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Simone Biles recalls being called ‘too fat’ at her worst meet (video)

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The worst meet of Simone Biles‘ senior career ended with a stinging criticism from an opposing coach.

At the 2013 Secret Classic, Biles fell on uneven bars and floor exercise, barely stayed on the balance beam and was pulled from the meet by her coach, Aimee Boorman, before she could risk attempting a vault in her condition.

That’s when Biles said she heard another coach talking about her.

“You know why you crashed?” the unnamed coach said, according to Biles’ autobiography, “Courage to Soar,” which came out Wednesday. “Because she’s too fat, that’s why. How does she expect to compete like that? Maybe if she didn’t look like she’d swallowed a deer, she wouldn’t have fallen.”

Biles reflected on that scene on TODAY on Wednesday.

“I walked to the back behind the curtains, and I was crying,” Biles said.

Biles knew that her weight was the same as it was at previous meets in Italy and Germany that year. Boorman stressed to Biles that she wasn’t fat, but she didn’t prepare properly for the meet.

U.S. national team coordinator Martha Karolyi then gave Biles a pep talk. Karolyi “shook her head disapprovingly” at Biles, but certainly not because of her weight. Like Boorman, Karolyi was disappointed in Biles’ preparation.

“See, you can’t train like this and expect the results to show,” Biles said Karolyi told her. “You have to train harder and stuff. So I went back to the gym, and I did as told. So her pep talk gave me a little bit of an up rather than a down. … It felt good to hear her, because I was terrified she was going to be upset with me.”

Biles has not lost a single all-around competition since that meet three years ago.

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Yuzuru Hanyu to miss Japan Figure Skating Championships

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Yuzuru Hanyu, the reigning Olympic and world figure skating champion, will miss his national championships this week after suffering ankle and knee injuries this fall, according to Japanese media citing the Japan Skating Federation.

Hanyu can (and very likely will) be named to Japan’s three-man Olympic team despite missing nationals.

Hanyu has reportedly been off the ice for more than one month since a Nov. 9 practice fall.

“It is an important selection competition, and the Olympics are a big goal, so with that in mind we would like to think things through together,” Japan Skating Federation director Yoshiko Kobayashi said last week, according to Kyodo News.

Hanyu, who turned 23 on Dec. 7, fell on a quadruple Lutz attempted and then favored his right ankle in a Nov. 9 practice at a Grand Prix event (video here).

He skated the run-through for his free skate, although he elected not to do any more jumps.

“I have been told by the doctor that I need 10 days of complete rest,” Hanyu said in a statement on Nov. 12, according to Kyodo. “Following that, it will take three to four weeks to return and get back to where I was.”

Hanyu and world silver medalist Shoma Uno are favored to lead Japan’s Olympic men’s figure skating team. The third spot is likely to go to Takahito Mura or Keiji Tanaka.

Hanyu competed twice this season.

He posted a world-record short program score in his debut at a small September event in Canada, but struggled to fifth place in the free skate and finished second overall behind two-time world champion Javier Fernandez of Spain.

He then finished second to U.S. champion Nathan Chen at the first Grand Prix event of the season in Moscow in October.

Chen is the only undefeated male singles skater this season.

Hanyu won four straight national titles before missing last season’s event with the flu.

He was still named to Japan’s team for worlds, where he won his second title in four years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Green Bay Packers pull another Olympic sport TD celebration

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We’re halfway to a decathlon of Olympic sport touchdown celebrations over the last two seasons.

After the hurdles, the long jump, the bobsled and the relay came the race walk on Sunday.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, once part of a three-man bobsled team, led three other teammates in a race walk after scoring in Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers. (Adams later left the game with a concussion.)

Adams won the race walk, which was much, much shorter than the standard Olympic distances of 20km and 50km, over teammates Jordy NelsonRandall Cobb and Geronimo Allison.

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