Marcel Nguyen, London 2012 all-around silver medalist, gets elaborate Olympic tattoo

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German Marcel Nguyen, the second-best gymnast at the London Olympics, endured plenty of pain the last three years, including about 20 hours’ worth from a tattoo artist.

Check out Nguyen’s left arm — from the shoulder to the wrist (larger photos below). It’s an Olympic-themed tattoo that he said includes the Olympic rings, an Olympic medal, an Olympic torch, Nike the Greek Goddess of Victory and the Acropolis in Athens, site of the first modern Games in 1896.

Little has been heard about Nguyen since he earned the all-around silver medal behind the iconic Kohei Uchimura at the London Olympics, plus another silver on parallel bars. Nguyen competed then with a chest tattoo that read “Pain is Temporary Pride is Forever” in cursive.

He competed on two of six events at the 2013 European Championships, earning zero medals, and then took a break after an exhausting two Olympic cycles.

Nguyen aimed to return in 2014 but ruptured an ACL straightening his leg too soon on a dismount and required surgeries in September 2014 and January 2015.

Nguyen, now 28, didn’t consider retiring.

On Sunday, he competed with Germany in qualifying at the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. It didn’t go well.

Nguyen struggled on pommel horse, messing up his dismount and having to remount to score 11.233. Nguyen was 47th overall in all-around qualifying, missing the 24-man final. Germany was ninth in team qualifying, missing the eight-team final.

Nguyen won’t compete in any finals in Glasgow this week.

“It was a difficult competition for me,” he said. “One of my first all-around competitions after my injury. I’m satisfied with my competition except pommel horse. I always have problems with pommel horse, so nothing new. But I’m happy that I’m back on the stage.”

The German men, who were fourth at the 2008 Olympics, must compete in an Olympic test event in Rio in April to attempt to clinch a team berth at the Rio Games.

Nguyen said he’s not sure if will try to compete in the all-around at the Rio Olympics, should he make it to the Games.

NBC Olympics researcher Amanda Doyle contributed to this report from Glasgow.

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Diana Taurasi returns to U.S. national basketball team

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Diana Taurasi is set to return to the U.S. national basketball team next week for the first time since the Tokyo Olympics, signaling a possible bid for a record-breaking sixth Olympic appearance in 2024 at age 42.

Taurasi is on the 15-player roster for next week’s training camp in Minnesota announced Tuesday.

Brittney Griner is not on the list but is expected to return to competitive basketball later this year with her WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury (also Taurasi’s longtime team, though she is currently a free agent), after being detained in Russia for 10 months in 2022.

Taurasi said as far back as the 2016 Rio Games that her Olympic career was likely over, but returned to the national team after Dawn Staley succeeded Geno Auriemma as head coach in 2017.

In Tokyo, Taurasi and longtime backcourt partner Sue Bird became the first basketball players to win five Olympic gold medals. Bird has since retired.

After beating Japan in the final, Taurasi said “see you in Paris,” smiling, as she left an NBC interview. That’s now looking less like a joke and more like a prediction.

Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve succeeded Staley as head coach last year. In early fall, she guided the U.S. to arguably the best FIBA World Cup performance ever, despite not having stalwarts Bird, Griner, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles.

Taurasi was not in contention for the team after suffering a WNBA season-ending quad injury in the summer. Taurasi, who is 38-0 in Olympic games and started every game at the last four Olympics, wasn’t on a U.S. team for an Olympics or worlds for the first time since 2002.

Next year, Taurasi can become the oldest Olympic basketball player in history and the first to play in six Games, according to Olympedia.org. Spain’s Rudy Fernandez could also play in a sixth Olympics in 2024.

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Mo Farah likely to retire this year

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British track legend Mo Farah will likely retire by the end of this year.

“I’m not going to go to the Olympics, and I think 2023 will probably be my last year,” the 39-year-old Farah said, according to multiple British media reports.

Farah, who swept the 5000m and 10,000m golds at the Olympics in 2012 and 2016, was announced Tuesday as part of the field for the London Marathon on April 23.

Last May, Farah reportedly said he believed his career on the track was over, but not the roads.

London might not be his last marathon. Farah also said that if, toward the end of this year, he was capable of being picked to run for Britain again, he would “never turn that down,” according to Tuesday’s reports.

It’s not clear if Farah was referencing the world track and field championships, which include a marathon and are in Budapest in August. Or selection for the 2024 British Olympic marathon team.

The fastest British male marathoner last year ran 2:10:46, ranking outside the top 300 in the world. Farah broke 2:10 in all five marathons that he’s finished, but he hasn’t run one since October 2019 (aside from pacing the 2020 London Marathon).

Farah withdrew four days before the last London Marathon on Oct. 2, citing a right hip injury.

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah’s best London Marathon finish in four starts was third place in 2018.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

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