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Data: Morning Consult; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Gymnastics is the most highly anticipated Olympic event among U.S. adults, according to a new Morning Consult survey.

By the numbers: 62% of respondents said they were somewhat or very interested in watching gymnastics, which is headlined by Team USA's biggest star, Simone Biles.

  • Top five: Swimming (56%), diving (51%), track and field (49%) and beach volleyball (48%) round out the top five.
  • New sports: Baseball and softball (44%), back in the Games for the first time since 2008, lead the way for new events, followed by surfing (35%), karate (34%), skateboarding (34%) and sport climbing (24%).

More Olympics:

  • Positive tests: Coco Gauff is out after testing positive, two South African soccer players tested positive in the Olympic Village, and now an unnamed U.S. female gymnast has, too.
  • USA hoops: The men and women needed wins Sunday to boost morale after going a combined 1-4 in exhibitions. The women crushed Nigeria, 93-62, and the men beat Spain, 83-76. Next stop, Tokyo.

Go deeper: Olympics to miss the mark for many sponsors

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Aug 18, 2021 - Sports

Taliban takeover threatens sports in Afghanistan

Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Afghanistan's two Paralympians — including its first female Paralympian — won't be able to make it to Tokyo with airports closed in the wake of the Taliban's takeover.

Why it matters: Sports are hardly the biggest concern in Afghanistan right now, but the changes set to take place therein — particularly for women — reflect the country's uncertain future.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
5 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Democrats' billionaires tax explained

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

There is now legislative language behind the push to tax American billionaires on unrealized capital gains, as Sen. Ron Wyden last night released his 107-page plan.

Why it matters: This would be a sea change in U.S. tax policy, which has only applied to realized gains (otherwise known as income).

COP26 head warns Glasgow summit will be "harder than Paris"

Alok Sharma, U.K. COP26 president, in Milan on Sept. 30, 2021. Photo: Stefano Guidi/Getty Images

U.K. COP26 President Alok Sharma told reporters Tuesday that the upcoming talks in Glasgow, widely viewed as the last chance to avoid some of the worst consequences of global warming, will be extremely difficult.

Driving the news: Sharma sought to temper expectations and note that the agenda features some of the toughest items that negotiators have punted on at previous summits.