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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Sophina DeJesus wont be on the floor when Olympic gymnastics begins this weekend. Sale Air Max 90 . Her career likely ended in April when she wrapped up her senior year at UCLA by helping the Bruins to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA championships.And DeJesus is OK with that. Spend the better part of your life in a gym and eventually you get to the point where its time to move on.Besides, the 21-year-old managed to do something this spring the three-time world champion Simone Biles, reigning Olympic champion Gabby Douglas and the rest of Team USA that plans to crash the medal stand in Rio over the next two weeks has yet to accomplish, at least not yet:She went viral.In a sport that largely only enters the public consciousness for two weeks every four years -- and even less frequently at the college level, where interest can be fervent if not widespread -- DeJesus launched a 90-second remix of an old favorite on Feb. 5 in a dual meet against Utah.On the judges sheet, DeJesus floor routine that night looked just like most others. Three tumbling passes. A series of smaller elements scattered in between. All the necessary requirements designed to post a big score.In practice, however, it was something else entirely. Portions of her curly hair dyed blue, the former child hip-hop dancer unleashed a series of moves ripped straight from MTV, (at least the part of MTV that still shows videos).She whipped. She nae naed. She saluted. She dabbed.It was, as the kids might say, lit.And the crowd -- not to mention the teammates that mobbed her before her score of 9.925 was even posted -- completely lost it. The internet did, too. A few million YouTube views later (currently 14 million-plus and counting), DeJesus found herself on a couch chatting up Ellen DeGeneres and trying to explain how she took her floor routine and put it on fleek.This was my last year, DeJesus said. I need to end this year with a bang. I wanted to do these cool dance moves and hope everyone can go along with me.So UCLA coach Valorie Kondos Field let her do just that, working with DeJesus to put together a set that highlights DeJesus unique charisma.It was `Lets just feel all the latest dance crazes and mashem together, Kondos Field said. You come to me with something and Ill craft your routine and Ill make it gymnastics respectable.While not as technically demanding as routines done at the elite level -- where gymnasts are required to do four tumbling passes instead of three -- it also created some serious buzz. Kondos Field believes the immediate visceral response came with an underlying message: perhaps its time for occasionally staid International Gymnastics Federation code of points to live a little.We want to respect the sport but where I think the international scene could loosen up a bit is to make the routine, give them a theme, make them more entertaining, Kondos Field said.Kondos Field isnt suggesting girls start breakdancing on the balance beam, but while tumbling runs have evolved over the decades -- watch Biles and U.S. teammate Aly Raisman regularly test the laws of physics in Rio -- the music and the dance at times might as well be stuck in a time warp.Kyla Ross, who won gold as part of the Fierce Five that stormed the podium in London four years ago, competed that year with a floor routine set to Phantom of the Opera, her neck nearly spasming as she constantly (and dramatically) lifted her chin more than a half-dozen times. She laughs at the memory, knowing her routine will look far different when she joins Kondos Field at UCLA in the fall.I want to show a different side of me, thatll be fun, Ross said. I want to do something thats going to be remembered.While gymnastics is typically one of the most watched events at the Olympics, it retreats to its popular if small place in the sports world once the flame goes out. Its telling that DeJesus hopped on Ellen before Biles, who didnt get an invite until she racked up 15 world championship medals. Theres a lot of noise out there in sports. DeJesus found a way to cut through the clutter.The majority of the people that viewed it werent just die hard gymnastics fans, Kondos Field said. They were just people on social media and want to see something fun and cool and hip. It went viral because of the six different dance moves that are relatable to the lay person.Biles, at one time a UCLA commit before opting to turn professional last summer, has a pretty good idea of what would happen if she approached U.S. national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and suggested trying to incorporate DeJesus choreography into her routine.I think Marthas jaw would drop, Biles said with a laugh.Probably. And while members of Team USA universally support the artistic freedom college gymnastics provides, theyre not quite so sure how it would go over at the international level.I think theres a difference between college and real FIG gymnastics, said Douglas. I dont know. You would kind of lose the elegance and I dont know, the spice. You would kind of get `club if you did that on the floor.Douglas pointed out her own attempt to do The Dougie while goofing around after she won gold in London. Four years later social media is still giving her a hard time about it.I feel that dancing would be tiring, too, she said. We have four passes, four difficult passes and they have three. I feel like we would be sloppy.It would also put the FIG, judges and coaches in a difficult spot. Its one thing to teach an American gymnast how to whip. Its another to do the same in a place not as attuned to western culture.Kittia Carpenter, Douglas former coach and a longtime judge, imagines FIG officials trying to score DeJesus routine running into trouble while putting pen to paper.They might be scratching their heads and wondering what to do, Carpenter said. Theyd be like, `What do we do with that?The envelope