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Charlotte Worthington of Team Great Britain performs a trick in front of the Olympic rings during the Women's Park Final, run 2 of the BMX Freestyle on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Charlotte Worthington from Great Britain earned a gold medal in the new BMX freestyle cycling category in the Olympics on Sunday morning local time.

Driving the news: Worthington landed the first 360 backflip in women's contest, beating Team USA's Hannah Roberts into second-place for the silver medal. Switzerland’s Nikita Ducarroz took bronze.

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American Oksana Masters races to another Paralympics gold medal

Team USA's Oksana Masters raced to gold in the Tokyo Paralympic Games' in the women’s time trial H4-5 hand-cycling event in Japan on Tuesday. Photo: Moto Yoshimura/Getty Images

American Oksana Masters rode her way to her second Tokyo Paralympic Games gold medal in as many days Wednesday — crossing the line in the women's H5 para-cycling road race in 2:23:39.

Why it matters: Masters' win marked her 10th career Paralympics medal. This is her first summer Paralympics. She won gold in the women's time trial H4-5 event Tuesday. Masters won the eight other Paralympic medals at the winter Games, mostly in Nordic skiing.

2020 was the deadliest year for environmental defenders

Engineer Sandra Cuéllar is one of many Colombians who've gone missing or been killed for their environmental activism. Photo: Luis Robayo/AFP via Getty Images

Latin America and the Caribbean is the deadliest region for environmental defenders, a violent record that has global repercussions.

Why it matters: The region has several of the most biodiverse areas of the planet, but they are constantly threatened by logging, mining or aquifer overexploitation.

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Senate offices closing ahead of "Justice for J6" demonstration

Security fencing outside the U.S. Capitol ahead of a planned "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, D.C.. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Multiple congressional offices will be closed Friday amid security precautions ahead of Saturday's rally in support of jailed Jan. 6 rioters, aides who have been instructed to work remotely tell Axios.

Why it matters: As the U.S. Capitol faces its first large-scale security test since the deadly attack, House and Senate offices are taking precautionary measures to protect staff as well as lawmakers.