Johannes Vetter continued a U.S. roadtrip.
Loic Meillard and Yaroslava Mahuchikh drop into NYC.
Arturas Seja wanders high.
Lea Friedrich takes to the court.
Olympic Sports Athletes In The News
Ukrainian Rhythmic gymnast Khrystyna Pohranychna talks sport, and family, with Sport24â. (in Ukrainian)
Lara Culturi and Livio Hiltbrand are two 'Generation Z' Alpine skiers 'ready to enter the world's elite'.
Superstar Simone Biles wades into the turmoil surrounding a past alleged racial gymnastics incident in Ireland.
More Irish gymnastics...as Andrew Steele's "good shot" at Paris 2024 qualification gets closer at the upcoming worlds.
Can Krisztofer Meszaros 'raise the bar' for Team Hungary at the World Gymnastics Championships?
R.I.P. to U18 world ice hockey champion Nic Kerdiles, victim of a motorcycle accident.
Nominations for the 2023 World Rowing Awards are accepted through World Rowing through October 15th...
...and nominate your choice for the 2023 World Sailor of the Year through October 5th.
What are the 'favorite songs of 2023' for some of your favorite Nordic combined athletes?
Don't expect current 3x3 basketball star Jimmer Fredette on an NBA team again.
Who will be the '2023 Winter Sports Athlete of the Year' in Italy? (in Italian)
Team Paraguay's Marizza Faria, veteran of four World Handball Championships, adjusts to a new role.
Diver Matthew Mitcham talks behind-the-scenes on his debut stage role in London with Attitude U.K..
Thai social Media star Pitchamon "Pink" Opatniputh does her best to take her eyes off the phone to focus on badminton.
Team Mexico's landmark Olympic archer Mariana Avitia plots a return to the Summer Games in 2024.
Vincent Zhou reminds us of the injustice continued from Beijing 2022's team figure skating competition.
A disappointing World Athletics Championships set the stage for a season finale comeback for Team Ethiopia long-distance runner Guduf Tsegay.
Speaking of Team Ethiopia running...World Athletics looks at three rising stars having a syccessful season with a road running test just ahead: Diribe Welteji, Freweyni Hailu, and Hirut Meshesha.
"I would like to play them once again." Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal isn't done with the Olympics yet.
Will up-and-coming biathlete Tommaso Giacomel be a star at Milano Cortina 2026?
The only thing possibly distracting Corinne Stoddard from returning to the Olympics in short track speed skating? Her dog Mylo...
Olympics: How has Jakob Schubert stayed so long at an elite level in sport climbing?
Team France's Kaddiatou Diani talks about her Olympic 'dream' in soccer with FIFA.
The Athletic shares some stories fit-for-publication on retiring Team USA soccer star Megan Rapinoe.
Luger Natalie Geisenberger: 'Germany's most successful Olympic winter sport athlete retires.' (FIL)
"Head Above Water" Showcases Compelling Pre-Tokyo 2020 Journeys
Head Above Water (2021)
A Quick TV Review
Such a shame - and bad on me - that this four-part documentary on select Team Australia swimmers escaped my radar and languished off my watchlist since 2021.
But I'm glad I finally did find it recently! Amazon Prime's Head Above Water, released in 2021, focuses on four swimming stars as the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Summer Games approached - and offers a nice behind-the-scenes sense of who these competitors are out of the pool.
Training toward Tokyo are Kyle Chalmers - a star since his three-medal performance at Rio 2016 as a 16-year-old, Bronte Campbell - a multi-world champion and double-Olympian contemplating retirement post-2021, and Cody Simpson - a known pop music star who's returning to swimming roots under much public skepticism.
Also featured is nine-time Olympic medalist Ian Thorpe, who retired in 2006 after Athens 2004 and two starring turns in the Games, providing expert, veteran context commentary of what it's like to go through the trenches.
Head Above Water's four episodes - "Current", "Team", "Sacrifice", and "Time" - present personalities not normally exposed in the United States. And, they serve to remind one of the work it takes to become an Olympian. It's hard not to root for the trio - or for Thorpe as he commits to a new life in activism and mentoring.
And more refreshing, it's a documentary series with no typical feel-good ending - concluding its coverage just as the 2021 Australian Swimming Trials competition, which served as Olympic Trials, begins. Was powering through training, in the Covid-19 era, worth it? Do they make the team? In many ways, Head Above Water says it's the journey that really matters. Cheers to that.
For the record, Chalmers won three medals at Tokyo 2020, including a silver in the 100-meter freestyle, while Campbell won two relay medals, including in the 4x100 freestyle). Both swimmers, as well as Simpson, are training for Paris 2024.
New(ish) Names In Olympic Sports Worth Keeping An Eye On...
FIBA: Get to know Team Spain rising star Guillermo del Pino, MVP of the FIBA U16 European Basketball Championship this year.
Chisato Yoshida, niece of superstar Saori Yoshida, is a wrestling world-beater in her own right.
A Look At Olympic Sports Athletes' Social Media Lives
Above: Athens' Kallimarmaro, the site of the 1896 Summer Olympics
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