is being pushed at the Olympic level, if in a slightly less in your face way. Laurie Hernandez and coach Maggie Haney collaborated to put together a floor routine that includes plenty of preening and posing. Biles electric smile, effortless talent and come follow me choreography -- set to Brazilian-style music in a nod to the host country -- make her unmissable.If theres one gymnast who can take the seeds being planted at the college level and elevate it, it may be Biles.Shes got the personality, Kondos Field said. Shes got a really great balance of respect for Martha and respect for her coach and respect for the world of gymnastics while she certainly is doing it her way. Theres never been someone that has as much fun on the international floor as she does. Cheap Air Max 90 2018 . LOUIS -- Heading into the final stretch of the season, the issues for the Chicago Bears banged-up defence only seem to be getting worse. Womens Air Max 2018 Shoe . Peter Gammons, an analyst for Major League Baseballs network and website, drew the ire of hockey fans on Sunday when he criticized the two NHL teams on Twitter for their physical game the night before. http://www.airmax90china.com/ . The scientists believe the small earthquake during a Marshawn Lynch touchdown was likely greater than Lynchs famous "beast quake" touchdown run three years ago, which also came against New Orleans during a playoff game. In 1991, the Ryder Cup reached a new level. Whether it was a higher or lower level is still up for debate 25 years later.Even before the first tee shot, the U.S. vs. Europe matchup was billed as the War by the Shore, a bit of ballyhoo more fit for pro wrestling than civilized golf. Yet it lived up to the hype.The first Ryder Cup to be televised live for its three-day entirety had a winning script played out on the gorgeous stage of the new Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina. There were big personalities, conflict, controversy, bruised feelings, nationalism, loud galleries and a dramatic finish. It was perfect television that even bled into NBCs prime time that Saturday night in late September.The coverage captured the enormous pressure players admitted to feeling. Every shot meant something. The best players in the world plopped balls into the water and crumbled like weekend hackers.When American Hale Irwin secured a half-point to give the U.S. the win in the final singles match on Sunday -- after German Bernhard Langer missed a 6-foot putt -- he was drained.I couldnt breathe, Irwin told a reporter. I couldnt swallow. The sphincter factor was high.By the time it was over -- and the Americans had pulled out a 14?-13? victory to reclaim the Cup for the first time since 1983 -- the Ryder Cup had evolved. People who didnt know dormie from a dormouse suddenly cared. The Cup had been mainstreamed. This years version takes place Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine in Chaska, Minnesota.Dave Stockton, who captained the 1991 U.S. team, said the drama punched all the right buttons for TV viewers.The result was heightened interest and TV ratings over the next several meetings as the Americans and Europeans -- so evenly matched -- each won two of the next four Cups.However, many in golf dont look back fondly at the event at Kiawah Island.American Raymond Floyd, a four-time major winner and eight-time Ryder Cup player, calls it a blemish of sorts on an event founded in the spirit of friendly competition.I was not for it, he says. It was not in the spirit of the Ryder Cup and how it was started and what it was meant to be.Setting the stageIn the quarter century since, books have been written and documentaries made about the War by the Shore. Former British and U.S. golf broadcaster Ben Wright once called it the most exciting and infuriatingly antagonistic contest ever in the biennial series.Travis Puterbaugh, World Golf Hall of Fame curator, wrote that it was a milestone in the events transition from a gentlemanly exhibition to a high-stakes international competition.Bernard Gallacher, the 1991 European captain, once said it was a turning point for the Ryder Cup, and not in a good way. He cited hostility and crowd involvement that affected the outcome of matches.But what occurred that late September on and around the Ocean Course didnt just happen. There was history.The U.S. dominated the series from 1927 through the 1970s, when it faced teams from Great Britain and then Great Britain and Ireland. In 1979, it became more competitive when golfers from all of Europe combined to take on the Americans.In 1985 at The Belfry in England, Europe beat the U.S. for the first time, breaking a streak of 13 American victories dating to 1959. Europe won again in 1987 at Jack Nicklaus Muirfield Village in Ohio and then tied 14-14 in 89 at The Belfry, retaining the Cup as defending champion.So as the Americans prepared to host in 1991, there was a mix of Yankee determination and lingering irritation on both sides from 1989.We tied in 89, but the crowds there were very unruly and vocal, and thats where they started with the songs, says Floyd, who captained the U.S. squad that year. It was very difficult playing for our team, and some of the players that were on that team of mine, that carried over to 91.The Europeans also had beefs. Some werent fond of Floyds introduction of his 1989 team as the 12 best players in the world. Then, during play at The Belfry, American Paul Azinger refused to let Spains Seve Ballesteros replace a scuffed ball. Later, Ballesteros challenged a drop made by Azinger.The foundation had been laid for a spirited week at Kiawah.It wasnt a warTo this day, however, Stockton insists the 1991 Ryder Cup was not contentious -- except for Azinger vs. Ballesteros.On the Tuesday night before the first matches on Friday, Stockton and his wife, Cathy, hosted a low-country cookout for both teams.We were having a beer, having some food, and you didnt have to be careful about what you said to anybody, because we