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Gymnast Jordyn Wieber won’t compete at nationals, worlds

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Jordyn Wieber will not be defending her world all-around championship come September. Her consolation? Meeting Justin Bieber.

“She’s just going to wait until the summer’s over (to compete again),” her coach, John Geddert, told the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal. “She has every intention of returning to competition, but we’re just putting it on hold for now.”

Wieber, 18, was one of the leaders on the Fierce Five U.S. Olympic gymnastics gold-medal winning team. She was tabbed as an all-around medal favorite, too, but failed to reach the final after winning the world all-around title in 2011.

Wieber, like her Fierce Five teammates, led a hectic schedule following the London Olympics, beginning with a post-Games tour.

“She initially came back off the Tour of Champions with the idea that she might want to vie for a national team spot and a shot at worlds again,” Geddert said. “But then looking at her commitment calendar and the number of obligations she had, both paid and personal, she just couldn’t string together enough training time to make that viable.”

The next commitment is Wednesday in Los Angeles, where Wieber and her teammates will reconvene at the ESPYs. The Fierce Five was nominated for the Best Team award.

Wieber told the Huffington Post in a video published Tuesday that she will meet pop star Bieber later this week.

It’s been a long time coming.

“I definitely don’t feel like I’m done competing yet,” Wieber told the Huffington Post.

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American Krupp, Canadian Macek fully committed to Germany

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Bjorn Krupp’s journey started at the Duluth IceForum in suburban Atlanta.

Brooks Macek piled up the points in Bantam hockey in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the Notre Dame Hounds.

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Now they’re in the Olympic gold-medal game for Germany, having advanced further than the teams from their home countries. The U.S.-born Krupp and Canadian-born Macek have German fathers and now call Germany home with no apologies for beating or scoring against the countries of their birth.

When Macek scored a go-ahead power-play goal in what turned out to be a remarkable upset semifinal win against Canada, he pumped his fist and never felt conflicted about beating a team with the Maple Leafs on its jerseys.

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Continuity carries Germany, Russians into Olympic final

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They forged bonds from Riga to Cologne and in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

It’s all led Germany and the Russians to a David versus Goliath Olympic gold-medal game Sunday. Even though the Russians were favorites all along and expected to win gold in a tournament without NHL stars and Germany was a longshot to even reach the semifinals after not qualifying in Sochi, these two teams are more similar than they are different.

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Their familiarity and continuity is the biggest reason they’re facing off in the final.

Germany’s core group has been together through the Olympic qualification tournament and world championships and has played the same system for the past three years under coach Marco Sturm. The Russians’ 25-man roster is made up of 15 players from SKA St. Petersburg and eight from CSKA Moscow, the two best teams in the Kontinental Hockey League.

“That’s a big key to our success,” Germany defenseman Christian Ehrhoff said Saturday. “We were very familiar with each other. … (The Russians also) should be really familiar because almost everybody plays on the same teams in Russia.”

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