Reigning Olympic and world champion Yuna Kim will enter her national championships as her second and final tune-up event before the Sochi Olympics, according to South Korean reports and her Facebook account.
The South Korean National Championships are Jan. 3-5 in Goyang. Kim does not have to compete in Goyang to be eligible for Sochi, unlike U.S. figure skating mandates, and was previously weighing whether or not she wanted to skate one more time before the Games.
Kim has said she will retire after the Olympics, so it could mark her final competitive event in her native country.
Kim, 23, is coming back from a September foot injury that caused her to miss two Grand Prix assignments in the fall. She returned at a lower-level competition in Zagreb, Croatia, two weeks ago and won with a total score higher than all but one skater this season (Mao Asada).
She is on pace to become the first figure skater to attempt to defend her title at the Olympics since 1988, when Katarina Witt won the second of her back-to-back gold medals.
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Michael Phelps said Thursday that he had to keep his June marriage to Nicole Johnson “hush-hush.”
Phelps and Johnson, who got engaged in February 2015, were married June 13, though Phelps had been saying all summer and into the fall that they were not yet married.
“You guys probably already saw the article that was posted [about the marriage],” Phelps said, widening his eyes and sticking the tip of his tongue out while golfing shirtless with former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. “I’ve been married for a while, been married for while, couple months. I had to keep it secret from y’all. I had to keep it hush-hush from you guys. Nicole and I are married. We are officially married.”
Phelps and Johnson welcomed baby boy Boomer on May 5.
“Why is it a secret? Just because. … Baby No. 2 may be coming soon, who knows though,” Phelps said.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former gymnast on the U.S. women’s national team is the latest athlete to accuse a longtime team doctor of sexual abuse.
But she’s the first to allege renowned husband-and-wife coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi knew about the abuse and did nothing to stop it.
The lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles contends Dr. Larry Nassar repeatedly sexually abused the now-24-year-old gymnast when she was on the team from 2006 to 2011.
It says the Karolyis, and the current and former presidents of USA Gymnastics knew of molestations committed by Nassar before and during his employment, “yet chose to allow him to remain unsupervised,” allowing further abuse.
Nassar’s lawyer and the Karolyis didn’t respond to messages Thursday. Nassar’s lawyer has previously denied abuse allegations by two other gymnasts.
USA Gymnastics is also named in the suit. The Indiana-based governing body denies wrongdoing.
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