Anastasija Zolotic defeated Tatiana Minina 25-17 in the women's 57-kg taekwondo division final to win gold for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Saturday.
Of note: The 18-year-old is the first American woman to win gold in taekwondo. "It really hasn't sunk in yet," she told reporters after her win. Zolotic's was the fourth U.S. gold of the day, after swimmer Chase Kalisz, shooter Will Shaner and fencer Lee Kiefer.
When Sunisa "Suni" Lee steps up to the mat at the Tokyo Olympics, she'll be thinking of her father's pep talks even as he watches from thousands of miles away.
The big picture: The 18-year-old made history this year when she became the first Hmong American to be named to a U.S. Olympic team. Even more special was her dad's presence in the crowd at the Olympic trials — it was only the second time he watched her compete in person since a 2019 accident paralyzed him from the chest down.
When Simone Biles is at her best, analysts, commentators and many athletes agree that the only person she is really competing against is herself.
The big picture: Even with the uncharacteristic errors made during Sunday's qualifiers, the G.O.A.T. — aka the Greatest of All Time — is a force to be reckoned with in and out of competition, and at this year's Olympics, Biles is looking to make history — again and again.
The U.S. men's basketball team suffered a stunning 83-76 loss to France in its opener at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.
Why it matters: The loss marked the end of Team USA's 25-game streak that dates back to the Athens 2004 Games.
TOKYO — Sunday was a chance to venture beyond my comfort zone of softball and soccer.
Behind the scenes: I decided to check out the U.S. men’s water polo team, since I flew over to Japan with them. They managed a nice come-from-behind victory over Japan, with the only downside being spilling an entire bottle of water in my backpack.
U.S. fencer Lee Kiefer made history Sunday when she defeated defending champion Inna Deriglazova of Russia, 15-13, in the women’s foil final Sunday.
Why it matters: Kiefer's win marks Team USA's first Olympic gold medal in women's foil and it's third in fencing. Kiefer is a three-time Olympian who is ranked No. 5 in the world.
Swimmer Chase Kalisz became on Sunday the first Team USA Olympian to win gold at the Tokyo Games.
The big picture: The Rio 2016 silver medalist's winning time in the men's 400 meters Individual Medley Final was 4 minutes 9.42 seconds. His teammate Jay Litherland took silver .86 seconds later.
Naomi Osaka's Tokyo Olympic Games are off to a winning start, after Japan's tennis superstar beat China's Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-4 in the first round Sunday.
Why it matters: It's the women's world No. 2's first match back after withdrawing from the French Open and Wimbledon Grand Slam tournaments for a mental health break — triggering global conversations about mental health in sports.
Bryson DeChambeau has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Tokyo Olympic Games, USA Golf announced late Saturday.
What he's saying: "I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA," DeChambeau said in a statement.
Kimia Alizadeh narrowly missed winning the Refugee Olympic Team's first Games medal, in the bronze match — hours after defeating a two-time Olympic gold medalist and also the favorite to win the 57-kilogram taekwondo division Sunday.
The big picture: Alizadeh, Iran's Rio Games bronze medalist who defected to Germany last year, defeated Iranian friend Nahid Kiyani 18-9, then Great Britain's Jade Jones 16-12 and then contest favorite Zhou Lijun, of China, 9-8.