Day 3 of competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics brings the debut of skateboarding and surfing as official Olympic sports. What did we think? What did the target audience think? Do we even know what was going on, thanks to less-than-stellar announcing?
Also on today’s show:
- Results of the day’s swimming competition are exactly why we love the Olympics.
- Women’s artistic gymnastics – what happened to the US and also to our favorite gymnast Chuso?
- Why softball needs to stay on the Olympic program.
- Some jawdropping shots at the archery venue.
- TKFLASTANI Ginny Fuchs’ first Olympic boxing match.
- TKFLASTANI Luuka Jones’ first 2 runs in Canoe Slalom.
- TKFLASTANI Felicity Passon takes to the pool.
- Jill may have found the sport for her and Alison on the shooting range.
- TKFLASTANI Tony Azevedo calling the water polo matches.
Also, roundups of the action at 3×3 basketball, men’s basketball, women’s road cycling, synchronized platform diving, women’s foil and men’s epee in fencing, tennis, and taekwondo – including a suprising upset.
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Jill: [00:00:00] hello, Olympics, fans, and lovers of TKFLASTAN, and welcome to Keep the Flame Alive, the podcast for fans of the Olympics and Paralympics. I am your host Jill Jaracz joined as always by my lovely co-host Alison Brown. Alison, konichiwa!
Alison: I am very confused. How so I’ve been watching some sports and I am confused. How, so I’ve been watching skateboarding.
Jill: I was kind of hoping you were saying surfing because I watched her face and I’m confused. What makes you confused about skateboarding?
Alison: I do not know why skateboarding is.
Jill: I, you know, I don’t either and I get it. I get that doing those tricks is difficult. I understand that. But you know, when I saw Manny Santiago of Puerto Rico, wipe out at the very end of his run and then pick up his cell phone and put it back in his pocket, I thought if you can have your cell phone on your person while you compete.
Alison: Well, first of all, that was common. Almost all of them had their cell phones on them and were wearing air, uh, air pots while they competed.
Jill: So maybe the cell phone was to give them the cell phone
Alison: was to get the music. Yes. So they’d wipe out in the air. Pods would fly out everywhere and I’m thinking to myself, how is your phone surviving?
I don’t see an Otter box on that thing. So I want to know what those phones are wrapped in. So let me go back to the beginning. So first. Marnie McMeen siting at skateboarding. Nice for the early rounds, there were two, two Canadians there. I don’t know how long she stayed. Cause then we saw her again at swimming later.
Jill: think she’s getting around. Cause I heard she was at a canoe slalom as well, but maybe menus are really close together.
Alison: So we’re doing a where’s Waldo with Marnie McBean she’s everywhere. She’s like a visa everywhere you want to be. And I was watching it with my 18 year old daughter. You would think, who is the target audience for adding this sport?
Yes, she hated it and she hated it because she said they’re not respecting the Olympics. They were way too casual, way too much. Like as she put it guys who were in her intro to comm class in college and she felt like. She has seen people. She knows do a lot of these things. It didn’t feel like she was watching the best in the world compete at the highest level.
Interesting. And as we were watching the early rounds with the constant wipe outs and the constant misses, I thought to myself, I wonder if. The sport is just under cooked. The idea being that the best skateboarders in the world are not in the competition circuit, because it doesn’t have a long enough history of a competition circuit.
So people haven’t grown up as skateboarders wanting to be in the Olympics. Interesting. So, and the other thing that bothered her was everyone looked and acted and seemed like they were from California. There didn’t seem to be a difference in international styles. Oh. And the announcers mentioned how all the top skateboarders live in California, no matter what country they represent.
So is that a worldwide sport then? If they’re all in one state in one country,
Jill: Interesting. That’s an excellent point because that’s, what’s fun about the Olympics is seeing different styles in, in competitions like that, where you’re putting together a routine or a set of tricks,
Alison: right? The one, uh, competitor she did like, and I want to get this name correct.
Is Yuto, Horry, gummy, who did win the, the men’s street style. And because she felt like his style was a little different. Lo and behold, he still lives in trains in Japan.
Alison: I thought that was so clever that she noticed how they all seemed the same.
Jill: That’s very interesting. I dipped in and out of skateboarding a little bit.
We saw a lot of people wipe out. I did hear that the heat was kind of an issue because I did see somebody wipe out and fall on their back. And then when they got up, just the huge sweat mark left on the pavement so that I understand maybe that’s doing something to their competition. I also think.
Understand very much how difficult this stuff
Alison: was. The American announcers were terrible. They didn’t explain anything that was going on. So apparently there is regular stance and [00:05:00] goofy stance.
Jill: Right. And all it is is basically
Alison: left-handed right-handed, but he never explained what that meant. How hard is that?
That’s that’s the absolute, you know, that’s even before, you know, skateboarding 1 0 1 that’s the. Wow. And you have to assume that most people who are watching it, if it is the first time it’s in the Olympics, have never seen it before. Exactly. As a
Jill: competition, it’s kind of announcing 1 0 1, take it back.
And, and there are announcers who are very good at educating as you go and not just laying it all on you and understanding that people may pop into the competition. At any given moment in time. So we’re going to repeat the same things and maybe you didn’t understand it the first time, but you’ve seen it five times, but now you, oh, that’s what you mean by this.
But for this, I wonder if the announcer was so much into the sport, they didn’t realize they didn’t know how to take a step back and be able to explain it to the novice or brand new watcher.
Alison: My other question was who were all those people in the stands. Other skateboarders. There were a lot of people there.
Jill: Huh? Interesting. I’ll take it.
