Former U.S. figure skating champion Gracie Gold will spend her offseason learning new jumps — a triple Axel and quadruple Salchow, according to IceNetwork.com.
“In two weeks, [coach] Frank [Carroll] and I are going to start working on triple Axel and quad [Salchow],” Gold said, according to the report. “It was our plan after Sochi to start working on it, but when we looked at the plate, with [the Stars on Ice] tour, we just never really had the chance. We were constantly trying to recover and catch up.”
The comments echoed what Gold said last April.
“Frank and I do want to work on a triple Axel, and we definitely would like to play around with — it seems silly when women talk about it — but a quad toe loop,” Gold told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. “Right now, unless we add in a second triple-triple (combination jump), I’m kind of reaching the technical limit, and that means we really have to enhance the artistic component.”
Gold, 19, was the top U.S. woman at the Sochi Olympics (fourth), 2014 World Championships (fifth) and 2015 World Championships (fourth).
No U.S. woman has won an individual medal at the Olympics or World Championships since 2006, the longest drought since World War I.
Russian World champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva is the only active elite woman performing a triple Axel in competition.
No elites are doing quads in competition. Tuktamysheva said after winning Worlds last month that she may try to learn a quad toe loop but had no immediate plans of adding it to her competitive programs.
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Recently replaced U.S. Olympic Committee acting CEO Susanne Lyons, USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry and Michigan State interim president John Engler are scheduled witnesses for a Senate subcommittee hearing next Tuesday on reforms following the Larry Nassar sexual-abuse crimes.
The hearing is titled, “Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes: Moving Forward with Solutions” and will stream live at https://www.commerce.senate.gov/ on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET.
“The hearing will focus on changes made by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Gymnastics (USAG), and Michigan State University (MSU) to protect Olympic and amateur athletes from abuse,” according to the subcommittee’s website. “It will examine recent reforms to provide safe environments for athletes and how these reforms are being implemented.”
The subcommittee held hearings April 18 and June 5 with testimonies from gymnasts and other athletes who were abused, former Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon and former senior vice president of USA Gymnastics Rhonda Faehn. Former USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny also attended the June 5 hearing but refused to answer questions.
Lyons and Perry were questioned at a House subcommittee hearing May 23.
The USOC last Thursday named Sarah Hirshland its new CEO, replacing Lyons, who had been in the role on an interim basis since Scott Blackmun resigned in February. Blackmun, who had been CEO since January 2010, left citing prostate cancer and the USOC’s need to immediately address the USA Gymnastics sexual-abuse scandal.
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Annemiek van Vleuten, the cyclist who returned from a horrific Rio Olympic road race crash to become world champion, repeated as La Course winner with an epic last-kilometer comeback on Tuesday.
Van Vleuten sprinted from several seconds behind countrywoman Anna van der Breggen to win the one-day race, including four categorized climbs, contested on part of the Tour de France stage 10 course later that day.
“With 300 meters to go, I still thought I got second, and then I saw her dying,” Van Vleuten said, adding later, according to Cyclingnews.com, “With 500 meters to go my team director in the car gave up and stopped cheering for me.”
In Rio, van Vleuten suffered three small spine fractures and a concussion when her brakes appeared to lock, and she flipped over into a ditch during the road race. Van Vleuten was alone in the lead at the time with about seven miles to go of the 87-mile course.
She was eventually hospitalized in intensive care.
Van der Breggen went on to win the Olympic title, while van Vleuten returned quick enough to race at the October 2016 World Championships.
Van Vleuten, 35, won her first world title 13 months after the Rio Games, taking the time trial crown ahead of van der Breggen by 12 seconds. She also won the 10-stage Giro Rosa that concluded on Sunday.
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