Mixed bag: Erratic Pandemic Olympics come to a nuanced end

It began with a virus and a yearlong pause. It ended with a typhoon blowing through and, still, a virus. In between: just about everything. The Tokyo Olympics, christened with “2020” but held in mid-2021 after being interrupted for a year by the coronavirus, glided to their conclusion in a COVID-emptied stadium Sunday night as […]

Allyson Felix becomes the most decorated woman in Olympic track history

Allyson Felix won bronze in the women’s 400-meter final in Tokyo on Friday — making her the most decorated female track and field athlete in Olympic history. The 35-year-old has won six gold medals, three silver and now, one bronze, matching running legend Carl Lewis’ U.S. record of 10 medals. Felix, who was participating in […]

‘We did it’: Crouser’s gold a tribute to his fallen grandpa

Ryan Crouser wrote the note and brought it to the stadium just in case. “Grandpa. We did it. 2020 Olympic champion!” it said. The world’s best shot putter had a feeling he’d win. After he did just that on Thursday, he pulled out that piece of paper and showed it to the world. Crouser’s second […]

Tokyo logs record 5,042 cases as infections surge amid Games

Tokyo reported 5,042 new daily coronavirus cases on Thursday, hitting a record since the pandemic began as the infections surge in the Japanese capital hosting the Olympics. The additional cases brought the total for Tokyo to 236,138. Nationwide, Japan reported more than 14,000 cases on Wednesday for a total of 970,000. Tokyo has been under […]

13-year-old Sky Brown wins medal at Tokyo Olympics

13-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown won bronze in the women’s park skateboarding event at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday. The teen is Great Britain’s youngest Olympic medalist ever and the third 13-year-old to win a medal for skateboarding at the Tokyo Games. Japan’s Momiji Nishiya became one of the youngest Olympic gold medalists ever after winning […]

2 Americans break previous women’s 400m hurdles world record

U.S. track star Sydney McLaughlin broke her own world record to win gold in the women’s 400-meter hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics, with teammate Dalilah Muhammad coming in a close second and also breaking the previous record. McLaughlin set the previous record of 51.90 in June during Olympic Trials. McLaughlin earned gold and a new […]

Biles returns to Olympic competition, wins bronze on beam

Simone Biles found something a little more manageable than the weight of the world. Bronze. The American gymnastics superstar earned her seventh Olympic medal and second in Tokyo with a third-place finish in the balance beam final on Tuesday, a week after she took herself out of several competitions to deal with a mental block […]

At an extraordinary Olympics, acts of kindness abound

A surfer jumping in to translate for the rival who’d just beaten him. High-jumping friends agreeing to share a gold medal rather than move to a tiebreaker. Two runners falling in a tangle of legs, then helping each other to the finish line. In an extraordinary Olympic Games where mental health has been front and […]

American star Simone Biles to return for balance beam finals

Simone Biles is returning to competition in Tokyo. The 2016 Olympic champion will compete in the balance beam finals on Tuesday, a little over a week after stepping away from the meet to focus on her mental health. “We are so excited to confirm that you will see two U.S. athletes in the balance beam […]

Japan expands virus emergency after record spikes amid Olympic Games

Japan expanded a coronavirus state of emergency to four more areas in addition to Tokyo on Friday following record spikes in infections as the capital hosts the Olympics. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared an emergency in Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba, near Tokyo, as well as in the western city of Osaka, effective Monday until Aug. […]