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Alyssa Baumann, world champion gymnast, comes forward as Larry Nassar survivor

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Alyssa Baumann said she is a Larry Nassar sexual-abuse survivor, joining many fellow former U.S. national team members in coming forward.

Baumann, a member of the U.S.’ gold-medal team at the 2014 World Championships, filed a lawsuit in August against Nassar, USA Gymnastics, the International Gymnastics Federation and World Sport Chicago as a “Jane Doe.”

It will now be amended to include her name.

Baumann released a statement on social media and through a public relations firm Thursday:

“I feel like I have reached a point where I can share my truth. Even though it makes me feel uncomfortable and vulnerable, I believe sharing my story will help me heal, and more importantly, help others who are still dealing with this trauma. I, too, was sexually abused by Larry Nassar. He betrayed my trust and took advantage of me for years.

“You may ask why I didn’t speak up earlier. I was in denial and I was scared. I even hesitated to share my story with my family because I didn’t want to upset them or be a burden. It took a long time to face what happened and it will take even longer to overcome, but by sharing my story I know I’m on the path to healing.

“My hope is that my story will encourage others to speak up about their own situation—so they too can begin to heal. May this also serve as reminder to those in authority to take the appropriate actions to completely change USAG’s culture and hold every Nassar enabler accountable so that future generations of gymnasts can feel safe and enjoy the sport again.

“Finally, yes, I am a survivor of sexual assault, but I refuse to let that define or limit me. I pray that people will still see me as Alyssa. A strong person who never gave up even after a severe injury. A loyal friend and an even better teammate. As someone that loves to laugh but loves to make others laugh more. A former U.S. National Team member who was proud to represent my country, a World Champion, and a Florida Gator through and through.

“To all the other survivors, I stand with you and your bravery inspires me. To those who have chosen to remain private, you are not alone, we will get through this together. #MeToo.”

Baumann, 20, is at least the fifth member of the 2014 World team to come forward as a Nassar survivor, joining Simone BilesKyla RossMadison Kocian and Ashton Locklear. She moved to college gymnastics this year, competing as a freshman at the University of Florida. Overall, hundreds have come forward as Nassar survivors.

Baumann said she was abused by Nassar at every national team camp that she attended from 2013 through 2015 and at meets including the 2014 U.S. Championships and 2014 World Championships.

Nassar is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Asbel Kiprop, Olympic 1500m champ, banned 4 years

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Kenyan Asbel Kiprop, the 2008 Olympic 1500m champion and a three-time world champ, was banned four years after testing positive for EPO in November 2017, according to track and field’s doping watchdog organization.

The ban is backdated to Feb. 3, 2018, when the 29-year-old was provisionally suspended after the failed test.

Kiprop repeatedly denied doping since last May, when he first acknowledged the positive test. Most recently, a 3,000-word defense from his lawyer was posted on Kiprop’s Facebook page.

Kiprop’s defenses included saying he was a victim of extortion and that he was offered “a reward” of becoming an anti-doping ambassador if he admitted guilt. The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), the IAAF’s independent organization to monitor doping and corruption, denied the latter last May.

A disciplinary panel dismissed six defenses from exonerating him, including the possibility his sample was spiked, in handing out the four-year ban.

Kiprop, the pre-eminent 1500m runner of the last decade, can appeal the ban.

At 19, he finished second in the Beijing Olympic 1500m but was upgraded to gold a year later after Bahrain’s Rashid Ramzi failed a drug test. He is the youngest Olympic 1500m medalist of all time, according to the OlyMADMen.

Kiprop went on to earn three straight world titles in the 1500m in 2011, 2013 and 2015, matching the feats of retired legends Noureddine Morceli and Hicham El Guerrouj.

He struggled in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, finishing last in the London final with a hamstring injury and sixth in the Rio final won by American rival Matthew Centrowitz.

Kiprop has targeted El Guerrouj’s world record of 3:26:00, missing the mark by .69 of a second in 2015.

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Maggie Nichols is second woman in 20 years to repeat as NCAA all-around champ

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Oklahoma junior and world champion gymnast Maggie Nichols became the first woman to repeat as NCAA all-around champion in 12 years, returning from a heel injury to compete on all four events for the first time since January on Friday.

Nichols, a Rio Olympic hopeful before being beset by a torn meniscus in 2016, joined 2004 Olympic silver medalist Courtney Kupets as the only women to win back-to-back NCAA all-arounds in the 2000s.

A junior, Nichols can next year join Jenny Hansen as the only women to three-peat in NCAA history.

Oklahoma goes for a third team title in four years on Saturday night against UCLA (featuring Olympic champions Madison Kocian and Kyla Ross), LSU and Denver.

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NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships Individual Results
All-Around
1. Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma) — 39.7125
2. Lexy Ramler (Minnesota) — 39.6625
2. Kyla Ross (UCLA) — 39.6625
4. Sarah Finnegan (LSU) — 39.65
5. Kennedi Edney (LSU) — 39.6

Vault
1. Kennedi Edney (LSU) — 9.95
1. Derrian Gobourne (Auburn)
1. Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma)
1. Kyla Ross (UCLA)

Uneven Bars
1. Sarah Finnegan (LSU) — 9.95

Balance Beam
1. Natalie Wojcik (Michigan) — 9.95

Floor Exercise
1. Alicia Boren (Florida) — 9.95
1. Lynnzee Brown (Denver)
1. Brenna Dowell (Oklahoma)
1. Kyla Ross (UCLA)