Nastia Liukin says what Simone Biles did in Tokyo is more impressive than any of her past Olympic wins
"Regardless of what she decides to do, if she decides to go on to try and make the Paris Olympics ... she really is setting that bar and really just being the best role model out there," Nastia Liukin said of Simone Biles.cbsnews.com
Tokyo Olympics - What to Watch on August 5: Water Polo and Basketball Semifinals | Channel, Stream, Time
The medal count is ramping up in the final few days of the Tokyo Olympic Games, and the remaining team sports are waning out the field, now seeing the final four remain in men’s basketball and women’s water polo. ETWHERE: Saitama Super Arena (Saitama, Japan)CHANNEL: NBCSTREAM: FuboTV (7-day free trial)The United States is, once again, one win away from another chance at winning a gold medal, as they get set to take on a familiar foe in the semifinals. The reigning gold medal winner, Wayde Van Niekerk, looks to still be a threat on Thursday, despite using the pandemic year to full recover from tearing his ACL and meniscus in 2017. Another team looking for their first gold medal in soccer is Canada. WOMEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL GOLD MEDAL MATCHCHECK EVENT SCHEDULES HERE:mlive.com
Texas deputy attorney general deletes tweet calling Simone Biles a 'national embarrassment'
A top official with the Texas attorney general's office branded Olympic gymnast Simone Biles a “childish national embarrassment” on Wednesday after she withdrew from the all-around team final at the Tokyo Olympics, citing her emotional state.news.yahoo.com
WATCH: Thomas Bach praises togetherness at Opening Ceremony
IOC President Thomas Bach reflected on the pandemic in his speech at the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games, and offered words of hope, saying that the feeling of togetherness at the Olympics "is the light at the end of the dark tunnel."
Team USA swimmers Allison Schmitt, Annie Lazor, Catie DeLoof found support in number of ways ad Olympics approached
For a number of athletes, like swimmers Catie Deloof, Annie Lazor and Allison Schmitt, Friday’s Opening Ceremony marks the beginning of their journeys to gold. A year ago we weren’t sure if the Olympics were even going to happen. Unlike past Olympics, Schmitt and her teammates won’t have their family members in the stands to cheer them on. One tip that they’ve heard is from Schmitt, who was elected as one of the captains for the swim team. DeLoof finished fifth in the 100-meter freestyle at the Olympic Trials becoming the first in her family of swimmers to go to the Olympics.mlive.com
Pistons Jerami Grant joins Bradley Beal in USA Basketball health and safety protocol
Team USA and Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant has entered health and safety protocol at the team’s training camp, according to Shams Charania and Joe Vardon of The Athletic. On Thursday afternoon, Team USA Basketball released a statement confirming Wojnarowski’s report regarding Beal’s status ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. “Beal was named to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team on June 28 and participated in the USA Basketball National Team’s training camp and exhibition games in Las Vegas. Starting in the USA’s first three USA exhibition games, Beal averaged 10.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while playing 29.0 minutes a game. “Out of an abundance of caution, USA Basketball Men’s National Team member Jerami Grant has been placed under USA Basketball’s health and safety protocols, USA Basketball announced Thursday afternoon.”mlive.com
Protesters bring down statues of Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth in Canada
Protesters have toppled statues of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II in the Canadian city of Winnipeg as anger grows over the discovery of the remains of hundreds of children in unmarked graves at former indigenous schools.news.yahoo.com
Black America defends Sha’Carri Richardson over Olympics suspension for marijuana
After news broke that Richardson tested positive for marijuana and may miss the Tokyo Olympics this month, Twitter went wild. U.S. sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson is being shown love and support from many in the Black community on various social media platforms after news broke that she tested positive for marijuana and may miss the Tokyo Olympic Games. It remains unclear if Richardson will be suspended, how long the suspension could be, if she will appeal and how it will affect the 21-year-old’s track star’s dreams, but the entire situation sent Twitter into a tizzy Thursday night.news.yahoo.com
Tokyo Olympics debating fan attendance at upcoming competition
