Gymnastics

1:21pm

Mon October 22, 2012
Shots - Health News

As Cheerleading Injuries Rise, Doctors Call For Stricter Safety Rules

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 2:15 pm

Inglewood High School cheerleaders perform in front of the Space Shuttle Endeavour as it is transported through the streets of Inglewood and Los Angeles on October 13.
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Cheerleading seems, well, so cheery, it's hard to associate it with skull fracture, paralysis and death.

But cheering accounts for two-thirds of catastrophic injuries among high school girl athletes, a number that hasn't decreased despite repeated attempts to make the sport less dangerous.

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5:01am

Thu August 9, 2012
Sports

Internet Surfers Have Fun With Gymnast's Scowl

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 6:49 am

U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney was disappointed when she took silver in the Olympic vault competition. A photographer snapped her wearing the medal around her neck and a big scowl on her face. That photo has now been Photoshopped on to all sorts of other pictures on the Internet.

3:24am

Wed August 8, 2012
Sports

U.S. Gymnast Raisman Wins Gold, Bronze Medals

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 9:52 am

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The Fierce Five have finished their run at the London Summer Olympics. Fierce Five is the nickname given to America's whiz-kid female gymnasts - average age just a bit over 16. They started the Games by winning the most important gold medal, in the team event. They finished yesterday with their team captain finally getting a break that seemed elusive. From London, here's NPR's Tom Goldman.

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11:23am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Torch

Aly Raisman Becomes First U.S. Woman To Win Olympic Gold In Floor Exercise

Gymnast Aly Raisman became the first American woman to win a gold in the floor exercise, with her victory at the London 2012 Games.
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U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman has won the gold medal in the women's floor exercise at the London 2012 Games. Her powerful routine garnered a score of 15.600 — enough to beat the 15.200 of Romania's Catalina Ponor, who turned in a technically strong performance.

Russia's Aliya Mustafina took bronze, with 14.900. American Jordyn Wieber finished seventh, with a 14.500 score.

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4:39pm

Thu August 2, 2012
The Torch

If Gabby's Got The Gold, Why Flip Over Her Hair?

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 2:35 pm

Gabrielle Douglas performs Thursday on the beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around final. Some people are focusing on her hair rather than her skill.
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Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old gymnast from Virginia Beach, Va., won another gold medal Thursday. The first was won with her team earlier this week. She was the only member of the team to perform in all four rotations. So, why are some black women obsessed with her hair? Writer Monique Fields has this perspective.

Never mind how she flies like a raven on the balance beam. Or flutters across the floor. Or soars on vault. Or swings on the uneven bars.

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