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Feb 28

Former Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut sells Olympic medals

‘The Sparrow from Minsk’, now a US citizen, who dazzled audiences at Munich in 1972 reported to be ‘almost destitute’

Olga Korbut,a former Soviet gymnast whose performances dazzled the world at the 1972 Munich Games, has sold her Olympic medals and other memorabilia after apparently falling into financial difficulty.

The US auction house Heritage Auctions confirmed that 32 lots, including two gold medals and a silver from those Games, changed hands for $333,500 (£268,400) in an online sale at the weekend.

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Dec 27

Rio 2016: amid the politics Olympics were a kaleidoscopic fortnight of sport | Andy Bull

From Usain Bolt’s golden triumphs to a green pool and Michael Phelps’s herculean achievements, the Games were swept along by a crazy rhythm in Rio

On the seventh day of the Games, it seemed, for a brief, bewildering moment, as though a bomb had gone off in the Olympic Park. A thunderclap sounded around the aquatics stadium and echoed across the food court. No one fled. Instead everyone sped towards the scene. It turned out that Brazilian police had detonated a discarded rucksack – they later explained that it had contained a jacket and a pair of socks – and then opened the gates to the basketball arena, where Spain were about to play Nigeria. All those running people were just in a rush to take their seats. Otherwise, no one blinked because it was the third similar incident in a week. There had been another detonation during the men’s cycling road race and a third outside the Maracanã. That familiar phrase, “controlled explosion”, seems now to sum up the Rio Olympics.

Related: Simone Biles the bandleader of a US quintet that might never be bettered | Bryan Armen Graham

Related: Why is the Olympic diving pool green? The good news is it’s not urine

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Dec 16

Sport England boosts weightlifting, badminton, archery and wheelchair rugby

• Additional investment for four sports that lost Tokyo 2020 Olympic funding
• It comes as part of £88m package for grassroots sport

Sport England is planning to soften the blow for four sports that had their elite funding axed last week by providing additional investment to help them bring young talent through.

Related: UK Sport funding axe ‘catastrophic’ for badminton, says chief executive

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Oct 08

Max Whitlock, gymnast: ‘My earliest memory? Walking on my hands around the house’

The gymnast on his Olympic medals, the love of his life and never having a proper job

Born in Hemel Hempstead, Whitlock, 23, began training as a gymnast aged seven. In 2012, he won team and pommel horse bronze medals at the London Olympics. In 2015, he was pommel horse world champion. In Rio, he became a double Olympic champion on pommel and floor, and claimed the all-around bronze medal. He lives in Essex with his fiancee, Leah Hickton.

Related: Angus Deayton: ‘When did I last cry? England 1 Iceland 2’

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Sep 29

Obamas host Simone Biles and 2016 Olympians for White House visit

Event was also attended by relatives of Jesse Owens and America’s 17 other black athletes from the 1936 Olympics for the acknowledgement they did not receive

Gymnast Simone Biles stood tall at the White House on Thursday – though not quite as tall as first lady Michelle Obama.

The 19-year-old Olympian found herself being playfully used as an arm rest by 5ft 11in Michelle at a ceremony honouring the 2016 US summer Olympic and Paralympic teams.

There’s no kid in America​​ who can’t look at our Olympic team and see themselves somewhere

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Sep 14

Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor accused of sexually assaulting a former Olympian

Lawsuit alleges that Dr Larry Nassar ‘sexually groomed and proceeded to repeatedly sexually abuse, harass and molest’ her when gymnast was a minor

The former team doctor for USA Gymnastics has been accused of sexually assaulting two former gymnasts, including a medal-winning Olympian.

The Olympian, who is not being named, alleged in a civil lawsuit filed last week in California that Dr Larry G Nassar “systematically sexually groomed [her] and proceeded to repeatedly sexually abuse, harass and molest” from 1994 to 2000, when she was a minor.

Related: USA Gymnastics accused of failing to report sex abuse cases to police

Related: US Olympic committee will not investigate gymnastics ‘sexual abuse’

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Sep 01

Věra Čáslavská obituary

The greatest gymnast of her generation, winner of seven Olympic gold medals

When Simone Biles won four gold medals in Rio last month, she was the latest in a line of charismatic female gymnasts whose Olympic acrobatics have captured imaginations far beyond the world of sport. Nadia Comăneci (in 1976) and Olga Korbut (1972) are two famous examples. But Věra Čáslavská, who has died aged 74, was the first and the bravest.

Čáslavská’s seven Olympic golds, won in Tokyo in 1964 and Mexico City in 1968, included back-to-back golds as best all-round gymnast, an achievement matched only once in Olympic history. The second of these was won by a points margin unparalleled until Biles’s 2016 triumph – and marked the culmination of a four-year period in which Čáslavská won 19 individual gold medals at major international championships. She remains the only gymnast, male or female, to have won Olympic gold in every individual event. But what made her a global celebrity was not the number of her triumphs, but her character.

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Aug 30

Simone Biles’ longtime coach Aimee Boorman accepts new job in Florida

  • Boorman leaving gym owned by Biles’ parents for new position
  • Biles is taking hiatus before deciding whether to return to sport

Aimee Boorman, the longtime personal coach of Olympic champion Simone Biles, is walking away from the suburban Houston gym that both called home during their rise to international renown.