all knew each other, he says. No officials. Just us.He recalls, too, that when three days of play ended, the Europeans were gentlemen.They were very gracious losers, probably better than we would have been, he says. He points to Wales Ian Woosnam as an example.They had two buses to take us to dinner, and so were getting on the bus, and Woosie says, Captain, we can all fit on one bus, says Stockton. With this he picks up [American] Corey Pavin and carries him on the bus.Adds Stockton: It was friends. It wasnt a war.But the night after the pretournament cookout, events began to change that perception.? On Wednesday, as the U.S. team drove to Charleston for the pre-Cup gala, three of the team limos were involved in a collision. Steve Pate sufffered bruised ribs and was treated by a local hospital and released. Discount Air Max 90 2018. Pate was held out of Fridays play, put into one Saturday four-ball match (with Pavin, losing 2 and 1 to Langer and Colin Montgomerie) and then held out of singles play Sunday.The Europeans felt like there were some shenanigans going on when I was sitting Pate when I could have played him, says Stockton. He seriously couldnt play.As a result, per Ryder Cup rules, one European player (it turned out to be David Gilford) also had to sit out the singles matches, and each team was awarded a half-point.? At the gala, a highlight video of the European team was shown, lasting about five minutes. The American video ran about 20 minutes. Stockton cringed.Im thinking to myself, Ive worked really hard not to give any locker room agenda to put on the wall about this, that or the other thing, and it could all come crashing down just because of this, he says.? A few of the U.S. players wore camouflage hats on Day 1 as a nod to the military in the Gulf War that year. The opening ceremony, too, featured a military flyover, Marine honor guard and a drill team from The Citadel. Some of the Europeans reportedly were rankled by the martial tone.Sports Illustrateds John Garrity, who covered the ceremony, wrote that the Europeans looked like Soviet dissidents forced to witness a Mayday parade of weaponry in Red Square.Stockton said it wasnt meant to offend.It was the Gulf War years and there was a lot of American pride, and I wanted to feed on the American pride, he says. And I wanted people to be proud of America and what we stand for. Some of the people took it the wrong way.? During the matches, fans of both teams were loud and enthusiastic. Some European fans sang soccer-style songs. Americans chanted U-S-A! U-S-A! Langer told a reporter it was like being a soccer player on the road, with fans cheering his bad shots.Stockton recalls the atmosphere as electric and said most fans behaved. Any tension that did build up outside the ropes he attributes to the War by the Shore thing.? Then came some gamesmanship. Azinger and Ballesteros had a reprise of their run-in from 89. In a Day 1 foursomes match in which Azinger and Chip Beck faced Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal, the Europeans challenged the Americans for changing balls (to use varied compressions on different holes), a no-no.Stockton said he had no intention of matching Azinger against Ballesteros, but thats the way the Friday draw turned out, for both the morning and afternoon matches.Im like, Oh, boy, here we go, says Stockton, recalling his reaction when he saw the draws. Both sides like to agitate a little bit.The Americans, meanwhile, took umbrage with Ballesteros coughing in the middle of their swings. Floyd says the rivalry that week got spicy and recalls his own incident with Ballesteros.I pulled him up [confronted him] from kind of clearing his throat in the backswing when Freddy [Couples] was playing, says Floyd.Down to the final shotThe golf itself was mesmerizing, on the canvas of the Ocean Course, a Pete Dye design where danger was everywhere.The U.S. took a 4?-3? lead on Day 1. On Day 2, the Americans won three of the first four matches to build a 7?-4? lead. But Europe rallied in the afternoon to make it 8-8 going into the final day. To win the Cup, and with Pates match getting halved without being played, the Americans would have to earn 6 of 11 available points in singles.David Feherty and Nick Faldo won the first two pairings for the Europeans, but Mark Calcavecchia took a big lead in the third match against Montgomerie. As Calcavecchia was marching to what looked like a sure win for the Americans -- he was up five holes at one point -- Pavin, Azinger, Beck, Couples and Lanny Wadkins began play, each en route to wins for the U.S.Calcavecchia eventually collapsed on the back nine, and Montgomerie halved the match. Calcavecchia was devastated, but Stockton believes he was a key to the win, having given his team energy and hope with his strong start.The final match of the day was a duel between Irwin and Langer. With about 25,000 fans crowding around the last fairway and green, the two teed off at No. 18 all square. Langer needed to win the hole for Europe to retain the Cup. Irwin needed only to tie. After Irwin bogeyed, Langer had a 6-foot par putt for the win -- and missed.As the German stood in anguish, American fans roared and swarmed the green. Team USA later threw Stockton into the surf and posed for triumphant photos on the shore. Stockton says the poster he has of that weekend may be his favorite golf memento.It all had been great theater. The general public now knew what everyone in golf had known: The Ryder Cup was the sports most dramatic, gut-wrenching event.Ryder Cup was the most pressure I ever performed under, says Floyd. It was the most intense competition, and I won four majors. Teeing off on that first hole of a Ryder Cup was the same thing as trying to hole a 6-footer at the last hole to win a major.Adds Stockton of that memorable week: It all came together. It changed the dynamics of the Ryder Cup, the competition of it and what people thought of it. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '