McKayla Maroney, out since 2013, will miss P&G Championships

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McKayla Maroney cannot compete at August’s P&G Championships after not entering the last qualifying meet for the event, making it unlikely she’ll return in 2015.

Maroney, the Olympic vault silver medalist who hasn’t competed since 2013, is not in the field for the Secret U.S. Classic on July 25 (full field here). That competition in Hoffman Estates, Ill., will mark the first domestic meet for Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman since the London 2012 Olympics.

USA Gymnastics confirmed that Maroney cannot petition into the P&G Championships, which are Aug. 13-16 in Indianapolis. She can, however, petition into a later World Championships selection camp. The World Championships are Oct. 23-Nov. 1 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Maroney, the Olympic vault silver medalist, won the World Championships vault title on Oct. 5, 2013 and hasn’t competed since. She missed all of 2014 following knee surgery that March.

A representative from her longtime California gym said Wednesday that Maroney hasn’t been training there due to a slow recovery from that injury.

She also suffered from adrenal fatigue, according to International Gymnast magazine in April.

Maroney said she was unable to get out of bed due to the energy-sapping medical condition.

“Pretty much since 2013, I had burned out everything in my body,” Maroney said, according to the magazine. “With adrenal fatigue, everything in your body is just burned out. It messes up your hormones and goes into things that people don’t understand.”

She took about two months off and returned to training at the beginning of this year, according to the magazine.

“I’ve gotten a lot of IVs that have all these minerals in them,” she said. “I’ve been doing yoga and meditation and everything to heal my body, because I want to go to the next Olympics.”

The fourth member of the five-gymnast 2012 U.S. Olympic champion team — Kyla Ross — is competing at the Secret U.S. Classic along with Douglas and Raisman.

The fifth member, Jordyn Wieber, has retired.

Maroney was adamant in an August interview that she’s determined to make the 2016 Olympic team.

“For people who don’t think I’m, like, really serious about this, you’re wrong,” Maroney said in a USA Gymnastics interview while attending the 2014 Secret Classic. “I want this so bad. I’m not just messing around, chilling, acting. I’ll do that later.”

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First Olympic women’s aerials champion Cheryazova dies at 50

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MOSCOW (AP) Lina Cheryazova, the first woman to win an Olympic aerials skiing gold medal, has died. She was 50.

Officials in the Russian city of Novosibirsk, where Cheryazova was living for the last two decades, said she died “following a lengthy illness,” without giving further details.

Competing for Uzbekistan, Cheryazova won gold with a triple flip when aerials skiing debuted on the Olympic program in 1994 in Lillehammer.

Shortly after winning, she learned her mother died three weeks before.

Cheryazova’s career was derailed later that year when she suffered a serious head injury while training in the United States, and spent days in a coma. She retired after failing to qualify for the 1998 Winter Olympics.

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Clare Egan notches first World Cup podium in biathlon season finale

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In the final biathlon event of the 2018-19 season, American Clare Egan recorded her first career World Cup podium finish, placing third in the mass start in Oslo, Norway. She hit 19 of 20 targets and crossed the finish line 10.4 seconds behind winner Hanna Oberg of Sweden. Norway’s Tiril Eckhoff finished second.

Egan, 31, made her Olympic debut at the 2018 PyeongChang Games, but considered retiring from biathlon at the end of the last season. “I decided that I wanted to do one more year, just for fun, just to see how much I could learn and how good a biathlete I could become,” Egan said in a U.S. Biathlon press release.

Her decision to continue has paid off: since the start of the 2018-19 season, Egan has posted the top eight finishes of her career (including three top-10 results). She concludes the season ranked 18th in the overall World Cup standings.

“I skied much faster this year than I have in the past and I think that was due to finally finding a good balance in my training, between working hard and resting. I did not train more, but the quality was much higher. I’m very excited for the next season,” Egan told U.S. Biathlon.