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It’s tough. That’s sport, right? You try your whole life for something like this and it’s over in 2½ minutes.
I had a commitment to myself and all the people who were helping me skate,” she said. “It’s like a marriage, you don’t walk away from it. It was a huge investment in everyone’s life—my mom and my brothers and sisters and coaches.

Sochi Olympics organizers will have stray dogs, cats killed to clean up city

The stray animals will be exterminated to ensure the safety of visitors and improve the city’s image, Sergei Krivonosov, a government official from Sochi, said in an interview with RBC Daily, a Russian business newspaper.

"It’s obvious that there should be no animals on the streets. We have responsibilities to the international community," the lawmaker said. "Killing (the animals) is just a faster way to solve this task." he said.

Story: http://usat.ly/ZAl38B

Lolo Jones named to U.S. bobsled team

Track star and media darling (except for that one New York Times story) Lolo Jones joined the sport of bobsledding just a few weeks ago, and she’s already on the U.S. team.

Story: http://usat.ly/XYEoC0

(Photo by Michael Lynch, AP)

Strong is the new pretty.

Paul McCartney appeared singing “Hey Jude.” As Sir Paul began, the Romanian reporter grabbed me, belting the lyrics. I grabbed the Indonesian journalist to my left, also singing the song. For five minutes, 4,000 miles from home, the world seemed really small and wholly intimate.

Also: Serena Williams now has a USA TODAY pin, for the collection she puts around her medals.

… and more Olympics memories from USA TODAY Sports staff in London

Not that we’re jealous or anything.

OK, maybe a little.

Some of the best photos of last night’s closing ceremony in London. More photos: http://bit.ly/Pio9L8

See you in Rio!

(Photos: USA TODAY Sports)

A surprise gold for David Boudia

David Boudia was scared of heights. Petrified, he said. So it makes no sense that he now spends his days diving off a platform three stories high, doing somersaults and twists in the air, at a speed of 35 mph, before landing in a pool, barely making a splash. 

None of it makes sense. Especially this: Boudia won the gold medal in the 10-meter platform Saturday by beating the favorite — reigning world champ Qiu Bo, who had to settle for the silver — and Britain’s Tom Daley, the local hero who was thrilled to win the bronze.

Such a great story. More: http://usat.ly/R4NqxN