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Gabby Douglas wins Jesolo Trophy; Aly Raisman sixth

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Gabby Douglas is two for two in the Olympic year, beating a field that included Olympic teammate Aly Raisman at the Jesolo Trophy in Italy on Saturday.

The 2012 Olympic all-around champion Douglas won the Jesolo all-around with 59.65 points. Douglas competed for the second time this year, after winning the AT&T American Cup two weeks earlier.

“I need to work on being more confident, and just believing in myself a little bit more and being a little bit more aggressive,” Douglas said. “But overall I think I did well. Still more improvements to come.”

Raisman, the 2012 Olympic floor exercise champion, totaled 57.85 for sixth place Saturday, falling on a difficult Amanar vault. Douglas scored higher with a less difficult vault.

Douglas and Raisman both returned to competition at last year’s Jesolo Trophy for the first time since the London Games. They are attempting to become the first U.S. women to make back-to-back Olympic gymnastics teams since 1996 and 2000.

In five competitions together in their comeback, Douglas holds a 3-2 head-to-head edge over Raisman in all-around finishes. Neither Douglas nor Raisman has beaten Simone Biles, the three-time reigning World all-around champion who is a heavy favorite for gold in Rio.

Biles is expected to make her 2016 competition debut at the Pacific Rim Championships in April.

Douglas, Raisman and Biles were the three U.S. gymnasts chosen to perform in the all-around at the World Championships last October, with Biles and Douglas taking gold and silver.

Raisman was fifth in qualifying but didn’t advance because a nation can’t have more than two gymnasts in an Olympic or Worlds individual final.

Douglas, Raisman and Biles are favorites to make the five-woman Olympic team that will be named after July’s trials.

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Kobe Bryant embraced the Olympics, on and off the court

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Kobe Bryant developed a special relationship with Team USA, international basketball and the Olympic Games themselves.

Bryant was among those who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. Grief spread worldwide, showing the impact he had across international sport. Images of Bryant meeting Olympians from gymnastics, swimming, track and field, even Alpine skiing, some from him attending their competitions, dotted social media.

Bryant earned gold medals as a leader of the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball teams. He said before debuting at the Games that he valued a gold medal above an NBA championship.

In 2008, he helped spur the Redeem Team to gold in Beijing. He sat down with NBC Sports’ Cris Collinsworth for an interview, describing what it meant to him to receive the USA jersey for the first time.

“I had goosebumps, and I actually just looked at it for a while,” said Bryant, who put off surgery on a torn ligament in his right pinkie finger to play in 2008. “I just held it there, and I laid it across my bed. I just stared at it for a few minutes. Just because, as a kid growing up, this is the ultimate, ultimate in basketball.”

Bryant’s first Olympic game came in a special environment — in Beijing against China.

“When I look up in the crowd, and I see all the USA flags waving and people chanting USA, it gives you goosebumps,” he said. “When I heard the national anthem, I teared up a little bit, and I had to gather myself.”

Bryant stayed close to the Olympic Movement in retirement.

He attended the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials for women’s gymnastics, meeting the team members. He appeared at USA Swimming’s Golden Goggle Awards, helping raise money for the national governing body. He was the final voice in the Los Angeles Olympic bid presentation to the IOC two years ago.

Bryant’s last words in that video, before the IOC later awarded the 2024 Olympics to Paris and the 2028 Olympics to Los Angeles: “To have the Olympics here, and to have so many different cultures represented, would be a beautiful story to tell.”

WATCH LIVE: Nathan Chen in U.S. Figure Skating Championships free skate

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Nathan Chen tries to become the first man to win four straight U.S. figure skating titles since 1988, live on NBC Sports on Sunday.

NBC Sports Gold streams live coverage of the men’s free skate for subscribers starting at 2:30 p.m. ET in Greensboro, N.C. NBC joins with TV coverage at 3.

LIVE STREAM: Men’s Free Skate — Gold | NBC | Skate Order

Chen, a 20-year-old Yale sophomore, is undefeated since placing fifth at the PyeongChang Olympics. He can become the seventh man since World War II to win four straight national titles.

Five of the previous six went on to earn Olympic gold, including Dick ButtonScott Hamilton and, most recently, Brian Boitano in 1988.

Chen carries a substantial 13.14-point lead from Saturday’s short program, where he landed two quadruple jumps on one week of full training following a flu bout.

The anticipated drama Sunday comes in the battle for silver and bronze medals and the last two world championships team spots.

Jason BrownAndrew TorgashevVincent Zhou and Tomoki Hiwatashi are separated by 8.78 points. Brown, the 2015 U.S. champion, and Zhou, the 2019 World bronze medalist, are the only men in the field other than Chen with world team experience.

Key Skate Times
5:01 p.m. (ET) — Vincent Zhou
5:18 — Tomoki Hiwatashi
5:26 — Andrew Torgashev
5:35 — Nathan Chen
5:43 — Jason Brown

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