Italy’s Lamont Jacobs: a Surprise Hero After Olympics Gold

Lamont Marcell Jacobs, a mixed-race Italian athlete, was not well known heading into the Olympics but he emerged as the world’s top sprinter, with two gold medals.

#content-type-personal-profile, #italy, #jacobs-marcell-1994, #olympic-games-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #tokyo-japan, #track-and-field

Connor Fields, BMX Racer, Doesn’t Know If His Brain Will Let Him Ride Again

Connor Fields’s gruesome crash on the Olympic BMX track left him with serious brain trauma, a fractured memory and a lot of questions about the future.

#content-type-personal-profile, #fields-connor-1992, #henderson-nev, #olympic-games-2020, #sports-injuries, #tokyo-japan

The Nintendo Cafe in Japan is No Longer a Secret

Toru Hashimoto’s Tokyo spot is a showcase for items he kept while working for the video game company. It used to be a members-only hideaway, but financial strain has forced him to open up.

#computer-and-video-games, #nintendo-co-ltd, #super-mario-bros-video-game, #tokyo-japan

The Moving Moments as the Paralympics Ended

Sights from Tokyo as the Games wrapped up.

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Dispatch From the Paralympics

What happened in competition during the first week of competition in Tokyo.

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A Swimmer’s Journey From Afghanistan to Refugee Camps to the Paralympics

Abbas Karimi, who was born without arms, eventually made it to the U.S. and realized his dream of competing internationally.

#afghanistan, #content-type-personal-profile, #disabilities, #paralympic-games, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #swimming, #tokyo-japan

Why Lia Coryell, the Paralympic Archer, Is Still Here

She often questioned whether life with a debilitating disease was worth living. But then she found a purpose, and it goes way beyond shooting arrows at targets.

#archery, #content-type-personal-profile, #disabilities, #la-crosse-wis, #tokyo-japan

Gold Medals in Style From the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Athletes, performers and commentators offered up winning looks while competing at the highest level.

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Seven Olympic Moments Worth Revisiting

A spicy rhythmic gymnastics finale. A 62-year-old medalist. A former prodigy with a gold. The Olympic magic was spread across sports.

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Russia Scoffs at Tokyo Olympics Ban: ‘Let Them Listen to Classical Music’

Sports fans and officials in the country have no trouble seeing through the thin fiction of a doping-related ban on their national symbols at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Shot Putter’s Gesture Renews Controversy over Podium Protests at Tokyo Games

Raven Saunders of the United States crossed her arms over her head. A second athlete, the American fencer Race Imboden, accepted a medal with a symbol drawn on his hand.

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Tokyo Convenience Store Chicken Gizzards Saved My Life

Cut off from most restaurants because of coronavirus restrictions, thousands of international visitors at the Olympics make do — and delight — in convenience store offerings.

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As Covid Cases Hit Record High in Tokyo, Can the Olympic Bubble Hold?

With the Games approaching their midway point, promises of a “safe and secure” event are being put to the test.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #japan, #olympic-games-2020, #suga-yoshihide, #tokyo-japan, #vaccination-and-immunization

Critics Pounce on Naomi Osaka After Loss, Denting Japan’s Claim to Diversity

The tennis star, who lit the Olympic cauldron, took a drubbing on social media, with some questioning her identity or right to represent the country.

#black-people, #mental-health-and-disorders, #olympic-games-2020, #osaka-naomi-1997, #race-and-ethnicity, #tennis, #tokyo-japan

Jill Biden, Changing the Fashion Game

Cheering the American Olympians, the first lady broke with recent sartorial customs.

#biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #fashion-and-apparel, #first-ladies-us, #ford-tom, #kors-michael, #maxwell-brandon-1984, #narciso-rodriguez-llc, #olympic-games-2020, #politics-and-government, #polo-ralph-lauren-corp, #tokyo-japan, #your-feed-fashion

Sponsorships in Hand, These Athletes Rely on Their Watches

Lots of competitors are paid as brand ambassadors, but sometimes the connection to a timepiece goes beyond just a paycheck.

#athletics-and-sports, #breitling-sa, #free-diving, #freestyle-skiing, #hublot-sa, #ironman-world-championship, #olympic-games-2020, #tennis, #tokyo-japan, #vekic-donna, #watches-and-clocks

‘Anti-Sex’ Beds in the Olympic Village? A Social Media Theory is Soon Debunked

The coronavirus has forced a number of social distancing measures at the Summer Games, but the recyclable cardboard beds provided by organizers are not one of them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #japan, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan

A Digital Cat Is Melting Hearts (and Napping a Lot) in Japan

The calico prances and dozes on a 26-by-62-foot LED billboard in Tokyo. It has drawn crowds in real life and sparked joy on social media.

