Jutta Leerdam shares a portrait.
Sage Watson is a country girl.
Roniel Iglesias makes new friends.
Nijel Amos hits Times Square.
Richard Carapaz gets a hero's welcome.
Happy Pierre de Coubertin Pentathlon Day!
Commemorating the founder of the modern Olympic Games' initiative for a multi-sport event as a "test for an ideal, well-rounded soldier", the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) established September 9 for recognition of the sports' origins. Thought of as a representation of a soldier needing to swim, fence, ride horseback, shoot, and run from behind enemy lines, the sport has been on the Olympic program since Stockholm 1912.
With its oddball conception and historically spectator-unfriendly, modern pentathlon has often been overlooked as a key Olympic sport, and often seen at risk in the schedule. But it's worked to be adaptive to remain in the IOC's good graces, and I personally find it charming that de Coubertin's specific sport concept is still included. With 125 international federation members, - a diversity of nations, including Great Britain, Egypt, Ireland, South Korea, Lithuania, the United States, Mexico, Hungary, Ecuador, France, Japan, Guatemala, and more appeared at Tokyo 2020 - it's also still undoubtedly an active, global sport. World championships have been held since 1949, with individual, team, and relay events for both men and women. A mixed relay event has also been on the world championship program since 2010, and here's hoping it'll be added to the Olympics as well to further support the IOC's commitment to gender equity.
#HighFive to modern pentathlon!
Trampoline gymnast Dominic Clarke reflects on his unique Tokyo 2020 experience for Outsports.
Tokyo 2020: Albert Gines Lopez, sport climbing's first Olympic gold medalist, is still "walking on clouds".
Usain Bolt - track & field superstar, world record-holder, Olympic legend...reggae artist?
More Jamaica: A belated look at Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's essay in The Players's Tribune from last month, but in time for the Diamond League final. "Track is Jamaican culture. It's tradition."
Letsile Tebogo of Botswana and Udobi Onwuzurike of Nigeria are just two of Africa's up-and-comers leading a track sprint surge.
BMX racer Connor Fields appears on Instagram to say thanks as a progress on his crash recovery.
Tennis superstar Venus Williams is "the icon we all need right now" as Cosmopolitan's featured cover girl for October.
Leylah Fernandez may be one to watch in tennis, but fellow teenager Emma Raducanu also makes her mark as the first-ever man or woman to go from the qualifiers to the semifinals at the U.S. Open.
Weightlifter Hidlyn Diaz gets the anniversary cover of Tatler's Philippines edition for September.
Meanwhile, Tokyo 2020 Olympian Sarah Davies voices positivity for recent structural changes at the International Weightlifting Federation. Is it enough?
Can Mexico qualify a women's team to Paris 2024's indoor volleyball competition? FIVB is helping its development.
Olympic boxers Michaela and Aidan Walsh help the Federation of Irish Sport and EBS with the third annual Volunteers in Sport Awards.
Team Australia's Liz Cambage opens up on the mental stress she's been under, and reveals what was behind her Tokyo 2020 basketball withdrawal.
2021 is definitely a year to remember for road cyclist Primoz Roglic as he wins another Vuelta a Espana to go with his Olympic time trial title.
Gymnast Simone Biles makes a statement on Instagram. "...I can't hear you over my 7 Olympic medals...".
After a second successful Solheim Cup captaincy, Rio 2016 Olympic golfer Catriona Matthew calls time.
"Very selfish" Pyeongchang 2018 silver medalist Liu Jiayu is targeting Beijing 2022 gold with determination this season.
Praise for Beijing 2008 Olympian and global soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's goal-scoring ignites deserved attention to Tokyo 2020 gold medalist Christine Sinclair's own international record.
Indian Tokyo 2020 table tennis player Manika Batra defends herself with allegations of attempted match-fixing against the team coach.
Retirement? Team USA rugby sevens captain Madison Hughes announces a "leave of absence".
Get to know Elena Curtoni, alpine skier, an "explosion of energy", and an ardent art lover off of the piste.
Elle offers an exclusive look at what gymnast McKayla Maroney is looking forward to after an eventful handful of years since London 2012.
Meanwhile, sponsor Athleta offers an exclusive interview with star gymnast Simone Biles, on mental health, Tokyo 2020, and more.
Australian sprint sensation Rohan Browning wants to "capitalize" on his momentum after a breakthrough Tokyo 2020 through the end of the season.
Tom Daley continues his post-Tokyo 2020 publicity with an interview with GLAAD on diving, LGBTQ activism, fatherhood, knitting, and more.
Irish Tokyo 2020 boxing gold medalist Kellie Harrington commits to the amateur route for Paris 2024.
For the Win caught up with Team USA swimmer Caeleb Dressel ahead of the ISL season to chat about Tokyo 2020...and that swimming dog of his.
The World Athletics U20 Championships Conclude
Favorite moment? France's Sasha Zhoya sets a new U20 world record in the 110 meter hurdles (twice!). A sport that needs a successor in big, engaging personality to Usain Bolt...he may be it.
Runner-up moment: Maja Askag becomes the first to win both the European and world junior championship titles in both the long and triple jumps.
Some thoughts on what I loved...the exposure of Nairobi as a track & field destination, and what looked like a quality stadium...the infield musicians playing during the distance races...the Kenyan-style flourish of the volunteers, especially ceremony models and starting block kit carriers...and especially the depth and quality of competition despite the lack of athletes from the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, China, Japan, Ireland, and others.
