Gymnastics http://kunc.org en As Cheerleading Injuries Rise, Doctors Call For Stricter Safety Rules http://kunc.org/post/cheerleading-injuries-rise-doctors-call-stricter-safety-rules Cheerleading seems, well, so cheery, it's hard to associate it with skull fracture, paralysis and death.<p>But cheering accounts for two-thirds of catastrophic injuries among high school girl athletes, a number that hasn't decreased despite repeated attempts to make the sport less dangerous.<p>The flips, pyramids, and tosses that make modern-day cheerleading so eyepopping mean it's also far more risky than the splits-on-the-sidelines version that parents remember. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 19:21:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 35397 at http://kunc.org As Cheerleading Injuries Rise, Doctors Call For Stricter Safety Rules Internet Surfers Have Fun With Gymnast's Scowl http://kunc.org/post/internet-surfers-have-fun-gymnasts-scowl U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney was disappointed when she took silver in the Olympic vault competition. A photographer snapped her wearing the medal around her neck and a big scowl on her face. That photo has now been Photoshopped on to all sorts of other pictures on the Internet. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 11:01:00 +0000 31819 at http://kunc.org U.S. Gymnast Raisman Wins Gold, Bronze Medals http://kunc.org/post/us-gymnast-raisman-wins-gold-bronze-medals Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.<p>The Fierce Five have finished their run at the London Summer Olympics. Fierce Five is the nickname given to America's whiz-kid female gymnasts - average age just a bit over 16. They started the Games by winning the most important gold medal, in the team event. They finished yesterday with their team captain finally getting a break that seemed elusive. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 09:24:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 31757 at http://kunc.org Aly Raisman Becomes First U.S. Woman To Win Olympic Gold In Floor Exercise http://kunc.org/post/aly-raisman-becomes-first-us-woman-win-olympic-gold-floor-exercise U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman has won the gold medal in the women's floor exercise at the London 2012 Games. Her powerful routine garnered a score of 15.600 — enough to beat the 15.200 of Romania's Catalina Ponor, who turned in a technically strong performance.<p>Russia's Aliya Mustafina took bronze, with 14.900. American Jordyn Wieber finished seventh, with a 14.500 score.<p>The gold medal is the first won by an American woman in the floor exercise, according to USA Gymnastics. Tue, 07 Aug 2012 17:23:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 31710 at http://kunc.org Aly Raisman Becomes First U.S. Woman To Win Olympic Gold In Floor Exercise If Gabby's Got The Gold, Why Flip Over Her Hair? http://kunc.org/post/if-gabbys-got-gold-why-flip-over-her-hair <em>Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old gymnast from Virginia Beach, Va., won another gold medal Thursday. The first was won with her team earlier this week. She was the only member of the team to perform in all four rotations. So, why are some black women obsessed with her hair? Writer Monique Fields has this perspective.</em><p>Never mind how she flies like a raven on the balance beam. Or flutters across the floor. Or soars on vault. Or swings on the uneven bars.<p>On Twitter and Facebook, black women shared their disapproval of Douglas' ponytail, the same hairstyle all of her teammates sported. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 22:39:00 +0000 31441 at http://kunc.org If Gabby's Got The Gold, Why Flip Over Her Hair?