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Simone Biles dominated. Aly Raisman killed it. But when American gymnastics fans poured out of Rios Olympic Arena on Tuesday, many of them were buzzing about Laurie Hernandez, the 16-year-old wunderkind from New Jersey. Though the first-time Olympian didnt post a top score during the teams gold-medal performance, Baby Shakira captivated the audience with her perky, effortless charm.California native Shawn Wright, who was attending the Games with her teenage daughter, Kailey -- they wore matching USA T-shirts -- said Hernandez was the biggest surprise of the afternoon. She just keeps getting better, she said. Kailey caught a glimpse of the young gymnast, whom she described as adorable, before her routine. I was like, Oh my god -- she winked.For Hernandez, Tuesdays performance was imbued with significance that went beyond her contribution to the teams overall result. One week ago, she announced on Instagram, where she has gained more than 200,000 followers since making the team, that she had decided to give up her scholarship to the University of Florida and embark on a professional career. In doing so, Hernandez invited endorsers to assess her potential as a brand representative.She also kicked off a new round of debate over whether young Olympians should go pro.For swimmers, track stars and gymnasts, its a uniquely fraught decision. Unlike football and basketball players, these athletes will never compete in a well-funded professional league; they can only hope to convert their fleeting moments in the spotlight into endorsement opportunities, most of which will dwindle in the months after the Games.And yet, despite this complicated dynamic, theres still a stigma attached to choosing a career over competing in college. When young athletes announce that theyve opted for the former, many adopt a tone of modest reluctance. Stars who choose the collegiate route -- such as swimming supernova Katie Ledecky -- are widely praised for avoiding the distractions of professional life.Consider this story on swimmer Missy Franklin, who chose not to go pro after winning four gold medals at the 2012 Olympics, leaving millions of dollars on the table. The feature, titled Able to Stay Golden, paints an idyllic picture of Franklins college experience and applauds the swimmer for having resisted the temptations that followed her sudden emergence. The temptations! The subtext, which permeates Olympics commentary, is clear: Female athletes who forgo endorsements are as pure as their unblemished bank accounts. They are Good Girls.This is preposterous for a number of reasons, the first of which is: Theres nothing sacred or moral about playing college sports. Biles and Hernandez will never be able to compete in college gymnastics -- but they can still go to college.Nastia Liukin, the all-around champion from the 2008 Games, says she made the decision to go pro at a young age with her future education in mind. I knew Id want to do gymnastics at an elite level, and when I was done with my career, Id want to focus on school, she says. For me, the decision was easy. Liukin, 26, who is working in Rio as a commentator for NBC, graduated from NYU earlier this year.Amateurism is often defended on the grounds that colleges cant afford to pay athletes for their labor. But thats not the issue here. Top Olympians dont want schools to pay them in excess of their scholarships; they want the opportunity to make money on the side. Sure, shooting leotard ads and energy drink commercials might occasionally pull them away from training -- but do you really think a school like UCLA, where Biles had committed before deciding to go pro last year, would turn down the chance to spotlight a celebrity student-athlete? Franklins final swim meet as a high school student famously sold out.The NCAAs rules on endorsements compels these women to essentially roll the dice on their careers before they turn 20 and make calculated bets on whether they can turn short-term stardom into long-term wealth.Its such a crapshoot, says Evan Morgenstein, a sports agent whos represented Olympians such as Dominique Dawes and Dara Torres. According to Morgenstein, unless an athlete garners copious screen time, its likely that his or her after-tax endorsement earnings wont surpass the cost of a college education. The NCAA does allow athletes to keep their Olympics bonuses, which top out at $25,000 per medal. There are a lot of cautionary tales of athletes who didnt become Michael Phelps, he says (Phelps opted not to compete in college, a decision that obviously worked out fine).Going pro in gymnastics, Morgenstein adds, is especially risky because rosters are shaped at the last minute. Hernandez, for example, announced her decision before team coach Martha Karolyi decided to exclude her from the all-around competition. Youre held hostage to the decisions of others, Morgenstein says.Timing is another variable. Biles, who won her first world championship the year after the 2012 Games, profited handsomely off of endorsements during the run-up to Rio. Hernandez didnt have that chance. When Franklin decided to remain an amateur in 2012, her college coach told Swimming World that, with a college degree, she would actually be more marketable. Four years later, this seems dubious; Franklin rescinded her amateur status just in time for Ledeckys ascent.Liukin says that, while she doesnt regret her decision to go pro at a young age, she does believe competing in college makes it easier for elite gymnasts to shift into civilian life. I stopped cold turkey, and that was a difficult transition, she says. It would be better, Liukin adds, if athletes didnt have to choose between making money and competing in college. That would be the best of both worlds.Hernandezs decision could very well pay off; with her talent and charisma, shes a marketers dream, as well as the first U.S.-born Latina to make the team in decades. She could compete in Tokyo in four years, profiting from another Olympics cycle; she could attend college when its all over and pursue an entirely different field. In the end, going pro was her choice. But its one that she -- and every other Olympian -- shouldnt have to make. . -- On the field, it was business as usual for Jameis Winston and No. .Y. - New Orleans forward Anthony Davis was chosen Friday to replace the injured Kobe Bryant in the NBA All-Star game that will be played in his home city. . The (11-11-4) Jets are seventh in the Central Division with 26 points. Fifth place Dallas and sixth-seeded Nashville also have 26 points, but the Stars have three games in hand on Winnipeg while Nashville has two. . The incident occurred at 19:56 of the second period of the Kings 4-2 road win over Edmonton on Sunday. Nolan punched Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu in the jaw in front of the Kings goal during a scrum. . Oaklands loss to Seattle clinched the ALs best record for the Red Sox with one day to spare in the regular season. "I think everybody was kind of watching," catcher David Ross said. "Demp (Ryan Dempster) came out before he went to the bullpen and was just yelling that they lost.TORONTO -- Brian (All American) Stann, a former WEC champion and decorated war hero, has retired from mixed martial arts at the age of 32. "I leave taking more from mixed martial arts than I ever gave," the UFC veteran told The MMA Hour in announcing his retirement Thursday. A former WEC light-heavyweight champion, Stann went on campaign in the UFC as a middleweight. He returned to the 205-pound ranks his last time out to face Brazilian veteran Wanderlei (The Axe Murderer) Silva in March in Japan. The two slugged it out in a memorable fight before Stann was stopped late in the second round. Stann (12-6) llost three of his last four, admittedly against tough opposition in Silva, Michael Bisping and Chael Sonnen.dddddddddddd He defeated Alessio Sakara during that run. A former U.S. marine captain, Stann won the Silver Star for bravery in Iraq after his platoon was ambushed in May 2005 while seizing a bridge near Karabilah. He always said the medal is not something he celebrates. Instead he wonders whether he could have made better decisions. Stann is president of Hire Heroes USA, a charitable group that finds work for the military, particularly wounded veterans. He has also done TV work on UFC shows. Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys 2020 Cheap Jerseys Online NFL Jerseys Cheap ' ' '

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