Latest Olympic games News

The Latest: Georgian tennis players sent home after error

Jul. 23, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ Two Georgian tennis players have been barred from the Tokyo Olympics after officials in...

At Tokyo Olympics, a debt to 'Back to the Future' and 'E.T.'

Jul. 23, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Although the name Marty McFly won't be on the start list for the first Olympic skateboarding competition, the “Back to the Future” character who inspired the immortal lines “What's that thing he's on? It's a board, with wheels!” was a landmark personality for the sport...

'This can be me': Black participation rising in gymnastics

Jul. 23, 2021 21:06 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — There's a phenomenon that happens every time Simone Biles appears on a screen inside Power Moves Gymnastics & Fitness. As if flipping a switch, the young women of color on the gym's competitive team spring to life, fueled by the jolt of adrenaline that...

NBC quickly hires Maria Taylor after her departure from ESPN

Jul. 23, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

Maria Taylor has joined NBC less than a week after her contract with ESPN expired. NBC formally made the announcement during its primetime Olympic show Friday before a replay of the opening ceremony. ESPN and Taylor announced Wednesday that they...

Unvaccinated US swimmer sparks debate as Olympics start

Jul. 23, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A debate is brewing between former gold medalist Maya DiRado and some American swimmers over U.S. medal threat Michael Andrew’s decision not to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as he prepares to compete at the Tokyo Olympics. DiRado sparked the...

Sanz: The Olympics are magic that the world was missing

Jul. 23, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Alejandro Sanz just earned another accolade to go with his 29 Grammys: Olympic performer. The Spanish sensation joined John Legend, Keith Urban and Angelique Kidjo on Friday to spread the message of peace at the Tokyo Games in a pre-recorded...

Rare medal from first modern Olympics fetches over $180,000

Jul. 23, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A rare first-place medal from the first modern Olympic Games has sold for more than $180,000. Boston-based RR Auction said Friday that the winning bidder for the silver medal from the 1896 games in Athens, Greece, was a collector based on the East Coast....

'The greatest honor': Osaka lights Olympic cauldron

Jul. 23, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — What a moment for Naomi Osaka. For the new Japan. For racial injustice. For female athletes. For tennis. The four-time Grand Slam winner lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday. It was a choice that...

Bring the pain: Olympic swimming begins with grueling 400 IM

Jul. 23, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Chase Kalisz knows what’s coming: Pain, and lots of it in the 400-meter individual medley that gets swimming underway at the Tokyo Olympics. The eight-lap race requires endurance, technique and strategy while fighting off weary legs and arms churning...

Japan's judoka stars look to calm nation's Olympic angst

Jul. 23, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The first day of full competition of the Tokyo Games could mark the turning point for an uneasy Japanese public that overwhelmingly disapproved of the Olympics being held during the pandemic. The first medal of the Games will go to the winner of the...