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Laurie Hernandez undecided on competing in 2017

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NEW YORK — Unlike Simone Biles and Aly RaismanLaurie Hernandez does not know if she’ll be competing in 2017.

Hernandez is about to embark on a “Dancing with the Stars” tour, which runs into mid-February and means she won’t be able to return for the biggest event of the first half of 2017, the American Cup on March 4 in her home state of New Jersey.

“It is so exciting to be able to do the Olympics and be able to do all the activities afterwards, but at the same time gymnastics is still a sport that’s in my heart,” Hernandez said at the CNN Heroes event in Manhattan on Sunday night.

Hernandez shrugged when asked if she plans to compete at the P&G Championships from Aug. 17-20 in Anaheim, Calif.

“I do plan on coming back, just because I love the sport dearly, but at the same time I am taking it day by day,” she said.

If Hernandez competes in 2017, she would instantly become a threat for the world all-around title, to be contested in early fall in Montreal. Hernandez missed out on the chance to compete in the all-around at the Rio Olympics, as Biles, Raisman and Gabby Douglas got the three U.S. spots in qualifying.

“I’ve never been to worlds, but at the same time, I know that aside from the Olympics, worlds is the biggest gymnastics competition,” said Hernandez, who won team gold and balance beam silver in Rio as the youngest member of the U.S. team at age 16. “So, I feel like, if I were able to medal in that competition, in the all-around, that would mean the world to me.”

In the last three months, Olympic all-around gold and silver medalists Biles and Raisman said they would take all of 2017 off.

Douglas, the 2012 Olympic all-around champion, hasn’t said if or when she will return to competition.

Fellow Olympic and/or world championships team members Madison KocianMaggie Nichols and MyKayla Skinner are all starting NCAA careers and, at least temporarily, leaving elite gymnastics behind.

Ragan Smith was the only woman who finished in the top 11 in the Olympic Trials all-around who attended a recent national team camp.

Smith placed fifth at Olympic Trials and was one of three Olympic team alternates.

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Olympic wrestlers tie for gold medal, 8 years after the competition

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A pair of doping cases led to the first Olympic gold-medal tie in wrestling history, eight years after the matches took place.

Russian Bilyal Makhov was upgraded to 2012 Olympic freestyle super heavyweight gold, joining Iranian Komeil Ghasemi, who was upgraded last year, according to the IOC’s website.

In February, Russian media reported that Makhov recently tested positive for growth hormone, which would have no bearing on 2012 results.

The move came after the finalists in 2012 — Uzbek Artur Taymazov and Georgian Davit Modzmanashvil — were stripped of their gold and silver medals last year in retests of doping samples from the London Games.

Makhov and Ghasemi each originally earned bronze medals. In wrestling, bronze medals are awarded to each match winner in repechage finals.

Ghasemi, whose only loss in London came to gold medalist Taymazov, was originally upgraded to gold by United World Wrestling in 2019. Makhov, whose loss came to Modzmanashvil, was originally upgraded to silver before the later upgrade to a second gold.

American Tervel Dlagnev and Kazakh Daulet Shabanbay, who lost the bronze-medal matches to Ghasemi and Makhov, were upgraded to bronze-medal positions last year, according to United World Wrestling.

Taymazov became the second athlete to be stripped of gold medals from multiple Olympics for doping, losing his London 2012 title two years after giving up his Beijing 2008 crown. Both were because of retests coming back positive for banned steroids.

Wrestling has been contested at every modern Olympics save 1900.

In 1912, Sweden’s Anders Ahlgren and Finland’s Ivar Bohling wrestled for nine hours in a final without deciding a winner, according to Olympedia.org. The match was declared a “double loss” and both awarded silver medals. There was no gold medalist.

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Deajah Stevens, Olympic sprinter, suspended through Tokyo Games

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Deajah Stevens, a U.S. Olympic 200m sprinter, was suspended through Aug. 15, 2021, for missing drug tests, ruling her out of the Tokyo Games unless she successfully appeals.

Stevens, who placed seventh in Rio, missed three drug tests in 2019, grounds for a suspension between one and two years.

The exact length depends on an athlete’s degree of fault and, with the timing in this case, determined whether she would be banned through the Olympics.

Full details of her case are here.

The 18-month ban was backdated to Feb. 17, the date that Stevens requested her case be expedited. Her last of three missed tests was Nov. 25.

Stevens’ lawyer requested the suspension be backdated to the third missed test, which would have kept her eligible for the Olympics, or the date of Stevens’ request for an expedited hearing on Feb. 17, which could have kept her Olympic eligible if the ban was closer to one year.

For Stevens’ second missed test, she did not hear door knocks from a back bedroom. The drug tester called her five times but never received an answer. Stevens said her phone was out of battery power.

For her last missed test, the drug tester again tried to call Stevens. But Stevens changed her phone number six weeks earlier, after somebody was harassing her and threatening her fiance’s life. She had not yet notified drug-testing authorities that she changed her number.

“Despite our sympathy for the athlete, we have not been satisfied on a balance of probability that her behavior was not negligent and did not cause or contribute to her failure to be available for testing,” a disciplinary tribunal found. “She already had missed two doping tests in the last six months. She should have been on red alert and conscious that she could not miss the next one.”

Stevens’ initial provisional suspension was announced May 1 ahead of a June 25 disciplinary tribunal hearing.

Stevens, 25, was disqualified from the 2019 U.S. Outdoor Championships 200m semifinals in her only outdoor meet of the year, according to World Athletics.

She ranked No. 3 in the U.S. in the 200m in 2017 (and placed fifth at the world championships), No. 31 in 2018 and No. 59 in 2019.

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