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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS YEAR'S SUMMER GAMES
Members of the first U.S. Olympic skateboarding...

Skateboarding Innovator Reflects On Sport's First Olympics

Aug. 11
By Andrew Bracken, Maureen Cavanaugh

Skateboarding recently completed its Olympics debut and several of those who participated and medaled hail from San Diego.

NBC Touts A Silver Lining In Historically Low Viewership For The Tokyo Olympics

Aug. 9
Eric Deggans / NPR

Average prime time viewership was just 15.5 million people, down from an average 26.7 million for the Rio Games in 2016. But NBC's broadcast ratings ranked second only to its Sunday Night Football.

Jennifer Valente of Team United States competes...

San Diego Cyclist Wins Unprecedented Gold Medal

Aug. 9
By City News Service

San Diego cyclist Jennifer Valente Sunday celebrated becoming the first American woman to win a track cycling Olympic gold medal, winning the four-event omnium, despite being involved in a late crash.

Gymnastics Hasn't Changed Since Nassar, Survivor Rachael Denhollander Says

Aug. 9
Nell Clark / NPR

The former gymnast was instrumental in bringing serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar to justice. She says the gymnastics industry still has abusers and a system rife with problems.

What I Learned From Watching Every Sport At The Tokyo Olympics

Aug. 9
Linda Holmes / NPR

Over two weeks, critic Linda Holmes watched every Olympic discipline, from archery to wrestling. Fast sports, slow sports, graceful sports and hard crashes. As it turned out, they're all beautiful.

President Biden Tells U.S. Olympic Squad It 'Restored The Soul Of America'

Aug. 8
Dave Mistich / NPR

The president praised Team USA athletes for their "moral courage" during a Zoom call on Saturday, with special shoutouts to gymnast Simone Biles and swimmer Katie Ledecky.

Why The Olympic Athletes Don't March Behind Their Own Flag At The Closing Ceremony

Aug. 8
Bill Chappell / NPR

The plan was hatched 65 years ago by a teenager who is credited with saving the Games from disaster. His anonymous letter created a new Olympic tradition.

Paris Has Taken The Torch From Tokyo For The 2024 Summer Olympic Games

Aug. 8
Deepa Shivaram / NPR

A celebration in Paris debuted the Olympic flag flying from the Eiffel Tower as the French city prepares to host the 2024 summer Olympic games.

United States Barely Edges Out China For Most Gold Medals At Tokyo Olympics

Aug. 8
Deepa Shivaram / NPR

For the seventh Olympic games in a row, the United States took home more medals than any country. But in the gold-medal race, they just barely edged China.

The Best Photos From The Closing Ceremony Of The Tokyo Olympics

Aug. 8
Deepa Shivaram / NPR

After 17 days of Olympic competition that was far different than usual due to COVID-19 restrictions, Tokyo celebrated its closing ceremony Sunday with artistic performances and a light show.

U.S. Women's Volleyball Team Wins First Ever Olympic Gold Medal

Aug. 8
Russell Lewis / NPR

The U.S. defeated Brazil in straight sets to win its first Olympic gold medal. It was the U.S.'s sixth volleyball medal overall and the fourth Olympics in a row the U.S. medaled.

U.S. Women's Basketball Wins Olympic Gold For The 7th Straight Time

Aug. 7
Russell Lewis / NPR

The U.S. women have not lost a game at the Olympics since the 1992 Games in Barcelona, a remarkable stretch of 55 straight victories and seven gold medals.

German Modern Pentathlon Coach Disqualified For Punching A Horse

Aug. 7
Matthew S. Schwartz / NPR

Kim Raisner violated the rules at the Olympic Games when she lightly punched a reluctant horse that was refusing to ride.

How Home Field Advantage Gives Olympic Host Countries An Edge — And More Gold Medals

Aug. 7
Joe Hernandez / NPR

Data shows, almost without exception, that Olympic athletes from the host country win more medals in the summer games than they did when they were competing away from home.

U.S. Men Win 4x400 Meter Relay And Get The Team's First Track Gold In Tokyo

Aug. 7
Dave Mistich / NPR

After failing to win a single gold medal across all track events leading into Saturday, the U.S. men's team dominated in the 4x400 meter relay's final heat to the top spot on the podium.

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