Olympics

Simone Biles Shares What Could’ve Happened to Her at the Tokyo Olympics Had She Competed With ‘the Twisties’

With the Tokyo Olympics officially over, four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles has spent her time crashing the Houston Texans’ practices—her boyfriend, Jonathan Owens, plays for the team—and hopping on Twitter to explain just how scary her case of “the twisties” was in Tokyo.

As we previously explained at The Root, the “twisties” are a dangerous condition in which gymnasts “lose their sense of space and dimension in midair.” As a result, the 24-year-old pulled out of several events in Tokyo before feeling comfortable enough to compete in the balance beam and earning the bronze medal in the process.

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As the most decorated gymnast in history, her decision to withdraw during the Olympics sparked a much-needed discussion about mental health in professional sports. And perhaps eager to help better explain the challenges she faced while attempting to compete on the world’s biggest stage, Biles commented

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2021 Olympics Medal Count: Updated Standings, Highlights After Day 15 | Bleacher Report

Bronze medalist Allyson Felix, of the United States, poses during the medal ceremony for the women's 400-meter run at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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The gold medal in men’s basketball once again resides with Team USA after the 87-82 victory over France Saturday.

The Kevin Durant-led squad had a tougher road to gold than in years past but shook off early inconsistencies to prove themselves the very best in international competition once again.

Their was just one highlight in a day that saw Allyson Felix become the most decorated American track and field athlete in Olympic history. Host country Japan also won gold in baseball, its most beloved sport.

    

Medal Count

  1. China: 38 gold, 87 overall
  2. United States: 36 gold, 108 overall
  3. Japan: 27 gold, 56 overall
  4. ROC: 20 gold, 69 overall
  5. Great Britain: 20 gold, 63 overall
  6. Australia: 17 gold, 46 overall
  7. Germany: 10 gold, 37 overall
  8. Netherlands: 10 gold, 33 overall
  9. Italy: 10 gold, 39 overall
  10. France: 9 gold, 32 overall

Full list at Olympics.com.

     

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Draymond Green & Team USA Troll Kevin Durant at Olympics


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Kevin Durant and members of Team USA practice before the Olympics.

Kevin Durant got an odd welcome from Team USA at their arrival in Tokyo, and Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green is taking credit for leading the prank against his former teammate.

Durant is seen as one of the key players looking to lead the Americans back to gold after a rough start to their Olympic journey, but his teammates were keeping things loose as the team arrived in Tokyo. The group was seen serenading Durant with a very odd song choice, and getting some viral attention for it.

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Green Trolls Durant

As members of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team were waiting in the hallway of Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium for Friday’s Opening Ceremony to begin, they decided

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USWNT kneels along with other teams to protest racism on first day of Olympics

The USWNT was one of several soccer teams to take the knee on the field ahead of their matches on the opening day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Just before their 90-minute contest on Wednesday morning, the British women’s soccer team knelt in protest alongside their Chilean opponents. The decision was followed by the other teams that played later that day, including the United States, Sweden, and Australia.

“Taking the knee was something we spoke about as a group. We feel so strongly, and we want to show we’re united,” said Great British team captain Steph Houghton, after her team bested Chile 2-0.

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“As a squad, it’s been a subject that we’ve spoken about for a few weeks now,” Houghton continued. “We want to fight all forms of discrimination, and as a group of women, we wanted to

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