Lourdes Mohedano shines in the sun.
Stefanos Tsitsipas has some down time.
Ona Carbonell is back in the pool.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is focused.
Marco Lehmann makes a statement.
Still thinking about last week's Court of Arbitration for Sport decision on Russia's punishment for its Olympic-sized doping scheme. Here's a good piece speaking to the, well, head scratching that the outcome has produced. I'll Also let Emma Coburn sum up the immediate frustration many athletes feel..
Tara Geraghty-Moats wins a historic Nordic Combined, the first-ever World Cup event for women.
I think sport climbing is the first individual sport to have its Olympic field for 2020 complete, after the remaining continental championships concluded this weekend. Congrats to Australians Tom O'Halloran and Oceania Mackenzie and South Africans Christopher Coffer and Erin Sterkenburg who round out the competition for Tokyo.
Larisa Iordache makes a statement in her return to elite gymnastics, after an injury-filled last few years. Iordache led the Romanian women to a team silver in the European Championships this weekend, and won three individual medals to become the second-most medaled female in the event ever. Unfortunately, her comeback is too late for the Tokyo 2020 field, but perhaps she can spark a welcome Romanian team comeback of its own at the senior level.
"Wee Rooster" Brendan Irvine is eager for his second Games in boxing, after becoming the last to qualify for Tokyo 2020 before the pandemic shutdown this year.
Ever wonder what Olympian Gus Kenworthy's home looks like? Architectural Digest has you covered. (p.s. check out his patio, too)
Modern pentathlete Gintare Venckauskaite is ready for her second Games, after her strong debut at London 2012.
Track cyclist Felix English interviews with the Olympic Federation of Ireland on the drama of Olympic qualification for Tokyo 2020.
Tennis legend Roger Federer still has Olympic dreams, hoping for the elusive singles gold.
Covid-19 strikes Japan's leading medal hope in karate's kata event at Tokyo 2020, Ryo Kiyuna.
U.S. basketball standout Diana Taurasi - four-time Olympic gold medalist - tells ESPN that she doesn't have any plans to retire anytime soon.
More basketball: Star player Ramu Tokashiki tears her ACL, and likely sinks Team Japan optimism for a good Tokyo 2020 run. (Was my feature last week of Tokashiki as an athlete worth watching a curse??)
Mission Accomplished: world record holder Kevin Mayer meets the Olympic qualifying standard in the decathlon event on Reunion Island this weekend. (But what has he done to his hair??)
Marie-Jose Perec is French Athletics' athlete of the century.
New African Magazine names long distance runners Brigid Kosgei and Joshua Cheptegei as two of their "100 Most Influential Africans" for 2020.
Hear from Renaud Lavillenie on an appreciation for athletes' voices and his work to give them profile in the latest feature from Spikes.
She's 57, and on her way to her fifth Olympics as Tokyo 2020's oldest table tennis player, Meet Luxembourg's Ni Xialian.
Happy Birthday, Nadia Comaneci, the world's first perfect 10!
Speaking of past Olympic heroes, Karch Kiraly at 60 years old is still a force in volleyball.
The New York Times looks again at Christian Coleman's predicament, namely his missed drug tests jeopardizing his Tokyo 2020 appearance. Note, it's a take much more supportive to his frustration than other accounts...
Good and welcome news for Vancouver 2010 champion in Nordic combined, Bernhard Gruber.
Here's an interesting podcast interview with javelin star Johannes Vetter. Vetter discusses competing through injury and loss, German camaraderie, and his place on a local city council (!).
Badminton star Viktor Axelsen talks with The Olympic Channel re: injury rehab and how fatherhood has positively affected his outlook on training and competing.
Congrats Team India field hockey! Vogue India's Sportswomen of the Year for 2020.
IJF.org looks back at the story of Sonia Carabajo, a groundbreaking judoka from Ecuador who peaked way before her time.
On this date: Despite having competition start back on May 5, the Stockholm 1912 Olympics officially opened on this date, July 6. "The Swedish Masterpiece" featured more than 2,400 athletes across 102 events.
Adam Helcelet spoke with World Athletics on decathlon-ing in the Czech Republic and his appreciation for history.
Field Hockley: Anna O'Flanagan talks Irish hopes for Tokyo 2020, and more, with the FIH.
Tokyo 2020 takes a look at some of the leading candidates for Tokyo 2020 success for the Philippines.
Dutee Chand's story is now a comic!
Nordic Combined'sters Aaron Kostner and Samuel Costa traveled Italy by bike.
Badminton superstar Lin Dan retires.
Joe Kovacs opens up on his positive outlook for the postponed Games.
USA TODAY took a look at how some of the financial hardships athletes face are exacerbated by the coronavirus.
Here's hoping this helps cement women's Nordic combined as a serious competitive endeavor on the circuit, and the Olympics.
There goes a repeat Kirani James & Bralon Taplin one-two punch for Grenada in an Olympics 400 meters.
Lance Armstrong: Nope, don't feel sorry for him.
Let's Get Social
Triathlete Elizabeth Bravo is thrilled to be back in the pool.
Filip Ingebrigtsen goes for a run.
Ryan Murphy shares his daily goal.
For gymnast Igor Cassina, respect is fundamental.
Olympic champion Tontowi Ahmad retires.
Tianna Bartoletta preaches education.
Armand Duplantis on positivity.
Benoit Paire sure knows how to post a good image.
Athlete Worth Watching
Can Pavlos Kontides win another Olympic medal for Cyprus at Tojyo 2020? (Fine with me, but I'm personally rooting for Milan Trajkovic...)
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Header: Kallimamaro stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Olympics in 1896