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Lolo Jones will not be punished for Lake Placid incident

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The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation will not sanction Lolo Jones for her involvement in an incident at a Lake Placid, N.Y., night club early Saturday morning, according to The Associated Press.

“That could change if new information emerges, but I’m not expecting that to happen at this point,” USBSF CEO Darrin Steele told the AP. “It’s a good reminder of why our athletes need to avoid putting themselves in situations where things like this can happen.”

From speaking with people who were at Roomers Night Club that night and familiar with the situation, this much is clear:

Jones and U.S. bobsled teammate Aja Evans were present, and so was the stepdaughter of Tony Carlino, a U.S. bobsled Hall of Famer who manages the Lake Placid complex that houses the sliding track.

Jones was escorted out of the bar, but a Fox Sports Radio report that Jones “knocked out” Carlino’s stepdaughter was denied by USBSF. A man who was at the bar said he did not see any physical involvement that could be described as a “knockout.”

The AP reported Carlino made USBSF officials aware of the incident Saturday morning. Reached by phone Sunday, Carlino said, “I’m not the man to talk to about that” incident when asked if it involved his stepdaughter.

Jones has not commented. Police told the AP no charges or reports were filed.

Jones, a hopeful to make the U.S. Olympic team for Sochi, is expected to compete in the national push championships in Calgary in two weeks.

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Teddy Riner, dominant judoka, to skip 2018, 2019 Worlds

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French judoka Teddy Riner, arguably the world’s most dominant athlete, will reportedly skip the next two world championships before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

French coach Franck Chambily said Riner will compete a light international schedule the next two years ahead of what would be his fourth Olympics, according to Agence France-Presse.

Riner, a 29-year-old, 6-foot-8-inch native of Guadeloupe, is undefeated since 2010 with a reported 144-match winning streak. That includes Olympic titles in 2012 and 2016 and world titles in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Before the streak, Riner also earned world titles in 2007, 2009 and 2010, plus an Olympic bronze at age 19 in 2008.

He could compete through the 2024 Paris Games.

“When I am invincible, I will stop,” Riner said in 2013, according to The Associated Press.

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Maggie Nichols wins NCAA all-around title with perfect 10

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Even after a perfect 10 in the last rotation, Maggie Nichols didn’t know that she had won the NCAA all-around title. Her coach at Oklahoma, K.J. Kindler, had to tell her.

The reaction?

“Excitement,” Nichols said Friday night on ESPNU. “I just wanted to go out there and feel out the equipment, staying calm and doing my routines that I have been doing in training.”

Nichols, a 2015 World team champion who retired from elite gymnastics after missing the 2016 Olympic team (set back by a torn meniscus that year), became the first Sooner to win the NCAA all-around in 30 years.

The sophomore tallied 39.8125 points and topped Olympic alternate MyKayla Skinner of Utah by .0875 for the title in St. Louis. It came one year after Nichols was 29th in the all-around with a balance beam fall.

Oklahoma and Utah will be joined in Saturday night’s Super Six team finals by UCLA, LSU, Florida and Nebraska. The Sooners eye their third straight national title.

Nichols capped her night with one of two perfect scores between the two semifinal sessions, matching 2012 Olympic alternate Elizabeth Price‘s 10 on uneven bars. It gave Nichols a second career gym slam, a perfect score on every apparatus for the season.

On Jan. 9, Nichols came forward as “Athlete A,” who first reported to USA Gymnastics that she was sexually abused by Larry Nassar in summer 2015.

“She has had a really unique year probably like no one else, and her strength showed through,” Kindler said Friday, according to the University of Oklahoma. “It was tough, and to come out on this side this year is really special.”

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