The matchup everyone has been waiting for is looming, but Team USA has one more game to win before a potential gold-medal confrontation with Canada.
Finland was considered a team that could potentially upset one of the tournament favorites in the preliminary round, but both the U.S. and Canada handled the Finns in the early going.
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Even with the 2014 gold medal rematch pending, the U.S. won’t overlook its semifinal opponent.
“We’ve seen them a lot, they make it very difficult for us to come through the neutral zone with our speed,” Stauber explained. “Our thought process all along has been if we’re able to maintain that speed and that intensity for 60 minutes, it’s hard to hold the Americans off.”
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Yelena Shushunova, the 1988 Olympic all-around champion, died Thursday at age 49, according to Russia’s gymnastics federation.
Shushunova died of complications from pneumonia, a Russia gymnastics federation official said, according to TASS.
Shushunova earned two golds, a silver and a bronze at the Seoul 1988 Games at age 19. She beat Romanian Daniela Silivas by .025 of a point in the all-around, needing and scoring a 10 on her final apparatus on vault.
Shushunova also earned 11 medals between the 1985 and 1987 World Championships in one of the most impressive Olympic cycles for a gymnast.
She made the Soviet national team in time for the 1984 Olympics, but the nation boycotted the Los Angeles Games.
BOSTON — If you thought Simone Biles looked like nothing had changed in her comeback meet, think again.
What you won’t see on camera on the U.S. Gymnastics Championships this week is Biles’ new tattoo — on the inside of her bottom lip.
“It just says XO,” she said. “It’s a little faded. I need to get it touched up. … I’ve always wanted a lip tat, and I heard it didn’t hurt. So I went and got one.”
It was Biles’ second tattoo. She revealed in March the popular Olympic rings ink on her right forearm.
Biles said there’s a story that explains why the lip tattoo has faded, but she can’t share it.
“It has something to do with [turning 21],” she said, laughing. Biles, who turned 21 in March, paused, then added one last line.
“I’m a good child!”
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