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Dear Simone & Lydia, YOU are why we watch the Olympics

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 27:   Lydia Jacoby of Team United States poses with the gold medal for the Women's 100m Breaststroke Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 27: Lydia Jacoby of Team United States poses with the gold medal for the Women's 100m Breaststroke Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images) (2021 Fred Lee)

In a matter of nine hours, we felt the extreme joy of Olympic achievement and the heartache when things don’t go as expected.

Last night, a 17-year-old swimmer from Alaska wowed the world with a stunning finish in the women’s 100m breaststroke. The reaction from Lydia Jacoby’s hometown quickly became a top highlight of the Games so far. This impressive young lady is heading to the University of Texas for college.

Jacoby sees the results after winning the women's 100-meter breaststroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Unfortunately, early this morning, the athlete who is used to shining in the Olympic spotlight struggled. By now, nearly everyone knows Simone Biles left competition after a faulty landing on the vault.

Biles had shared on social media before today that she was feeling the weight of the world on her shoulders. Now we hope she feels the love and compassion pouring in from people far and wide. It’s unknown at this point if Biles will compete in the upcoming all-around and individual events.

No matter what happens, she will remain the greatest gymnast of all time. (SHARE YOUR WELL-WISHES FOR BILES HERE.)

The women’s team finals featuring Suni Lee, Grace McCallum and Jordan Chiles will be part of the broadcast tonight on KPRC 2.

Also in primetime tonight, swimming fans will watch Katie Ledecky go for not one, but TWO gold medals LIVE. The swimming sensation hopes for a double victory in her double header -- the 200m free & the 1500m free. Also ahead this evening, the men’s 200m fly, women’s 200m individual medley, and the men’s 4x200 free.

In that team relay, three-time gold medalist Caeleb Dressel will compete along with Longhorn alum & fellow gold medalist Townley Haas. In the men’s 200m butterfly, we’ll see if Zach Harting and Gunnar Bentz (who now calls Austin home) can pull off medal worthy performances.

Team USA Swimming has made a splash at the Tokyo Games winning 12 medals, including three gold, in the first three days of finals competition. It’ll be fun to see who lands on the medal stand tonight.

For a complete list of events and results anytime, head to Click2Houston.com/Olympics.


ADDITIONAL OLYMPIC VIDEOS


Here’s a look ahead to events airing on KPRC 2 on Wednesday

*Programming schedule is subject to change.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Men’s Beach Volleyball – Gibb/Bourne (U.S.) vs. Gerson/Heidrich (Switzerland)

Swimming – Qualifying Heats

Rowing – Finals

Cycling – Individual Time Trials

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – U.S. vs. Iran

7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Swimming – Finals (LIVE)

Men’s 800m Freestyle

Men’s 200m Breaststroke

Women’s 200m Butterfly

Men’s 100m Freestyle

Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay

Gymnastics – Men’s Individual All Around

Diving – Men’s Synchronized Springboard Final

11:35 p.m. – 1 a.m. (Thursday)

Men’s Beach Volleyball – Dalhausser/Lucena (U.S.) vs. Azaad/Capogrosso (Argentina)

3x3 Basketball – Finals

Cycling – BMX Racing Quarterfinals