By Kaia Zimmerman
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are in its final days, and the competitions are all starting to wrap up with the closing ceremony approaching on Sunday, Aug. 8.
Sunisa Lee won individual gold in the all-around competition with an overall score of 57.44. She also received bronze in the bars event finals. Lee left the Olympics with an all-around gold, team silver, and uneven bars event finals bronze.
In other gymnastics news, Jade Carey won gold in the final floor event. The night before she misstepped on her vault causing her not to place. However, she looked unphased the next day as she went on to record the highest score on the floor of the entire 2020 Olympics competition with a 14.366. MyKayla Skinner also took home a silver medal in the vault competition. Skinner at first didn’t qualify for the vault event finals, but with Simone Biles withdrawing she was given a chance, resulting in her first medal in the Olympics.
Biles had a tough Olympics, but she made the decision to compete in the beam event finals. With the whole world watching, Biles was able to complete a great routine that secured her the bronze medal.
Along with Biles, the United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) was able to secure a bronze medal after defeating Australia, 4-3. The USWNT was expected to win gold, but were defeated by Canada 1-0 in the knockout round, losing their chance of the gold medal. In the bronze medal match, the two veterans Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe came up big both scoring two goals.
Caeleb Dressel has been one of the biggest stars in the 2020 Olympics so far, receiving five gold medals and breaking many world records. Dressel has won gold in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 4×100-meter freestyle relay, and 4×100-meter medley relay. His dominance in the pool has led to many gold medals and records for U.S. swimming.
Following Caeleb Dressel, another world record was set by the U.S. in track by Sydney McLaughlin in the Women’s 400M hurdles, securing another gold medal for the U.S. Ryan Crouser also broke his own olympic record in the shot put to receive another gold medal for the U.S.
On Wednesday night, Aug. 4, the U.S. Beach Volleyball duo, April Ross and Alix Klineman, crushed Switzerland in two straight sets, 21-12 and 21-11, to move on to the final match to play for gold. They will face off against Australia in the finals on Thursday, Aug. 5, starting at 10:30 p.m.
Another team going for gold is the U.S. men’s basketball team. They secured a spot in the finals with a win over Australia, 97-78, in the semi-finals. They were led by Kevin Durant, who had 23 points and nine rebounds. They will play France in the gold medal game on Friday, Aug. 6, at 9:30 p.m.
The U.S. is currently in first place for total medals with 91 medals followed by China with 74 and ROC with 58. China is in first place for gold medals with 34, followed by the U.S. with 29 as of Thursday, Aug. 5.
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