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October 22, 2004 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Paul Hamm, newly affirmed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport as the Athens Olympic all-around gymnastics gold medalist, remains at odds with U.S. gymnastics officials over their handling of his case, another crack in the fractured relationship between the sport's governing body and a prominent athlete whose feats fill its coffers. Hamm said Thursday "there could have been more done" by USA Gymnastics to fight a challenge from South Korea's Olympic Committee on behalf of Yang Tae Young.
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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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January 13, 2005 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Bob Colarossi, who guided USA Gymnastics to unprecedented athletic success but was criticized by Olympic all-around gold medalist Paul Hamm for not doing more to fight the South Korean delegation's challenge to Hamm's victory at Athens, said Wednesday he would leave at the end of March to work for Los Angeles-based AEG. Colarossi, 45, had been president and chief executive of USA Gymnastics since 1998.
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April 24, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Since she won four medals at the 2008 Olympics, including a gold in the balance beam, Shawn Johnson has retired from her sport, written a book, won the mirror ball trophy on "Dancing With the Stars," torn up her knee while skiing and had reconstructive surgery. Oh, yeah, and she's doing gymnastics again. Johnson, 20, who came to the Beijing Games as defending world all-around champion and Olympic favorite, accepted her silver all-around medal, one rung below American teammate Nastia Liukin, with both a smile and tears.
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May 20, 1995 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even though there were parents watching, they weren't really seeing, not that it seemed to matter to Joseph Fountain either way. In his two gyms in Maryland, as parents observed their daughters in gymnastics practice, Fountain was consumed with his own performance. Discreetly, he would slip his hand underneath the leotard of a 7-year-old girl. Or greet a 4-year-old on the other side of a crawl tunnel by pulling back his shorts and exposing himself.
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September 8, 1995 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The reporters have been circling, showing up at events and gyms where they are not welcome. Since the publication of Joan Ryan's expose on gymnastics, "Little Girls in Pretty Boxes," the hot topics in the sport are the problems of eating disorders and abusive coaches, not Shannon Miller's new floor exercise routine. A crew from CBS' "60 Minutes" was at the U.S. National Championships in New Orleans last month, but USA Gymnastics, which governs the sport in this country, wouldn't let it in.
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August 14, 2007 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
WAVERLY, Texas -- About 20 gymnasts arrive at a secluded ranch where they are enthusiastically greeted by three dogs as well as a bearhug from Bela Karolyi. The girls and their coaches are then guided toward a metal building filled with chalk dust and vaults, tumbling mats and the welcoming presence of Karolyi's wife, Martha. Everyone is smiling, exchanging cheek kisses and information until practice starts. Then Bela disappears. Martha speaks in a whisper, but she is clearly in charge.
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December 5, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN
Jamie Dantzscher could be bitter. She could be angry or hurt or depressed. She could have discarded her sport in disgust and refused to talk about the 2000 Olympics again. But she isn't bitter. She is an Olympian. That's important. Even better, her father John, who was willing to move his family from Palmdale to San Dimas so Jamie could get the best coaching possible, was at the Arrowhead Pond on Monday night.
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July 1, 2001 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gymnastics officials had safety in mind when they redesigned the vaulting horse to make it wider and give athletes a feeling of security, especially when they're doing difficult maneuvers. In its first use at a U.S. competition, the new vaulting table--nicknamed "The Tongue" for its curved shape--won universal raves Saturday at the annual GymJam event and inspired thoughts of unlimited possibilities.
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June 19, 1996 | Associated Press
Injured gymnasts Shannon Miller and Dominique Moceanu will be allowed to try to make the Olympic team without competing at next week's trials, USA Gymnastics ruled Tuesday. Miller and Moceanu, winners of the last two national titles, each petitioned to skip the trials because of physical problems made worse by competing at the nationals. Miller, 19, has an ongoing problem with her left wrist. Moceanu, 14, has a four-inch stress fracture in her right leg.
