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Paralympic jumper Roderick Townsend has sights set on more medals

Jul. 19, 2024 16:48 PM EDT

MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) — Roderick Townsend stands out at the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field trials, and it’s not just the purple singlet, white cleats and blonde hair. He’s trying to get back to a third Paralympics, having already won gold in the high jump (twice) and the long jump (once). ...

Beleaguered Olympic boxing has a new look in Paris: Gender parity, but the smallest field in decades

Jul. 18, 2024 17:04 PM EDT

Boxing is already on the Olympic ropes after an epic fight between its banished governing body and the IOC. Although the sport has been a staple of Olympic programs for over a century, it could be dropped before the Los Angeles Games if big changes in governance don't happen in the next year. ...

Diana Taurasi set for Paris Olympics, trying to become first basketball player to win 6 gold medals

Jul. 18, 2024 13:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi joked after the Tokyo Olympics that she would see everyone in Paris. The 42-year-old guard turned the joke into reality; she’ll be playing in a record sixth Olympic games when the U.S. women's basketball team goes for its eighth consecutive gold medal later this...

Paris Olympic competition nears total gender parity. Take a look at the athlete gender breakdown

Jul. 18, 2024 09:56 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The founder of the modern Olympics and former IOC president, Pierre de Coubertin, once said women competing in the Games would be “impractical, uninteresting, unaesthetic and improper.” Over a century later, the 2024 Paris Olympic Games are targeting gender parity...

American Nevin Harrison seeks repeat Olympic gold in women's canoe sprint 200

Jul. 16, 2024 12:37 PM EDT

Nevin Harrison’s dreams came true in Tokyo when she won the inaugural Olympic women’s canoe sprint 200 at age 19. Much of what followed the American’s gold-medal moment has seemed more like a nightmare. The Seattle native fought through chronic lower back pain...

Simone Biles has moved past Tokyo. If critics can't, she says that's their problem, not hers

Jul. 15, 2024 11:40 AM EDT

Simone Biles has spent the last three years moving past the Tokyo Olympics. The gymnastics superstar understands not everyone has. No matter how many national titles she wins or how times she stands atop the podium at the world championships, Biles knows she remains...

Brazil's Andrade looks to defend vault gold medal at Paris Olympics

Jul. 14, 2024 14:47 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rebeca Andrade had a third ACL surgery in her right knee five years ago. That almost stopped her career right there, before she even made it to the Olympics. It turns out she wasn't quite done. Not even close. Andrade has big plans for the Paris...

Paris Olympics: What to know, who to watch during the tennis competition

Jul. 12, 2024 14:23 PM EDT

A roadmap to follow for the tennis competition at the Paris Olympics: Athletes to Watch — Rafael Nadal, Spain: He already owns gold medals in singles (2008) and doubles (2016 with Marc López), to go alongside his 22 Grand Slam titles, and he is dominant on red clay,...

Paris Olympics: What to know and who to watch during the swimming competition

Jul. 12, 2024 13:14 PM EDT

A roadmap to follow for the swimming competition during the Paris Olympics: Athletes To Watch —Katie Ledecky, United States: Already one of the greatest swimmers ever, the 27-year-old American heads to Paris looking to add to her six individual Olympic gold medals....

Paris Olympics: What to know and who to watch during the skateboarding competition

Jul. 12, 2024 10:23 AM EDT

A roadmap to follow for the skateboarding competition during the Paris Olympics: Athletes to Watch —Jagger Eaton, United States: Eaton won bronze in the street contest in Tokyo. He became the first athlete to win park and street world championships when he captured...