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Team USA Continues to Add Star Power to its Roster

Olympic Sports

The GIST: Though Serena Williams won’t be competing in the Olympics, an epidemiologist and the GOAT punched their tickets to the Tokyo Games. Just 25 days to go...

June 28, 2021
Source: NBC Olympics
Source: NBC Olympics

🤸‍♀️Gymnastics: Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but Simone “the GOAT” Biles won...by a lot. Even after an uncharacteristic fall on beam, Biles soared to all-around victory at yesterday’s trials to advance to her second Olympic Games. She’ll be joined by first-timer Suni Lee, who finished second overall. Here’s the full Super Six squad. Stacked.    

  • On the men’s side, the five-man roster is highlighted by two-time NCAA all-around winner Brody Malone, who claimed first overall at the trials. The Olympics rookie will be guided by Sam Mikulak, who qualified for his third games.

👟Track & Field: On Saturday, Gabby Thomas qualified for her first-ever Olympic team, running the second fastest women’s 200m ever. And when she’s not competing? The Harvard grad is pursuing a master’s degree in epidemiology. What, like it’s hard?

  • After a five hour delay due to extreme heat, Sydney McLaughlin set a new world record in the 400m hurdles late last night, clocking a speedy 51.90 seconds to qualify for her second Olympics.

  • Over in the field, hammer thrower DeAnna Price dominated. Not only did Price break her own American record twice, her final toss made her the second woman to ever throw over 80m. You throw, girl.