What did I not like? That the current pandemic still impacts accessibility and attendance for spectators and participants. And, that the post-win celebrations of draping oneself in your flag has become dso choreographed that it lacks a sincerity and spontaneity.
And, Elaine Thompson-Herah closes in on what many had thought an untouchable world record.
Paris 2024 or not, sprinter Su Bingtian still has plans to go fast after his Tokyo 2020 semifinal high.
Count tennis' world number one Ashleigh Barty a fan of the Olympic experience after Tokyo.
Greece's tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas gets a feature in Vogue. He has his own font!
Tokyo 2020 gold medalist Kristian Blummenfelt confirms his status as the best triathlete with the world title, just after Flora Duffy did the same on the women's side.
After Carli Lloyd's retirement from the USMNT in soccer, is Megan Rapinoe next?
More soccer: Team Canada's women's hockey team finds inspiration from their soccer counterparts.
And, the Tokyo 2020 BMX racing champions also duplicated their gold success at their own world events.
Swimmer Simone Manuel reflects on Tokyo 2020 and a "tough year" with For the Win.
And in Australia, the swimming Campbell sisters weigh their futures after still coming down from Tokyo 2020 highs.
Table tennis player Dorka Szekeres leads Hungary's needed representation at the LGBTI+ EuroGames.
Boxer Troy Isley gets a special hometown recognition after his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.
Meanwhile, boxers Lauren Price and Karriss Artingstall take their relationship further public after their Tokyo 2020 medal success.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games Set to Close
You can relive some of the best moments of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games with a collection of photos from USA TODAY and The New York Times.
A Little Roundup
Team Netherlands' Sifan Hassan completes her ambitious medal podium treble with gold in the 10,000 meters, after 1,500 bronze and 5,000 gold.
Nicola McDermott fulfills a childhood dream with a surprising podium finish in the high jump for Team Australia.
Allyson Felix officially becomes Team USA's most decorated track & field Olympian, amongst other accolades, with the 4x400 relay win.
Team India's Neeraj Chopra wins a landmark gold in a remarkable javelin competition in which heavy favorite Johannes Vetter fails to medal.
"You made me cry." The celebrated bromance of high jumpers Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi reverberates to the streets.
Team USA's Molly Seidel, in only her third-ever marathon, (almost) fulfills a fourth-grade wish.
Don't count out Team USA's Paul Chelimo, making the 5,000 meter podium for the second Games in a row. And he looks to Los Angeles 2028, too.
Eliud Kipchoge of Team Kenya is just the third man to repeat as Olympic marathon champion.
Team Japan gets its 'national mission' done with a gold medal victory in baseball.
And, Team Brazil successfully defends its Olympic title in men's soccer, matching Team Argentina's run from 2004/08.
The 'dream season' continues for world number one Nelly Korda as she adds an Olympic women's golf gold medal for Team USA.
Team Hungary's Danuta Kozak goes one better than Team New Zealand Lisa Carrington with a sixth career canoeing gold medal.
Galal Yafai's "arduous journey" ends with an Olympic boxing title for Team Great Britain.
33 years after his father Hugo won bronze at Seoul 1988 for Team Argentina over Brazil in volleyball, Facundo Conte does the same at Tokyo 2020.
Equestrian: Team USA's Jessica Springsteen - of Bruce fame - does get onto the podium with a silver in team jumping.
Two days after his wife won a record fifth Olympic gold, track cyclist Jason Kenny of Team Great Britain won a record seventh title.
Women's water polo: Team USA's most dominant team?
Is Kevin Durant Team USA's greatest men's basketball Olympian ever?
Meanwhile, Team USA's Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi cement their own legacies as the first players to win five career basketball Olympic titles.
âTeam China's Cao Yuan cemented his status as one of the greats as he wins diving's 10 meter platform becoming the first man to win both Olympic platform and springboard titles since Seoul 1988 (although coming in separate Games).
Linoy Ashram wins Team Israel's third-ever Olympic gold, its first of any kind in rhythmic gymnastics, and an upset victory over the heavily favored Averina sisters.
What to Watch
The Closing Ceremony for Tokyo 2020 is scheduled for 8pm Japan time (7am EST / 4am PST)** on August 8, at the Olympic (National) Stadium.
"Worlds We Share" is the planned theme, representing the multiple 'worlds' we share across the globe and the opportunity to come together in spite of cultural and geographic differences.
Typically, the ceremony reflects on the past weeks and the moment of Olympism, with an opportunity for the next Summer Games host - Paris 2024 - to offer a thematic preview. In this case, it's a nod to Paris' modernity and tradition.
Athlete attendance will be minimal even compared to 'normal' Games, due to Covid-19 precautions having most athletes leaving Tokyo soon after their events. A tradition, however, is the entrance of the (remaining) athletes entering together - rather than segregated by nation as in the Opening Ceremony - and brought in by representative flag bearers.
**Television coverage in the U.S. is at 8 pm - 10:30 pm EST / 5pm - 7:30pm PST)
Let's Get Social Fab Five (or more...)
Ashleigh Johnson is happy.
Allyson Felix celebrates 10.
Kevin Mayer is full of heart.
Jacob Schopf shares a moment with Max Hoff.
Valerie Adams' excited to represent at the Closing Ceremony.
Luka Doncic gives thanks.
Milena Baldassari is a proud Olympian.
And, finally...all the feels, Johannes. Rooting for you for Paris 2024.
The Tokyo SkyTree celebrates the Olympics.
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