Martha Karolyi plans to step down after Rio 2016

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USA Gymnastics women’s national team coordinator Martha Karolyi plans to step down from her post after the Rio 2016 Olympics, she told NBC affiliate WTHR in Indianapolis.

“Unfortunately, any good stuff has to come to an end,” Karolyi said, smiling and leaning back while sitting down.

Karolyi, 72, has been in her role since succeeding husband Bela in 2001, leading the U.S. women to Olympic team silver or gold medals at each of the last three Olympics, including the Olympic all-around gold medalist at three straight Olympics.

Karolyi said years before the 2012 Olympics that she would step down after London but cooled on it in the months leading up to the Games and, during the Games, said she decided to continue on.

Olympic champions Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman will compete domestically for the first time since the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials at the Secret U.S. Classic, along with two-time reigning World all-around champion Simone Biles, on Saturday (Universal Sports, 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET).

WTHR recently visited the Karolyis’ ranch in Texas and filed these video reports:

Caitlyn Jenner: Olympic decathlon title one half of ‘ultimate double’

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Caitlyn Jenner says she has ultimate double — winning the 1976 Olympic decathlon and 2015 Glamour “Woman of the Year.”

Jenner sat down with Seth Meyers for an interview during a media tour for her memoir, “The Secrets of My Life,” which was released Wednesday.

She briefly mentioned her Olympic experience, winning the Montreal 1976 decathlon.

Jenner related it to her current work within the transgender community, one that she said is marginalized and misunderstood with high murder and suicide rates.

“What I’m doing today is mort important than winning the Games more than 40 years ago,” Jenner said.

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Syria-born Olympian takes advocacy role at U.N. refugee agency

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GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency has chosen as a goodwill ambassador a Syrian teenage girl who helped save a boat carrying fellow refugees and later became an Olympic swimmer.

Yusra Mardini was appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador on Thursday, joining other notables like actress Cate Blanchett and author Khaled Hosseini in the unpaid advocacy role.

UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said Mardini “represents the hopes, the fears and the incredible potential of the more than 10 million young refugees around the globe.”

Mardini and her sister Sarah jumped overboard and swam for hours alongside their overloaded boat to reach Greece from Turkey in 2015.

She swam on the first Refugee Olympic team in Rio last year and has discussed refugees’ challenges with leaders like Pope Francis and President Barack Obama.

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