Olympics

Greater LA spoke with more than 10 Olympians from Southern California about those challenges, their journey, and passion for their sports. Here are highlights from their interviews.

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Brothers Phillip and Ryan Chew have traveled worldwide competing in tournaments, joined by their grandfather Don Chew.

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Expect more positive coronavirus cases at the Olympic Village and athletes riddled with unprecedented anxiety, says ESPN national reporter Michele Steele.

Tokyo Olympics opening overshadowed by high-profile COVID cases: Kara Eaker, Coco Gauff, Katie Lou Samuelson

Expect more positive coronavirus cases at the Olympic Village and athletes riddled with unprecedented anxiety, says ESPN national reporter Michele Steele.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

For the first time in Olympic history, skateboarding will join the list of sports at Tokyo 2021. Team USA will compete in two styles: street and park.

Skateboarding gets its due at Tokyo Olympics. Encinitas local Bryce Wettstein to rep Team USA

For the first time in Olympic history, skateboarding will join the list of sports at Tokyo 2021. Team USA will compete in two styles: street and park.

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The 2021 Olympics are less than two weeks away, and Tokyo is entering another state of emergency prompted by a resurgence of COVID-19 in the region.

As COVID rises in Japan, Olympic athletes must sign waivers promising not to sue if they get sick

The 2021 Olympics are less than two weeks away, and Tokyo is entering another state of emergency prompted by a resurgence of COVID-19 in the region.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Japan has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo after a spike in coronavirus cases. This news comes as the Olympics are scheduled to begin there in two weeks.

Olympics without spectators could be a ratings disaster

Japan has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo after a spike in coronavirus cases. This news comes as the Olympics are scheduled to begin there in two weeks.

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Sha’Carri Richardson tested positive for THC, so the United States Anti-Doping Agency handed her a one-month suspension.

What Sha’Carri Richardson’s Olympic snub could mean for cannabis use in sports

Sha’Carri Richardson tested positive for THC, so the United States Anti-Doping Agency handed her a one-month suspension.

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After a surge of COVID-19 cases, Japan on Thursday declared a state of emergency in Tokyo, where the Olympics are set to begin in two weeks.

Japan declares state of emergency, bans Olympic spectators as COVID surges

After a surge of COVID-19 cases, Japan on Thursday declared a state of emergency in Tokyo, where the Olympics are set to begin in two weeks.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Nick Itkin says his U.S. team has a chance at winning gold. “We’re actually ranked number one in the world — our men’s foil team. And we won the World Championships last year as well.

Foil fencer Nick Itkin on Team USA’s top rankings and high chances of winning Olympic gold

Nick Itkin says his U.S. team has a chance at winning gold. “We’re actually ranked number one in the world — our men’s foil team. And we won the World Championships last year as well.

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Orange County resident Coryn Rivera will represent America in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics this summer, after placing 12th in La Course by Le Tour de France last weekend.

Not an easy race, but not a climber’s race: OC’s Coryn Rivera to climb Mt. Fuji in Tokyo Olympics

Orange County resident Coryn Rivera will represent America in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics this summer, after placing 12th in La Course by Le Tour de France last weekend.

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The U.S. women’s national soccer team is currently ranked number one in the world and won the last two World Cups. But it hasn’t won an Olympic medal since 2012.

‘Los Angeles is a hotbed for soccer’: Christen Press praises her roots ahead of Tokyo Olympics

The U.S. women’s national soccer team is currently ranked number one in the world and won the last two World Cups. But it hasn’t won an Olympic medal since 2012.

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Professional basketball player Katie Lou Samuelson hopes to compete in the Tokyo Olympics in three-on-three half court basketball.

Three-on-three basketball is a new Olympic sport, USA Women’s team will play in Tokyo games

Professional basketball player Katie Lou Samuelson hopes to compete in the Tokyo Olympics in three-on-three half court basketball.

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Sarah Robles is a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist. Tokyo 2021 will be the third time this Desert Hot Springs native represents Team USA.

Desert Hot Springs’ weightlifter Sarah Robles prepares for Tokyo 2021

Sarah Robles is a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist. Tokyo 2021 will be the third time this Desert Hot Springs native represents Team USA.

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Garden Grove resident and softball catcher Dejah Mulipola has been preparing for the games since she found out she made the Olympic team last October.

USA’s Olympic softball team is packed with SoCal players

Garden Grove resident and softball catcher Dejah Mulipola has been preparing for the games since she found out she made the Olympic team last October.

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Malibu native Jordan Wilimovsky is competing in the 10,000 meter open water race in the Summer Olympics.

Olympic swimmer Jordan Wilimovsky drives all over SoCal to find pools for Tokyo Games training

Malibu native Jordan Wilimovsky is competing in the 10,000 meter open water race in the Summer Olympics.

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"It really is special, being African American and playing a predominantly white sport because I'm able to represent a community," says Max Irving.

LA’s Olympic hopefuls: Water polo player Max Irving on training in Greece, optimism for USA men’s team

"It really is special, being African American and playing a predominantly white sport because I'm able to represent a community," says Max Irving.

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