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November 16, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Tiger Woods won't be starting his 2012 season at Torrey Pines. Instead of his traditional PGA Tour start in San Diego, Woods has agreed to play in a tournament in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Woods will play in the Jan. 26-29 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship along with current No. 1 Luke Donald and defending champion Martin Kaymer , Abu Dhabi organizers said Wednesday. The move is somewhat surprising for Woods, taking appearance money for the European Tour event instead of playing what he considers one of his favorite PGA Tour courses.
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August 16, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
It was at the 2007 USA gymnastics championships where Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson marked themselves as rivals on the same team, as the two women most likely to star for the U.S. at the 2008 Olympics. A similar battle might be expected this week at the 2011 USA nationals, which begin Wednesday in St. Paul, Minn. Although Johnson and two other 2008 Olympians, Alicia Sacramone and Chellsie Memmel, are back in the competitive mix, it's possible a similar American one-two punch could be on its way between 18-year-old Rebecca Bross and 16-year-old Jordyn Wieber.
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April 10, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
George Nissen, who as a teenage gymnast was inspired to invent the modern trampoline after watching trapeze artists bounce off a safety net, has died. He was 96. Nissen died Wednesday of complications from pneumonia at UC San Diego Thornton Hospital in La Jolla, said his daughter Dagmar. He "was a true sports pioneer," Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics, the sport's national governing body, said in a statement. "His vision, innovations and passion sowed the seeds for trampoline's worldwide popularity."
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June 20, 2008 | Helene Elliott
PHILADELPHIA -- If Paul Hamm were a swimmer, his Beijing Olympic hopes would have gone under when he broke a bone in his right hand last month. If track and field were his sport, he wouldn't get to the starting line in August. But because the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials are not the lone factor in determining the Beijing squad, Hamm's quest for a second successive all-around gold medal is alive -- and that's good for him and the men's team.
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August 20, 2007 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
SAN JOSE -- Alicia Sacramone has six holes in her ear, a little show of bravado by a grown-up girl on a team of youngsters. Sacramone, 19, heard whispers last summer when she announced she would attend Brown University and compete as a collegiate gymnast where the routines are watered down and dorm living is likely to cause the "freshman 15" weight gain that comes from eating at campus grills and burrito stands.
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August 14, 2007 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
WAVERLY, Texas -- About 20 gymnasts arrive at a secluded ranch where they are enthusiastically greeted by three dogs as well as a bearhug from Bela Karolyi. The girls and their coaches are then guided toward a metal building filled with chalk dust and vaults, tumbling mats and the welcoming presence of Karolyi's wife, Martha. Everyone is smiling, exchanging cheek kisses and information until practice starts. Then Bela disappears. Martha speaks in a whisper, but she is clearly in charge.
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April 10, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
George Nissen, who as a teenage gymnast was inspired to invent the modern trampoline after watching trapeze artists bounce off a safety net, has died. He was 96. Nissen died Wednesday of complications from pneumonia at UC San Diego Thornton Hospital in La Jolla, said his daughter Dagmar. He "was a true sports pioneer," Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics, the sport's national governing body, said in a statement. "His vision, innovations and passion sowed the seeds for trampoline's worldwide popularity."
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January 26, 1997 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So this is how and when Olympic gymnasts celebrate Halloween: Rent a big room on Super Bowl Eve, dress up in hokey costumes, dance to loud rock music, give away bags of free candy and draw up an invitation list that snubs last summer's most popular girl.
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January 13, 2005 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Bob Colarossi, who guided USA Gymnastics to unprecedented athletic success but was criticized by Olympic all-around gold medalist Paul Hamm for not doing more to fight the South Korean delegation's challenge to Hamm's victory at Athens, said Wednesday he would leave at the end of March to work for Los Angeles-based AEG. Colarossi, 45, had been president and chief executive of USA Gymnastics since 1998.
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