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July 29, 2012 | By Diane Pucin, Tribune Olympic Bureau
LONDON -- As a team, the United States women's gymnasts are well ahead of the field so far after three of five qualifying subdivisions Saturday. That isn't a surprise. The mighty Chinese, the well-respected Russians and the onrushing Romanians are still to compete in the women's qualification event. But a major upset has already happened. Defending world champion Jordyn Wieber, expected to battle her American teammate Gabrielle Douglas for the Olympic all-around gold medal, won't have that chance.
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SPORTS
October 4, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Simone Biles and Kyla Ross gave the U.S. women's gymnastics team the top two places in the all-around competition Friday in the 2013 World Championships at Antwerp, Belgium. Biles scored 60.216, just ahead of the 59.332 by Ross, a 16-year-old from Aliso Viejo who was part of the U.S. Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnastics team at the 2012 Games in London. It's the third time in history the U.S. has won gold and silver all-around world championship medals. “It hasn't sunken in yet,” Biles said of being world all-around champion.
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SPORTS
October 13, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
The winner cried, astounded that her two mistakes on uneven bars and floor exercise didn't relegate her to second place. The loser cried too, after she finished her final event, floor exercise, with a routine that was done with some bent knees and maybe a turn that wasn't quite completed. The U.S. captured the second major women's gold medal awarded at the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo on Thursday when 16-year-old Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich., won the all-around gold medal by edging out 16-year-old Victoria Komova of Russia, who won silver.
SPORTS
August 18, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Senior-level newcomer Simone Biles eked out a national all-around gymnastics title while two women's locals who were members of the 2012 Olympic gold-medal team won two event finals this weekend. Biles, 16, edged out Aliso Viejo's 16-year-old Kyla Ross to win her first all-around title in Hartford, Conn. Newport Coast's Sam Mikulak, a University of Michigan junior, despite two falls on his last routine, the pommel horse, won the men's title. At only 4-feet-8, Biles put her stamp on the meet with a saucy floor exercise performance and edged out Ross with a score of 120.450 to 120.250.
SPORTS
July 2, 2012 | By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times
SAN JOSE - Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va., had earned the nickname "Flying Squirrel" because of her height-defying gymnastics skills. Sunday night she also gained another descriptive title. Olympian. Douglas earned the guaranteed Olympic women's gymnastics spot by winning the trials over reigning world champion Jordyn Wieber before a sold-out crowd at HP Pavilion. "All of this hard work has paid off," Douglas said. "I just can't wait to wear those red, white and blue stripes down my back.
SPORTS
August 1, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON - When Gabrielle Douglas is doing her best gymnastics - when she is swinging so fast around the uneven bars that she makes the air buzz, or when she tiptoes across the balance beam and you notice her smile because she makes a somersault seem so routine - other gymnasts seem to fade away. Douglas, a 16-year-old from Virginia Beach, Va., has the dazzling personality and outstanding skills to make other gymnasts disappear into the background. But just when it seems time to pronounce her the best or most talented gymnast, there will be a thud.
SPORTS
July 30, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON - Alexandra Raisman is a good teammate. And in her heart she knows she's a great gymnast. As this Olympic quadrennial has progressed, as 17-year-old Jordyn Wieber and 16-year-old Gabrielle Douglas won all of the competitions and grew to be the face of the gold-medal-favorite U.S. Olympic team, Raisman did what she always does: Perform competent and mostly mistake-free routines, followed up by a few words of encouragement for herself and...
SPORTS
July 29, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON - Happy tears, sad tears, so many tears for the U.S. women's gymnastics team Sunday. The women qualified first for Tuesday's team final, but that was the secondary news. Jordyn Wieber, the 17-year-old from DeWitt, Mich., who was the defending world all-around champion and a co-favorite for Olympic gold in that event with her teammate Gabrielle Douglas, made uncharacteristic mistakes on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise and was unable to qualify for the all-around final.
SPORTS
July 2, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Here come the medals. That should be the motto of the U.S. men's and women's Olympic gymnastics teams as the trials selection process has been completed. The women will be led by a pair of 16-year-olds, Gabrielle Douglas and Jordyn Wieber, and every member of the five-woman team except Kyla Ross, who was a year too young, contributed to the world championship team gold a year ago. The U.S. men finished less than a point behind silver medalist Japan at those worlds in Tokyo and only about two points behind world champion China.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2012 | By Scott Collins
Who's the most-clicked athlete at the London Games? Hint: It's not Michael Phelps. According to NBC, that honor belongs to Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old gymnast who has rocketed to Olympic stardom with two gold medals. Douglas has trounced swimmer Phelps in page views on NBCOlympics.com so far, with 18.3 million views compared with Phelps' 7 million. With six days remaining in the Games, NBC revealed that it has surpassed 1.1 billion page views so far, which nearly equals the total for the entire Beijing Olympics four years ago. The remainder of Olympians in the top 5 prove the allure of gymnastics for fans.
