Amanda Beard on Rio, 2016: I’ll watch from my couch

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Seven-time Olympic swimming medalist Amanda Beard hasn’t competed since the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, and it doesn’t appear she has designs on participating in her sixth Olympic trials next year.

Beard was asked in a USA Swimming interview if she was looking forward to “Rio and 2016.”

“I am going to have front row seats on my couch!” she said. “It’ll be super fun to watch.”

Beard, 33 and a mother of 2, reportedly said last year, “The way that I look on my swimming career is as long as I’m physically capable of doing it.”

In 2012, she attempted to make her fifth straight U.S. Olympic Team but finished fifth in the 200m breaststroke and 10th in the 100m breast at the Olympic trials, where only the top two made the team for London.

Beard burst onto the scene at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics, where she won two silvers and one gold as a teddy bear-toting 14-year-old.

Only Dara Torres has made more U.S. Olympic swimming teams with five.

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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.