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Column: For Biles, it finally all becomes too much

Jul. 27, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

Finally, it all became too much. Simone Biles felt it hours before she took the floor in Tokyo, a nervousness she couldn’t explain as she waited to deliver what everyone except her was sure would be a gold medal for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team. “I was just like...

Biles withdraws from gymnastics final to protect team, self

Jul. 27, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Simone Biles arrived in Tokyo as the star of the U.S. Olympic movement and perhaps the Games themselves. She convinced herself she was prepared for the pressure. That she was ready to carry the burden of outsized expectations. Only, as the women's...

Rough day for stars Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka at Olympics

Jul. 27, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Simone Biles came into the Olympics as perhaps the biggest star of the Games. Naomi Osaka was such a big headline act that she was given the honor to light the Olympic flame in her native country. In a matter of just hours on Tuesday, Osaka was knocked out...

Olympics Latest: Germany wins another equestrian gold

Jul. 27, 2021 09:35 AM 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: ___ MEDAL ALERT The German dressage team won its ninth gold medal in the...

'A bit much': Naomi Osaka cites pressure in Olympic loss

Jul. 27, 2021 06:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It wasn't the ending that Naomi Osaka — nor her multitudes of fans across Japan and worldwide — had expected. The start of the Tokyo Olympics, however, will forever be a bright memory for the tennis superstar. Osaka herself said...

Disbelief, support in Japan after Naomi Osaka's elimination

Jul. 27, 2021 04:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — “Masaka" — or, in English, “No way.” That's how an incredulous Japan reacted Tuesday to the unexpectedly early loss of Naomi Osaka at the Tokyo Olympics, erasing her chances for gold. And people quickly turned to an outpouring of sympathy. ...

Tokyo Olympics: A success? A failure? And how to judge?

Jul. 27, 2021 01:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Will it be a success? A failure? Or none of the above? It will take something much more nuanced than those basic notions to assess the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics when they wrap up in two weeks. The response will be twisted by dozens of parties with...

Naomi Osaka of Japan has been eliminated from the Olympic tennis tournament at the Tokyo Games

Jul. 27, 2021 00:59 AM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Naomi Osaka of Japan has been eliminated from the Olympic tennis tournament at the Tokyo Games.

Olympics Latest: Japan upsets China in table tennis

Jul. 26, 2021 09:38 AM 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: ___ MEDAL ALERT Japan ended China’s overwhelming dominance in table...

Titmus, Doncic make memorable Olympic debuts

Jul. 26, 2021 09:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Ariarne Titmus and Luka Doncic made memorable Olympic debuts. Titmus lived up to the billing of her nickname the “Terminator” when she chased down Katie Ledecky in the 400 freestyle Monday to win one of the most anticipated races of the Summer Games. ...