The Tokyo Olympic planning committee has already ruled out international fans from this year’s games. The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will begin on July 23, so Japanese residents won’t have much time between an announcement and the Opening Ceremonies. Though the number of cases has stabilized, Japanese officials are still concerned about the spread of variants. Originally the planning committee promised to make a decision by April, but with things evolving the announcement was pushed back. The planning committee anticipates the total number of people traveling to Japan for both events — athletes included — to be approximately 93,000.mlive.com
Coco Gauff, 17, clinches spot on U.S. Olympic tennis team
Young American tennis star Coco Gauff has punched her ticket to the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games next month. The 17-year-old solidified her spot on USA Tennis’ roster with her win in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday. Gauff has the fourth and final spot in the U.S. Olympic women’s singles team after fellow American Sloane Stephens lost Monday. She joins Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams and Jennifer Brady with spots on the U.S. team. Gauff will be the youngest Olympic tennis player since 2000.mlive.com
Bob Costas calls for postponement of Tokyo Olympics to 2022
A number of individuals and groups have called for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games to be pushed back. Costas made an appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” where he discussed how the IOC should proceed with the upcoming Games. Last week, U.S. health officials and the State Department warned Americans against travel to Japan. Japan has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases in recent months and declared a state of emergency on April 25. The Games are set to take place from July 23 to Aug. 8 — with no spectators from overseas.mlive.com
Tokyo Olympics are just six months away
In six months, after a one year delay, the greatest athletes in the world will gather for the Tokyo Olympics. Here’s nice video to get you in the summer games mood:Your browser does not support iframes. Saturday, Jan. 23 marks six months until the Tokyo Olympic Games, which were postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. And with the pandemic still creating uncertainty about the summer games, three-time Olympic swimmer and gold medalist Peter Vanderkaay said that the athletes should still focus on training. Vanderkaay is hopeful the postponed summer Olympics will still take place amid the pandemic, even without spectators.
6 months until postponed Tokyo Olympics -- will it go on?
Saturday, Jan. 23 marks six months until the Tokyo Olympic Games, which were postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. READ MORE: Japan minister says “anything can happen” with Tokyo GamesAthletes have had to be resourceful with training since many competitions have been cancelled or postponed. Vanderkaay is hopeful the postponed summer Olympics will still take place amid the pandemic, even without spectators. Tokyo Olympics Q&A: 6 months out and murmurs of cancellationThe Tokyo Olympics are to open in six months on July 23, and organizers have no public program planned to mark the milestone. Should they take place during a spreading pandemic — vaccine or no vaccine?
Japan's new prime minister vows to host Olympics next year
TOKYO – Japan’s new prime minister said Saturday that he’s determined to host the Tokyo Olympic Games next summer as “proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic.”The 2020 Games were postponed as the coronavirus spread worldwide, and there’s been widespread doubt about their future. A poll published in June by Japanese broadcaster NHK said two-thirds of sponsors were undecided about extending for another year. Keeping domestic sponsors on board is financially critical, and Japanese leaders have been eager to signal the Games' viability next year. Recruited by Japanese advertising agency Dentsu Inc., domestic sponsors have paid a record $3.3 billion — at least twice any previous Olympics — to the local organizing committee. That's on top of a dozen permanent Olympic sponsors who have signed long term with the International Olympic Committee.
EXCLUSIVE: IOC member says 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be postponed
Veteran International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound told USA TODAY Sports Monday afternoon that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are going to be postponed, likely to 2021, with the details to be worked out in the next four weeks. Pound's comments came less than 24 hours after IOC president Thomas Bach indicated, for the first time, that postponing the Tokyo Games would be a possibility. In the hours thereafter, however, the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees said they will not send a delegation of athletes to the Tokyo Games unless they are postponed. It said the executive board of its Olympic committee agreed that "an Australian team could not be assembled in the changing circumstances at home and abroad." The 1916 Summer Games were canceled because of World War I, as were the Summer and Winter Games in 1940 and 1944, due to World War II.monroenews.com