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USA Gymnastics Returns to Des Moines in 2022 (SportsTravel) Des Moines, Iowa, will host the 2002 USA Gymnastics Championships at the Iowa Events Center, using the venue’s main events center, Wells Fargo Arena and Hy-Vee Hall. The annual event serves as the national championships across the developmental and elite levels for USA Gymnastics’ acrobatic, rhythmic, and trampoline and tumbling disciplines.

Gymnasts urge Congress to remove U.S. Olympic committee's directors (AXIOS Sports) Four American gymnasts asked Congress to dissolve the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee board of directors on Wednesday over its handling of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal, per the Wall Street Journal. 

USOPC Think Tank: Combine NGB and NCAA Championships (SportsTravel)

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee College Sports Sustainability Think Tank has released seven recommendations to address college sports programs that have faced financial challenges, including a call to combine national governing body and NCAA championships in certain sports.

Simone Biles: I should have quit way before the Tokyo Olympics (AXIOS Sports) Simone Biles said she "should have quit way before" the Tokyo Olympic Games, per an interview with New York Magazine published Monday.

Locations Set for 2022 Nastia Liukin Cup Series (SportsTravel)

A total of 20 invitational meets comprising the 2022 Nastia Liukin Cup Series have been scheduled to feature some of the best USA Gymnastics Women’s Development Program Level 10 gymnasts from across the United States.

FBI apologizes to the U.S. gymnasts abused by Larry Nassar (AXIOS Sports)

FBI director Christopher Wray on Wednesday apologized to U.S. gymnasts abused by Olympic Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar for agency's mishandling of the investigation.

'We suffered and continue to suffer': Simone Biles, elite gymnasts blast FBI over failing to stop Larry Nassar abuse (USA TODAY)

Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles through tears blamed the FBI, USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee at a Senate panel Wednesday for allowing disgraced former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar to abuse dozens of women and children. 

As pandemic forces schools to cut sports, USOPC tries to reverse those trends (SportsTravel)

When the United States men’s gymnastics team that had been selected for the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo was announced, one thing stood out about the five-man group: Each was a college gymnast.

Star gymnasts to testify on FBI failures in Larry Nassar investigation (AXIOS Sports)

Elite gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols will testify on the FBI's handling of the Larry Nassar investigation before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.

USA Gymnastics' $425M Proposed Settlement with Abuse Survivors (Front Office Sports)

USA Gymnastics and a committee representing survivors of those abused by Larry Nassar have reached a proposed settlement that will see the governing body dole out $425 million to approximately 500 gymnasts.

Nassar, the former team doctor of the U.S. gymnastics team, sexually abused hundreds of girls and women, including Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, and Aly Raisman. In 2017, he pleaded guilty in a Michigan court to sexually abusing 10 minors and is serving up to 175 years in prison.

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Simone Biles To Release Her First NFT Collection Tuesday, Cashing In On Booming Market (Forbes SportsMoney)

Simone Biles, arguably the greatest gymnast of all time, will release her first non-fungible token (NFT) collection on Tuesday via Autograph, the NFT platform co-founded by legendary quarterback Tom Brady.

Biles vacuums up Olympics attention on social media (AXIOS Sports) Simone Biles was a singular presence on social media during the Olympics, with her Instagram account generating more interactions than the next six Americans combined, according to data from CrowdTangle.

Exclusive poll: Americans care about Olympians' mental health (AXIOS Sports) A majority of Americans — especially women and Black Americans — support gymnast Simone Biles in her decision to withdraw from some of the Tokyo competitions to protect her mental health, our latest Axios/Momentive Olympics poll found.

After Simone Biles’ Olympic Withdrawals, Polling Points to Widespread Respect for Athletes’ Mental Health (Morning Consult Sports)
  • 54% of U.S. adults said today’s professional and Olympic athletes face more pressure than those in previous eras.

  • 2 in 3 U.S. adults say they supported the gymnast removing herself from competition for mental health reasons.

  • 68% of respondents viewed Biles as “strong” despite her decision not to compete in team and individual all-around competitions, compared to 13% who characterized her as “weak.”

Simone Biles' exit brings global attention to mental health (AXIOS Sports) Simone Biles' withdrawal from Olympics gymnastics events generated significant public interest in mental health, according to exclusive data from NewsWhip

Simone Biles: The greatest of all time, both on and off the mat (AXIOS Sports)

Simone Biles has not had the Olympics she or anyone else expected.

The big picture: She pulled out of the team event, the individual all-around and three events finals to prioritize her mental health. Despite the setback, however, she got back on the beam on Tuesday and won bronze. She continues to be lauded as the greatest of all time, showing her courage on and off the mat.

Simone Biles reacts to "love and support" over Olympics decision (AXIOS Sports) Simone Biles tweeted her thanks Wednesday for the support she's received after pulling out of two Olympic gymnastics events to focus on her mental health.

Simone Biles lauded for "bravery in prioritizing" mental wellness (AXIOS Sports) Olympic champion Simone Biles is receiving widespread praise for putting "mental wellness over all else" after withdrawing from the U.S. women's team finals and the upcoming all-around final at the Tokyo Games this week.

Female Olympians push back against double standard in uniforms (AXIOS Sports)

Female Olympians in Tokyo are rejecting the uniforms that have long defined their sports, highlighting a double standard that exists how women dress in competition vs. men.

Driving the news: During their qualifying round Sunday, Germany's women's gymnastics team wore full-length unitards, eschewing the conventional leg-barring leotards worn by most female gymnasts.

Simone Biles pulls out of team finals to focus on mental health (AXIOS Sports) The latest: "At the end of the day, I have to do what's right for me and focus on my mental health, and not jeopardize my health and well-being," Biles told reporters in Tokyo. "That's why I decided to kind of take a step back and let them do their work, and they did it."

Costa Rican gymnast pays tribute to Black Lives Matter in Olympic routine (AXIOS Sports) Why it matters: Alvarado is the first gymnast to compete for Costa Rica at the Olympics. Her historic demonstration is the "first of its kind on an international stage in elite gymnastics," per NBC Olympics.

Olympic gymnastics, explained (AXIOS Sports)

Gymnastics is one of the most popular Olympic sports. But unlike swimming (finish first!) or basketball (score more points!), it can be complex and difficult to follow.

How it works: There are seven individual events for men and five for women.

Men: Floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar, individual all-around.

Women: Floor exercise, vault, uneven bars, balance beam, individual all-around.

Axios at the Olympics: Getting set for men's gymnastics (AXIOS Sports)

TOKYO – The men's gymnastics team final kicks off shortly, so here's a quick guide to help get you started, whether you are watching live or waiting for NBC to show it later tonight.

Why it matters: The U.S. is among eight countries going for the gold today. Other competitors are China, Japan, Ukraine, Switzerland, Great Britain, Germany and athletes from Russia.

Biles and others propel Black participation in gymnastics (AXIOS Sports) The big picture: Women of color make up half of the members of Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics.and more than half of the 18 women asked to come to the Olympic trials in St. Louis last month were women of color, according to the Associated Press. 

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