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  • 30 Jan
    导出博客文章Fun fact of the day: Nine-time Olympic medalist Allyson Felixs favorite ice
    cream is Oatmeal Cookie Chunk.In a conversation with ESPNs Sage Steele at the
    espnW: Women + Sports Summit, the Team USA track star discussed her Olympic
    journey and experience at this summers Rio Games. Steele ended the session with
    a game of word association, asking Felix questions ranging from her favorite ice
    cream to her favorite hobby.Here are some of Felixs answers:Sage Steele:
    Favorite Ice Cream?Allyson Felix: Ben & Jerrys Oatmeal Cookie Chunk. I have
    a problem with snacking, I need to do better. Will (brother and agent) likes to
    call me a fat kid. He outed me in an article saying I have powdered donuts next
    to my bed.SS: Favorite color?AF: Blue, specifically Tiffany blue.SS: Favorite TV
    show?AF: Fresh Prince [of Bel Air]SS: Favorite movie?AF: Coming to AmericaSS:
    Favorite book?AF: The Bible. My faith is so important, so Im always going back
    to the Bible.SS: Favorite hobby?AF: BowlingSS: What are you most proud of?AF:
    Always having character?and integrity intact. In sports, you have to win. You do
    all these things to be successful. I may not have the fastest times, but I did
    it the right way. Thats important for me and for the future of the sport.Sean
    Hurd is a Digital Media Associate for ESPN. Follow him @seanahurd?
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    start travelling with the team in the next few weeks. Rose tore the meniscus in
    his right knee at Portland in November and was ruled out for the remainder of
    the season by the Bulls. RIO DE JANEIRO -- The nerves were there. Unmistakable.
    Unavoidable. Standing in the darkened tunnel before entering Rio Olympic Arena
    on Sunday night, the U.S. womens gymnastics team felt the pressure that comes
    not from outside expectations but those held within.Then the lights came on.And
    just like that, the young women in the glittery red-and-blue leotards national
    team coordinator Martha Karolyi has molded into a global force relaxed.And
    dominated.On bars. On beam. On vault and floor too. Their not-a-typo score of
    185.238 was nearly 10 points better than second-place China through four of the
    five subdivisions, a preposterous gap in a sport where the difference between
    first and second is measured in fractions.Its never 100 percent perfect but I
    think we showed that our gymnastics is of the highest level, Karolyi said.One no
    opponent is close to reaching. If the U.S. had swapped out its highest score on
    each event with its lowest, it would still be up by six points.Three-time world
    champion Simone Biles led the way. Her score of 62.366 was well clear of
    teammate Aly Raisman. So much for the butterflies in her stomach.I do a very
    good job at hiding it, Biles said. The team, we just calm it down.Consider it a
    luxury of being so far beyond the rest of the planet. All five women earned a
    spot in either the all-around or event finals, or in the case of Biles and
    Raisman, both.Raisman, a three-time Olympic medalist four years ago, grabbed the
    second spot in the individual all-around for the Americans by edging reigning
    Olympic champion Gabby Douglas thanks in part to what Raisman called the best
    bar routine of my life.Rules limit each country to two gymnasts per event in the
    all-around and event finals, meaning even though Douglas was third overall,
    shell miss out on a chance to defend the crown she won in London. Not that she
    was moping. When Raisman drilled her dismount on beam, Douglas rose from her
    chair and gave her a hug.A controversial selection to the five-woman team after
    a so-so performance at Olympic trials, Douglas validated Karolyis choice with
    steady performances all over, including a bars set that earned her a spot in the
    individual finals.She said `I believe in you, and you can go out and do it,
    Douglas said. At the end of the day that means so much ... beccause shes very
    precise.dddddddddddd It feels good.The top eight teams in qualifying move on to
    Tuesdays team final, where the U.S. is expected to repeat the gold it won easily
    in London and give it to Karolyi as a retirement present. Karolyi is stepping
    away after the games, though shes hardly in a hurry to get there. There are
    still a few more lessons to teach.My expectations are higher for you than anyone
    elses, she said. What Im trying to do is get the most out of every single
    person.No wonder Russian gymnastics star Aliya Mustafina figures everybody is
    playing for silver.Its going to be really difficult to compete against the
    American team, Mustafina said through a translator after the Russians survived a
    sometimes shaky qualifying session. They are unbeatable at the moment.China and
    Russia both struggled at times on Sunday, beset by mistakes they cant afford to
    make if they want to make the team finals anything more than a coronation. While
    each have their strengths, the truth is the U.S. has few weaknesses. The margin
    for error will be thinner in the three-up, three-count final. Yet after the U.S.
    went 16 for 16 during an occasionally showstopping 90 minutes, they hardly seem
    overburdened by the stakes.I think all of our hard work was just to show the
    world, said Madison Kocian, who put up the top score on uneven bars. I mean were
    10 points ahead.Something thats not supposed to happen.Good luck world. Its up
    to China, Russia, Great Britain, Brazil, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands to
    knock the Americans off their throne. How difficult will it be? Consider this:
    the margin between the U.S. and the Chinese on Sunday was greater than the
    margin between China and 12th-place Belgium.Romania failed to qualify for the
    Olympics as a team for the first time in more than 40 years but will have an
    event finalist after Catalina Ponor finished in the top eight on beam.
    Uzbekistans Oksana Chusovitina, competing in her record seventh Olympics,
    reached the vault final after finishing fifth in qualifying.The 41-year-old
    played coy when asked by her 17-year-old son Alisher if this is her last
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