Laurie Hernandez, Roberto Clemente
Getty Images

Hillary Clinton puts Laurie Hernandez, Roberto Clemente in same speech sentence

1 Comment

Hillary Clinton mentioned Olympic champion Laurie Hernandez among nine Hispanic stars — from civil rights activists to Gloria Estefan while speaking at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute on Thursday.

“Today, as you know, we’re in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month,” the presidential candidate said (at the 5:30 mark here). “In classrooms across America, children will study Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, Julian and Joaquin Castro, Justice Sotomayor, Roberto Clemente and Laurie Hernandez, Gloria Estefan and Lin-Manuel Miranda and countless others.”

Hernandez, 16, might have missed the name drop as she was performing at the first stop of a post-Olympic USA Gymnastics tour in Spokane, Wash., on Thursday night.

Her star has skyrocketed in the last year. Hernandez was barely on the Olympic radar at the start of summer 2015. Still a junior gymnast, Hernandez won the P&G Championships all-around title that August and then moved up to the senior ranks at the start of 2016.

Hernandez finished second to Simone Biles in the all-around at the U.S. Olympic Trials in July. She was a candidate to compete in the all-around at the Rio Games, but Biles, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas filled the three available qualifying spots. Hernandez’s minor abdominal injury may have made the difference in the selection.

No matter, Hernandez went on to take balance beam silver. She may be destined for more medals if she competes at the 2017 World Championships, given Raisman and Biles are going to be taking significant time off, and it’s unknown if or when Douglas will return.

Hernandez, who turned professional before the Rio Games, is currently competing on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Other names in Clinton’s speech sentence have Olympic sports ties. Estefan’s “Reach” was an official song of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and she performed at the Closing Ceremony. She also performed at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games Closing Ceremony.

Then there’s Clemente. Before he became a Hall of Fame baseball player, the Puerto Rican was a javelin prodigy, such a throwing talent that there was talk he could make the 1952 Olympic team at age 17, according to Sports Illustrated.

MORE: The origins of Laurie Hernandez

Richie Porte crashes out of Tour de France again

Leave a comment

Australian Richie Porte crashed out of the Tour de France on the ninth stage for a second straight year, suffering a fractured right clavicle six miles into Sunday’s stage.

“Obviously I’m devastated,” Porte said, according to Team BMC. “For the second year in a row I am ending the Tour de France like this. I was on the ground before I knew it, and straight away felt pain in my right shoulder.”

Porte, who finished fifth in the 2016 Tour de France and was an overall podium contender these last two years, was seen sitting on the side of the road, gritting his teeth and crossing his right arm over his chest.

There was a mass stoppage of riders, with at least one spectator down on the side of the narrow road. The crash came well before the Tour stage was to hit 15 arduous cobblestone sections totaling 13 miles.

Porte was in 10th place after eight stages, 57 seconds behind race leader and BMC teammate Greg Van Avermaet. Avermaet and American Tejay van Garderen, in third place, were expected to work for Porte in the mountains later this week, hoping to put him in the yellow jersey.

Now, Van Garderen is in line to be the team leader.

In 2017, Porte fractured his clavicle and pelvis on a ninth-stage crash on a descent and had to abandon the Tour.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

TOUR DE FRANCE: StandingsTV Schedule | Riders to Watch

=

Chris Froome, other stars crash on Tour de France cobblestones stage

1 Comment

Richie PorteTejay van GarderenRigoberto UranMikel Landa. Even Chris Froome.

Stage nine of the Tour de France promised to rattle the top riders, and the 15 sections of cobblestones totaling 13 miles delivered just that. All of the named men crashed on Sunday, with Porte abandoning the Grand Tour altogether (albeit he crashed before the first cobbles section, six miles into the stage).

In the end, German John Degenkolb got the stage win ahead of overall race leader Greg Van Avermaet and Yves Lampaert.

Van Avermaet, the Olympic road race champion from Belgium, retained the yellow jersey for a sixth straight day, extending his lead to 43 seconds over Brit Geraint Thomas. Van Avermaet rides for Team BMC, which lost its team leader in Porte.

American van Garderen presumably became the new team leader, but he crashed later in the stage and also suffered three flat tires.

Van Garderen entered the day third in the overall standings, nine seconds behind Van Avermaet. He ended it in 30th place, 6:05 behind Van Avermaet.

The best-placed favorite to finish on the podium in Paris on July 29 is now the four-time Tour winner Froome, in eighth place, 1:42 behind Van Avermaet. Froome is trying to tie the record of five Tour titles shared by Jacques AnquetilEddy MerckxBernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

The Tour takes its first of two rest days Monday, resuming with the first day in the Alps on Tuesday live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold (full broadcast schedule here). Stage 10 features a beyond-category climb and three category-one climbs.

“I’m relieved to get through today and looking forward to getting into the mountains now where the real race for GC (general classification) will start,” Froome said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

TOUR DE FRANCE: StandingsTV Schedule | Riders to Watch