When Simone Biles returns to training, it won’t be with her longtime coach, Aimee Boorman, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Boorman decided before the Rio Olympics that she planned to leave the Biles’ Texas gym to work at a Florida gym and told her pupil after competition ended in Brazil, according to the report.
Boorman went public with the news two weeks later.
“It still makes me sad to know that she won’t coach me anymore,” Biles said last week, according to the newspaper. “But I’m excited for her journey to see where it takes her and coaching other elite kids. She needs to do what makes her happy.
“I think I could coach myself, but it helps to have guidance and for someone to crack the whip and tell you when to condition and how many sets you need to do. I’m sure somebody will put up with it.”
Boorman, who coached Biles from ages 7 to 19, accepted a position as executive director of women’s gymnastics and elite coordinator at EVO Athletics in Sarasota.
Biles does not plan on competing in 2017 but expects to return at some point to make a run for the 2020 Olympics.
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MOSCOW (AP) Lina Cheryazova, the first woman to win an Olympic aerials skiing gold medal, has died. She was 50.
Officials in the Russian city of Novosibirsk, where Cheryazova was living for the last two decades, said she died “following a lengthy illness,” without giving further details.
Competing for Uzbekistan, Cheryazova won gold with a triple flip when aerials skiing debuted on the Olympic program in 1994 in Lillehammer.
Shortly after winning, she learned her mother died three weeks before.
Cheryazova’s career was derailed later that year when she suffered a serious head injury while training in the United States, and spent days in a coma. She retired after failing to qualify for the 1998 Winter Olympics.
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In the final biathlon event of the 2018-19 season, American Clare Egan recorded her first career World Cup podium finish, placing third in the mass start in Oslo, Norway. She hit 19 of 20 targets and crossed the finish line 10.4 seconds behind winner Hanna Oberg of Sweden. Norway’s Tiril Eckhoff finished second.
Egan, 31, made her Olympic debut at the 2018 PyeongChang Games, but considered retiring from biathlon at the end of the last season. “I decided that I wanted to do one more year, just for fun, just to see how much I could learn and how good a biathlete I could become,” Egan said in a U.S. Biathlon press release.
Her decision to continue has paid off: since the start of the 2018-19 season, Egan has posted the top eight finishes of her career (including three top-10 results). She concludes the season ranked 18th in the overall World Cup standings.
“I skied much faster this year than I have in the past and I think that was due to finally finding a good balance in my training, between working hard and resting. I did not train more, but the quality was much higher. I’m very excited for the next season,” Egan told U.S. Biathlon.