Related: Simone Biles the bandleader of a US quintet that might never be bettered | Bryan Armen Graham

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Aug 25

The Olympic medallist who balanced training with GCSE studies

Gymnast Amy Tinkler has collected her GCSE results just a day after returning from Rio where she won a bronze medal

Just one day after returning home from Rio to a hero’s welcome, bronze medal-winning gymnast Amy Tinkler collected her GCSE results from Durham high school for girls.

After all the excitement of the past few weeks, the 16-year-old – the youngest of Team GB’s medalists – decided not to face the cameras and instead got her results emailed to her at home.

Related: A*-C grades in dramatic decline as GCSE results are published

Related: Amy Tinkler shows no nerves as women seek Rio gymnastics medal

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Aug 22

Gabby Douglas vaults from Olympic team to Miss America judging panel

Gold medal-winning gymnast will judge 2017 pageant in Atlantic City next month after becoming one of only two US gymnasts to win back-to-back golds

You can catch Gabby Douglas on television again next month, though you won’t see her performing a routine on the uneven bars. Instead, the Olympic gold medalist will judge the 2017 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City next month.

“Miss America has been such an amazing event for so many years and I am excited to have the opportunity to judge the competition this year,” Douglas told USA Today in a statement on Monday. “The contestants are a great example of strong women across America and I especially look forward to hearing the platforms that each of them will represent!”

Related: Gabby Douglas’s lesson from the US national anthem outcry: conform or else | Dave Schilling

Related: The hounding of Gabby Douglas: an unworthy end for a great American champion

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Aug 22

Rio 2016: Guardian writers pick their favourite Olympic moments

From the brilliance of Michael Phelps, Simone Biles and the Fiji rugby team to a Ryan Lochte ‘sit-in’ and a selfie that reminded us all why the Games still matter

How do you pick just one moment? What about Wayde van Nierkerk’s world record lap of the track? The midnight showdown between Renaud Lavillenie and Thiago Braz da Silva in the pole vault? The police’s decision to terrify everyone in the Olympic park by exploding a rucksack containing a coat and a pair of socks just because they could? Almost every last little thing done by Simone Biles? If I really have to pick, the top three would be Michael Phelps’s final solo races. His revenge against Chad le Clos in the 200m butterfly, when he won back the title he lost at London 2012; his last showdown with Ryan Lochte in the 200m medley, when he beat an Olympic record set 2,000 years ago; and then his loss to Joseph Schooling in the 100m fly, when he finished in a three-way tie for second and finally seemed to find a kind of peace in defeat. Andy Bull

Related: Michael Phelps taught a lesson for once – by Joseph Schooling | Andy Bull

Related: Rio is ‘triathlon shangri-la’ for Team GB’s Brownlee brothers

Related: Simone Biles makes us rethink the ideal of perfection in sport | Anne McElvoy

Related: Kristin Armstrong beats wild weather to win Olympic cycling time trial gold

Related: ‘Rugby is our religion’: Fiji erupts in celebration of Olympic sevens gold

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Aug 22

Why Australia will struggle to produce an Olympic gymnast like Simone Biles | Penelope Blackmore

After yet another disappointing Olympic Games for Australia, it’s time for the Australian media to diversify its sporting interests

In a rather delightful turn of events, the American Olympic gymnast, Simone Biles, has recently become a sensation and almost-household name thanks to her jaw-dropping power, laser precision and pure dynamism. She’s certainly the best gymnast I’ve seen in my lifetime and is bound to be a history-maker and record-breaker.

It’s truly wonderful to see people coming together in awe of an athlete for whom no performance enhancing drug would add to her medal tally. Technique that money can’t buy and humility to match, what could be better? Any chef de mission will tell you that her results are the envy of Olympians worldwide.

Related: Simone Biles the bandleader of a US quintet that might never be bettered | Bryan Armen Graham

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Aug 20

Bolt’s Olympic farewell and Muhammad’s Olympic heartbreak: Rio 2016, day 14 – in pictures

From Usain Bolt’s last Olympic appearance to more medals for Team GB, here are our pick of the best images from day 14 of the Olympics

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Aug 18

Sport picture of the day: Back in the saddle for Rio gymnastics gala

Switzerland’s Donghua Li, a gold medallist on the pommel horse at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, performs during a gymnastics exhibition at Rio 2016

Video: Donghua wows Rio at 48

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Aug 18

48-year-old former Olympic champion wows Rio with pommel horse routine – video

The Atlanta 1996 pommel horse champion Donghua Li takes a crowd in Rio by surprise on Wednesday; walking into the arena faking a slight limp, the 48-year-old then hops on to the pommel to perform some of the moves that won him gold 20 years ago. Photograph: AP/Dmitri Lovetsky

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Aug 17

Biles, Kipyegon and McLeod win Olympic gold in Rio – video highlights

American gymnast Simone Biles wins her fourth gold medal of the 2016 Olympics in the women’s floor in Rio on Tuesday. On the track, Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon takes the gold medal in the women’s 1500m while Omar McLeod of Jamaica wins the men’s 110m hurdles final in a time of 13.05 seconds

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