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NBC Sports Gold launches ‘Figure Skating Pass’

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NBC Sports Gold is launching a “Figure Skating Pass” beginning with the 2018-19 season for live and on-demand streaming of domestic and international events.

“Figure Skating Pass” live programming will include the U.S. and world championships, the fall Grand Prix series and U.S. and world synchronized skating championships among other events previously streamed on Icenetwork.com.

A full list of events and more details can be found here via U.S. Figure Skating.

NBC Sports Gold will also offer a “Speed Skating Pass” for world championships and world cup events in short- and long-track speed skating beginning next season.

NBC Sports Gold already offers a similar “Track and Field Pass,” among other sports, that includes live and on-demand streaming of U.S. and world championships, the Diamond League and major marathons.

Last week, NBC Sports announced it will air 80-plus hours of figure skating events yearly through 2026 in an agreement with U.S. Figure Skating.

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Yelena Shushunova, 1988 Olympic all-around champion, dies at 49

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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.

Simone Biles details lip tattoo

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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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