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'OK to Not Be OK': Mental Health Takes Top Role at Olympics

'OK to Not Be OK': Mental Health Takes Top Role at Olympics

By Jenna Fryer | Jul 28, 2021

Simone Biles joins some other high-profile athletes in the Olympic space — overwhelmingly females — who have been talking openly about a topic that had been taboo in sports for seemingly forever.

Why Olympic Beach Volleyball Players Wear Bikinis

Why Olympic Beach Volleyball Players Wear Bikinis

By Jimmy Golen | Jul 28, 2021

Beach volleyball has been one of the most popular sports at the Summer Games since it was added in 1996. It has fast action, a party atmosphere and some telegenic American stars.

Biles Withdraws From Gymnastics Final to Protect Team, Self

Biles Withdraws From Gymnastics Final to Protect Team, Self

By Will Graves | Jul 27, 2021

Simone Biles arrived in Tokyo as the star of the U.S. Olympic movement and perhaps the Games themselves. She convinced herself she was prepared for the pressure. That she was ready to carry the burden of outsized expectations.

Hunky Olympian Proves that Cardboard Beds Are Sturdy Enough for Sex

Hunky Olympian Proves that Cardboard Beds Are Sturdy Enough for Sex

Jul 27, 2021

One Olympic athlete is out to prove that the cardboard beds provided in the Olympic Village are sturdy enough for sex. A viral video by Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan puts the bed to the test.

Singer Pink Backs Beach Handball Team on 'Sexist' Clothing

Singer Pink Backs Beach Handball Team on 'Sexist' Clothing

By Jari Tanner | Jul 27, 2021

U.S. pop singer Pink has offered to pay a fine given to the Norwegian female beach handball team for wearing shorts instead of the required bikini bottoms.

Watch: Gus Kenworthy Tours Tokyo: 'Very Long Drive To Get Me a Bubble Tea'

Watch: Gus Kenworthy Tours Tokyo: 'Very Long Drive To Get Me a Bubble Tea'

Jul 27, 2021

Gus Kenworthy may not be appearing in these Olympics — his sports are part of the Winter Games — but NBC hired the hunky, out Olympian to do features for the current Tokyo Games. In the first, Kenworthy tours Tokyo.

Watch: Out Athlete Fighting Rare Bone Infection Appeals for Help

Watch: Out Athlete Fighting Rare Bone Infection Appeals for Help

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 27, 2021

In a recent YouTube video, out athlete Eric Lueshen reveals he is fighting a rare bone infection and implores the help of fans and supporters.

Watch: Out Diver Tom Daley Says He's 'Incredibly Proud To Be Gay' and an Olympic Gold Medalist

Watch: Out Diver Tom Daley Says He's 'Incredibly Proud To Be Gay' and an Olympic Gold Medalist

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 27, 2021

Tom Daley, the British diver and husband of out American screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, offered inspiring words to the world's LGBTQ youth after winning his Olympic gold medal.

'About Time': LGBTQ Athletes Unleash Rainbow Wave on Olympics

'About Time': LGBTQ Athletes Unleash Rainbow Wave on Olympics

By John Leicester | Jul 27, 2021

A wave of rainbow-colored pride, openness and acceptance is sweeping through Olympic pools, skateparks, halls and fields, with a record number of openly LGBTQ competitors in Tokyo.

First Openly Transgender Olympians are Competing in Tokyo

First Openly Transgender Olympians are Competing in Tokyo

By Anne M. Peterson | Jul 26, 2021

The International Olympic Committee has allowed transgender athletes to participate at the Olympics since 2004, but until this year, none had done so openly.

NBC Estimates 17 Million in U.S. Saw Opening of Tokyo Olympics

NBC Estimates 17 Million in U.S. Saw Opening of Tokyo Olympics

Jul 26, 2021

An estimated 17 million people in the United States watched the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics held in a largely empty stadium.

Olympic Broadcasters Curb Sexual Images of Female Athletes

Olympic Broadcasters Curb Sexual Images of Female Athletes

By Graham Dunbar | Jul 26, 2021

"Sport appeal, not sex appeal" is one mantra Olympic officials push in an effort to reach gender equity on the field of play and on screen.

Watch: Tunisian Teen Wins Surprise Olympic Swimming Gold

Watch: Tunisian Teen Wins Surprise Olympic Swimming Gold

By Beth Harris | Jul 26, 2021

Nobody was watching Ahmed Hafnaoui in lane eight of the Olympic pool. All eyes were on the Tunisian teenager at the finish.

At-Home Olympians: Our Favorite Athletic Insta Influencers

At-Home Olympians: Our Favorite Athletic Insta Influencers

Jul 26, 2021

Just because you haven't reached international acclaim as a high-performance athlete doesn't mean you can't show off your athletic prowess to the world.

Flying Start: American Swimmers Do Fine Without Phelps

Flying Start: American Swimmers Do Fine Without Phelps

By Paul Newberry | Jul 25, 2021

Michael Phelps was up in his broadcast seat, a mere observer rather than the driving force of U.S. swimming. No need to fret about what he left behind.

A Close-Up Look at the Olympics Opening Ceremony Uniforms

A Close-Up Look at the Olympics Opening Ceremony Uniforms

Jul 24, 2021

Photojournalist Petr David Josek caught close-up shots of some of the detailed outfits worn at Tokyo's opening ceremony.

Watch: Tonga's Oiled Flag Bearer Returns in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Ceremony

Watch: Tonga's Oiled Flag Bearer Returns in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Ceremony

By Emell Adolphus | Jul 23, 2021

Pita Taufatofua will compete in the Olympic games for Taekwando and for our hearts.

Let the Fashion Policing Begin on Opening Day of Tokyo Games

Let the Fashion Policing Begin on Opening Day of Tokyo Games

By Leanne Italie | Jul 22, 2021

The Olympics in Tokyo open Friday, when the world's athletes will march behind their flag-bearers. And when they do, the peanut gallery on what they're wearing will be open, too.

Out British Olympian Tom Bosworth Calls on Closeted Athletes to Emerge

Out British Olympian Tom Bosworth Calls on Closeted Athletes to Emerge

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 21, 2021

Tom Bosworth is one of a record number of out athletes from around the world to compete in this summer's Olympics in Tokyo. Now, he's calling on other LGBTQ Olympians to come out.

Louisiana Senate Backs Transgender Sports Ban Veto Override

Louisiana Senate Backs Transgender Sports Ban Veto Override

By Melinda Deslatte | Jul 21, 2021

Louisiana's Republican state senators Tuesday narrowly voted to overturn Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' rejection of a bill prohibiting transgender students from participating in school sports.

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