Privel Hinkati will make history for Benin at Tokyo 2020.
Can quarantine in a surfing paradise propel Brisa Hennessy to a medal for Costa Rics?
Rising archery star An San crosses a major milestone.
Daria Bilodid hopes to re-focus after Tokyo 2020 postponement to win gold to go along with two world titles.
Tianna Bartoletta hits out at Christian Coleman and his missed drug tests, suspending him from competition.
Table Tennis celebrated Social Media Day yesterday with a strong recap of their consistent work on various platforms.
The Olympic Channel checked in with Olympic medalist rowers Paul and Gary O'Donovan, who are in a battle to reach the Olympics gain together.
Congrats to New Zealand! Both the men's and women's teams were awarded season titles after the World Rugby Sevens Series were officially ended early due to the current pandemic. Both series were more than halfway done, with New Zealand ahead in the standings at the time of stoppage.
The CBC caught up with a panel of Canadian track and field athletes to share their personal stories of social and racial injustice.
French equestrian Penelope Leprevost takes a positive spin on the Tokyo 2020 postponement.
Pole vaulter Pauls Pujats talked with Olympic.org on sharing yoga with others during the pandemic.
Best wishes to Lara van Ruijven, short track star in an induced coma fighting an autoimmune disorder and in critical condition.
Beijing 2008 gold medalist Leo Messi hits yet another milestone with his 700th career senior goal, with his 630th for Barcelona along with his 70 for Argentina.
More Pride: Sarka Pancochova and Maarten Hurkmans provide more perspective as Pride Month closes.
Pita Taufatofua goes into hiding.
Track hunk Valdo Szucs goes tropical for his birthday.
Luccas Mesinas lives the California surf life.
A Little Roundup
Tokyo 2020 released their "positioning, principles, and roadmap" documents for the rescheduled games this week. While these were presented with some fanfare, and do provide a level of framework for finalizing the 2021 plans, I don't see guarantees that we'll actually have the Games. I know, that level of confidence isn't forthcoming soon, but it certainly is the most pressing question. That, and what exactly does "simplified" mean for all of the athletes, visitors, officials, etc.?
Although track and field got started in some parts over the last week or so, things got more headline-y with the "Impossible Games" at Oslo's Bislett Stadium yesterday. Karsten got a world's best, Jakob got a European record (beating the unfortunately-cold weathered Kenyans while at it), Mondo got an outdoor win, but the highlight result note for me was seeing Therese Johaug run the 10,000 meters in a respectable under-32 minutes. Who knew the cross-country skiing star had track credentials, too?!
World Athletics took a nice look at what Beijing 2008 Belgian Olympic heroes Elodie Ouedraogo and Olivia Borlee have been up to with their fitness clothing line.
Congratulations to track and field Olympians Kelsey-Lee Barber and Brandon Starc, Athletics Australia's Athletes of the Year for 2019
"Phenomenally Black" Allyson Felix describes her protest experience with NBC.
Well, here's an interesting "not my fault" explanation for a positive drug test, courtesy boxer Virginia Fuchs. Though, it does remind me of Richard Gasquet's cocaine-through-kissing story...
Vote for FIBA's Dunk of the Decade!
âThe Irish Examiner checked in with Tokyo 2020 rowing hopeful Ronan Byrne as he re-starts outdoor training.
Let's Get Social
Impossible Games: Karsten Warholm celebrates a world's best in the rarely-run 300 meter hurdles (and donates his winnings)...
...Jakob Ingebrigsten also celebrates his Impossible Games record...
...Armand Duplantis got a win on a return to outdoor competition...
...Sondre Moen set his own European record...
...while cross-country skiing star Therese Johaug got to run a 10,000 meters.
Giovanni Tocci looks forward to training.
Greg O'Shea reminisces about California.
Katinka Hosszu strikes a pose.
Olympic race walker Tom Bosworth celebrated an anniversary.
Spanish gymnast Adria Vera is back at training...
...while Oskar Kirmes got out in the sun.
Cathy Freeman shows it's not just in the U.S. where awareness is lacking.
Finally, congratulations to Jake Dalton on his baby announcement!
Is Viktoriia Listunova the next Russian Olympic gymnastics star?
World champion Steven Da Costa looks to make his mark in karate's Olympic debut.
Farida Osman hopes to continue breaking ground at Tokyo 2021.
Can Joan Poh make it to Tokyo 2020 for Singapore rowing?
Lee Zii Jia may be the next badminton star for Malaysia.
Lalremsiami is a rising star in Indian field hockey.
Olufunke Oshonaike will continue to make history for Nigeria at Tokyo 2020.
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That's me, at Rio 2016's Barra Olympic Park.
Header: Kallimamaro stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Olympics in 1896