#3-d-devices-and-effects, #advertising-and-marketing, #cats, #japan, #tokyo-japan

Fans at Tokyo Olympics Likely to Be Barred Amid Covid Emergency

Organizers announced in June that domestic fans would be allowed, despite concerns that the Games could be a superspreader event. A sudden spike in cases has upended those plans.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #japan, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan

Sha’Carri Richardson Will Miss Olympics After Not Being Chosen for Relays

The star sprinter, who lost a chance to run in the 100-meter individual event after failing a drug test for marijuana, could have been chosen for the relay team. But officials decided not to include her.

#doping-sports, #richardson-shacarri, #tokyo-japan, #track-and-field, #usa-track-and-field

An Abortion, a Missed Drug Test and Changed Records Mean Trouble

Brianna McNeal said she didn’t open her door to antidoping officials because she was traumatized after having an abortion. They don’t believe her story.

#abortion, #court-of-arbitration-for-sport, #doping-sports, #olympic-games-2020, #tests-drug-use, #tokyo-japan, #track-and-field, #united-states-anti-doping-agency, #world-athletics

What the Japanese Think of the Olympics

Despite low coronavirus vaccination rates and an ambivalent public, Tokyo is still set to host the Games.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #japan, #olympic-games-2020, #politics-and-government, #rich-motoko, #tokyo-japan, #vaccination-and-immunization

Serena Williams Won’t Play at the Tokyo Olympics

The four-time gold medalist previously said that travel restrictions that might prevent her from taking her daughter to the Games would factor into her decision.

#olympic-games-2012, #tennis, #tokyo-japan, #williams-serena, #wimbledon-tennis-tournament

A Joyful Surprise at Japan’s Oldest Zoo: The Birth of Twin Pandas

After a four-year hiatus, two 15-year-old giant pandas at last found the mood and added a new draw for one of Tokyo’s biggest tourist attractions.

#pandas, #tokyo-japan, #zoos

U.S. Swim Team Will Take 11 Teenagers to Tokyo Games

The roster reflected a generational shift as the U.S. adjusted to life after Michael Phelps.

#adrian-nathan, #andrew-michael-1999, #dressel-caeleb-1996, #ledecky-katie, #lydia-jacoby, #manuel-simone-1996, #olympic-games-2020, #phelps-michael, #swimming, #tokyo-japan

Tokyo Olympics Will Allow Domestic Spectators

The decision indicates a growing certainty that the Games will go ahead, despite months of concern that they could become a superspreader event.

#athletics-and-sports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-essential, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #vaccination-and-immunization

Ryan Lochte Fails to Make U.S. Olympic Swim Team

At age 36, Lochte tried to make the team for the fifth time, five years after his turn at the 2016 Games was marred by his false claim about being robbed at gunpoint.

#lochte-ryan, #olympic-games-2020, #swimming, #tokyo-japan

Simone Manuel Falters in the Olympic Swimming Race That Made Her

After failing to qualify for the 100-meter freestyle in Tokyo, she has one last chance to make the U.S. team. It’s a stunning setback for a star of the Rio Olympics who spoke of mental and physical fatigue.

#black-people, #manuel-simone-1996, #oleksiak-penny-2000, #olympic-games-2016, #olympic-games-2020, #omaha-neb, #swimming, #tokyo-japan

First International Athletes Arrive in Japan for the Olympics

The team will be confined to one floor of a hotel as it prepares for the Tokyo Games, which are scheduled to begin July 23 despite a coronavirus outbreak and growing public opposition.

#athletics-and-sports, #australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-essential, #international-olympic-committee, #japan, #olympic-games, #softball, #tokyo-japan

Japan Extends Emergency Measures Before Tokyo Olympics

The expanded restrictions come 11 weeks before the scheduled start of Tokyo’s Summer Games, as a fourth wave of coronavirus infections continues.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-essential, #japan, #osaka-japan, #tokyo-japan

How Can the Olympics Protect 78,000 Volunteers From the Coronavirus?

They are being offered little more than a couple of masks, some hand sanitizer and social-distancing guidance that may be hard to abide by.

#athletics-and-sports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #volunteers-and-community-service

The Tokyo Olympics Explained

After a year’s delay, the Tokyo Summer Olympics look set to proceed. But the circumstances will be most unusual. Here’s what you need to know.

#international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan

Why QAnon Flopped in Japan

It failed the test for conspiracy connoisseurs, and the public.

#4chan, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #japan, #qanon, #religious-cults, #tokyo-japan

The Tokyo Olympics Are On! But Why?

The Japanese government is dead-set on holding the Games despite the pandemic.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #dentsu, #japan, #liberal-democratic-party-japan, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan

Spectators From Overseas Are Barred From Tokyo Olympics

The move, announced Saturday, is a significant concession to the realities of the pandemic, even as organizers remain determined to hold the Games this summer.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hashimoto-seiko-1964, #international-olympic-committee, #international-paralympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #vaccination-and-immunization

Tokyo Olympics Official Resigns After Calling Plus-Size Celebrity ‘Olympig’

The departure came just a month after the president of the Tokyo organizing committee stepped down over a sexist remark.

#hiroshi-sasaki, #japan, #naomi-watanabe, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #women-and-girls

In Dense, Urban Japan, Flowers Bring Beauty and Solace

In densely packed Tokyo, flora is abundant in unassuming places. Hunting for it, as I learned, can lighten life’s loads.

#flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #japan, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #seasons-and-months, #tokyo-japan, #trees-and-shrubs

Woman Is Chosen to Succeed Tokyo Olympics Chief Who Made Sexist Remark

The selection of Seiko Hashimoto represented an abrupt shift after the Olympic committee had apparently intended to name another man in his 80s.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #japan, #mori-yoshiro, #olympic-games-2020, #seiko-hashimoto, #tokyo-japan, #women-and-girls

For My Next Trick … Opening a New Musical in Tokyo in a Pandemic

Our writer’s adaptation of “The Illusionist” was slated for a tryout run. Lockdown, a tragic death, cancer and quarantine got in the way, but didn’t stop the show.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duchan-peter, #japan, #nissay-theater-tokyo-japan, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #southerland-thom, #the-illusionist-play, #theater, #tokyo-japan, #umeda-arts-theater-co-ltd, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Yoshiro Mori Expected to Resign as Tokyo Olympics President

Yoshiro Mori, a former Japanese prime minister, had complained that women cause meetings to run long by talking too much. His exit would further complicate the delayed Games.

#international-olympic-committee, #japan, #mori-yoshiro, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #women-and-girls

Tokyo Olympics Chief’s Comments Draw Social Media Backlash

Yoshiro Mori suggested women’s speaking time in meetings should be limited “or else we’ll never be able to finish.” He apologized, but said he would not resign.

#discrimination, #mori-yoshiro, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #women-and-girls

Officials Outline Tokyo Olympics Plan for a Safe Games Without Quarantines

With concern rising in Japan that the Summer Olympics could become a hub for new coronavirus infections, organizers unveiled measures aimed at protecting athletes and others.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #japan, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan

Despite Virus Surge, I.O.C. Pledges Summer Olympics in Tokyo Will Happen

Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, played down growing doubts about the Games but without giving a guarantee.

#bach-thomas, #coe-sebastian, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #vaccination-and-immunization

Hopes for Tokyo’s Summer Olympics Darken

Organizers postponed the Olympic Games for one year last March. Nearly a year later, prospects are getting bleaker.

#bach-thomas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-olympic-committee, #japan, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan

Japan Declares State of Emergency in Tokyo as Covid Cases Rise

Fast-rising coronavirus case counts and deaths forced Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to act, but some say the restrictions — mostly voluntary — won’t be enough.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #japan, #suga-yoshihide, #tokyo-japan

Japan to Declare State of Emergency in Tokyo Area After Days of Hesitation

Fast-rising coronavirus case counts and deaths forced Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to act, but some say the restrictions — mostly voluntary — won’t be enough.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #japan, #suga-yoshihide, #tokyo-japan

How to Pretend You’re in Tokyo

That Tokyo trip will have to wait for the millions of people who canceled flights and hotel bookings. But there are ways to bring you closer to this sometimes impenetrable, always fascinating, city.

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Her Antenna Is Tuned to the Quietest Voices

Yu Miri won a National Book Award for “Tokyo Ueno Station,” a novel whose main character is the ghost of a homeless construction worker.

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Around the World at Home Series Lets Readers Explore Cultures

A new series, Around the World at Home, lets readers channel the spirit of a faraway place without hopping on a flight.

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Tokyo Olympics Organizers Promote Games as Light at End of Pandemic Tunnel

Infection rates are rising in the United States and parts of Europe are back in lockdown. Yet the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, said the Games would take measures to go on.

#athletics-and-sports, #bach-thomas, #box-office-sales, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #tokyo-japan, #vaccination-and-immunization