If Simone Biles is looking to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, she made a wise college choice.
Biles, a rising, home-schooled high school senior and the reigning World all-around champion, has indicated she will attend UCLA. She said in April that she was considering UCLA or Alabama and that she would delay enrollment by one year, until after the Rio 2016 Olympics.
At least one member of each of the last four U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics teams has attended UCLA, including 2012 gold medalist Jordyn Wieber (who can’t compete collegiately because she turned pro) and 2008 silver medalist Samantha Peszek, who still has college eligibility left.
Athens 2004 Olympic silver medalist Mohini Bhardwaj competed at UCLA before making her only Olympic team. Three members of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team that won bronze competed for UCLA after the Sydney Games — Tasha Schwikert, Jamie Dantzscher and Kristen Maloney.
Biles, who won the Secret Classic all-around Saturday in her first competition of the year, is the favorite heading to the P&G Championships in Pittsburgh from Aug. 21-24.
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Tokyo 2020 venues for the new Olympic sports of baseball, softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing were approved by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday.
That brings the total number of Tokyo 2020 venues to 39, with the potential for more.
The venues for new sports:
Baseball/softball — Yokohama Stadium (20 miles south of Tokyo)
Karate — Nippon Budokan
Skateboarding and Sport Climbing — Aomi Urban Sports Venue
Surfing — Tsurigasaki Beach
All of the new sports do not currently have a spot on the Olympic program beyond 2020 (baseball and softball were previously on the Olympic program before being taken off after Beijing 2008).
Agenda 2020 reforms allowed Olympic host cities to propose the addition of sports for their Games only, which is what Tokyo 2020 did to get them on the program.
The Tokyo Olympic venues are split between two zones — the Heritage Zone and the Tokyo Bay Zone — that are separated by the Olympic Village.
Tokyo 2020 and FIFA are still discussing the finalization of soccer venues. There are currently six, including two in Tokyo and one as far away as Sapporo (650 miles north).
Tokyo 2020 and the World Baseball Softball Confederation are still discussing the potential of adding a second baseball-softball venue in Fukushima prefecture, the site of 2011 nuclear plant meltdowns caused by an earthquake and tsunami. Fukushima is about 150 miles north of Tokyo.
The Tokyo Dome, home of the Yomiuri Giants and several MLB and World Baseball Classic games, is not a 2020 Olympic venue.
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Comcast and the U.S. Olympic Committee signed an agreement making Comcast an official partner of the USOC through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The deal allows Comcast and its brands to use Team USA marks in advertising and marketing, including the Olympic Rings.
More information is in this Comcast press release.
Comcast NBC Universal holds the U.S. media rights for the Olympics through 2032.
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