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Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

The U.S. women's soccer team lost 3-0 to Sweden on Wednesday in the team's first appearance in the group stage of the 2020 Olympics.

Why it matters: The stunning defeat marks the first loss for the U.S. team in 44 matches, the first loss under head coach Vlatko Andonovski and it raises the stakes for the next two games if the U.S. team wants to get out of Group G.

  • "We got our asses kicked, didn’t we?" Megan Rapinoe said after the game, per Yahoo! Sports.

The big picture: The game, played before a near-empty stadium, marked the first Olympics event to take place in host city Tokyo.

Between the lines: The Swedes, ranked 5th in the world, dominated play and got their opening goal in the 25th minute from a header from Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius.

  • The second goal came early in the second half, again from Blackstenius, when she finished off a corner kick.
  • The final goal of the game came in the 72nd minute off of another header, this time from Lina Hurtig.
  • The U.S. team lacked possession, played flat and struggled to create chances.

Of note: The U.S. lost the first game of the 2008 Olympics and went on to win gold.

What's next: The U.S. team will continue in Group G play on July 24, when they face New Zealand at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Go deeper: U.S. women's soccer team seeks redemption on Olympic stage

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Updated Jul 29, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado athletes to watch at the Tokyo Olympics

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Data: Team USA; Cartogram: Connor Rothschild/Axios

Colorado counts 34 athletes in the Olympic Games in more than 14 sports and 23 disciplines, according to Team USA.

Why it matters: We love to cheer for our hometown heroes as they go for the gold!

By the numbers: Colorado's athlete count is the third most in the nation — behind California's 126 and Florida's 51, according to an Axios analysis.

  • The athletes self-report their hometowns.
  • In reality, dozens more Olympians live in Colorado because they train here — and the same goes for athletes from other countries, too.

Meet the athletes here:

Updated Aug 3, 2021 - Sports

In photos: Tokyo Olympics day 11 highlights

Jrue Holiday, #12 of Team USA, drives to the basket against Spain during their men's basketball quarterfinal on day 11 of the Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on Aug. 3 in Saitama, Japan. Holiday scored 12 points for the U.S. during the game. Photo: Charlie Neibergall - Pool/Getty Images

Day 11 of the Tokyo Olympic Games saw Norway's Karsten Warholm smash the world record in the 400-meter hurdles — and so did the second-placed American Rai Benjamin on Tuesday.

Of note: In men's basketball, Team USA overcame a tough challenge from Spain to win 95-81 and advance to the semifinals — with Kevin Durant scoring 29 points for the Americans.

Updated 9 hours ago - Sports

Olympics dashboard

Sakura Yosozumi during women's park skateboarding at the Olympics on Aug. 4, 2021. Photo: Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images

🤼🏿‍♀️ "Making history": Mensah-Stock first Black woman to win Olympic wrestling gold

🛹: 2 teens and girl, 12, sweep board at women's park skateboarding

🥇: Sydney McLaughlin breaks own world record to win gold in 400m hurdles

📈: Simone Biles' exit brings global attention to mental health

🦠: Greece's artistic swimming team to miss Olympics after COVID outbreak

🏃🏾‍♂️: Tampa teen phenom Erriyon Knighton eyes gold in Tokyo

🛫: Belarus sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya departs Tokyo for Vienna

.📷: In photos: Tokyo Olympics day 12 highlights

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