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With a whirlwind of concerns surrounding Rio, athletes and families hope for the best.
Gwen Jorgensen enters the Rio Games as the most dominant, decorated athlete in her sport's history.
Many athletes without major sponsors must cobble together the money to pay for expenses, and financial stress can distract from the focus required to become an Olympian.
The 2012 gold medalist wants to justify the faith placed in her over others such as Little Canada's Maggie Nichols.
Simone Biles leads the five-person U.S. team. Little Canada's Maggie Nichols, despite finishing sixth in the all-around standings, did not make the team even as an alternate.
Like everyone else in the sport, Retton is captivated by Biles' ability to make the most difficult skills in gymnastics look effortless.
Even the stars who are virtual locks to make the U.S. gymnastics squad are nervous about team selections. The final events are Sunday evening.
Even when her training isn't going well, Gabby Douglas always seems to find her best form when it counts.
Little Canada's Maggie Nichols, showing her post-injury grit, ended the first night in 8th place. But not even the top participants were flawless.
Sometimes, inexperience can be a good thing.
Farriers have the arduous task of keeping horses comfortable on their feet and primed to race.
Passion for pole-vaulting, at great sacrifice, drives two Olympic hopefuls who competed for the University of Minnesota.
The defending Olympic gold medalist in the women's 100-meter backstroke graciously praised the victors and smiled after her seventh-place finish
The former Gopher swam the 100-meter backstroke in 52.28 seconds in Tuesday's finals at the U.S. Olympic trials.
Ryan Lochte started the trials at CenturyLink Center by pulling a groin muscle in his first race.
Rachel Bootsma is fired up about the Olympic trials while looking forward to what comes afterward.
The former Gophers swimmer is producing the best results of his career at age 30 as he pursues a spot in Rio.
The gymnast from Little Canada is just returning to competition.
The Lynx moved to 5-0 with a 74-71 victory over the Fever, a game that Minnesota led by as many as 24 yet only scored five points in the fourth quarter.
In April, Canterbury announced it was lowering its takeout—the amount of money it keeps from each wager to pay for purses and track expenses—to the lowest level of any track in the country.
Improved competition, higher purses mark fresh progress at Canterbury Park
Canterbury Park has lowered the share it keeps on bets at the track, and eager horseplayers are already excited what's to come during the 69-day meet that opens Friday night.
The defending WNBA champs routed Phoenix after enjoying ring ceremony.
Lynx players will get their championship rings and the banner will be raised before the season tips off with rival Phoenix.
Despite her jet lag, the veteran, just back from Europe, will start in the season opener.
Stillwater native Ben Blankenship is happy to be running near home, but has big goals in mind for Thursday night's race.
The first Summer Games in South America are facing concerns about the Zika virus, filthy water in boating venues, a severe economic recession and nationwide political unrest.
Head coach Geno Auriemma said four Lynx players on the team are "incredibly unselfish."
The core of the Lynx's championship team is expected to be in Rio.
Coach's focus shifts to a possible future with team he called "a good group."
Mikko Koivu's urgent Game 3 effort gave Wild teammates a needed emotional lift, something they'll have to repeat and then some Wednesday night against the Stars at the X.
His young Dallas teammates benefit from 132 playoff games of wisdom, along with a proven scoring knack.
Though they will be cheering for the Wild in an upscale St. Paul arena, some fans will be channeling memories of the North Stars and those raucous nights at the Met Center that made them fall in love with the NHL.
The Gophers guard is projected as a high first-round pick in Thursday's WNBA draft, and the Lynx won't make their first selection until early in the second round.
Bounced early at 2012 trials, the Chaska native fulfills dream by making Greco-Roman team for Rio.
"I wasn't at my best, by any means,'' he said. "But I'm learning. That's the biggest part.''
Joe Rau won a provisional spot on the U.S. team for the Rio Olympics.
Andy Bisek and Jordan Holm aim to advance; high schooler Mark Hall looks to pull an upset.
Rule changes led to a revival of a sport that briefly was cut from the Olympics.
The Waconia native, who moved last season from the bullpen to the starting rotation, is 3-2 with a team-high 38 strikeouts and an earned-run average of 3.90.
