London gold medalist and Fierce Fiver Jordyn Wieber will be on hand in Oklahoma this week when she’s awarded the first ever Nadia Comaneci Sportsmanship Award by the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
The award, named after the famous Romanian gold medalist best known for her prefect ten on the bars at the 1976 Games, is given to an active or retired gymnast “who has demonstrated great sportsmanship or fair play.”
Comaneci said she was happy to present the inaugural award to Jordyn because, as as the reigning world champ, “she showed great sportsmanship by overcoming her personal disappointment to help lead the US women to the gold medal,” after failing to make the all-around finals in London.
And of course, gymnastics legends Gina Gogean of Romania, Albert Azaryan of Armenia, and Yuri Korolev and Lyubov Burda of Russia will all be inducted as part of the Hall’s 2013 class.
PARIS (AP) — The sport of boules has launched a bid to be included in the 2024 Olympics.
The Bowls Sports World Confederation, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines: the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the game popular in Italy.
According to the international world games association, about 20 million people regularly play boules in France and Italy, and more than 2 million players are licensed in 150 other countries.
Under new IOC rules, Olympic host cities can propose the addition of one or more sports to their games. Paris and Rome are among the five cities bidding for the 2024 Games, along with Los Angeles, Budapest and Hamburg.
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South Korean Olympic gymnast Shin Soo-ji made a triumphant return to the mound over the weekend and outdid her acrobatic 2013 first pitch.
Shin, who finished 12th in rhythmic gymnastics at Beijing 2008, added another gymnastics move to her wind-up before tossing a little bit high.
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