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Top Figure Skaters Adam Rippon & Polina Edmunds Withdraw From Nationals After Injuries

Top Figure Skaters Adam Rippon & Polina Edmunds Withdraw From Nationals After Injuries

We’re so bummed that we won’t be seeing reigning men’s champion Adam Rippon, or women’s silver medalist Polina Edmunds at the 2017 US Figure Skating Championships this year.

The two top skaters have withdrawn from the competition after sustaining injuries. Adam actually broke his foot during a warm up session for practice.

“This injury is not career ending. it’s very low on the spectrum of severity of injuries people have come back from,” Adam wrote on Twitter in a note to his fans.

However, he’s preparing to “be off the ice for the next 8-12 weeks.” That also puts him out of the running for worlds.

Polina, who nabbed the silver medal at last year’s competition, also withdrew because of her injury — a bone bruise in her right foot that has kept her out all season.

“I’m disappointed that I will miss the 2017 U.S. Championships and wish all the athletes good luck in Kansas City,” she shared in a statement. “I will continue to focus on my health and look forward to a full return to ice.”

We’re sad that we won’t get to see what would’ve been amazing programs on the ice from Adam and Polina. JJJ wishes them well in their recovery.

Cheerleading Finally Gets Olympic Recognition

This is probably the best news JJJ‘s heard so far today — Cheerleading is finally being recognized as a sport by the IOC!

According to the New York Times, while the International Olympic Committee is recognizing cheerleading, that doesn’t mean that we’ll see actual competitions at the Olympics any time soon. Bummer!

However, the recognition means that cheerleading’s governing body, the International Cheer Union, will receive at least $25,000 every year and have the opportunity to apply for additional grants. Which is a major fete!

This period of recognition lasts for three years, and at any point during this time, IOC execs can vote to fully recognize the sport. After that, the ICU can petition to be included in the Games.

JJJ is pretty sure cheerleading has always been a sport though — have you seen the injuries they endure?! No pads people!

Olympic Swimmer Katie Ledecky Throws Out the First Pitch!

Olympic Swimmer Katie Ledecky Throws Out the First Pitch!

Katie Ledecky makes it look easy while throwing out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals game at Nationals Park on Wednesday (August 24) in Washington, D.C.

The 19-year-old Olympic swimmer gave her gold medals to right fielder Bryce Harper to hold.

“We kind of planned that when I got to the park today,” Katie said (via Washington Post. “I proposed that idea and I guess Bryce wanted to be the one that held them, so, it was pretty fun to get out there and have that moment and throw a strike.”


Katie Ledecky Throws Out First Pitch at Nationals Game

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Gymnast Simone Biles Breaks Record at P&G Gymnastics Championships 2016

Gymnast Simone Biles Breaks Record at P&G Gymnastics Championships 2016

Simone Biles wears her gold medal proudly after competing during day two of the 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships held at Chafitz Arena on Sunday (June 26) in St. Louis, MO.

The 19-year-old three-time defending U.S. all-around gymnastics champion won her fourth title, being the first to do so in 42 years, according to TeamUSA.org.

“OLYMPIC TRIALS BOUND !!!!” she later tweeted.

Fellow gymnasts Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Gabby Douglas, and Madison Kocian rounded out the top five.

Meanwhile, MyKayla Skinner, Maggie Musselman, Maggie Nichols, Ragan Smith, Emily Schild, and Emily Gaskins also competed.

35+ pics inside from the P&G Gymnastics ChampionshipsMore Here! »

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Zendaya & Josh Hutcherson Step Out for Kobe Bryant's Final Game

Zendaya & Josh Hutcherson Step Out for Kobe Bryant's Final Game

Zendaya keeps it cute while making her way inside the Staples Center for the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday evening (April 13) in Los Angeles.

The 19-year-old actress/singer was joined by a ton of other celebs, including Josh Hutcherson, The Weeknd, and Bella Hadid.

They all watched as Kobe Bryant played his final game during which he scored 60 points, leading the team to a victory.

“What a night…..,” Z tweeted.

FYI: Zendaya is wearing J Brand jeans.

25+ pics inside of Zendaya, Josh Hutcherson, and more at Kobe Bryant‘s last game… More Here! »

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Madison Pettis Unveils Winning Super Bowl 50 Shirt Design

Madison Pettis Unveils Winning Super Bowl 50 Shirt Design

Madison Pettis shows off the winning Super Bowl 50 shirt she designed!

The 17-year-old actress and NFL Juniors Apparel ambassador created five different shirts and fans voted for their favorite.

“The five sketches I designed were inspired by my personal style and my passion for football,” Madison said. “I was so excited to bring my vision to life with the help of the fans while giving them something special to wear to celebrate such a historic year for the NFL and the Super Bowl.”

Madison will be hosting an exclusive concert and meet & greet at NFL Shop presented by VISA with Kalin and Myles on January 31 in San Francisco, Calif. The first 50 fans that purchase NFL Juniors Apparel will receive a wristband for the concert and meet-and greet!

Fans can purchase the limited edition top at NFLshop.com, and at the NFL Shop at Super Bowl 50.

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Figure Skaters Ross Miner & Nathan Chen Continue to Compete in U.S. Figure Skating Championship 2016

Figure Skaters Ross Miner & Nathan Chen Continue to Compete in U.S. Figure Skating Championship 2016

Ross Miner takes the ice during the Men’s Free Skate at the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championship on Sunday (January 24) at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minn.

The 25-year-old skater competed against Nathan Chen, 16, who made history by landing four quadruple jumps, more than any American skater ever. Congrats to him!

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A couple days earlier, both Ross and Nathan both also impressed at the Men’s Short Program competition.

25+ pics inside of Ross Miner and Nathan Chen skating beautifully in the championship… More Here! »

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