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

Marcel Nguyen

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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2023 French Open men’s singles draw

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The French Open men’s singles draw is missing injured 14-time champion Rafael Nadal for the first time since 2004, leaving the Coupe des Mousquetaires ripe for the taking.

The tournament airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points in Paris.

Novak Djokovic is not only bidding for a third crown at Roland Garros, but also to lift a 23rd Grand Slam singles trophy to break his tie with Nadal for the most in men’s history.

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But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.

Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.

Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They meet in Friday’s semifinals.

Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).

All of the American men lost before the fourth round. The last U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals was Andre Agassi in 2003.

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IOC board recommends withdrawing International Boxing Association’s recognition

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The IOC finally ran out of patience with the International Boxing Federation on Wednesday and set a date to terminate its Olympic status this month.

While boxing will still be on the program at the 2024 Paris Games, the International Olympic Committee said its executive board has asked the full membership to withdraw its recognition of the IBA at a special meeting on June 22.

IOC members rarely vote against recommendations from their 15-member board and the IBA’s ouster is likely a formality.

The IOC had already suspended the IBA’s recognition in 2019 over long-standing financial, sports integrity and governance issues. The Olympic body oversaw the boxing competitions itself at the Tokyo Olympics held in 2021 and will do so again for Paris.

An IOC statement said the boxing body “has failed to fulfil the conditions set by the IOC … for lifting the suspension of the IBA’s recognition.”

The IBA criticized what it called a “truly abhorrent and purely political” decision by the IOC and warned of “retaliatory measures.”

“Now, we are left with no chance but to demand a fair assessment from a competent court,” the boxing body’s Russian president Umar Kremlev said in a statement.

The IOC-IBA standoff has also put boxing’s place at the 2028 Los Angeles Games at risk, though that should now be resolved.

The IOC previously stressed it has no problem with the sport or its athletes — just the IBA and its current president Kremlev, plus financial dependence on Russian state energy firm Gazprom.

In a 24-page report on IBA issues published Wednesday, the IOC concluded “the accumulation of all of these points, and the constant lack of drastic evolution throughout the many years, creates a situation of no-return.”

Olympic boxing’s reputation has been in question for decades. Tensions heightened after boxing officials worldwide ousted long-time IOC member C.K. Wu as their president in 2017 when the organization was known by its French acronym AIBA.

“From a disreputable organization named AIBA governed by someone from the IOC’s upper echelon, we committed to and executed a change in the toxic and corrupt culture that was allowed to fester under the IOC for far too long,” Kremlev said Wednesday in a statement.

National federations then defied IOC warnings in 2018 by electing as their president Gafur Rakhimov, a businessman from Uzbekistan with alleged ties to organized crime and heroin trafficking.

Kremlev’s election to replace Rakhimov in 2020 followed another round of IOC warnings that went unheeded.

Amid the IBA turmoil, a rival organization called World Boxing has attracted initial support from officials in the United States, Switzerland and Britain.

The IBA can still continue to organize its own events and held the men’s world championships last month in the Uzbek capital Tashkent.

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