Television exposure and new interest from sponsors are raising hopes that the Games can build on their momentum.
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.
Maya Wasowicz, a top karate fighter, was knocked out of qualifying under suspicious circumstances. A U.S.O.P.C. report backed up her claims, but Wasowicz still won’t be in Tokyo.
Klete Keller, who won swimming medals in three Summer Games, was captured on video inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda during last week’s violent election protest.
Breaking from International Olympic Committee guidelines, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced it would not penalize athletes who participate in demonstrations.
In “The Weight of Gold,” Phelps presents a stark picture of the mental wear and tear Olympians endure.
In the past 40 years, the would-be Olympians of the summer of 1980 have heard a lot of words, but not a full-throated mea culpa for a boycott that accomplished very little.
Japan has largely controlled the coronavirus. Large parts of the rest of the world, especially the United States, have not. A year before the rescheduled Games, that is still a major problem.
As the U.S. Olympic Committee tries to navigate a safe reopening of its facilities, there will be tough decisions about who can stay and who must go.
The rules differ among counties, states and countries, but the athletic world is beginning to creep toward competition again.
Female gymnasts often compete at younger ages than their Olympic peers and have a far more concentrated opportunity at the top. Into that intense world dropped the coronavirus pandemic.