The U.S. maintained the total medals lead on day six at the Tokyo Olympics. Sunisa Lee captured the women's gymnastics team's fifth straight all-around gold on the strength of her floor routine finale. Swimmer Katie Ledecky's incredible turn in the 4x200-meter relay led to her second silver in Tokyo. She has one more shot at gold in the 800. Caeleb Dressel and Bobby Finke also won gold in the pool on the men's side. Dressel set an Olympic record in the 100-meter free and has a shot at six golds.
Every NFL team has opened training camp this week and the first preseason game is August 5. After an offseason filled with rumors of a possible exit, reigning league MVP Aaron Rodgers is back at Packers camp and discussing a new contract. Deshaun Watson is at Texans camp, despite 22 active lawsuits against the quarterback for alleged sexual offenses. The league continues to grapple with COVID-19 and has instituted significant penalties and fines for outbreaks caused by unvaccinated players.
After removing herself from Tuesday's team final, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the individual all-around gymnastics competition. Biles has said the decision is to focus on her mental health. Jade Carey will take Biles' place in the all-around. Biles could still return for the individual event finals. There has been an outpouring of support and some criticism for Biles. Her choice challenges traditional competitive values of putting winning above self-care.
The day started with Alaskan teenage Olympic swimmer Lydia Jacoby shocking U.S. teammate Lilly King and the field in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke to win gold. It reached a climax when the Russian Olympic Committee topped Team USA in women's gymnastics for gold after Simone Biles withdrew following the opening rotation. In between, Naomi Osaka fell in the third round in women's tennis. Elsewhere, Japan won gold in softball and a Brit swimmer who overcame COVID-19 twice won gold.
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles withdrew from the women's gymnastics team final after leaving the arena with a trainer. Initial reports cited an injury, but Biles clarified that she left due to mental health concerns. It is unclear if she will continue to compete in Tokyo. The Russian Olympic Committee went on to win gold and Team USA silver. Biles is the latest high-profile athlete to address the toll public scrutiny and expectations of perfection can take on mental health.
A 40-pound pipe bomb detonated at a concert during the 1996 Olympics, resulting in two deaths and hundreds injured. Within days, security guard Richard Jewell was investigated for the crime, months later cleared, and his ordeal was later made into a film. Eric Robert Rudolph was eventually convicted for this crime and other bombings in 2005. Read about details of the attack as well as lessons on event security and the media's coverage of Jewell.
With 11 Olympic medals between Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky, it seems anything short of a gold medal sweep in Tokyo would be a disappointment. The pair were favored to win an astounding 11 more gold medals in Tokyo. Though she received the highest aggregate score of any participating gymnast, Biles says she's feeling "the weight of the world" after Team USA finished second in qualifying. Ledecky lost for the first time in her Olympic career, taking silver in the 400-meter freestyle.
The structure of NCAA sports, especially college football, got a seismic shakeup today as Texas and Oklahoma are set to leave the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference. The two perennial powers and original members of the conference officially notified the Big 12 that they will not be renewing media rights when they expire in 2025. The next step will be applying for SEC membership. The move would make the SEC even more of a superpower with 16 teams and could spur further realignment.
We've come a long way from when Jim Thorpe won a gold medal wearing a shoe he fished out of a garbage can. Today, the tiniest measurements can separate a gold medalist from a last-place finisher in most sports. Shoe quality can be a difference-maker and athletes and manufacturers are constantly searching for a new edge. Learn about how Olympic footwear has evolved over the decades, why some shoes have been banned, and see the styles that icons wore during memorable moments.
The Americans' slow start was a distant memory after winning 10 medals on Sunday at the Tokyo Olympics. The U.S. did the most damage in the pool, taking home six medals in swimming, including a first gold on Chase Kalisz's performance in the men's 400-meter individual medley. The developments were not all positive as the women's gymnastics team finished behind Russia in qualifying after a few stumbles from Simone Biles, and the men's basketball team lost its first Olympic game since 2004.
Americans are off to an inauspicious start at the Tokyo Games. Team USA competed in five of Saturday's seven events but failed to pick up a medal. China leads all nations with four medals. Alex Morgan and the U.S. women's national team gave the home audience something to cheer about with a bounce-back 6-1 win over New Zealand. And the U.S. women's water polo team posted a dominant 25-4 victory over Japan. Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, including 14 athlete infections.