In her final season, she became the Gophers' career leading scorer, was chosen as the Big Ten player of the year and tied an NCAA record with a 60-point game at Northwestern.
Elk River's Blake Hillman nets game-winner, is chosen regional's MVP.
Wild fans didn't get a very long look at prospect Jordan Greenway in the NCAA West Regional.
The Pioneers, seeded second, scored twice in the first period and cruised.
St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko noted that in the changing landscape of college hockey, many players no longer stick around for four years — which made him all the more grateful for Ethan Prow and his classmates.
Butch Mousseaux was injured at the WCHA Final Five during warmups before the Ferris State-Michigan Tech game. It was reported that he fell, hitting his head on the ice.
When scoring became a problem, the Bulldogs focused on defense.
St. Cloud State landed the No. 2 overall seed and will play in St. Paul. Minnesota Duluth was sent east.
Needing a win to earn the Big Ten's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament, the Gophers lost 5-3 at Xcel Energy Center.
Trailing 1-0 to start the third, the Gophers roared back to defeat the Buckeyes 4-2 and earn a date with Michigan for the Big Ten title and automatic spot in the NCAA field.
Eric Schierhorn was the Big Ten's top goalie as a 20-year-old freshman for the Gophers.
Though disappointed by falling short of the main NCAA field, the Gophers open WNIT play Wednesday against Wisconsin-Milwaukee at home.
Rachel Banham will get another chance to play in front of a home crowd, as the Gophers open the Women's National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night.
Waceca's four-overtime thriller of a victory Thursday night has gained international attention.
Should the Gophers defeat Northwestern today, they will face No. 4 seed Indiana in Friday's quarterfinals. That gives them the chance to make a strong impression
Rachel Banham established Big Ten and program records for career points and broke the conference's 31-year-old single-season record for most points in Big Ten play.
Plenty of Gophers hockey faithful aren't buying what the new Big Ten hockey league is selling.
A day after a third-period meltdown, the Gophers rode a wave of persistence, energy and grit - and a slapshot from Hudson Fasching - to beat the Wolverines.
Michigan torched the Gophers for four goals in a span of 5 minutes, 18 seconds of the third period to take control of the series opener at Mariucci Arena.
With Rachel Banham on the bench after fouling out on senior night, sophomore Carlie Wagner became the hero in overtime against the Buckeyes.
The time will come for a talk with university officials, but for now, the 17-year Gophers hockey coach is focused on the series with Michigan.
The bitter North Stars/Blackhawks rivalry turned into a competitive but fun reunion for players and fans Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Over the past nine days, Rachel Banham has scored 127 points and carried the Gophers to three critical victories that have kept their NCAA tournament hopes afloat.
During a week when everyone wanted to talk about her 60-point performance against Northwestern, Rachel Banham nudged the conversation in a different direction.
Rachel Banham's follow-up to her 60-point performance was for 32 in an impressive rout of Nebraska as the Gophers broke the 100-point mark again.
As much as Rachel Banham enjoyed tying the NCAA single-game scoring mark, she reiterated this week that she didn't return for a fifth season to pile up records.
Caught up in a fierce game, Rachel Banham didn't realize she was about to tie a record that had stood for nearly 30 years.
After a poor North Star Cup, The Gophers won Big Ten regular-season and tourney titles in 2015.
As a senior, Shayne Mullaney didn't envision coming off the bench after starting 51 games in a row as a sophomore and junior. But her new role has made her a vital part of Minnesota's success.
Sunday's 3-2 loss to Mankato left the Gophers at 1-7 this season against other Minnesota teams."I couldn't feel more disappointed after this weekend, or more frustrated," said forward Justin Kloos.
Last week, the Gophers spoke at length about their desire to end a much-discussed 1-10 streak against in-state opponents. Now they're after losing a third-period lead.
Surging Gophers will play two of them this weekend.
Gophers forward Tommy Novak got hit in the head in the Badgers series.
The Gophers trailed last-place Illinoios by as many as 18 points before getting their game together with Rachel Banham's three-pointers sparking the comeback.
Rippon's creative flair has made him a popular skater, and his performance Sunday to a Beatles medley won the day's highest marks for artistry, which allowed him to overcome a shortcoming in his program.
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