reports suggest that she is likely to miss the Olympics.

“For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” a spokesperson for Struhec told Reuters.

In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”

The Olympics start in less than four months.