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Table tennis' mixed doubles get underway, US paddlers progress in singles

Table tennis' mixed doubles get underway, US paddlers progress in singles

Eimi Yamamitsu, Reuters  |  Posted July 23 - 11:36 p.m.

United States paddlers Liu Juan and Nikhil Kumar won their opening singles matches at the 2020 Olympics on Saturday while Japan's mixed doubles duo Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito did not have it all their own way early on but came back strong to advance.
Canceled party: Scrubbed match silences Olympic beach venue

Canceled party: Scrubbed match silences Olympic beach venue

Jimmy Golen, Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 10:56 p.m.

The Olympic beach volleyball tournament got off to the quintessential coronavirus-era start.
Watch: Former SLCC infielder Eddy Alvarez makes history as Team USA flagbearer at Tokyo Olympics

Watch: Former SLCC infielder Eddy Alvarez makes history as Team USA flagbearer at Tokyo Olympics

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted July 23 - 10:50 p.m.

The former Salt Lake Community College shortstop made history as the first baseball player to carry the American flag at the Sumer Games when he joined basketball star Sue Bird in leading the U.S. delegation during Friday's opening ceremonies.
Archery: US pair ousted in surprise loss to Indonesia

Archery: US pair ousted in surprise loss to Indonesia

Ju-min Park, Reuters  |  Updated July 23 - 10:26 p.m.

The United States suffered a surprise loss to Indonesia in the mixed-team archery competition on Saturday, dashing the 8th-ranked pair's medal hopes.
Chinese rifle shooter Yang wins first gold medal of Tokyo Olympics

Chinese rifle shooter Yang wins first gold medal of Tokyo Olympics

Mari Saito, Reuters  |  Posted July 23 - 9:23 p.m.

China's Yang Qian won the first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics in the women's 10-meter rifle competition on Saturday.
Unvaccinated US swimmer sparks debate as Olympics start

Unvaccinated US swimmer sparks debate as Olympics start

Beth Harris, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 3:53 p.m.

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.
With muted ceremony and empty stadium, Tokyo Olympics begin

With muted ceremony and empty stadium, Tokyo Olympics begin

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 8:04 a.m.

Belated and beleaguered, the virus-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics finally opened Friday night with cascading fireworks and made-for-TV choreography that unfolded in a near-empty stadium, a colorful but strangely subdued ceremony that set a striking tone to match a unique pandemic Games.
Tokyo Games struggling with COVID-19 — what it means for Utah's Olympic dream

Tokyo Games struggling with COVID-19 — what it means for Utah's Olympic dream

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted July 22 - 9:43 p.m.

The 2020 Summer Games was expected to showcase Japan's recovery from multiple disasters a decade ago. Then COVID-19 shut down the world.
Olympic cycling road races are studies in contrast

Olympic cycling road races are studies in contrast

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 8:15 p.m.

The men's and women's Olympic road races that begin the cycling program at the Tokyo Games this weekend are similar only in their start amid the forests of Musashinonomori Park and their finish line at Fuji International Speedway.
Looking at Tokyo Olympics through the lens of the 1964 Games

Looking at Tokyo Olympics through the lens of the 1964 Games

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 7:18 p.m.

Just 19 years after devastating defeat in World War II, the 1964 Tokyo Olympics showcased the reemergence of an innovative country that was showing off bullet trains, miniature transistor radios, and a restored reputation.
Smith, Carlos, Berry demand change in Olympic protest rule

Smith, Carlos, Berry demand change in Olympic protest rule

Eddie Pells , Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 11:19 a.m.

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.
Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke

Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 8:54 a.m.

The Tokyo Olympic Organizing Ccommittee fired the director of the opening ceremony on Thursday because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998.
Tokyo opening ceremony will be 'sobering' show, not flashy

Tokyo opening ceremony will be 'sobering' show, not flashy

Karolos Grohmann, Reuters  |  Updated July 22 - 7:51 a.m.

Forget the mass choreography, the huge props and the cornucopia of dancer, actors and lights associated with an Olympic Games opening ceremony. Tokyo's grand opening on Friday will have none of that splendour or grandiosity.
US women's soccer regroups after stunning loss to Sweden

US women's soccer regroups after stunning loss to Sweden

Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 3:02 a.m.

While it certainly wasn't the Olympic start the U.S. women's soccer team had anticipated, a rare loss didn't skewer the squad's hopes for gold.
Abbott strikes out nine, USA beats Canada to improve to 2-0

Abbott strikes out nine, USA beats Canada to improve to 2-0

Paresh Dave, Reuters  |  Updated July 21 - 10:00 p.m.

