Latest Olympic trials News

Biles and Ledecky headline Day 2 of Olympic competition

Jul. 24, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Two of America's star Olympians headline Sunday's events at the Tokyo Games as Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky both begin their quests to rewrite the record books. The U.S. men’s basketball team begins play, while surfing makes its Olympic debut and the...

US Olympian Gable Steveson chases gold, pro wrestling dreams

Jul. 24, 2021 00:15 AM EDT

Gable Steveson loves to put on a show — during and after his biggest matches. Moments after he won at the U.S. Olympic trials at 125 kilograms to qualify for the Tokyo Games, he was taking down the strap on his singlet when he heard the crowd chanting. ...

'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...

Smith, Carlos, Berry demand change in Olympic protest rule

Jul. 22, 2021 23:02 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Gwen Berry are among the more than 150 athletes, educators and activists who signed a letter Thursday urging the IOC not to punish participants who demonstrate at the Tokyo Games. The five-page letter, published on the eve of...

Olympic athletes confront mental health challenges

Jul. 12, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

Sam Mikulak felt frantic. The American gymnast had his training disrupted by COVID-19, and the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until 2021. That unease stayed with Mikulak for a while, and it led him to confront all the ways the perfectionism of gymnastics had affected the...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 09, 2021 14:29 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Pfizer vaccine...

In letter, USADA says it can't change marijuana rules alone

Jul. 09, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency leaders are pushing to further mitigate “harsh consequences” for marijuana if it's not intentionally used to enhance performance, though they cannot unilaterally change the rules, they wrote in a letter to members of Congress critical of the agency in the wake of...

U.S. wrestler Kyle Dake finally has chance at Olympic gold

Jul. 07, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

Five years ago, Kyle Dake was injured and ready to retire. Though he had been one of America’s most successful freestyle wrestlers, he had come up short of his most lofty goals many times. Injuries to his labrum, bicep, hand, shoulder and foot played a significant role...

No relay: Banned sprinter Richardson left off Olympic team

Jul. 06, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

Banned sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson was not on the Olympic roster released Tuesday by USA Track and Field, a decision that means the American champion's positive test for marijuana will cost her a chance at running on the relay team in Tokyo, in addition to her spot in the 100-meter...

Army boxer Naomi Graham fights her way to Olympics for US

Jul. 06, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Claressa Shields is the most successful American amateur boxer of her generation. She dominated the middleweight division at the past two Olympics, overwhelming every opponent and becoming the only U.S. fighter to claim two boxing golds. ...