Latest Updates from Team USA

August 2, 2021
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Latest Updates from Team USA
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🏃‍♀️Track & Field: After finishing second in shot put to earn her first Olympic medal, Raven Saunders danced in celebration (a whole mood) before raising her arms in an “X” on the podium, the most high-profile protest at the games so far. Saunders later said the X symbolizes “the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet." Powerful.

🏀Basketball: A’ja Wilson led the team in scoring (22 points) once again as the U.S. women pulled out a 93–82 win over France early this morning to finish group play undefeated. It was a closer margin than expected, leaving some lingering questions as the squad looks ahead to quarter-finals. No pressure, no diamonds medals, right?

🏊‍♀️Swimming: The 2020 Olympic swimming program has ended, but Katie Ledecky’s Olympic career is far from over. After earning her seventh career individual gold medal (a record for female swimmers) in the 800m freestyle on Friday, Ledecky reassured us she’s already looking ahead to Paris 2024.

  • And thanks to a handful of other standout performances — including Caeleb Dressel’s and Bobby Finke’s — U.S. swimmers are leaving Japan with 30 (!!!) medals total. It’s a party in the USA.

⚾️Baseball: In their first knockout stage game, Team USA lost a high-scoring contest to Japan, falling x–x. Have no fear, while this was technically a knockout stage game, Team USA’s medal hopes are still alive thanks to the double elimination bracket. Hey, we’ll take it. Next game is TO UPDATE.

⚾️Baseball: In their first knockout stage game, Team USA held on for a x–x win in a high-scoring contest against Japan. HYFR. The victory sends the squad to Wednesday’s 6 a.m. ET semifinal vs. South Korea. Let’s keep it rolling.