Excelle’s Athletes of the Week: Shiffrin makes history, Ross scores two Perfect 10’s

With plenty of women’s sports action going on around the globe, we would like to spotlight three female athletes for what they did in the last week. We decided to award our own gold, silver and bronze medals for Athletes of the Week. Gold: Mikaela Shiffrin (skiing) Mikaela Shiffrin made history at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships last week when she won her third straight...
Via Excelle Sports
3 days ago

WATCH: UCLA gymnast Kyla Ross scores perfect 10 on beam, her second of weekend

UCLA gymnast Kyla Ross had quite the President’s Day weekend. The Bruin freshman scored two perfect 10’s this weekend, the first coming against Utah on Saturday, when Ross scored a 10.0 on the uneven bars. On Monday, she capped off her great weekend by scoring another perfect 10 on the beam in the Bruins’ meet against Utah State and Bridgeport. Ross, who was a member of the...
Via Excelle Sports
6 days ago

WATCH: UCLA gymnast Kyla Ross scores a 9.9 on vault in Bruins’ meet against Utah State and Bridgeport

UCLA gymnast Kyla Ross continued her big freshman campaign for the Bruins on Monday. So far this season, Ross has been one of the top gymnasts in the country on the vault, averaging a 9.892 through six meets thus far in the 2017 season. In the Bruins’ meet against Utah State and Bridgeport on Monday, Ross bettered that average by opening up the meet with a great vault to fall just...
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6 days ago

Black Athletes and Hair: Gymnasts and the controversy caused by Gabby Douglas’ hairdo

My name is Adele and my hair is nappy-curly-straight. My afro has as many textures as the number of sports I’ve played: soccer, track and basketball. When I was a competitive athlete in high school, I wasn’t proud of my natural hair so I tried to hide it in different hairstyles. Looking back, I’ve realized that my hairstyles were often a product of convenience and my need...
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25 days ago

WATCH: UCLA freshman Kyla Ross grabs first career perfect 10

UCLA freshman Kyla Ross grabbed her first career perfect 10 on the uneven bars as the Bruins took on Oregon State on Saturday afternoon. Ross showed gorgeous lines and stuck her double layout dismount. She really shows off each of her handstands, which leaves no doubt for the judges when taking deductions. The 10.0 is the first in the country on the uneven bars this season. It is...
Via Excelle Sports
29 days ago

With Kocian, Ross and Wieber, UCLA continues to make history as hub for Olympic gymnasts

As Los Angeles prepares to make a bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, there’s a spot in the city that’s already becoming a top destination for Olympic gymnasts. It’s a college campus for some, but in gymnastics, UCLA is now the collegiate epicenter for five-ring talent outside the Summer Games. The six-time NCAA national championship program has long been considered one...
Via Excelle Sports
January 25, 2017

Aly Raisman Feels Empowered By Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Shoot

Gymnast Aly Raisman dazzled fans in her two Olympic Games appearances, but now we’ll get to see a different side of the three-time gold medalist. The 22-year-old will be appearing in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, an experience that she is quite proud of. “I loved the photo shoot. It was such an empowering feeling to be so confident and happy with the way I looked,...
January 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Aly Raisman calls sexy SI swimsuit shoot ‘empowering’

Hitting the balance beam in a leotard is nothing new for Aly Raisman, but rocking a two-piece for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue was uncharted territory for the confident Olympian. “I loved the photo shoot. It was such an empowering feeling to be so confident and happy with the way I looked,” Raisman told Yahoo....
Via New York Post
January 18, 2017

Aly Raisman, Simone Biles Inspire With Instagram Posts After SI Swimsuit Preview

Aly Raisman and Simone Biles have very important messages for their Instagram followers about their appearances in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit edition. The fellow United States Olympic gymnasts were revealed Tuesday as two of the women featured in 2017 SI Swimsuit when the magazine released a behind-the-scenes look at the athletes’ photo shoot. Raisman and Biles...
January 11, 2017  |  Discuss

Two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak headlines American Cup

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Two-time Olympic gymnast and four-time national champion Sam Mikulak headlines the field for the American Cup in Newark, New Jersey, on March 4. The nine-man, nine-woman invitational also includes Oleg Vernaiev of Ukraine, who captured gold on parallel bars and silver in the all-around competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Ryohei Kato, who won the 2016 American...
Via AP on Fox
January 11, 2017  |  Discuss

See pictures from Aly Raisman and Simone Biles' Sports Illustrated swimsuit debut

See pictures from Aly Raisman and Simone Biles' Sports Illustrated swimsuit debut           
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January 10, 2017

Aly Raisman, Simone Biles to appear in SI Swimsuit Issue

Gymnasts Aly Raisman and Simone Biles are two of the hottest sports celebrities out right now. As such, it makes sense that Sports Illustrated contacted them about appearing in this year’s Swimsuit Issue. The good news for everyone is that they accepted, and will be a part of it. The issue often features sports celebrities, so it seems this year will be no different. Swimsuit editor...
Via The Sports Daily
January 10, 2017  |  Discuss

