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Jordyn Wieber ‘still deciding’ on gymnastics return

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Olympic champion gymnast Jordyn Wieber hasn’t competed since the London Games. It’s going to stay that way for at least the near future.

Wieber, 19 and a rising UCLA sophomore, was asked about a possible resumption of her career on WVOX radio Tuesday morning.

“I’m still sort of deciding what I want to do at this point,” she said.

Wieber won the all-around title at the 2011 World Championships, which set her up as a cornerstone of the U.S. team in London.

She could not vie for the Olympic all-around gold after finishing fourth overall in qualifying, but third among Americans. Rules dictate no more than two athletes per nation can compete in the Olympic all-around finals.

Gabby Douglas went on to win the all-around title and garner the fame that went with the most prestigious medal in gymnastics.

Wieber said Tuesday that missing out had her thinking about trying to qualify for the Rio Olympics, but that she “learned to accept” the disappointment.

She returned to training at home in Michigan after London, but having turned professional, was not eligible to compete for UCLA when she enrolled there last year.

Douglas is expected to return to competition later this summer for the first time since the London Games. Olympic teammates McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross competed in 2013, and Aly Raisman is back training with an eye on returning to a national team camp in the fall.

No U.S. female gymnast has made back-to-back Olympic Teams since Dominique Dawes and Amy Chow in 1996 and 2000.

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Shaun White’s crash lands him in hospital

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Double Olympic snowboard champion Shaun White suffered a serious crash in training in New Zealand for the second time in as many months.

White was in the hospital after a “straight up old fashioned face plant” while preparing for the Olympic season, he said in an Instagram post Saturday.

“I’ve always lived my life by pushing the limits,” was posted on White’s Instagram. “Winning is great, but it’s the tough times that truly define you. I took a slam while training the other day, but don’t worry I’ll be back soon and better than ever!!”

White, 31, also crashed in early September, leading him to withdraw from his season-opening halfpipe contest in New Zealand. Doctors told him then to take a few weeks off.

White can afford to miss most of the fall. The snowboarding season does not ramp up until December. The first of a series of Olympic selection events is the second week of December in Breckenridge, Colo.

White is arguably the favorite for gold in PyeongChang in February despite finishing a disappointing fourth in Sochi, where he was bidding to three-peat as Olympic halfpipe champion.

White gradually improved last season after taking time off, changing coaches. dropping slopestyle (and his band work) and undergoing fall left ankle surgery.

He was 11th at January’s Winter X Games — his worst finish there since 2000 — but then finished first, second and first in his last three events.

He peaked at the finale, the U.S. Open in Vail, Colo. White landed a cab double cork 1440 and a double McTwist 1260 in one run for the first time, according to The Associated Press.

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Gymnastics doctor’s lawyers want trial moved, cite media coverage

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Attorneys for a former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor accused of molesting dozens of athletes are pushing to have his trial moved out of the Lansing area.

The Lansing State Journal reports that attorneys representing Larry Nassar filed a change-of-venue request because of what they called “inflammatory and sustained media coverage” that they say has made it difficult for Nassar to get a fair trial in the area.

The media attention grew more intense this week when 21-year-old 2012 Olympic gold medal gymnast McKayla Maroney wrote on Twitter that Nassar started assaulting her when she was 13.

Nassar has pleaded not guilty to nearly two dozen charges in Michigan. He has pleaded guilty to three child pornography charges in an unrelated case but has not been sentenced.

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