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Aly Raisman back in gymnastics training

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Four members of the Fierce Five are now in California. The fifth is on the East Coast, training to perhaps join her teammates on a U.S. team down the road.

U.S. Olympic gymnastics team captain Aly Raisman has returned to training, as confirmed by the Boston Globe.

Raisman had tweeted in June that she was back.

“It took me a long time, but one morning I woke up and said, I’m ready to come back,” she told the newspaper. “Now that I’m back, I feel like a little kid again.”

Raisman is back with her old coach, Mihai Brestyan, in her old gym in Burlington, Mass., after a busy year off. She made the finals of “Dancing with the Stars,” threw out a first pitch at a Red Sox game and was drug tested at “Access Hollywood.”

In addition to team gold, Raisman won gold on floor exercise, bronze on balance beam and missed out on bronze in the all-around by a tiebreaker in London. The newspaper reported Raisman could train with an eye on the all-around in 2016.

Of course, Raisman will not be competing this season. The U.S. named its team for the World Championships on Sunday.

Raisman, 19, was the oldest member of the U.S. Olympic champion team in London. Therefore it would seem she faces the toughest odds of making the 2016 Olympic team out of the five, especially because she took the longest post-Olympic break.

Gabby Douglas returned to her Iowa gym in May and is now training without a coach in California.

Jordyn Wieber was training in Michigan earlier this year but did not compete this season. She’s about to start her freshman year at UCLA and possibly be a manager with the school’s gymnastics team. Wieber can’t compete collegiately because she turned pro.

McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross are on the team for worlds in Antwerp, Belgium, next month.

No U.S. woman has made back-to-back Olympic teams since 2000. Five of the six from 2008 made attempts and were unsuccessful.

“I feel like I’ve already done it,” Raisman told the newspaper. “So if it doesn’t go my way, at least I’ve done what I always wanted to do.”

Here’s video from last month’s U.S. Championships, where Raisman and Douglas talked a little about 2016:

Ryan Lochte, with new coach, races in first meet since Olympics

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Ryan Lochte is back in the competition pool.

The 12-time Olympic medalist, suspended from USA Swimming and international meets through June, won a 200-yard individual medley at the U.S. Masters nationals in Riverside, Calif., on Friday. He also finished second in a 100-yard breaststroke.

Full results are here.

Lochte has moved to the Los Angeles area and is now coached by the University of Southern California’s Dave Salo until his fiancée’s baby is born (likely June). After that, they will re-evaluate his plan, Salo said.

Lochte was formerly coached by Gregg Troy from 2002-13 at the University of Florida, where he attended college and matured to become an Olympian in 2004. Lochte won 11 Olympic medals under Troy and became the world’s best swimmer going into the 2012 Olympics.

In 2013, Lochte moved from Gainesville to Charlotte and trained under David Marsh through the Rio Games. Lochte said last summer that he planned to move to California.

Lochte has also said he plans to try for a fifth Olympics in 2020, but his immediate future is about to get very busy — becoming a father, becoming a husband and the end of his ban.

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Jesse Owens’ Olympic gold medals up for auction

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Two of Jesse Owens‘ four 1936 Berlin Olympic gold medals will be auctioned in August, according to Heritage Auctions.

Owens won four gold medals at the Berlin Games, triumphing in the face of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany by taking the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump.

Owens gifted one gold medal to entertainer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, according to “Mr. Bojangles: The Biography of Bill Robinson.”

That medal was auctioned for in 2013 for $1,466,574, the highest price ever for a piece of Olympic memorabilia.

Owens used his three other Olympic golds as payment for a Pittsburgh hotel stay in the mid-1950s, according to “Intelligent Collector,” a magazine affiliated with Heritage Auctions, which is housing the August auction with Owens’ medals.

“Jesse didn’t have the financial means to pay for his stay at Mr. Harry Bailey’s hotel,” said Albert DeVito, son of a local handyman who ended up with the two gold medals being auctioned, according to the magazine. “So he gave his medals to Harry as his payment for expenses incurred.”

DeVito’s father was later gifted the three gold medals by the hotel owner Bailey for previously lending him money. DeVito’s father kept two and gave back to Bailey one gold medal whose whereabouts are unknown, according to the magazine.

DeVito thought to sell the remaining two gold medals after seeing the 2013 auction.

“It wasn’t until that first gold medal sold that we even thought, ‘Oh, my goodness. These things are worth something!'” DeVito said, according to the magazine.

It’s unknown which of the gold medals corresponds to which Olympic event, as they are not specified on the medals.

Before Owens’ death in 1980, the sprinter reportedly said he had lost the four gold medals. The German government replaced them, and they now rest at Ohio State, Owens’ alma mater.

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