The United States scored a 1-0 victory over Canada as U.S. pitcher Monica Abbott dominated the Canadian batters from the start on the second day of softball at the Tokyo Games.
SLCC coach weighs in on 'gross' double standard for women's beach sports

SLCC coach weighs in on 'gross' double standard for women's beach sports

Jenny Rollins, KSL.com  |  Posted July 21 - 5:03 p.m.

Siding with the recently fined Norwegian women's beach handball team, the SLCC women's beach volleyball coach said female athletes should have a choice in attire.
Former SLCC infielder Alvarez chosen to carry US flag at opening ceremony

Former SLCC infielder Alvarez chosen to carry US flag at opening ceremony

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 4:06 p.m.

Four-time Olympic women's basketball gold medalist Sue Bird and baseball player Eddy Alvarez were chosen as U.S. flag bearers for the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday night.
Bountiful's Jake Gibb reportedly looking for new beach volleyball partner after positive COVID-19 test

Bountiful's Jake Gibb reportedly looking for new beach volleyball partner after positive COVID-19 test

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated July 21 - 10:27 a.m.

Jake Gibb, the 45-year-old beach volleyball Olympian from Bountiful, is reportedly in need of a new playing partner after Taylor Crabb tested positive for COVID-19, as first reported by the Orange County Register.
Brisbane picked to host 2032 Olympics without a rival bid

Brisbane picked to host 2032 Olympics without a rival bid

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 7:36 a.m.

Brisbane was picked Wednesday to host the 2032 Olympics, the inevitable winner of a one-city race steered by the IOC to avoid rival bids.
Sweden stuns US 3-0 in women's soccer at Olympics

Sweden stuns US 3-0 in women's soccer at Olympics

Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 7:13 a.m.

Sweden didn't have to bunker down on defense against the Americans this time.
Osterman strikes out 9, US tops Italy 2-0 in softball opener

Osterman strikes out 9, US tops Italy 2-0 in softball opener

Ronald Blum, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 4:13 a.m.

Cat Osterman looked ahead, not behind, in the start of the United States' quest to regain the Olympic softball gold medal, 13 years after she lost the championship game.
Japan, rivals dominate their openers as Games action begins

Japan, rivals dominate their openers as Games action begins

Paresh Dave, Reuters  |  Updated July 21 - 2:42 a.m.

Japan, the United States and Canada let a lone run among them during victories in softball on Wednesday as the first event of the pandemic-postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics began without spectators against the backdrop of the lush hills of Fukushima.
Should US Olympic board be dissolved for not disciplining athletes for 'anti-American' protests?

Should US Olympic board be dissolved for not disciplining athletes for 'anti-American' protests?

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted July 20 - 3:01 p.m.

Utah Rep. Burgess Owens wants actions taken if the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee board of directors doesn't discipline athletes who engage in "anti-American" protests.
Olympics: Tokyo 2020 chief doesn't rule out canceling Games

Olympics: Tokyo 2020 chief doesn't rule out canceling Games

Ju-min Park and Sakura Murakami, Reuters  |  Posted July 20 - 8:32 a.m.

The chief of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee on Tuesday did not rule out canceling the Olympics if COVID-19 cases spiked, as more athletes tested positive for the virus and sponsors ditched plans to attend Friday's opening ceremony.
Under-fire Olympic composer steps down over past bullying

Under-fire Olympic composer steps down over past bullying

Yuri Kageyama and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 9:34 p.m.

Keigo Oyamada, a Japanese composer working on the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, quit Monday after coming under fire for bullying classmates during his childhood.
US Olympic alternate gymnast Kara Eaker tests positive for COVID-19

US Olympic alternate gymnast Kara Eaker tests positive for COVID-19

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 10:06 a.m.

Kara Eaker, an alternate on the United States women's gymnastics team, has tested positive for COVID-19 in an Olympic training camp in Japan.
Lillard, Johnson lead US to 83-76 exhibition win over Spain

Lillard, Johnson lead US to 83-76 exhibition win over Spain

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 9:45 p.m.

Two days after being added to the Olympic team, Keldon Johnson keyed a huge third-quarter run to help the U.S. beat Spain.
Zero risk? Virus cases test Olympic organizers' assurances

Zero risk? Virus cases test Olympic organizers' assurances

Stephen Wade, Yuri Kageyama and Gerald Imray, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 8:26 p.m.

Two South African soccer players became the first athletes inside the Olympic Village to test positive for COVID-19, and other cases connected to the Tokyo Games were also confirmed Sunday, highlighting the herculean task organizers face to keep the virus contained while the world's biggest sports event plays out.
US women earn first exhibition win, routing Nigeria 93-62

US women earn first exhibition win, routing Nigeria 93-62

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 6:37 p.m.

