Simone Biles says, "Don't sit on the sidelines", Russia focused on European Championships as Spain announces withdrawal
Simone Biles wants you to vote.
That’s the message she delivered in an Instagram Reels post for Glamour magazine this week, joining other superstar athletes including Billie Jean King and Lindsey Vonn.
“Each and everyone of you should vote,” Biles says. “As an African American and a woman, we didn’t always have this right. Don’t sit on the sidelines.”
“Vote!” the video ends in unison. Though Biles has made use of massive social media followings to elevate voices in the run-up to the 3 November U.S. Presidential Election, the video marks perhaps the most explicit activism for the 30-time World and Olympic artistic gymnastics medallist.
"Basic human rights should NEVER be up for discussion. Get out and vote early or send in your absentee ballot. Our future depends on it.” - Morgan Hurd
The withdrawals from December’s European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan continue with Spain announcing this week they would join Great Britain, Germany and others in sitting out the event.
One country focused on taking part is Russia and they are taking steps, including keeping their top athletes out of the upcoming Russian Championships.
Russian national team coach Valentina Rodionenko told Tass she was concerned that athletes might contract coronavirus while travelling from their training base in Moscow to Penza for the event.
"If taken ill, they will run the risk of missing the European Championships. Preparations for the Olympics would be seriously affected too."
Russia’s top athletes are, however, planning to participate in a Friendship and Solidarity competition on 8 November in Tokyo.
In case you missed it, here's some of the recent artistic gymnastics coverage right here on OlympicChannel.com.
On the women’s side, Larisa Latynina came to those Games having won back-to-back titles in the all-around in 1956 and 1960.
"It was really tough at first,” said Hernandez. “It's not like it was a taboo subject or that I had ignored it. However, still having to pull it apart at a time where mentally, I want to be the strongest I could be, especially during an Olympic year and peak at a certain time, to have something like that opened up was really difficult, and it made training pretty harsh.”
Our weekly dig through the Olympic archives for a routine requested by you - the readers! - brings us to Alexei Nemov's stunning and stylish compulsory floor exercise routine from the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games.
Russian Nemov, who won two golds in Atlanta and two at Sydney 2000, took bronze in the floor final in 1996.
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