Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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U.S. gymnasts shielded

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The coaches of the U.S. women's gymnastics team have been trying to shield the gymnasts from the controversy that shrouds their sport after a report detailing USA Gymnastics' failure to confront sexual abuse by predatory coaches at the grass roots level.

"They don't need any distractions right now," said Aimee Boorman, coach of three-time world all-around champion Simone Biles and head coach of the U.S. women's team.

Instead, Boorman and U.S. national team director Martha Karolyi continually remind the gymnasts that they're prepared.

"We just talk about everything being normal," Boorman said after Thursday's training session. "My job right now is to keep them focused on what they've been doing and keep them in a positive frame of mind."

On Friday, U.S. Olympic Committee chief executive Scott Blackmun characterized as "horrific" the report by the Indianapolis Star of sexual abuse at the grass roots level of women's gymnastics that included molestation, inappropriate touching and secret videotaping of naked underaged gymnasts. He said the USOC didn't plan an investigation.

First doping positive: The Greek Olympic committee announced the first positive doping test of the Games. A member of the team failed a doping test in July in Athens and had left the Olympic Village, the committee said. No name or sport was given.

Tweet of the day: A reporter for Britain's Sky Sports said on Twitter that he had heard that a kayaker might have capsized after hitting a submerged sofa. There were no updates. It has already been a rough Olympic start for the kayakers. On Thursday, all canoe/kayak training sessions at Whitewater Stadium were canceled due to a malfunction of the power supply to the pumping station.

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