SPORTS
August 21, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
It's not often you get to mention Taylor Swift and McKayla Maroney in the same sentence. But you can do it more often now that they have one thing in common: They will both be on stage at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards next month. The U.S. women's gymnastics team (Maroney, Gabby Douglas, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber) won the women's team gold medal at the London Olympics and were announced as presenters for the Sept. 6 show. Swift will sing a song during the show.
SPORTS
August 8, 2012 | Diane Pucin
The finish to Alexandra Raisman's Olympics was so much more fabulous than the start. Raisman, an 18-year-old from Needham, Mass., who was often overlooked on this U.S. women's gymnastics team, did something no American woman has ever done. She won the Olympic gold medal in floor exercise. When Romanian Sandra Izbasa, the reigning Olympic floor champion, landed her last tumbling pass on her head and shoulder, Raisman could finally smile. Earlier Tuesday, Raisman had also won a bronze medal on the balance beam, but only after her coach protested her initial low score of 14.966.
SPORTS
August 7, 2012 | By John Cherwa
There are seemingly thousands of Olympics events each day. Here is what to look for on Tuesday: TRACK AND FIELD The women's 100-meter hurdles is the marquee event. Lolo Jones, Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells all advanced to the semifinal and could find themselves in the final later this evening. Other finals are the men's high jump, men's discus and men's 1,500. The second qualifying round of the women's 200 with Carmelita Jeter, Sanya Richards-Ross and Allyson Felix is also scheduled.
SPORTS
August 7, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON - There is her smile. Gabrielle Douglas can't keep her smile away, not when she's doing a complicated sequence of leaps and somersaults on the balance beam, not when she giggles and says she'd like to get an Acura NSX Roadster - "Just like the one in 'The Avengers'" - and especially not when she's collecting something else that shines. Those two new Olympic gold medals. Douglas, a 16-year-old from Virginia Beach, Va., who did not come from a life of privilege but from a background in which her single mother has struggled to pay the mortgage on a condominium, will leave London not only with her medals but with the opportunity to become a millionaire.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2012 | By Scott Collins
Who's the most-clicked athlete at the London Games? Hint: It's not Michael Phelps. According to NBC, that honor belongs to Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old gymnast who has rocketed to Olympic stardom with two gold medals. Douglas has trounced swimmer Phelps in page views on NBCOlympics.com so far, with 18.3 million views compared with Phelps' 7 million. With six days remaining in the Games, NBC revealed that it has surpassed 1.1 billion page views so far, which nearly equals the total for the entire Beijing Olympics four years ago. The remainder of Olympians in the top 5 prove the allure of gymnastics for fans.
SPORTS
August 6, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON -- It's not often Gabrielle Douglas competes in gymnastics and expects to lose. But Monday, the 16-year-old Douglas, who has already won the all-around and team gold medals, was a little slow with her swings, a little low with her pirouettes, and she finished eighth among the eight qualifiers in the uneven bars event final. Sam Mikulak, 19, of Newport Coast, finished fifth in the men's vault. Yang Hak Seon became the first Korean gymnast to win a gold medal when he triumphed in that event.
SPORTS
August 21, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
It's not often you get to mention Taylor Swift and McKayla Maroney in the same sentence. But you can do it more often now that they have one thing in common: They will both be on stage at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards next month. The U.S. women's gymnastics team (Maroney, Gabby Douglas, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber) won the women's team gold medal at the London Olympics and were announced as presenters for the Sept. 6 show. Swift will sing a song during the show.
SPORTS
August 4, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
LONDON - Olympic gymnastics event finals are a bit like a prom after-party. Now that the team and all-around competitions are over, it's time to relax and just have fun. After two days off, the gymnastics competition returns Sunday with three days of event finals. It's time to relax a little or even try new things. In 2008, American Jonathan Horton added an extra release move on his horizontal-bar routine and almost won gold. He wound up with silver - and is back in the final again, on Tuesday.
SPORTS
August 3, 2012 | Diane Pucin
The leader after one rotation of the Olympic gymnastics women's all-around competition? Gabrielle Douglas. After two rotations: Gabrielle Douglas. After three rotations: Gabrielle Douglas. And after four rotations -- the vault that requires precise strength, the uneven bars that ask for daredevil will and the desire to fly, the skinny balance beam that begs an athlete to fall off, the floor exercise that has a boundary that isn't always easy to respect -- the winner? Gabrielle Douglas.
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