Dawn Harper-Nelson, an Olympic 100m hurdles gold and silver medalist, reportedly said she will retire after this season.
“Since I was a child, there were always three things I wanted: to be an Olympic gold medalist, a wife and a mom,” the 33-year-old said, according to Reuters. “Right now I am two for three and I’m feeling the urge to be someone’s mom.
“So this is it for me.”
Harper-Nelson emerged in 2008, making the Olympic team by finishing third at trials (by .007), then passing a stumbling Lolo Jones going into the final hurdle for gold in Beijing.
After placing seventh at worlds in 2009 and third in 2011, she missed a repeat Olympic title in 2012 by .02, edged by Australian Sally Pearson in a reversal of their 2008 finish. Harper-Nelson ran personal bests in each Olympic final.
Harper-Nelson was then eliminated in the 2016 Olympic Trials semifinals but bounced back to take silver at last summer’s world championships (also behind Pearson).
Throughout her career, Harper-Nelson competed in one of the deepest events in U.S. track and field, making her longevity all the more impressive.
Five American women from her era have faster personal bests, but none can match her Olympic medal record.
Harper-Nelson is en route to Doha for the Diamond League season opener Friday.
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World medalists Jade Carey and Riley McCusker headlined gymnastics action over the weekend as the World Cup circuit continued with an all-around competition in Birmingham, England, and an apparatus event in Doha, Qatar.
Carey won both the vault and floor events in Doha, pushing her to the top of the standings on both apparatus (she also won the vault and floor competitions the previous weekend at the World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan).
Doha marked the halfway point of apparatus World Cups, putting Carey in a promising position to qualify for the Tokyo Games heading into the next four events. The apparatus World Cup series includes a total of eight competitions spread over two seasons, and one gymnast per apparatus will qualify for the Olympics based on his or her top three results across the eight events.
Carey, 18, was the 2017 world silver medalist on vault and floor. But she opted not to try for a spot on the 2018 World Championships team due to the International Gymnastics Federation’s rules that active team members who help their countries qualify team spots for Tokyo (as the U.S. women did in November) cannot earn individual spots. Carey, an apparatus specialist rather than an all-around gymnast, chose the World Cup route to keep open her options of qualifying individually.
McCusker, who was part of the U.S. team that won the world title last year, finished second at the all-around World Cup in Birmingham, posting the top scores on the uneven bars and floor. Russia’s Aliya Mustafina, a seven-time Olympic medalist, won the event. Mustafina bounced back from a shaky showing last weekend at the World Cup in Stuttgart, where she finished fifth in an event won by Simone Biles. Mustafina, 24, is trying to qualify for her third Olympics after giving birth to daughter Alisa in June 2017.
The all-around World Cup circuit continues on April 7 in Tokyo, Japan, where two-time world all-around medalist Morgan Hurd and two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak are expected to compete.
MOSCOW — 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.