Texans In Tokyo: Simone Biles Returns, UT Graduate Tara Davis To Compete In Long Jump Finals & More – Houston Public Media
Star gymnast Simone Biles is set to return for the balance beam event. Over the weekend, some athletes had a chance to reach the podium but fell short. Still, the U.S. leads the medal count at 64. China is hard on its heels with 62 medals, 29 of which are gold.houstonpublicmedia.org
Suni Lee looks to shine again, Houston women ready to compete in other events
Before we look to what’s on the Olympic line-up on this Saturday night in Houston, let’s fast forward to early tomorrow morning. Expect to wake up to a lot of spoilers if you sleep through the next gymnastics events in Tokyo.
WATCH: Olympic Zone - Friday, July 30 Edition
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Simone Manuel swims tonight, other Texans medal contenders this weekend
One of the Texans who became legendary at the 2016 Olympics is vying to prove she’s still at the top of her game TONIGHT! Sugar Land’s own Simone Manuel is swimming to secure a spot in the finals of the 50m free. While she was a late add to a bronze medal winning relay team, the 50m is how she punched her individual ticket to the Tokyo Games.
What a weekend in Tokyo
It’s hard to believe we’re only going into the third day of competition in Tokyo given how much action we’ve already witnessed at the Games. Of course, there have been highlights as well as letdowns, but that’s part of the thrill. Imagine... putting in years of training for minutes, even seconds of competition. One misstep or bad day can dash dreams of getting to the medal stand. One outstanding performance can land you gold. That’s why we watch.
How USWNT star Alex Morgan and other women Olympians are fighting for equal coverage in sports media
Women account for 40% of all sports participants, yet receive just 4% of sports media coverage outside of major sporting events like the Olympics, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. This lack of coverage not only leads to less gender representation on screen, but it also impacts the sponsorship, endorsements and exposure that female athletes are afforded throughout their career. "I realized that there's not nearly enough media coverage for female athletes in relation to the amount of female athletes who participate in sports," she tells CNBC Make It. TOGETHXR, which launched on March 2, will include short-form documentary style series, longer form documentaries and eventually podcasts, Morgan says. "It's all going to be based around sports loosely, but we want to also include lifestyle, culture and fashion [content]," Morgan says.cnbc.com
Simone says: Olympic champ pushes for change in, out of pool
Outside of it, the Olympic champion is pushing herself in a new endeavor to boost the profile of women’s sports. AdShe’s aiming to defend her 100 free title at the Tokyo Olympics, delayed for a year by the coronavirus pandemic. When Stanford closed its facilities last March, Manuel and training partner Katie Ledecky found a backyard pool to work out in. He failed to make it out of the preliminaries, finishing 32nd in the 100 free and 25th in the 100 breaststroke. Blake Pieroni won the men’s 100 free in 49.19 seconds.
P&G extends Olympic sponsorship, focusing on equality drive
FILE - In this March 30, 2020, file photo, a man jogs past the Olympic rings in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)LONDON Procter & Gamble will use its Olympic and Paralympic sponsorship to campaign for racial equality after extending its backing of the games through 2028. We want to now extend that to be both a force for growth and a force for good for the next eight years.The Tokyo Olympics are now a year away after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gestures such as taking a knee or raising a fist on a medal podium remain prohibited by the International Olympic Committee. Thats a big discussion the IOC is now having with the athletes, which I think is quite appropriate, Pritchard said.