The U.S. women's Olympic team was in unfamiliar territory having dropped two exhibition games in a row for the first time in a decade.
American star Gauff tests positive for COVID-19, to miss Tokyo Games

American star Gauff tests positive for COVID-19, to miss Tokyo Games

Reuters  |  Updated July 18 - 1:39 p.m.

American Coco Gauff will not compete in the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19, the 17-year-old said on Sunday.
How Rhyan White's Olympic run could help elevate swimming in Utah

How Rhyan White's Olympic run could help elevate swimming in Utah

Ryan Miller, KSL.com  |  Posted July 18 - 10:14 a.m.

Just making a trip to the Olympic Trials was the pinnacle of the sport for Utah swimmers. Last month, however, Rhyan White changed that. She made the team — will more Utahns now follow?
Utah Olympians heading to Tokyo for 2020 Games

Utah Olympians heading to Tokyo for 2020 Games

Keira Farrimond, KSL TV  |  Posted July 17 - 12:35 p.m.

Whether they're born and bred, or brought to Utah to play as a pro, this year, we'll see more locals in the Summer Olympic Games than ever before.
US Olympian Gable Steveson chases gold, pro wrestling dreams

US Olympian Gable Steveson chases gold, pro wrestling dreams

Cliff Brunt, Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 8:09 a.m.

Gable Steveson loves to put on a show -- during and after his biggest matches.
Virus outbreaks at Olympic hotels sow frustration, stoke infection fears

Virus outbreaks at Olympic hotels sow frustration, stoke infection fears

Ju-min Park, Eimi Yamamitsu, and Antoni Slodkowski, Reuters  |  Posted July 16 - 8:44 a.m.

Coronavirus outbreaks involving Olympic teams in Japan have turned small-town hotels into facilities on the frontline of the pandemic battle.
Bradley Beal out of Olympics for health and safety reasons

Bradley Beal out of Olympics for health and safety reasons

Brian Mahoney, Associated Press  |  Updated July 15 - 3:50 p.m.

On a U.S. basketball team filled with stars, nobody scored more than Bradley Beal during the season.
Novak Djokovic posts he is in for Tokyo Olympics

Novak Djokovic posts he is in for Tokyo Olympics

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 15 - 3:15 p.m.

Novak Djokovic is going to the Tokyo Olympics, keeping alive his chance for a "Golden Slam."
Navy blazers, stripes and flag scarves for Team USA in Tokyo

Navy blazers, stripes and flag scarves for Team USA in Tokyo

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Updated July 14 - 10:22 a.m.

The Team USA flag bearers in steamy Tokyo will likely be the coolest members of their packs.
USA bounces back, tops Argentina 108-80 in pre-Tokyo tune-up

USA bounces back, tops Argentina 108-80 in pre-Tokyo tune-up

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Updated July 13 - 6:46 p.m.

USA Basketball finally made it look easy again.
Olympic surfing exposes whitewashed Native Hawaiian roots

Olympic surfing exposes whitewashed Native Hawaiian roots

Sally Ho, Associated Press  |  Updated July 13 - 1:23 p.m.

For some Native Hawaiians, surfing's Olympic debut is both a celebration of a cultural touchstone invented by their ancestors, and an extension of the racial indignities seared into the history of the game and their homeland.
Roger Federer says he's out of Olympics after knee 'setback'

Roger Federer says he's out of Olympics after knee 'setback'

Howard Fendrich, Associated Press  |  Posted July 13 - 11:11 a.m.

Roger Federer will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics, writing on social media Tuesday that he "experienced a setback" with his knee during the grass-court season.
What Mitt Romney says US should do after EU calls for diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

What Mitt Romney says US should do after EU calls for diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted July 12 - 2:57 p.m.

Mitt Romney reiterated his push this week for a U.S. diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
How Herriman's Rhyan White became the first US Olympic swimmer from Utah

How Herriman's Rhyan White became the first US Olympic swimmer from Utah

Ryan Miller, KSL.com  |  Posted July 9 - 7:32 p.m.

To those watching from afar, it may seem like Rhyan White has come out of nowhere to become an Olympian. But those close to her know that couldn't be further from the truth.
Olympics bans spectators after Tokyo declares COVID-19 emergency

Olympics bans spectators after Tokyo declares COVID-19 emergency

Eimi Yamamitsu and Tetsushi Kajimoto, Reuters  |  Updated July 8 - 10:24 a.m.

Organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Thursday agreed to hold the Games without spectators, after Japan declared a coronavirus state of emergency for the capital that will run throughout the event.
How pride in 2002 Winter Olympics legacy is focal to bringing Games back

How pride in 2002 Winter Olympics legacy is focal to bringing Games back

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted July 8 - 9:04 a.m.

