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Team USAs Sydney McLaughlin in front of the timer after winning the 400m hurdles in record time at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Wally Skalij /Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Day 12 of the Tokyo Olympic Games saw American Sydney McLaughlin break her own world record to win gold in the women's 400-meter hurdles final on Wednesday.

Of note: Japan won a third Olympic skateboarding gold, as two teenagers and a 12-year-old swept the podium for the inaugural women's park skateboarding event.

Japan's gold medal winner Sakura Yosozumi during the park skateboarding final on Aug. 4. Photo: Ina Fried
Dominican Republic's Erick Mejia (rear C) dives safely into second base for a double as Team USA's second baseman Eduardo Alvarez (front C) catches the ball during the first inning of their baseball round 2 game at Yokohama Baseball Stadium in Yokohama on Aug. 4. Team USA beat the Dominican Republic 3-1 to advance to the semifinal. Photo: Kazuhiro Fujihara/AFP via Getty Images
Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam competes in the women's heptathlon high jump at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Aug. 4. Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images
American Devon Allen (R) wins ahead of France's Aurel Manga (L) and Japan's Taio Kanai, who fell in the men's 110m hurdles semifinals at the Olympic Stadium on Aug. 4. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images
Spain's Anita Jacome competes in a quarterfinal for the women's canoe single 200m event at Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo on Aug. 4. Photo: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images
China's Shao Ting goes to the basket in the women's quarterfinal basketball match between China and Serbia at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on Aug. 4. Photo: Aris Messinis/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

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Updated Nov 8, 2021 - Sports

Bucks are the first NBA champion to visit White House since 2016

President Biden and the MIlwaukee Bucks at the White House. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Biden welcomed the Milwaukee Bucks, the NBA's 2021 champion, at the White House for a ceremony Monday, a return for a tradition that was briefly halted during the Trump administration.

The intrigue: The Bucks are the first NBA champions to visit the White House since the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, just two days after former President Trump was elected.

Austria approves COVID vaccine mandate for adults

A vaccination center installed at the Barbara Chapel of St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. Photo: Alex Halada/AFP via Getty Images

Austria's lower house of parliament voted on Thursday in favor of making COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory for most adults from next month.

Why it matters: The bill is expected to soon pass the upper house and be signed by President Alexander Van der Bellen in order for the law to take effect Feb. 1, per Reuters. It'd make Austria the first EU nation to impose such a sweeping mandate.

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Peloton pumps its brakes

Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

Peloton’s popularity is falling as swiftly as it shot up.

Why it matters: Not all pandemic habits stick around. Peloton's trajectory over the past two years exemplifies how challenging it's been for companies to gauge shifts in consumer demand — particularly in sectors heavily altered by the pandemic.