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Simone Biles’ former coach’s gym new home for U.S. women’s gymnastics

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The U.S. women’s national team’s new, temporary training facility is Evo Athletics in Florida, where Simone Biles‘ former coach, Aimee Boorman, is the executive director of women’s gymnastics.

“USA Gymnastics has identified Evo Athletics in Sarasota, Fla., as an interim training location for the U.S. women’s national team for the rest of the year,” USA Gymnastics said Sunday. “The housing arrangements will be provided to individuals attending camps. We appreciate Evo’s willingness to work with us in staging productive, safe and encouraging training camps for our national team members and coaches to pursue their gymnastics goals and dreams. USA Gymnastics and the leadership of the women’s program will re-evaluate after camps have been held there and determine a path for 2019.”

USA Gymnastics has been looking for a new training home since it closed the Karolyi Ranch in January. Athletes said Larry Nassar sexually abused gymnasts at the ranch.

USA Gymnastics since held women’s team camps at Louisiana State University, Tennessee and at Biles’ gym in Texas, but none were designated as more than one-time training sites.

Boorman coached Biles from age 7 through the Rio Olympics, where the gymnast earned four gold medals and one bronze. Boorman took the job at Evo in Sarasota shortly after the Games.

Biles chose to stay at her parents’ owned gym in Texas. Her new coaches are Cecile and Laurent Landi, who were already in Texas and previously coached Rio Olympian Madison Kocian.

Biles is the only Rio Olympian signed up for the U.S. Championships in Boston this week, when she can become the second woman to win five national all-around titles.

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Russia to finish Youth Olympics with most medals

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Russia clinched the top spot in the Youth Olympic medal standings, two days before the Closing Ceremony in Buenos Aires and eight months after it was excluded from the PyeongChang Winter Games for its doping problems.

The Russians have 52 medals with 25 golds so far, distancing the rest of the world.

1. Russia — 52 total, 25 gold
2. China — 36 total, 18 gold
3. Mixed NOCs — 36 total, 12 gold
4. Japan — 34 total, 14 gold
5. Italy — 31 total, 10 gold
10. U.S. — 15 total, 4 gold

China and Russia went one-two in total medals at the first two Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010 and Nanjing, China in 2014. The U.S. has never topped a Youth Olympic total medal table, be it Summer or Winter Games.

The U.S. has, however, earned the most total medals at the last six Summer Olympics, beginning with the 1996 Atlanta Games.

The Youth Olympics, for athletes ages 14 to 18, do not emphasize medal counts (plus have many medal events where athletes from different nations compete on the same team). The Games include many Olympic events and some that are not on the Olympic program, including break dancing, where a Russian who goes by Bumblebee earned gold last week.

The next Youth Olympics are the winter version in the IOC base of Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2020, followed by the summer version in 2022 in Dakar, Senegal, the first Olympic Games of any kind to be held in Africa.

The Youth Olympics conclude with the last full day of medal competition on Wednesday and the Closing Ceremony on Thursday.

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Aliya Mustafina returns to gymnastics worlds, year after giving birth

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Aliya Mustafina, an all-around medalist at the last two Olympics, made Russia’s team for next week’s world gymnastics championships, 16 months after giving birth to daughter Alisa.

Mustafina, 24, is joined by one Rio Olympic teammate, Angelina Melnikova, and three world championships rookies (plus Olympian Daria Spiridonova as an alternate), according to Russia’s gymnastics federation.

Mustafina is the last non-American woman to win an Olympic or world championships all-around, back in 2010 in her first year as a senior gymnast. A series of injuries followed, including surgeries on both knees and her left ankle.

She missed the 2015 Worlds with back pain but rebounded for a medal of every color in Rio (uneven bars gold, team silver and all-around bronze, just as she had done at London 2012).

Her seven total Olympic medals are tied for the most by a Russian woman since the fall of the Soviet Union with retired gymnast Svetlana Khorkina.

Viktoria Komova, the 2012 Olympic all-around silver medalist who has also struggled with injuries, is not on Russia’s team for worlds in Doha. She last competed at a global championship in 2015, sharing the uneven bars title with three other gymnasts.

Mustafina joins a list of distinguished moms to return to the top level of gymnastics, including Oksana Chusovitina, who began competing in the Soviet Union in the 1980s and, seven Olympics later, is still competing at age 43 (for Uzbekistan).

The most decorated Olympic gymnast, Soviet Larisa Latynina, earned 12 of her 18 medals after becoming a mom.

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