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Katie Taylor, Claressa Shields face disappointments in women’s boxing after Olympic victories

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Irish boxer Katie Taylor, one of three 2012 Olympic women’s boxing champions, is “flirting” with turning professional, saying “it looked like women’s boxing was taking a step backwards” at her only competition this year.

Taylor, 27, has won every major world and European amateur title since 2005 — the 2012 Olympics, four World Championships and five European Championships. She was named Ireland’s Sports Person of the Year (over Rory McIlroy) for her triumph in London, the first Games to feature women’s boxing.

Taylor defended her European amateur title in July but told the Irish Independent that the experience was “disappointing.”

“It was just a fight in a little tent in front of 100 people; it was really badly organized,” Taylor said, according to the newspaper. “For an Olympic medalist to be fighting in front of that kind of crowd, it was just disappointing. It looked like women’s boxing was taking a step backwards.”

Taylor cited “failed promises” by the International Boxing Association (IABA) and wished that a World Series of Boxing for women had been started.

Another 2012 Olympic champion, American Claressa Shields, 18, went nearly a year between bouts. Shields’ first major competition since London will start Sunday, the Women’s Junior/Youth World Championships in Bulgaria.

The minimum age for senior amateur fighters was raised to 19 this year, which meant Shields had an even harder time finding opponents since London. Try asking teenagers if they want to fight an Olympic champion with a 34-1 record and 15 TKOs.

Shields was the only youth entrant in her weight class at this spring’s U.S. Championships.

“Nobody from the U.S. will fight me,” Shields told the Detroit News. “Nobody. I mean, we called everybody we could think of.”

Shields, now a freshman at Olivet College in Michigan, said she also expected more recognition after returning home for her Olympic gold. She, like Taylor, has mulled turning pro.

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Ryan Lochte, Laurie Hernandez join ‘Dancing with the Stars’

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  Ryan Lochte of the United States attends a press conference in the Main Press Center on Day 7 of the Rio Olympics on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
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Gold medalists swimmer Ryan Lochte and gymnast Laurie Hernandez are the latest Olympians to take turns on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Lochte said he committed to the show’s 23rd season (Sept. 12 premiere) before his Aug. 14 gas-station incident at the Rio Olympics.

“The emotional part is the hardest thing,” Lochte said Tuesday on “Good Morning America.” “The past two weeks have been the lowest point of my life. It’s been really hard. But the fans, my family, my friends, they’ve all been really positive, keeping me going. That’s what I want to do. And this is perfect with the show, because I want to put that behind me.

“I want the whole world to move forward. Everyone’s got to be sick and tired of hearing about this. I know I am.”

Lochte and Hernandez join a long list of Olympians and Paralympians on the show:

Season 1 — Evander Holyfield (1984, boxing)
Season 4 — Apolo Ohno (2002-2010, short track speed skating) — WINNER, Clyde Drexler (1992, basketball)
Season 5 — Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1996, boxing)
Season 6 — Kristi Yamaguchi (1992, figure skating) — WINNER, Monica Seles (1996-2000, tennis)
Season 7 — Maurice Greene (2000-2004, track and field), Misty May-Treanor (2000-2012, volleyball)
Season 8 — Shawn Johnson (2008, gymnastics) — WINNER
Season 9 — Louie Vito (2010, snowboarding), Natalie Coughlin (2004-2012, swimming)
Season 10 — Evan Lysacek (2006-2010, figure skating)
Season 12 — Sugar Ray Leonard (1976, boxing)
Season 13 — Hope Solo (2004-2012, soccer)
Season 14 — Martina Navratilova (2004, tennis)
Season 15 — Shawn Johnson, Apolo Ohno
Season 16 — Dorothy Hamill (1976, figure skating), Aly Raisman (2012, gymnastics)
Season 18 — Meryl Davis (2010-2014, figure skating) — WINNER, Charlie White (2010-2014, figure skating), Amy Purdy (2014, snowboarding)
Season 19 — Lolo Jones (2008, 2012, 2014, track and field/bobsled)
Season 20 — Nastia Liukin (2008, gymnastics)

VIDEO: Michael Phelps reacts to Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Fallon’s impersonation

Simone Biles’ longtime coach takes new job

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Aimee Boorman, who coached Olympic all-around champion Simone Biles since Biles was 7, is moving from their native Texas for a new gymnastics job in Florida.

Boorman accepted a job as executive director of women’s gymnastics and elite coordinator at EVO Athletics in Sarasota.

It’s unknown if Biles will follow Boorman to Florida, or if or when Biles will return to elite-level gymnastics training.

The 19-year-old is taking a well-earned and indefinite break, soaking up the opportunities after she won four gold medals and one bronze at the Rio Games and three straight world all-around titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Biles joined Final Five teammates at MTV’s Video Music Awards in New York on Sunday and will do so again for a 36-city USA Gymnastics tour beginning in mid-September.

Boowman, also the U.S. women’s head coach in Rio, teared up at the Olympics in acknowledging that it might have been her final meet as Biles’ coach.

VIDEO: Biles welcomed home with cheerleaders, band, police escort