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Shawn Johnson wants to do an Ironman, open her own gym

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Shawn Johnson‘s idea of retirement is a marathon, triathlon and an Ironman.

Johnson, the 2008 Olympic champion gymnast, has already run a half marathon and plans on doing a full marathon (26.2 miles), triathlon and an Ironman, she told Elle magazine.

“It’s on the list and it has to be crossed off one day,” she said.

An Ironman is a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run that takes the world’s best female competitors around 9 hours to complete. Johnson’s gymnastics routines were no longer than two minutes.

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Johnson, 21, is 4-foot-9 and launched a comeback attempt for the 2012 Olympics, shedding 25 pounds in the process, but retired one month before the Olympic trials.

Johnson said she first started running for longer than two minutes at a time after retiring, at night to clear her mind.

“I still have a hard time if someone tells me that I have to run 20 miles today — I don’t like that, and I will run, like, one mile,” she told the magazine. “But the next day if I feel stressed, I will go run 20 on my own.”

Johnson also said she’s ready to go to college, waiting on her acceptance letter, and plans to open her own gym in her hometown of West Des Moines, Iowa.

“It’s not really a gymnastics gym, it’s just a bunch of stuff under one roof,” she said. “Hopefully by next spring we are going to break ground finally.”

(h/t @OllieW)

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Blake Griffin will miss Olympics, report says

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For the second straight Olympics, Blake Griffin will not be able to join Team USA due to injury, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles Clippers power forward will be out several months due to his left quad injury, according to the newspaper.

Griffin was originally chosen for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team but withdrew due to a torn meniscus, opening a spot for Anthony Davis.

Davis is also expected to miss the Rio Games due to injury.

Other power forwards on the U.S. finalist list released in January are LaMarcus Aldridge, Kenneth Faried, Draymond Green and Kevin Love.

Love is the only name from that list of healthy players with Olympic experience. Faried is the only player from that list who suited up at the 2014 World Cup, starting all nine games.

At London 2012, the U.S. started NBA small forwards LeBron James and Kevin Durant at the forward spots in all eight games, with another small forward, Carmelo Anthony, bringing similar versatility off the bench.

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Rio Olympic cauldron likely to be located near Plaza Maua

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Mayor Eduardo Paes says he wants the Olympic cauldron to burn in Rio de Janeiro’s revitalized port area.

The cauldron will be lit at Maracana Stadium during the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 5, and will spend the night there before traveling to a permanent home.

Mario Andrada, spokesman for the Rio organizing committee, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the cauldron will be placed in the port area, but not in the heart of the renovated port area known as Plaza Maua.

“It will be close to Plaza Maua, but not exactly in Plaza Maua,” Andrada said. He said it was likely to be located near the Candelaria Church, which is near the plaza.

“Don’t get me into a fight with the mayor,” Andrada added.

Paes said he hoped the new plaza would be a center for outdoor entertainment during the Games, including performance stages, musical attractions, and large-screen televisions.

“It seems that the Maracana Stadium has limitations,” Paes said, adding that moving out of the Maracana “is good because it democratizes the access to the cauldron.”

The new plaza and downtown Rio are far from the heart of the Games in suburban Barra da Tijuca. It is also an area not usually visited by tourists.

The Olympic flame arrives from Greece and Switzerland on Tuesday in the capital Brasilia, to be carried off the plane by IOC member Carlos Nuzman, the head of the Rio organizing committee.

The flame then goes to the Planalto presidential palace where it is expected to be greeted by President Dilma Rousseff.

Andrada said IOC President Thomas Bach and other top IOC officials would not be at the ceremony.

Rousseff is facing impeachment charges and could be suspended from office as early as May 11, turning over authority to Vice President Michel Temer.

Temer, himself, could also face impeachment proceedings and has a scandal-tainted career.

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