Karolyi gives up some duties with US women
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Martha Karolyi is handing off some of her responsibilities, beginning the transition from her highly successful run as head of the U.S. women's gymnastics team.
Karolyi remains the national team coordinator. Beginning in January, however, Valeri Liukin becomes elite athlete developmental coordinator, in charge of identifying and developing future talent. Steve Rybacki becomes director of elite athlete programs, responsible for the national team's administrative duties, including travel budgets and arrangements.
The Americans have had their most success since Karolyi took over in 2001. They've won 64 world and Olympic medals, including their second team title in London and a third straight all-around gold.
Karolyi turned 70 on Aug. 29, and had talked about retiring after London. But she backed off those plans last year, in part because there was no clear successor.