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Tokyo Olympics while you were sleeping: Biles’ status, Team USA men’s hoops returns to form

  • July 28, 2021

withdrawal from the Olympics team gymnastics final Tuesday, Simone Biles will remain on the sidelines when the all-around final takes place Thursday. At the moment, her Olympic trajectory is unclear at best.

Biles, who was the defending gold medalist in the all-around and was projected to win five medals in Tokyo, will be replaced by Jade Carey for Team USA.

Fresh off of earning the gold medal in the first-ever women’s 1,500-meter freestyle swim at the Olympics, Katie Ledecky spoke empathetically about Biles.

“I would never want to speak for Simone or say that I know what she’s feeling because none of us do, but I understand it,” Ledecky said. “We’re at the highest level, we have the most eyes on us of anyone in the world right now. I’m not just saying us as in Simone and me, I’m saying everyone at the Olympics.”

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Here are some of the other notable things you missed Wednesday in Tokyo while you were sleeping:  

U.S. men’s basketball team looks like its All-Star self

Granted it came against Iran — which had perhaps two names that might be familiar to American basketball fans: 36-year old Hamed Haddadi, who played five seasons for the Memphis Grizzlies, and former Oregon star Arsalan Kazemi — but the U.S. men’s basketball team came to life.

the dominant 120-66 win over Iran, Team USA’s collection of All-Star level players rebounded from an ugly loss to France in the Olympic opener while generating some good feelings and positive momentum.

Katie Ledecky wins first-ever Olympic gold in women’s 1,500m free

Ledecky, the most versatile swimmer at these Olympic Games, won the gold medal in the first-ever women’s 1,500-meter freestyle, a little more than an hour after finishing fifth in the 200.

U.S. finished a disappointing fourth. This marked the first time in the United States’ proud swimming history that it failed to medal in a relay event that it was entered in.

The U.S. had entered the Tokyo Olympics a perfect 94-for-94 medaling in swim relays. 

It is the second consecutive Olympics in which the U.S. has won silver in the event, and the second medal for Hixon, who partnered with Sam Dorman, who has since retired.

Other must-read stories from Wednesday:

  • If there’s anybody uniquely qualified to speak about the Simone Biles situation, it’s Michael Phelps.
  • Simone Biles and gymnasts know: Mental health issues can lead to catastrophe when competing
  • Brit swimmer Tom Dean beats COVID twice to win gold at Olympics.
  • Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman said it took “bravery” for her former teammate Simone Biles to withdraw.
  • Duke Ragan is fighting to end a featherweight boxing drought for the U.S. at the Olympics.
  • 1992 gold medalist Charles Barkley says that Team USA has lost its invincibility.
  • Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz was gifted two houses and more than $600,000 after winning the nation’s first-ever gold medal.

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