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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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Usain Bolt lands in Rio for his final Olympics

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Usain Bolt has arrived in Brazil for what he says will be his final Olympics.

Rio 2016 posted a photo and video of Bolt landing in Rio on Wednesday night.

Bolt was asked by a reporter if he dreamed about gold medals on his flight and responded, “I didn’t sleep at all,” according to the Jamaica Gleaner.

The world’s fastest man is scheduled to race the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, looking to sweep the events for a third straight Games. He is already the only man to sweep them at consecutive Olympics.

The Jamaican Olympic track and field team is in the middle of a pre-Games training camp in Brazil ahead of the Opening Ceremony Aug. 5.

His first race is scheduled to be his first round of the 100m on Aug. 13.

Bolt raced last Friday for the first time in nearly one month after pulling out during the Jamaican Olympic Trials with a hamstring injury.

He goes into the Olympics ranked Nos. 4 and 5 in the world this year in the 100m and 200m but swept them at the 2015 World Championships despite going in as an underdog to Justin Gatlin.

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‘The Last Gold’ to air on NBCSN on Monday

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Inspired by the recent rush of acclaimed sports documentaries, USA Swimming officials batted around ideas to join the movement a year and a half ago.

Executive director Chuck Wielgus, assistant executive director Mike Unger and chief marketing official Matt Farrell had put their heads together.

“We pretty quickly settled on this particular story,” Wielgus said in a phone interview. “It has such immense impact, especially with the old-timers in the swimming community. It hung over everybody like a cloud. It seemed like the right opportunity to do it.”

The result, “The Last Gold,” airs on NBCSN on Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET, four nights before the Rio Olympic Opening Ceremony.

“The Last Gold” spotlights the 1976 U.S. Olympic women’s swimming team and the East German doping scandal.

At the Montreal Games, the U.S. men’s swimmers absolutely dominated, taking 12 of 13 gold medals with world records in 11 of those events.

But the U.S. women ran into a dubious and overpowering opponent.

The East Germans had yet to earn an Olympic women’s swimming gold medal in two previous Games. But the team had become a juggernaut by Montreal, the product of a state-sponsored doping program that wouldn’t be more fully exposed until after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Following defeat after defeat in individual races, four U.S. women rallied for one last showdown with East Germany in the 4x100m free relay.

“The Last Gold” focuses on that American quartet — Shirley BabashoffWendy BoglioliKim Peyton (passed away in 1986) and Jill Sterkel.

“The 40th anniversary coming up, the fact that only three of the athletes were still alive, and getting older, we wanted to tell the story when they could still help to tell it,” Wielgus said. “It’s almost serendipitous with what’s going on with the whole Russian situation right now. [In 2015] We saw this educational opportunity to share with current and future generations of athletes and pull back the layers and expose some of the evils of doping.”

East Germany has not been stripped of its 1976 Olympic swimming medals.

In 1998, USA Swimming and the U.S. Olympic Committee appealed to the International Olympic Committee.

“To ask for recognition of those athletes who we could prove had been cheated out of medals,” Wielgus said. “There were trials going on in Germany, and people were being found guilty. We made this appeal with the USOC, to the IOC, and the appeal was shot down. It was shot down unequivocally. Our position today is that we are not bringing that up again. We made that effort, and we might not like it, but we accept the response we got from the IOC. There’s been no indication they would change their position on it.”

Casey Barrett, a 1996 Canadian Olympic swimmer, served as a writer for “The Last Gold.” Brian T. Brown, a 15-time Emmy Award winner, directed. Emmy-winning actress Julianna Margulies narrated.

“The Last Gold” was screened for the current U.S. swim team at both the Olympic Trials and at a pre-Olympic camp in Atlanta this week.

It premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 6 as one of 12 documentaries chosen from over 4,000 submissions.

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