Olympic champs Biles and Raisman posing in SI swimsuit issue

NEW YORK (AP) Olympic champion gymnasts Simone Biles and Aly Raisman are vaulting into a new arena: the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. The two stars - who combined for eight medals at the 2016 Olympics - posed at several spots in the Houston area not far from Biles' hometown of Spring, Texas for photographer James Macari. The 19-year-old Biles, who captured the Olympic all...
Via AP on Fox
January 10, 2017  |  Discuss

Simone Biles, Aly Raisman To Appear In 2017 SI Swimsuit; Watch Preview Video

Simone Biles and Aly Raisman should make easy transitions from leotards to swimsuits in 2017. Sports Illustrated announced Tuesday that the U.S. Olympic gymnastics heroes will appear in its 2017 SI Swimsuit. This year will mark Biles’ and Raisman’s first appearance in SI’s annual swimsuit issue. SI produced this preview video in which Biles and Raisman pose for photos. ...
January 10, 2017  |  Discuss

Simone Biles, Aly Raisman to appear in 2017 SI Swimsuit Issue

On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated announced USA gymnastics stars Simone Biles and Aly Raisman will be among the beautiful women who will be featured in the 2017 SI Swimsuit Issue. The two women are coming off of dominant performances in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Biles earned four gold medals at the Summer Games for the vault, floor exericise, team and all-around...
Via Campus Sports Net
January 10, 2017

Madison Kocian, Kyla Ross make history, help No. 4 UCLA past No. 17 Arkansas

Fourth-ranked UCLA opened up its season with a win over No. 17 Arkansas, 195.700 to 195.350. The Bruins came out strong on their opening two events, vault and uneven bars, but had some struggles on balance beam and floor exercise. Madison Kocian, who won silver on the uneven bars at the Olympics this summer, won the all-around in her collegiate debut with a 39.425. Making History...
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January 07, 2017

Former USA Gymnastics doctor faces new sexual assault lawsuit

A former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics physician is facing a 16th allegation of sexual assault. On Wednesday, a former Michigan State softball player became the 16th alleged victim to file a lawsuit against Dr. Larry Nassar, accusing him of sexually assaulting her under the guise of treatment after she arrived at the school in 1997, according to WILX News 10. The victim also...
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December 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: At least 368 gymnasts have alleged sexual exploitation in U.S. in last 20 years

In a disturbing report, the Indy Star-USA TODAY Network discovered that “at least” 368 gymnasts across the United States have alleged sexual exploitation by superiors in the sport, such as coaches, gym owners and adults working in gymnastics. The number is likely an undercount. The report is tough to read. It shows top officials at USA Gymnastics failed to alert police about...
Via The Comeback
December 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Aly Raisman dating Raiders TE Colton Underwood

We all remember when Raiders tight end Colton Underwood sent gymnast Aly Raisman a video asking her out on a date. Underwood congratulated her on winning one gold and two silver medals, and casually expressed his interest on taking her out. No one really thought much would come of it, and that it would end up being more of something for Underwood’s teammates to poke fun at him...
Via The Sports Daily
December 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Aly Raisman is dating the NFL tight end who asked her out over social media

Looks like Colton Underwood scored a perfect 10 with Aly Raisman. The free agent NFL tight end asked the Olympic gold medalist on a date over social media in August, and the two finally made their relationship public when they walked the red carpet together at the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Ceremony in Brooklyn. According to People magazine, the two have been...
December 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Aly Raisman is actually dating the NFLer she met on video

Aly Raisman and Colton Underwood certainly know how to make an entrance. Months after the NFL tight end asked the Olympics gymnastics star out via social media, the couple made their red carpet debut Monday at the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year ceremony in Brooklyn. Raisman confirmed to People she and Underwood have been dating since...
Via New York Post
December 13, 2016

Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas has a foolproof way of blocking out her haters

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas has found herself the target of "hurtful" internet criticism surrounding her perceived behavior during this summer's Rio Games.On Thursday, the 2012 Olympic all-around gymnastics champion struck back at her internet haters with this undeniable photo on her Instagram account:
Via FOX Sports
November 17, 2016

Photo: Gabby Douglas has amazing message for her haters

Throughout her time representing the United States as one of the stars of the Olympics gymnastics teams, three-time gold medalist Gabby Douglas has received plenty of unfair criticism. A lot of ugly, racist remarks were directed at Douglas over the course of the last few years, but it’s clear she’s not letting the trolls ruin her spirits. On Thursday afternoon, Douglas took to...
Via Campus Sports Net
November 17, 2016

Aly Raisman planning to compete at Tokyo Olympics

Aly Raisman has plans to continue building upon her storied Olympic career by competing at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. At 22, Raisman is considered old for a gymnast, but her three-medal performance in Rio has her convinced that she should continue her career. That’s what Raisman was saying at the end of the Rio Games, and that line of thinking continues. During an interview...
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 18, 2016  |  Discuss

‘Grandma’ Aly Raisman shows her love for the retiring David Ortiz

We already know how the “grandma” of elite American gymnasts, Needham native Aly Raisman, feels about her own expiration date, but now she’s showing age-defying love for another legendary Bay Stater. Raisman posted an Instagram on Tuesday sporting a shirt with the words “Retired Not Expired 2016,” in support of the David Ortiz Children’s Fund. In the caption...
September 29, 2016
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