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September 26, 2021

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Ledecky joining Florida as volunteer swim coach

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Katie Ledecky, one of the most decorated swimmers in history, will join the University of Florida as a volunteer swimming coach, the school announced Wednesday. The announcement is also telling as far as Ledecky’s future plans. In addition to helping out with Florida’s swimming and diving program, Ledecky will train......

Paralympian Deja Young-Craddock on Tokyo Paralympics 2021

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Deja Young-Craddock, a three-time Team USA Paralympic medalist, was born with brachial plexus, an injury sustained at birth that caused limited mobility in her right shoulder. She dominated in her first Paralympic Games in Rio, earning gold medals in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Young-Craddock, 25, currently competing in......

Simone Biles, on her competitive future and new business ventures

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After what she describes as a “unique” Olympic experience and a grueling extra year of training due to the pandemic, Simone Biles remains uncertain about what’s next for her competitive gymnastics career and a potential bid for the 2024 Paris Games. But she’s more than OK with that. Instead, she’s......

South Africa’s silver surfer Bianca Buitendag inspired by mom’s cancer fight

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Competitive surfing consumed Bianca Buitendag’s every thought until her father’s sudden death in 2015 sapped her motivation. But then her mother’s two bouts with cancer inspired her to a silver medal performance at the Olympics in Tokyo. Her mother’s struggle with colon cancer, which was removed, and then lymphoma, which......

‘My mind wasn’t working’: What drove Julius Ssekitoleko to go MIA in Tokyo?

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Aug 25, 2021 Ed DoveSpecial to ESPN Close Ed Dove is a writer and scout who has a deep and enduring passion for African sport, politics and literature. Instagram: @EddyDove22, Facebook: @EddyDoveAfrica Content warning: The following story contains descriptions of suicidal ideation. On July 17, six days before the Olympic......

Blind Paralympian sprinter David Brown found clarity in just 10.92 seconds

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FIVE YEARS AGO, Paralympian and world champion sprinter David Brown walked out to the 100-meter final race at the Rio Olympics to a rousing crowd of Brazilian fans. He smiled, adjusting his blinders, trying to pick up on what the fans were chanting. He cocked his ears as he slapped......

From the big screen to the big leagues: Must-see moments from the Field of Dreams game

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The Field of Dreams game was delayed but not denied. The Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees met for the rescheduled event, in the MLB’s first-ever game in Iowa. Kevin Costner, who starred as Ray Kinsella in the 1989 film, made the trip to Dyersville, Iowa as he led......

The biggest feel-good moments from the Tokyo Olympics

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TOKYO — Athletes didn’t have their family members in the stands cheering them on. The stadiums and venues were largely empty. There were nonstop COVID-19 protocols and restrictions — and a looming threat of testing positive for the virus and being deemed ineligible to compete in the Tokyo Games. It......

Tokyo Games again show what the Olympics are all about

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If ever there is a new motto created for the Olympic Games, one could make a very strong case for it being, “That’s what the Olympics is all about.” Just look at these Tokyo Games. Over the past three weeks, we have heard “That’s what the Olympics is all about”......

Olympics 2021 live updates: USA women’s volleyball, basketball both win gold, Americans take gold medal lead

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The final day of competition at the Olympic Games is here. After record-breaking days in the pool and on the track, history-making feats and inspiring moments, the Games come to a close in Tokyo. After the events, the Olympic closing ceremonies begin at 7 a.m. ET Sunday. But first, we’ve......

USA Wins Women’s Volleyball Gold With Sweep of Brazil

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For the first time in the team’s history, United States indoor women’s volleyball has climbed atop the podium. The U.S. defeated Brazil in resounding fashion on Sunday, sweeping all three sets en route to its first-ever Olympic gold medal. The Americans controlled the match the entire night, winning the final......

Five-time Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are ‘greatest teammates in history of sports’

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12:03 AM ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. As the first basketball players to win five Olympic gold medals — leading the U.S. women......

U.S. Wins Seventh Straight Women’s Basketball Gold

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgyOTk1MzQ3NTc5MDg2MTc2/brittney-griner.jpg Nick Selbe In an event in which the team is rarely tested, the United States once again captured gold in commanding fashion. The U.S. women’s basketball team defeated Japan, 90–75, on Sunday to win its seventh consecutive gold medal, an incredible streak of dominance against the world’s best teams.......

Olympics 2021 live updates: USA women’s hoops, boxer Keyshawn Davis go for gold

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The final day of competition at the Olympic Games is here. After record-breaking days in the pool and on the track, history-making feats and inspiring moments, the Games come to a close in Tokyo. After the events, the Olympic closing ceremonies begin at 7 a.m. ET Sunday morning. But first,......

Kenya’s Kipchoge Wins Back-to-Back Marathon Golds

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Chris Chavez World record holder Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya became just the third man in history to win back-to-back gold medals in the men’s marathon at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday morning in Tokyo. At 36 years old, Kipchoge now......

Alvarez is 6th to medal in Summer, Winter Games

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YOKOHAMA, Japan — Eddy Alvarez had to be consoled — scolded, even — after his first silver medal. “My coach had to bring us together and make us snap out of it,” Alvarez said. “He yelled at us. … He basically said, ‘You know, you’re silver medalists.’ And that’s when......

Japan blanks U.S. for 1st Olympic baseball gold

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YOKOHAMA, Japan — Japan’s players sprinted onto the mound and the collection of All-Stars hoisted their manager up and down as if on a trampoline. They beamed when hanging shiny gold medals around each other’s necks, fulfilling a national mission with the first Olympic baseball title in their nation’s history.......

Allyson Felix won one last gold, then soaked in her final Olympics moment

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TOKYO — Allyson Felix stood on the Olympic podium on Saturday night and closed her eyes. She said she wanted to take it all in one last time. Moments after winning the 4×400 meter relay in the final race of her storied Olympic career to become the most decorated American......

Nelly Korda showed calm dominance as Team U.S. finished off a golf gold-medal sweep at the Olympics

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7:03 AM ET Charlotte GibsonESPN Before Team USA’s Nelly Korda teed off in the final round in the women’s Olympic golf competition at Kasumigaseki Country Club, gold medal winner and fellow Team USA member Xander Schauffele tweeted her a special message: “Bring home the gold @NellyKorda! I’ll be rooting for......

Fourth time’s a charm? Keyshawn Davis will have to beat rival Andy Cruz to win Olympic gold

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8:14 AM ET Mike CoppingerESPN Andy Cruz Gomez glided around the ring in jubilation, then proceeded to perform the “floss,” motioning his hands to the front and back of his body rapidly in expression as Keyshawn Davis solemnly exited the ring through the ropes. The brilliant boxer from Cuba had......

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