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Gabby Douglas to return to U.S. National Team camp

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Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas will take part in her first U.S. National Team camp since the London Games next week.

The five-day camp, which begins Monday, will be at the National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch in Texas, led by National Team coordinator Martha Karolyi.

Douglas, 18, took time away from the gym after winning team and all-around gold at the 2012 Olympics. She moved from Des Moines, Iowa, to Los Angeles and began training, only to move back to Des Moines and resume working with coach Liang Chow in April.

“This is still the beginning stage,” Chow said, according to the Des Moines Register. “We’re working on the physical things. We have to put all the pieces together. Everything has to be falling together. In maybe one or two more months, I can give you a much clearer picture.”

Douglas said last September, shortly after moving to Los Angeles, that she planned to return at the 2014 U.S. Championships in Pittsburgh in August.

What’s the rest of the Fierce Five doing?

McKayla Maroney won vault gold at last year’s World Championships and had knee surgery in March.

Aly Raisman is training again with an eye on returning to a national team camp in October.

Jordyn Wieber hasn’t competed since the Olympics. She’s a team manager at UCLA, and it’s unknown if or when she will return.

Kyla Ross has been the busiest, competing each of the last two seasons. She took second to Elizabeth Price in the all-around at the Pacific Rim Championships in April. Price, an Olympic alternate, then retired from international competition.

Douglas and Ross are the only Fierce Five members going to the camp next week. They’ll be joined by a group that includes 2013 world all-around champion Simone Biles and McKenna Kelley, the 17-year-old daughter of 1984 Olympic all-around champion Mary Lou Retton.

No U.S. women’s gymnast has made back-to-back Olympic teams since 1996 and 2000.

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Fiji Olympic rugby coach given 3 acres of land, special name

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11:  Gold medalists Ro Dakuwaqa of Fiji and Fiji head coach Ben Ryan celebrate after the medal ceremony for the Men's Rugby Sevens on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Deodoro Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.

Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.

Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.

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Aksel Lund Svindal says season, career still at risk after crash

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OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian skier Aksel Lund Svindal says the knee injury that took him out of the World Cup last season was worse than he’s been letting on.

Svindal was the overall World Cup leader when he injured his right knee in a crash during a downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria, on Jan. 23. Watch video of the crash here.

In an interview with Norwegian broadcaster NRK, Svindal said not only did he rupture a cruciate ligament, he also damaged his meniscus and cartilage.

Svindal, who won a medal of every color at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, is back on skis training for the upcoming World Cup season.

But he said the cartilage problems are particularly worrisome and could put the season, and even his career, at risk.

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