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Brazilian teen enjoying new life after skateboarding success

Oct. 02, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

Like most 13-year-olds, Rayssa Leal woke up and began preparing for school. It was an important day because English and literature tests awaited. She also had to help out with house chores and look after her 7-year-old brother. At some point, she would also have to take...

Olympic medal count still counts even amid pandemic Games

Aug. 07, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Games were the Olympics staged a year later than planned because of a pandemic, where the athletes and organizers said it was a privilege just to play and uplift the world through sport. If ever there was a Games where sportsmanship would rise...

Brazil Olympic skateboarding is tropical fairytale for girls

Aug. 06, 2021 22:01 PM EDT

SAO CAETANO DO SUL, Brazil (AP) — No matter how much 9-year-old Brazilian Nicole Amaro pleaded with her dad to let her skateboard, Deivison wasn’t swayed. He was afraid she'd get hurt, and held his ground. Then, when things seemed hopeless, the impossible happened:...

Aussie skater uncorks 'stealthy' trick for gold in Tokyo

Aug. 05, 2021 04:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — As the coronavirus pandemic shut down competitions and clouded the future for the Tokyo Olympics, Australian skateboarder Keegan Palmer and his coach were hatching a cunning plan. On the other side of the planet, far from the skateboarding community that...

In Tokyo, social platforms help the Pandemic Olympics shine

Aug. 05, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A condom fixed Jessica Fox's canoe, and skateboarder Jagger Eaton celebrated his bronze medal by broadcasting live on Instagram. Margielyn Didal “let” Tony Hawk take a picture with her to post on Facebook. The stability of the cardboard framed beds in...

Social media stars: A glance at Olympians who went big

Aug. 05, 2021 03:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — At the Tokyo Games, athletes have taken to social media in trailblazing ways — with high-profile results. Several Olympians from niche sports introduced themselves to America through viral videos, with TikTok the preferred platform. Here's a look at some...

Cherry and Norman face off in 400-meter final at Tokyo Games

Aug. 04, 2021 19:09 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The action on Day 13 of the Tokyo Games will feature track and field, with medals in the men's 400-meter final, the men's and women's 4x100 relays and the women's 400 meters. The women’s beach volleyball final will be live during NBC's primetime coverage,...

Athletes fight limits on endorsements at Tokyo Olympics

Aug. 04, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Holding up a pre-packaged vegan meal on Instagram Stories with a “paid partnership” tag and a “SummerGames” discount code, Malaika Mihambo looks just like any other athlete with a side gig as a social media influencer. What makes the charismatic...

Track records keep falling in fast Tokyo Games

Aug. 04, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Games keep producing some of the fastest moments the world has ever seen on the track. A day after the men's 400-meter hurdles staged possibly one of the greatest races ever run, the women put on their own show as one of the Games' most...

Yosozumi wins another skateboarding gold for Japan

Aug. 04, 2021 02:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic debut of skateboarding is quickly becoming an all-Japanese affair. Making it three gold medals from three events, with just one more left to go, Sakura Yosozumi led a Japanese 1-2 in the women's park event on Wednesday, solidifying the host...