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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Joel Embiid gains U.S. citizenship, mum on Olympic nationality

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Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid said he is now a U.S. citizen and it’s way too early to think about what nation he would represent at the Olympics.

“I just want to be healthy and win a championship and go from there,” he said, according to The Associated Press.

Embiid, 28, was born in Cameroon and has never competed in a major international tournament. In July, he gained French nationality, a step toward being able to represent that nation at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

In the spring, French media reported that Embiid started the process to become eligible to represent France in international basketball, quoting national team general manager Boris Diaw.

Embiid was second in NBA MVP voting this season behind Serbian Nikola Jokic. He was the All-NBA second team center.

What nation Embiid represents could have a major impact on the Paris Games.

In Tokyo, a French team led by another center, Rudy Gobert, handed the U.S. its first Olympic defeat since 2004. That was in group play. The Americans then beat the French in the gold-medal game 87-82.

That France team had five NBA players to the U.S.’ 12: Nicolas BatumEvan FournierTimothe Luwawu-CabarrotFrank Ntilikina and Gobert.

Anthony Davis, who skipped the Tokyo Olympics, is the lone U.S. center to make an All-NBA team in the last five seasons. In that time, Embiid made four All-NBA second teams and Gobert made three All-NBA third teams.

No Olympic team other than the U.S. has ever had two reigning All-NBA players on its roster.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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LA 2028, Delta unveil first-of-its-kind emblems for Olympics, Paralympics

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Emblems for the 2028 Los Angeles Games that include logos of Delta Air Lines is the first integration of its kind in Olympic and Paralympic history.

Organizers released the latest set of emblems for the LA 2028 Olympics and Paralympics on Thursday, each with a Delta symbol occupying the “A” spot in LA 28.

Two years ago, the LA 2028 logo concept was unveiled with an ever-changing “A” that allowed for infinite possibilities. Many athletes already created their own logos, as has NBC.

“You can make your own,” LA28 chairperson Casey Wasserman said in 2020. “There’s not one way to represent Los Angeles, and there is strength in our diverse cultures. We have to represent the creativity and imagination of Los Angeles, the diversity of our community and the big dreams the Olympic and Paralympic Games provide.”

Also in 2020, Delta was announced as LA 2028’s inaugural founding partner. Becoming the first partner to have an integrated LA 2028 emblem was “extremely important for us,” said Emmakate Young, Delta’s managing director, brand marketing and sponsorships.

“It is a symbol of our partnership with LA, our commitment to the people there, as well as those who come through LA, and a commitment to the Olympics,” she said.

The ever-changing emblem succeeds an angelic bid logo unveiled in February 2016 when the city was going for the 2024 Games, along with the slogan, “Follow the Sun.” In July 2017, the IOC made a historic double awarding of the Olympics and Paralympics — to Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028.

The U.S. will host its first Olympics and Paralympics since 2002 (and first Summer Games since 1996), ending its longest drought between hosting the Games since the 28-year gap between 1932 and 1960.

Delta began an eight-year Olympic partnership in 2021, becoming the official airline of Team USA and the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

Athletes flew to this year’s Winter Games in Beijing on chartered Delta flights and will do so for every Games through at least 2028.

Previously, Delta sponsored the last two Olympics held in the U.S. — the 1996 Atlanta Games and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.

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