Most of them happened off the courts and playing fields, when the competitions were over and the athletes were at their most human.
The agreement reached with U.S.A. Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee will compensate more than 500 girls and women abused in the sport.
The coronavirus pandemic still had an impact, but players and leagues had their moments.
The department said it was reviewing its initial decision to not seek charges against agents who failed to pursue sexual abuse allegations against Lawrence G. Nassar.
The Nasser case highlights a nationwide problem.
Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols are testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee review of the Lawrence G. Nassar sexual abuse investigation.
The University of Alaska Anchorage set specific goals for targeted teams to survive. Millions of dollars poured in, suggesting a template for schools hoping to keep programs afloat.
Biles was widely embraced as the latest elite athlete who had the courage to acknowledge her vulnerability.
Known primarily as an uneven bars specialist, Lee turned in a grace-under-pressure performance for the ages during Tuesday’s team final.
Biles and Sunisa Lee were the top two finishers in the all-around, and Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum will join them on the squad for the team event. Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner qualified as individual competitors.
Day 2 of the event on Sunday night in St. Louis will determine which American gymnasts will be among Simone Biles’s supporting cast at the Tokyo Games.
The Olympic team has a mix of personalities and experience.
Yes, Simone Biles is a lock to be one of the six American women heading to Tokyo next month, but there is also quite a bit of suspense at the trials in St. Louis.
Tevin Biles-Thomas was charged in the fatal shooting of three people at a New Year’s Eve party in 2018. This week, a judge said prosecutors had not presented enough evidence to convict him.
Changes in the sport, which is still struggling to recover from a sexual abuse scandal, were evident at a championship event in Texas.
Biles cruised to a record seventh U.S. title on Sunday. The team that will join her in Tokyo is starting to take shape, too.
The Olympic gold medalist’s new vault is so dangerous that gymnastics, for now, limits the scoring rewards for trying it. Biles says that’s unfair.
Kevin Mazeika has been accused of not reporting an injury at his Texas gym. He says the federation has damaged his reputation by adding him to a list of coaches facing misconduct allegations without explaining why.
In the wake of a seismic scandal, Chellsie Memmel and other gymnasts are done with inhumane coaching — and the idea that they have to peak in their teens.
The opening ceremony will be held July 23, with gymnastics, swimming and other sports beginning soon after.
As part of the deal, Athleta, the new sponsor, has agreed to back a post-Olympic exhibition tour that Biles was already planning.
Experts say the filing of human trafficking charges against John Geddert, who died on Thursday, could have major ramifications for future prosecutions of coaches in the high-pressure world of elite sports.
Coach John Geddert drove young gymnasts to the point of injury, then sent them to Lawrence G. Nassar, the doctor who abused them sexually. Geddert killed himself on Thursday in the face of criminal charges.
John Geddert died by suicide shortly after he was charged with two dozen counts, including human trafficking and criminal sexual conduct, Michigan prosecutors said.
Though an injury derailed her career, she proved that Black women could reach the pinnacle of the sport, winning the 1983 national championship.
Bijoya Das, a former gymnast with a deep relationship to dance, is training U.C.L.A. team members to let their personality light up the mat.
In her first public remarks since being suspended from the sport for eight years, Maggie Haney disputed accusations that led to her punishment but said she could now see flaws in the way she treated some young athletes.
The sport’s leaders say they want to end a bullying approach to coaching that has become a part of its culture, but athletes see reasons to doubt that commitment.
The coronavirus disrupted lives around the world and sent the gymnast Sunisa Lee, the swimmer Rudy Garcia-Tolson, the Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Lewis on unexpected journeys.
Sunisa Lee was afraid she was infected with the coronavirus. She emerged from isolation with renewed resilience and a brand-new outlook on training.
On Instagram and other social networks, gymnasts have tagged posts with #GymnastAlliance to share their own experiences in the wake of a new documentary that highlights verbal and physical abuse by coaches.
Terry Gray, who had been a coach for the U.S.A. Gymnastics women’s national team, was arrested on Friday, the police said.
Sunisa Lee had been ecstatic to return to her gym at the start of June. Then came tumult in Minnesota and the death of two close relatives. “I just want this year to be over. I’m so ready for 2021.”
The first American to win a world championship in men’s gymnastics, he captured many medals but missed out on his best chance to take Olympic gold.
A gymnastics coach in New York City was suspended after Sara Allan, who trained at a gym there, wrote about her experience on Facebook. She received an outpouring of similar complaints from other gymnasts.
Sunisa Lee, 17, had stellar showings at the national and world championships, and her sights on making the U.S. women’s Olympic team. Those plans are now up in the air.
When Maggie Haney, the prominent coach of an Olympian, was barred for eight years after being accused of emotional abuse, gymnasts saw an opening to press for other cases to go forward and to demand broader change.
A judge said prosecutors had failed to prove that Lou Anna K. Simon knew of sexual abuse committed by Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar when he was employed by the university.
Laurie Hernandez won medals at the 2016 Games. But she said her love of the sport was tainted under training with Maggie Haney, who is now suspended by the sport’s American federation.
Haney was accused of verbal abuse and mistreatment of athletes, which included forcing them to train through injuries.
Female gymnasts often compete at younger ages than their Olympic peers and have a far more concentrated opportunity at the top. Into that intense world dropped the coronavirus pandemic.
A handstand is all about reconnecting with the ground and trusting it in a new way, a white flag of surrender planted in the soil, hands first.