Erica Wiebe is introspective.
Gabriella Papadakis stands tall.
Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk and Misha Romanchuk steal a kiss.
Andrea Vargas found some flowers for some rest time.
David Llorente reps Segovia.
Learn about Spiridon Louis, inaugural modern Olympic marathon winner at Athens 1896. It's the 125th anniversary of the event on April 10th.
Tegla Loroupe was a fighter as a long-distance runner - and one of my favorites to cheer - and she continues to fight in retirement, as a champion for using sport for peace and education.
Swimmer Aliaksandra Hersimenia: Belarus' repression against its own athletes continues.
Former German bobsledder Christoph Langen gets a new role with the IBSF.
Best wishes to Koji Murofushi, Athens 2004 and London 2012 hammer throw medalist, who is reportedly battling brain lymphona.
Vanessa Chala becomes the 16th Ecuadorian to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, and the sixth Ecuadorian judoka ever. (in Spanish)
And, Rckaela Aquino is the first female from Guam to qualify - on merit, rather than continental allocation - to an Olympics, with her second-place finish at the African & Oceania Wrestling Olympic Qualification.
Equality: A U.S. Olympic soccer star takes a U.S. Olympic basketball star to school...
Cyclist Kasper Asgreen may not really be a surprise Tour de Flanders winner, but it sure sets hims up for increased attention.
Snowboarder Chloe Kim shares her experience and concerns with recent anti-Asian American sentiment in the United States.
Rio 2016 Olympic medalist Lydia Ko: the greatest final round ever in women's golf?
Congrats to Japanese athletic stars assisting the torch relay this week, including Takuya Haneda (canoeing), Mizuki Noguchi (marathon), Saori Yoshida and Sara Dosho (wrestling), Yuji Nishida and Emiko Miyamoto (volleyball), Tadahiro Nomura (judo), and Ayaka Tadahashi (badminton).
Can Mathea Olin secure a spot in women's surfing at Tokyo 2020, and represent Canada in a somewhat 'non-Canadian' sport?
Star Swedish curler Niklas Edin has won three world championships in Canada, and now he's trying for a fourth in Calgary this week.
U..S. wrestler Kyle Dake will make his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 after denying one of the sport's most visible stars a return trip to the Games.
Taekwondo star athlete Bianca Walkden is aiming to complete an "unprecedented" treble of World Championship, European Championship, and Olympic Championship this summer.
Could budding Team Great Britain's budding Olympic skateboarding star Sky Brown also compete in surfing at Tokyo 2020?
The Bridge asks if 38-year-old Mary Kom can win boxing gold at Tokyo 2020 after bronze at London 2012.
Relive Sturla Holm Laegreid's breakout 2020/21 biathlon season, courtesy of IBU TV'S "Best 5 Moments".
Judoka Lioc Pietri reflects on a "small mistake" that pushes him now to focus on Paris 2024.
FIVB's Roster 100 series looks at Norwegian stars Anders Mol and Christian Sorum, the current top-ranked beach players.
Ever want to go behind-the-scenes of Team Canada's divers in training? Team Canada has you covered.
More biathlon: Italian Nicole Gontier retires after two Olympic appearances and two World Championship medals.
Brazilian soccer superstar Marta shares her start in the sport with The Players' Tribune.
Kyle Dake and Helen Maroulis headline the results of Team USA's Olympic Trials for wrestling.
"Leaner and stronger", Irish swimmer Shane Ryan hope his new level of fitness bodes well for Olympic success this summer.
Rikako Ikee: Anyone needing a feel-good story? Start here. And watch this.
More swimming: Not all Olympic medals lead to immediate euphoria and satisfaction. Daniel Kowalski's Atlanta 1996 success started a period of depression.
Karate star Douglas Brose uses his sport to help his community and support the International Day of Sport for Development and Perace.
Beijing 2022 checks in with Guo Dan and her rise in speed skating after a start in roller skating.
HIgh jumper Priscilla Frederick-Loomis gives testament to the effects of Covid-19 as she battles through recovery to make it to Tokyo 2020.
Middle distance runner Bryce Hoppel reflects on his steady rise in the 800 meters with World Athletics.
Athens 2004 medal-winning kayaker Nathan Baggaley found guilty in a drugs case in Australia.
Soccer star Alex Morgan and basketball player Sue Bird will produce a retrospective TOGETHXR documentary on Atlanta 1996's role in lifting women's sports.
Speaking of film, get to (re) know Rulon Gardner ahead of watching Rulon, an Olympic Channel feature highlighting his championship wrestling beginnings and career.
Congrats on the winning Futura design!
The van Dorens sure do get training in where they can. (ad)
Long time, no see, Caterine!
Kai Kazmirek trains in b&w.
Maria Espinoza is joyous.
Russian figure skaters showed their dominance at the World Figure Skating Championships this weekend, as they won three of four events and half of the overall medals. Titles went to Victoria Sinitsina & Nikita Katsalapov (ice dance), Anastasia Mishina & Alexandr Galliamov (pairs), and Anna Shcherbakova (ladies, leading a Russian sweep).
Meanwhile, The New York Times looks at the challenges Black figure skaters face in the sport, and the unque platform they have to address them.
Open water swimmer Marc-Antoine Olivier reviews the last year and looks ahead to Tokyo 2020 and beyond with FINA.org.
Mexico's women's archery team is better poised to make a good run in the Olympics after a strong showing at the Pan American Championships.
Only taking up 49er racing six years ago, Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove overcame youth and relative inexperience to secure an Irish berth at Tokyo 2020's sailing.
Rio 2016 medalist with Team Serbia's men's basketball, Nikola Jokic is having a banner year with the NBA. The Olympic Channel offers a look.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Pyeongchang 2018 gold medalist Daniel-Andre Tande, after a serious fall at a world cup ski jumping competition last week.
Artistic swimmer Isidora Letelier is looking forward to the opportunity that Santiago 2023 will provide sport in Chile.
Austrian madison cyclists Andreas Graf and Andreas Mueller have waited since 2008 for an Olympic opportunity, and they're trying to take the Tokyo 2020 wait in stride.
ESPN.com checks in with some prominent Tokyo 2020 hopefuls - gymnast Morgan Hurd, volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings, diver David Boudia, and soccer player Becky Sauerbruun - as they reflect on the past year that deflected their Olympic dreams.
Swimmer Mark Tewksbury, figure skater Eric Radford, and speed skater Anastasia Bucsis are 'proud to play' in a new children's book sharing Canadian LGBTQ athlete stories.
Taekwondo star Pauline Lopez leads a new campaign to help inspire future sportspeople in the Philippines.
Judoka Sam Chouchi relishes hearing the Belgian national anthem after his gold medal win at the Tbilisi Grand Slam this past week.
Team USA profiles Ariel Torres, who took advantage of pandemic restrictions to focus on getting him closer to qualification in karate's Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.
Congratulations go to weightlifter Fernando Reis, belated winner of Brazil's first-ever IWF World Championship medal.
He just set the Australian national 1,500 meter track record, but Oliver Hoare may not qualify for the national team for the Olympics.
More Australia: Jared Tallent, race walking legend retires.
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