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Gracie Gold begins skating with new coach Frank Carroll

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Rising U.S. figure skater Gracie Gold has “officially commenced training” with venerated coach Frank Carroll, U.S. Figure Skating announced Wednesday.

“I’m happy to be working with Frank Carroll,” Gold said, according to a press release. “He’s a wonderful coach. I’m grateful for this opportunity and I am looking forward to the future.”

Gold, 18, who had trained in the Chicago area and, recently, Canton, Mich., will be in Los Angeles full time, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Gold split with Chicagoland-based coach Alex Ouriashev in August, raising concerns less than six months before the Sochi Olympics. She shot to prominence under Ouriashev, winning silver at the 2013 U.S. Championships and finishing sixth at the World Championships, helping the U.S. earn three women’s singles spots for Sochi.

She stumbled in her first competition of this season, taking second at the U.S. International Classic earlier this month. The field there did not include any international stars, nor did it include U.S. champion Ashley Wagner.

Carroll, based in El Segundo, Calif., is best known for coaching five-time world champion Michelle Kwan for much of her career and, currently, 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek.

“I am excited to be coaching Gracie Gold,” Carroll said. “We have been working together for about a week now, and I feel like we are a good student-coach match. I’m looking forward to the progress she will continue to make as an athlete.”

Gold’s next event is expected to be Skate Canada, Oct. 25-27, in Saint John, New Brunswick. The star of the competition there should be reigning world and Olympic champion Yuna Kim.

The Olympic trials are in January in Boston, where Gold is expected, but certainly not assured, to snatch one of three spots in Sochi.

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Couple with 10 Olympic gold medals gets married

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  (L-R) British cyclists Laura Trott, Jason Kenny, David Beckham and Romeo Beckham during the Beach Volleyball on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on August 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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Great Britain track cyclists Jason Kenny and Laura Trott were married on Saturday, according to their social media. Together the couple has won 10 Olympic gold medals, including five at the 2016 Rio Games.

Trott referred to her wedding day as “the happiest day of my life” on Instagram.

“With all my family and close friends I married my best friend,” she wrote. “We had the most amazing day and I’m so pleased to finally be able call Jason my husband.”

The couple’s romance became public at the 2012 Olympics, when they were photographed kissing in the stands behind David Beckham at the women’s beach volleyball finals, according to Sky News. By December 2014, they were engaged. They plan on returning to training after the honeymoon.

Kenny owns seven Olympic medals, including six golds. He has helped Great Britain win team sprint gold medals at every Olympics since 2008.

Trott won gold medals in team pursuit and omnium in Rio, after claiming gold medals in the same events in London. She became the first British woman with four career Olympic gold medals.

Instead of asking for gifts, the couple set up a JustGiving page to raise money for Dementia UK. You can donate here.

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Blind Paralympic champion Brad Snyder throws ceremonial first pitch (video)

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Brad Snyder, who took home three swimming gold medals from the Rio Paralympic Games, threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles game on Sunday.

Snyder, who lost his vision while serving in the U.S. Navy in Afghanistan by stepping on an improvised explosive device, is a native of Baltimore.

He pitched alongside fellow Paralympic swimmer McKenzie Coan, who also claimed three gold medals in Rio.

The Orioles honored two more Paralympians, track and field sisters Hannah and Tatyana McFadden, before Saturday’s game.

Tatyana won six medals in Rio, which tied her with swimmer Jessica Long for the most for a U.S. athlete.

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