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The Latest From Simone Biles, Jordan Burroughs, Allyson Felix & More - 15 Things We Learned

By Allie Dosmann | Sept. 30, 2019, 5:10 p.m. (ET)

Allyson Felix (R) and Courtney Okolo celebrate winning gold in the mixed 4x400-meter at 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships on Sept. 29, 2019 in Doha, Qatar


Fall marks world championship season for several Team USA sports, so there is no shortage of reason to celebrate. Following a bronze at wrestling worlds, Jordan Burroughs had a big announcement last week. At weightlifting worlds, history was made by Kate Nye and Mattie Rogers. The U.S. gymnastics team announced its women's roster as they prepare to kick things off this week, and track and field athletes shined at the start of the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar. There's a lot to get through. Let's get started.

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Gymnastics Worlds Ready

1. Another day, another record for by Simone Biles. Biles is in line to tie Kerri Strug as the only U.S. women to compete at world championships in five distinct years.

2. The U.S. women's gymnastics squad will also feature Sunisa Lee, who is the only U.S. women’s gymnast who will be making her worlds debut. Lee finished second behind Biles at the 2019 U.S. championships.

3. Gymnasts worlds begin on Oct. 4, and our favorite team is ready!



4. Congratulations to these legends! Last week, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame, class of 2019, was announced. Among the stars are Para swimmer Eric Popovich, short track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno, beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor and more.

5. History = Made. Kate Nye and Mattie Rogers cemented themselves in history at weightlifting worlds. Nye and Rogers finished 1-2 in the women’s 71 kg. weight class, which marked the first time that U.S. women’s weightlifters have ever gone 1-2 at worlds. It was also the first time an American duo has shared the podium in 30 years.

Future Olympians on the way!

6. Look out, there are three Taylors on board!



7. Jordan Burroughs and his wife Lauren announced that they are expecting their third child. The next Baby Burroughs is expected to come in December 2019. The announcement came directly after Burroughs finished with a bronze medal at wrestling world championships.

8. The Best FIFA Football Awards took place last week, and, no surprise, the U.S. women’s team took center stage. Megan Rapinoe was named women’s player of the year and head coach Jill Ellis was named the best women’s coach.

9. Chloé Dygert Owen is Tokyo bound! Dygert Owen won her first ever world title in time trial and solidified her Olympic Games bid for 2020 along the way. She finished just over 90 seconds ahead of the reigning world champion, Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands.

10. “It has been so rewarding, very exciting, to feel like we can think outside of the box. No question is too crazy to ask. The more outlandish the idea, the more celebrated it is here. That is an amazing space to be in as a choreographer and skater.”

Olympic silver medalist Ben Agosto has joined the Cirque du Soleil staff’s creative team to collaborate on their new ice show, “AXEL.”

Racing Weekend

11. Daniel Romanchuk is only 21 years old, but nothing is holding him back.



12. DeAnna Price made sure that Team USA got started off on the right foot: with a gold medal. Price won the first medal among U.S. athletes on Saturday night at IAAF World Championships in women’s hammer throw. This also marked the first world medal in hammer throw ever by a U.S. athlete.

13. The fastest man in the world: Christian Coleman. Coleman won the men’s 100-meter, just ahead of 2017 world champion Justin Gatlin. Coleman finished the race in 9.81 seconds, which puts him in sixth place on the all-time list.

14. Allyson Felix has now passed Usain Bolt for the most gold medals at world championships in history. Felix ran the second leg of the mixed 4x400-meter to help the squad to a first-place finish. This marked Felix’s 12th gold medal at a world championship.

15, Team USA defeated Canada to solidify the AmeriCup title!