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U.S. finishes Youth Olympics with 22 medals, 10 golds

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Competition at the Youth Olympics ended Wednesday. The final U.S. medal tally included 10 golds among 22 overall, placing third behind China and Russia.

Here’s the full list of U.S. medal winners in Nanjing:

GOLD
Women’s 3-on-3 Basketball
Jajaira Gonzalez, Boxing
Shakur Stevenson, Boxing
Sabrina Massialas, Fencing (Foil)
Kendall Yount, Judo
Hannah Moore, Swimming (200m backstroke)
Hannah Moore, Swimming (400m freestyle)
Clara Smiddy, Swimming (100m backstroke)
Noah Lyles, Track and Field (200m)
Myles Marshall, Track and Field (800m)

SILVER
Daramni Rock, Boxing
Stephanie Jenks, Triathlon
Daton Fix, Wrestling
Mason Manville, Wrestling
Cade Olivas, Wrestling

BRONZE
Katie Lou Samuelson, Basketball (Shootout)
Alec Yoder, Gymnastics (All-around)
Laura Zeng, Gymnastics (Rhythmic)
Meghan Small, Swimming (200m individual medley)
Lily Zhang, Table Tennis
Rhesa Foster, Track and Field (Long jump)
Brandee Johnson, Track and Field (200m)

How can we apply this to the Rio 2016 Olympics?

Well, four Americans who competed at the first Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010 went on to become London Olympians — Ariel Hsing (table tennis), Miranda Leek (archery), Alex Massialas (fencing) and Savannah Vinsant (gymnastics).

One of that quartet, Alex Massialas, had won a medal at the 2010 Youth Olympics. Alex’s younger sister, Sabrina, won gold in Nanjing. None won medals in London.

Five Americans who competed at the first Youth Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012 went on to become Sochi Olympians — Aaron Blunck (freestyle skiing), Summer Britcher (luge), Sean Doherty (biathlon), Arielle Gold (snowboarding) and Tucker West (luge).

All of those five won medals at the 2012 Youth Olympics. None won medals in Sochi.

Therefore, the group of U.S. medalists in Nanjing could make history in Rio by becoming the first U.S. Youth Olympians to win Olympic medals.

NBCSN coverage of the Youth Olympics continues Wednesday (7-8 p.m. ET) and concludes Thursday with the Closing Ceremony (6:30-8).

Youth Olympics broadcast schedule

Simone Biles among Time Person of the Year finalists

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: Simone Biles of the United States competes on the uneven bars during Women's qualification for Artistic Gymnastics on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Simone Biles is one of 11 finalists for Time‘s Person of the Year.

Time‘s Person of the Year, named annually since 1927, has never been an individual athlete or team. Tennis player Billie Jean King was part of the “American Women” group named in 1975.

In 2015, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion Caitlyn Jenner was one of eight finalists.

The Person of the Year “is the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year.”

Biles, 19, is the only teenager finalist and is six years younger than the youngest-ever solo Person of the Year, Charles Lindbergh in 1927. Biles won four gold medals and one bronze in Rio, the largest collection for a female gymnast at one Olympics since 1988.

The Person of the Year will be announced on Wednesday morning on “Today.”

Here are the finalists, in alphabetical order:

Simone Biles
Hillary Clinton
CRISPR Scientists
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Nigel Farage
The Flint Whistleblowers
Beyoncé Knowles
Narendra Modi
Vladimir Putin
Donald Trump
Mark Zuckerberg

VIDEO: Biles shows Stephen Colbert how to stick the landing

Tonga flag bearer Pita Taufatofua eyes 2018 Winter Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08:  (BROADCAST - OUT) Pita Taufatofua of Tonga poses for a photo on the NBC Today show set at Copacabana Beach on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Tonga’s famous flag bearer, Pita Taufatofua, said he wants to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics as a cross-country skier.

“I’m going to be taking my Olympic dream one step further,” Taufatofua said in an Olympic Channel video published Monday. “My goal is to let people see, if I can do it, they can do it. The goal is to hunt down that Olympic medal at the 2018 Olympics.”

Sure enough, Taufatofua already has an International Ski Federation bio page. The federation lists one other Tongan cross-country skier with a bio, Makeleta Stephan, who was last of 93 finishers in a 2015 World Championships event.

In 2014, Bruno Banani became the first Tongan to compete at a Winter Olympics, placing 32nd in men’s luge. He was later the subject of a documentary. Banani gained fame starting in early 2012, when the story of his name was widely publicized. Banani’s real name is Fuahea Semi, but he changed it to the name of his German clothing sponsor as a marketing ploy.

Taufatofua lost his opening Olympic taekwondo match by mercy rule in Rio, two weeks after his his shirtless, oiled-up appearance in the Opening Ceremony.

Judging by the Olympic Channel video, Taufatofua’s chances of qualifying for the Olympics look better for Tokyo 2020 than Pyeongchang 2018.

PHOTOS: Tongan flag bearer steals show at Opening Ceremony