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Team USA’s again-golden gymnasts make nickname “news”: All hail the “Final Five”

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When it comes to nicknames of the USA women’s gymnastics team, none have been as straight-forward as this one.

First we had the 1996 team, The Magnificent Seven, a reference to the All-Star driven Western starring Steve McQueen and Eli Wallach (and also a great song by The Clash).

In 2012 there were complications with the name The Fab Five, which became The Fierce Five because, you know.

This time around, it’s pretty simple: The Final Five.

From NBCOlympics.com:

Many assumed that the name was a reference to the change in gymnastics team size that will take place at the Tokyo Olympics. In 2020, a country will be able to field a team of just 4 gymnasts in the final, although they’ll also be able to bring a maximum of two individual gymnasts who don’t compete with the team. Thus, this will be the last Olympic gymnastics team to be made of five members.

They will also be the also the last team members to play under legendary coach Martha Karolyi.

A little plain, sure, but when you dominate the way Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, and Madison Kocian did this week, you get to do what you want.

David Rudisha escapes car crash ‘well and unhurt’

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David Rudisha, a two-time Olympic champion and world record holder at 800m, is “well and unhurt” after a car accident in his native Kenya, according to his Facebook account.

Kenyan media reported that one of Rudisha’s tires burst on Saturday night, leading his car to collide with a bus, and he was treated for minor injuries at a hospital.

Rudisha, 30, last raced July 4, 2017, missing extended time with a quad muscle strain and back problems. His manager said last week that Rudisha will miss next month’s world championships.

Rudisha owns the three fastest times in history, including the world record 1:40.91 set in an epic 2012 Olympic final.

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Tokyo Paralympic medals unveiled with historic Braille design, indentations

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The Tokyo Paralympic medals, which like the Olympic medals are created in part with metals from recycled cell phones and other small electronics, were unveiled on Sunday, one year out from the Opening Ceremony.

In a first for the Paralympics, each medal has one to three indentation(s) on its side to distinguish its color by touch — one for gold, two silver and three for bronze. Braille letters also spell out “Tokyo 2020” on each medal’s face.

For Rio, different amounts of tiny steel balls were put inside the medals based on their color, so that when shaken they would make distinct sounds. Visually impaired athletes could shake the medals next to their ears to determine the color.

More on the design from Tokyo 2020:

The design is centered around the motif of a traditional Japanese fan, depicting the Paralympic Games as the source of a fresh new wind refreshing the world as well as a shared experience connecting diverse hearts and minds. The kaname, or pivot point, holds all parts of the fan together; here it represents Para athletes bringing people together regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Motifs on the leaves of the fan depict the vitality of people’s hearts and symbolize Japan’s captivating and life-giving natural environment in the form of rocks, flowers, wood, leaves, and water. These are applied with a variety of techniques, producing a textured surface that makes the medals compelling to touch.

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