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In this Hang Up and Listen Olympics Extra, Josh Levin talks with writer Dvora Meyers about the U.S. women’s gymnastics team’s dominant win in the team all-around. Plus, David Epstein of ProPublica explains why elite female gymnasts are shrinking.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Michael Phelps won two gold medals on Tuesday night. He celebrated appropriately.
- The Olympic diving pool turned green from algae growth. “Ermm … what happened?!”
- Forty-one-year-old Hungarian fencer Géza Imre came so close to beating 20-year-old South Korean Sang-young Park in the men’s epee gold-medal bout.
- Follow Dvora Meyers on Twitter. Buy her book The End of the Perfect 10 and read an excerpt on how the Karolyis changed American gymnastics.
- In 2014, Meyers wrote in Slate that Simone Biles was the best gymnast in the world.
- Watch Meyers’ video on how gymnastics scoring works.
- In Slate, Ruth Graham wrote that “NBC’s usual anxiety-amping tricks were no match for the greatness of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team.”
- Read Slate’s Katy Waldman on the U.S. women’s leotards.
- Follow David Epstein on Twitter and buy his book The Sports Gene.
- Tiny gymnast Simone Biles posed back-to-back with hulking volleyball player David Lee.
- Josh’s Olympics Extra Vinicius: Bryan Curtis’ 2004 Slate post about how gymnastics commentator Tim Daggett is the Olympics spirit personified.
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