The new leaders of Utah's Olympic bid see the 2002 Winter Games as a major contributor to the state, something they hope to repeat again and again.
No relay: Banned sprinter Richardson left off Olympic team

No relay: Banned sprinter Richardson left off Olympic team

Eddie Pells and Pat Graham, Associated Press  |  Updated July 6 - 4:35 p.m.

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 individual race.
Utes gymnast MyKayla Skinner announces collegiate retirement, decision to turn pro

Utes gymnast MyKayla Skinner announces collegiate retirement, decision to turn pro

Josh Furlong, KSL.com  |  Posted July 3 - 11:35 a.m.

After finally being named an Olympian on Sunday, Utes gymnast MyKayla Skinner announced she's retiring from the sport after the Tokyo Olympics.
Richardson will miss Olympic 100 after marijuana test

Richardson will miss Olympic 100 after marijuana test

Eddie Pells and Pat Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted July 2 - 11:01 a.m.

American champion Sha'Carri Richardson cannot run in the Olympic 100-meter race after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana.
'Hey Mom, I made it': No longer an alternate, Utes' MyKayla Skinner finally realizing Olympic dream

'Hey Mom, I made it': No longer an alternate, Utes' MyKayla Skinner finally realizing Olympic dream

Josh Furlong, KSL.com  |  Posted June 29 - 8:47 a.m.

Letting the emotions sink in briefly, MyKayla Skinner told a national audience after she was selected to represent Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics: "Hey mom, I made it."
Experience matters: USA Basketball confirms Olympic roster

Experience matters: USA Basketball confirms Olympic roster

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Updated June 28 - 5:38 p.m.

Experience mattered to USA Basketball when putting together a roster for the Tokyo Olympics.
Team USA Tracker: Here are current and former Utah athletes heading to the Tokyo Olympics

Team USA Tracker: Here are current and former Utah athletes heading to the Tokyo Olympics

KSL.com Sports  |  Updated June 28 - 12:32 p.m.

Check back often to see all of the Utahns and athletes with ties to Utah who will be heading to Tokyo to represent the United States of America.
Where every track and field athlete from Utah finished at the US Olympic trials

Where every track and field athlete from Utah finished at the US Olympic trials

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated June 27 - 10:41 p.m.

Follow along as a variety of former high school and collegiate track and field standouts try to earn an Olympic berth for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in "Track Town USA" via the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon.
Biles, Lee lock up spots on US Olympic gymnastics team; Skinner added as individual

Biles, Lee lock up spots on US Olympic gymnastics team; Skinner added as individual

Will Graves, Associated Press  |  Updated June 27 - 9:07 p.m.

Simone Biles' Olympic encore is finally here.
Utes gymnasts in contention for Olympic team spot (+ how to watch the team trials)

Utes gymnasts in contention for Olympic team spot (+ how to watch the team trials)

Josh Furlong, KSL.com  |  Posted June 27 - 10:02 a.m.

Simone Biles paced herself to a seemingly easy three-point lead and has essentially guaranteed herself a spot on Team USA; but arguably nobody did more for themselves than MyKayla Skinner.
What pressure? Biles soars to lead at U.S. Olympic Trials; Skinner in 4th

What pressure? Biles soars to lead at U.S. Olympic Trials; Skinner in 4th

Will Graves, Associated Press  |  Updated June 25 - 8:33 p.m.

Simone Biles is primed for Tokyo.
Millcreek parafencer representing Team USA at Tokyo Paralympics

Millcreek parafencer representing Team USA at Tokyo Paralympics

Alex Cabrero, KSL TV  |  Posted June 25 - 3:47 p.m.

With less than a month to go until the start of the Tokyo Olympics, a Millcreek woman just qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics which are also happening this summer.
Olympics give Jazz players something to focus on following season's sudden end

Olympics give Jazz players something to focus on following season's sudden end

Ryan Miller, KSL.com  |  Posted June 23 - 1:17 p.m.

The dream of an NBA title is gone for Jazz players, but championship glory can still come at the Olympics.
5 things you should know about Utah's bid to host another Olympics

5 things you should know about Utah's bid to host another Olympics

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted June 20 - 10:37 p.m.

As the world's attention is on the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games set to start next month after a yearlong delay, there's plenty going on with the effort to bring the Winter Games to Utah.
2 for 2: Ledecky wins her shortest, longest races at trials

2 for 2: Ledecky wins her shortest, longest races at trials

Paul Newberry, Associated Press  |  Updated June 16 - 8:57 p.m.

The long and short of it was not an issue for Katie Ledecky.
Need for speed: Ledecky wins 400 but slower than expected

Need for speed: Ledecky wins 400 but slower than expected

Paul Newberry, Associated Press  |  Updated June 14 - 9:19 p.m.

Katie Ledecky touched the wall far ahead of everyone else at the U.S. swimming trials.