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Kyla Ross suffered hip injury before World Championships

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Olympic team champion Kyla Ross performed in podium training at the World Gymnastics Championships with her left hip and thigh taped on Wednesday following an injury at a U.S. camp before the team flew to China last week.

“I’m kind of held together by tape right now,” Ross joked Wednesday, according to Inside Gymnastics. “The last few days at the ranch [the U.S. National Team Training Center], I think I kind of overstretched it doing a few leaps. It’s my hip, groin and hamstring – that whole area. [team doctor Larry Nassar has] been working really hard. I’ve been in the training room more than my actual room [laughs]. But, it felt pretty good today. I was glad I was able to do all four events.”

Ross, 17, is the only member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team active this year. She won the 2013 World all-around silver medal behind teammate Simone Biles, as well as silver at the 2013 and 2014 P&G Championships behind Biles.

The U.S. women compete in qualifying Sunday. The women’s all-around final is Oct. 10. If Ross qualifies and is healthy, she is considered one of the top threats to the favored Biles, along with Russian Aliya Mustafina and China’s Yao Jinnan.

She also won silver on balance beam and uneven bars at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.

“I’m a little sore because I haven’t been training that intense this week,” Ross told Inside Gymnastics. “I know that there are a few days before qualifications, so I hope that I can loosen up before then.”

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Dan Hicks, Rowdy Gaines call backyard pool swim race

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Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines covered swimming together at the last six Olympics, including every one of Michael Phelps‘ finals, but they’ve never called a “race” quite like this.

“We heard you were looking for something to commentate during the down time….might this short short short course 100 IM help?” tweeted Cathleen Pruden, posting a video of younger sister Mary Pruden, a sophomore swimmer at Columbia University, taking individual medley strokes in what appeared to be an inflatable backyard pool.

“Hang on,” Gaines replied. “This race of the century deserves the right call. @DanHicksNBC and I are working some magic!”

Later, Hicks posted a revised video dubbed with commentary from he and Gaines.

They became the latest commentators to go beyond the booth to post calls on social media while sports are halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

NBC Sports hockey voice Doc Emrick (who has also called Olympic hockey and water polo) did play-by-play of a windshield wiper installation.

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Which athletes are qualified for the U.S. Olympic team?

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Soon after Tokyo Olympic qualifying events began getting postponed, the International Olympic Committee announced that all quota places already allocated to National Olympic Committees and athletes will remain with those NOCs and athletes.

The IOC repeated that position over the last week, after the Tokyo Games were postponed (now to open July 23, 2021). What does that mean for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee?

Well, 76 athletes qualified for the U.S. Olympic team before the Olympic postponement was announced. That full list is here.

Those 76 athletes can be separated into two categories.

  • Athletes who earned Olympic spots BY NAME via International Federation (i.e. International Surfing Association or International Aquatics Federation) selection procedures.
  • Athletes named to the U.S. Olympic team by their national governing body (i.e. USA Swimming or USA Track and Field) and confirmed by the USOPC using NGB selection procedures after the NGB earned a quota spot.

When the IOC says “all quota places already allocated to National Olympic Committees and athletes will remain with those NOCs and athletes,” it means just that. USA Softball still has 15 athlete quota spots from qualifying a full team via international results. Surfer Kolohe Andino still has his Olympic spot from qualifying BY NAME via the International Surfing Association selection procedures route.

USA Softball named its 15-player Olympic roster last fall. Those 15 athletes did not earn Olympic quota spots for themselves. Unlike Andino (and 13 other American qualifiers across all sports), the 15 softball players had to be nominated by USA Softball and confirmed by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

Unless and until the USOPC confirms that any of those other 62 athletes remain qualified, for now the list of U.S. Olympic qualifiers is these 14 who qualified BY NAME:

Karate (1)
Sakura Kokumai

Modern Pentathlon (2)
Samantha Achterberg
Amro Elgeziry

Swimming (3)
Haley Anderson
Ashley Twichell
Jordan Wilimovsky

Sport Climbing (4)
Kyra Condie
Brooke Raboutou
Nathaniel Coleman
Colin Duffy

Surfing (4)
Caroline Marks
Carissa Moore
Kolohe Andino
John John Florence

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