The bespectacled 18-year-old is such an inspiration for young American gymnasts that some dress up in leotards and her trademark glasses for Halloween. In Lima, Peru, at the Pan American Games, Hurd contributed to the U.S. team’s gold medal, though she didn’t advance to the all-around and individual finals. Growing up, Hurd“stuck out like a sore thumb” as one of the few competitors with glasses. “I know there are a lot of parents out there telling their kids, ‘You can’t do gymnastics or any sport really with your glasses, you need get contacts,’” she said. “But contacts aren’t … for everyone.”
Chad le Clos
The South African swimmer is facing possible groin surgery. Le Clos, who beat Michael Phelps at the 2012 London Olympics to earn gold in the 200-meter butterfly, won bronze in the same event at the world championships last week in Gwangju, South Korea, where he also was third in the 100 butterfly. “It was such a tough week for me all around,” Le Clos said. He will meet with doctors Friday. He first injured his groin in 2009 and has not been able to fully heal it, citing the injury as one reason he switched from breaststroke to butterfly. “I was never able to swim breaststroke again,” he said.
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