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Final Five throw acrobatic first pitches, like McKayla Maroney, Dominique Moceanu

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Olympic gymnasts have been throwing ceremonial first pitches for years, but only recently have flips and cartwheels become part of the routine.

On Saturday, Final Five members Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian performed those acrobatics en route to their tosses to home plate at MLB games.

In July, Simone Biles did the same at a Houston Astros contest.

Heck, even Magnificent Seven team member Dominique Moceanu did so at a minor-league game in August.

The first time a U.S. Olympic gymnast flipped for a first pitch, and it went viral, was in 2014, when McKayla Maroney did so at a Chicago White Sox game.

The other four 2012 Olympic team members — Gabby DouglasAly RaismanJordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross — have thrown first pitches of the more traditional variety. As have Nastia LiukinShawn JohnsonCarly Patterson and Mary Lou Retton (Retton once threw one underhand).

Of everyone, Kocian appeared to enjoy herself the most.

Her love for the Rangers may have sparked in June 1997, when her father had to leave a game at The Ballpark in Arlington during the first weekend of interleague play in MLB history for Kocian’s birth.

On Saturday, Kocian said she preferred meeting Rangers All-Star Adrián Beltré — and receiving an autographed bat — to Beyoncé at the MTV Video Music Awards six days earlier.

“It was very fun meeting Beyoncé, she was very nice, and I’m happy that we got to present her a VMA,” Kocian said Saturday. “But I’m a very big Rangers fan, so Beltré giving me the bat was just the cherry on top.”

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Olympian Dominique Moceanu flipping through the first pitch ⚾️🏅 #magnificent7

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Yuna Kim named Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic honorary ambassador

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Retired Olympic champion figure skater Yuna Kim was named an honorary ambassador for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, the Winter Games’ organizing committee said Wednesday, according to South Korean reports.

Kim, who retired after following her 2010 Olympic gold with a silver in Sochi, was on the South Korean host’s bid team. She traveled to Durban, South Africa, for the International Olympic Committee vote in 2011, when Pyeongchang won the right to host the Winter Games over Munich and Annecy, France.

Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and ballerina Kang Sue-jin were previously named Pyeongchang 2018 ambassadors.

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