Olympics 2021 updates – U.S. A-Team wins beach volleyball gold; USA hoops in women’s semifinals

There are still a few precious days in the Olympic games. Have some more coffee as we’re nearing a gold medal in women’s basketball where Sue Bird and Team USA face Serbia in the semi-finals (12:40 p.m. ET). The American might peak at the right time, OK, pay attention.

Speaking of the high point at the right time: April Ross and Alix Klineman’s A-Team crowned their Olympic run with a gold medal in beach volleyball and only lost one set during the entire tournament. Ross and Klineman defeated Australian duo Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar 21-15, 21-16.

Americans could win gold medals and both men’s and women’s golf. After Xander Schauffele won the men’s title, Nelly became Korda holds a four-shot lead at the women’s tournament. The third round started on Thursday evening. A tropical storm has already cut the tournament down to 54 holes, but the weather reports looked good to get going.

Here’s the best action from Tokyo:

A team wins gold

The USA is back at the top of the beach volleyball world. April Ross and Alix Klineman’s A-Team defeated Australian duo Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar 21-15, 21-16 when the US won gold for the fourth time in the last five Olympics.


The A-team from @AprilRossBeach and @alixklineman is GOLDEN in beach volleyball #Tokyo Olympics x @TeamUSA pic.twitter.com/zxBfQOtZ6w

– #TokioOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 6, 2021

Ross won a silver medal with Jennifer Kessy in 2012 and lost to Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings in the final. In 2016, she teamed up with Walsh Jennings but ultimately won bronze.

Impressive! You did it, ladies, congratulations! @AprilRossBeach and @alixklineman , you deserve the gold! You brought your “A” game to the A-Team! USA All the way, you made us proud! @NBCOlympics @TeamUSA @usavolleyball @USAVBeach #Gold #the A-Team

– Mr T (@MrT) August 6, 2021

Galle returns home

Simone Biles, who just won silver in the team all-around and bronze in the individual balance beam, returned to Houston with a rousing reception.



Simone Biles is returning to Houston from Tokyo to join a crowd of family, friends and fans at the airport.

Another backflip in stock?

Gable Steveson, an NCAA wrestling champion at 285 pounds, has a chance to win gold in the men’s freestyle at 125 kg. He’s known for celebrating his victories with a backflip – which is impressive for anyone, let alone a wrestler his size. Does he have another party planned?

Gable Steveson became NCAA wrestling champion with 285 pounds. Casual back flip. pic.twitter.com/6xZCpD2L4N

– BroBible (@BroBible) March 21, 2021


Details are key – especially when it comes to nails. And some US stars, from Simone Biles to Alex Morgan, represented the red, white and blue at their fingertips.

… Let’s continue this discussion. pic.twitter.com/sUT10IGXRj

– #TokioOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 5, 2021

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