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‘You made me so damn proud’: Biden praises Olympians & invites them to the White House

WASHINGTON / CNN — President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden met with members of the 2020 US Olympic Team Saturday in a live-streamed virtual reception. “You handle yourself with such grace, and such decency, it just — you made me so damn proud,” the President told the group of Olympic athletes over Zoom from his home in Delaware, where the first couple is spending the weekend. Biden offered shoutouts to gymnast Simone Biles, runner Isaiah Jewett, and swimmer Katie Ledecky, who he said, “can probably swim a mile quicker than most people could run a mile.”...

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Simone Biles will compete in balance beam final on Tuesday

TOKYO / AP — Simone Biles will compete at the 2020 Olympics on the balance beam. The announcement was made early Monday morning. Biles had been dealing with a mental block referred to as “the twisties.” That makes it hard for her to figure out where her body is while she’s in the air, putting Biles at risk of serious injury. Biles initially pulled out of the team gymnastics final on Tuesday, July 27. During the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Biles took home a bronze medal for her performance on the balance beam. Alongside Biles, teammate Suni Lee will also be competing in the...

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Paralympian Archer Set to Represent SWFL, Team USA in Tokyo

From picking up a bow and arrow for the first time when she was ten, to the Tokyo Paralympics, Emma Rose Ravish has become one of the world’s best Paralympian archers. She is set to represent Southwest Florida and Team USA in Tokyo. Growing up, Ravish had tried soccer and horseback riding but when she shot an arrow for the first time there was something different. “I don’t know exactly what I was feeling,” Ravish said. “I just knew that it made me smile with everything that I am.” That immediate passion for archery was noticed by a coach at the Victory Junction camp, a summer...

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Spectators not allowed at Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO, Japan / CNN — Venues for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan will not allow spectators. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshide Suga said the Games would take place under a coronavirus state of emergency. The announcement was made after five Olympic and Japanese government groups met to discuss the upcoming Olympics. Seiko Hashimoto with the Japanese Olympic Committee said, “A very heavy judgment was made.” Hashimoto said due to the pandemic, they have “no choice but to hold the Games in a limited way.” The post Spectators not allowed at Tokyo Olympics appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2...

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US sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson suspended from Olympic team after positive marijuana test

US track sensation Sha’Carri Richardson, who punched her ticker to the Tokyo Games after winning the women’s 100-meter race last month, has been suspended from the Olympic team after testing positive for THC, the chemical in marijuana, her lawyer said. According to NBC News, Richardson failed a drug test following her win at the US Olympic Track and Field trials in Oregon on June 19. Richardson is now prohibited from competing in the 100-meter race, but could possibly compete in another event, reported NBC. According to the World Anti-Doping Agency, THC is banned during competition....

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Simone Biles and 5 US women’s gymnastics teammates head to Tokyo

Already the greatest gymnast of all time, Simone Biles has booked a return trip to the Olympic Games and will have the opportunity to build on her legacy in exactly one month. The four-time Olympic gold medalist competed at the US Gymnastics Olympic trials in St. Louis, Missouri, over the weekend. She finished Sunday with an all-around score of 118.098 to earn her one of the two automatic spots on the team, reported CNN. Sunisa Lee secured the second automatic spot on the team. Along with Biles and Lee — Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum, MyKayla Skinner and Jade Carey will make up the U.S....

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Serena Williams said she will not play in Tokyo Olympics

NBC News — Twenty-three time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams announced on Sunday that she will not be playing in the Tokyo Olympics. “I’m actually not on the Olympic list — not that I’m aware of. And if so then I shouldn’t be on it,” Williams told reporters during a pre-Wimbledon press conference after being asked if she planned to participate. Williams, who is a four-time Olympic gold medalist, didn’t mention why she did not plan to attend. Reporters asked Williams for a reason why, but she turn down the question. “There’s a lot of reasons...

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