Alison: And the last thing that annoyed me was they get, do overs in a way, because if you, if you drop in, but don’t do anything, you can come out and drop in again.
Jill: Oh, right. Because you have 45 seconds to do your run, so right. It’s like a ball. Yeah.
Alison: Didn’t like that. I think once you’re in here,
And you have to make it work somehow, absolutely far out well skateboarding so far. We’ll see. What does the park competition is like also let’s stick with the new sports because I don’t get surfing and I watched a feed with the OBS announcers and you usually are like, oh, BS. They know what they’re talking about.
They knew the sport too well, and didn’t know to explain it to anybody in the outside. So in the surfing competition you get, uh, there were heats and I sat through like two and a half heats of the men’s competition and, uh, there’s four at a time. And the nice thing is that they have different colored jerseys on.
So, you know, who’s surfing and there’s something called priority. So whoever has priority, they get to choose the wave and then they do a number of tricks on that way. Until they can’t, I don’t understand how it’s scored. I don’t understand what gets counted. I don’t understand how you win your heat or move on.
I don’t understand. As someone tricks, I would be like, oh, that looks kind of tough, but I don’t know what tricks are tougher than others. Yeah. Very bad in, in helping you understand the difficulty of the sport. And also one of my other problems with surfing is because they kept talking about the wave conditions, the wave conditions, and, and lo and behold, the typhoon is coming.
So that may help this, that may help the surfing competition actually. But. What, what we see, uh, surfing is always the huge wave with a tunnel created and the surfers going through it. And then I look at these waves that look very small and there’s not that tunnel created. And I don’t understand how the surfers can do tricks on that.
I mean, they do. And some of them didn’t. Looked really impressive or could stay on the wave a long time. And I also didn’t know like is staying on the wave a long time, a good thing. How many tricks do you want? How many tricks do you need to have to do a score? It was very difficult to understand, and also, you know, big outdoor arena you could have at least thrown in a couple of hundred people and maybe it’s too hard to switch on the ticketing thing at this point, or was too hard to switch on ticketing for certain events.
But honestly, the venue is very long and. You could have had some people there safely. That’s my beef.
Alison: So I will watch surfing on the regular American TV. See if they do better, because NBC has been carrying surfing competitions for years. So I would hope that they have kind of experience with it.
Jill: Hope so.
I want to see what the. NBC commentator does. And if that is any helpful, more, any more helpful than what we got today. All right. Can we just jump to swimming? Y’all yeah. Oh my God. This is why I love the Olympics. Oh,
Alison: last night, swimming was so much fun. If you haven’t gone back,
Jill: go back and watch. All four metal races were fantastic.
Alison: Stands are packed with other swimmers. Fantastic. Somebody’s got a horn though, and I’ll be interested to see if that horn gets banned because you know, you’re not supposed to blow into anything. So I was laughing about the horn. So we’ll have to see if that shows up [00:10:00] again.
Jill: Tonight. USF team USA has those inflatable clapper things that they pound together.
Those battle sticks things. Um, so that’s fun to watch. That’s really great. It’s nice that swimming has so many competitors that they can pack the stands and make it seem more. But then it’s a huge venue. It looks incredible. I, I told Ben last night, I’m like, I want to go swim there. Well, the
Alison: swimmers have said the pool
Jill: is fast.
Oh, it must’ve been okay. So meant 400. I am a gold. Went to chase Kalise from USA, silver to Jay Litherland of the USA, bronze to Brendan Smith of Australia. And Jay Litherland came out of almost nowhere to go. Oh, what a finish on that race meant 400 freestyle. This was unbelievable. The race the night. Yes.
Yes, because you think, okay. There’s Australia’s in the mic Australians in the mix. There’s a Americans in the mix out of lane. Eight comes Ahmed half newly from Tunisia, 18 years old wins the gold. Uh, amazing finish. And, uh, then silver went to Jack McLaughlin of the, of Australia and Kiran Smith won the bronze for the U S but Ahmed was so over the moon with what he accomplished and just,
Alison: uh, uh, so I always think it’s funny when they interview this swimmers right after the racist.
So number one, these guys. Their heads are fuzzy. You know, they’ve just expanded or the most energy they’ve probably ever done. And he’s 18, he’s Tunisian and they’re doing an interview in another language. I’m always amazed that they can come out with any coherent statement at all. And then he’s, you know, th the, the American interviewer is asking all the really stupid questions as they do post race and, you know, asking you, how did you feel?
How did you make it happen? And he was just like, I don’t know. I am Olympic champion. It was fantastic. Such a wonderful moment. And I do want to mention. Because Karen Smith is from a couple towns over from me. Oh, okay. So my Instagram has been blowing up with all the local officials, you know, the, the governor and the Senator and the local people and people who know him congratulating him.
So that’s been kind of fun.
Jill: That is awesome, but it didn’t stop. Then the women had their 400 meter, individual medley. from Japan, just ran away with that race. She was so far ahead at the end. Fantastic win for Japan. I love it. When the host country wins. I love it when they went in swimming because there’s so much into swimming.
That was a great race. And then, uh, USA won silver and bronze Moy. And, uh, when the silver Halle Flint, uh, Flickinger won the bronze. Oh man,
Alison: to me, the other surprise was Katinka Hauschka world record holder finished fifth.
Jill: I know. I was really surprised. I think I had her in my fantasy league. But that was just an amazing race.
I was so happy that, uh, Japan got the gold in that one.
Alison: Yeah, she was so, oh, how she was so cute because she was just sort of the way she smiled. It was like, oh, four year old, got the wind. She was so just, she didn’t know how to react.
Jill: Right, right. It was, it was really sweet. And then we close it out with a women’s four by 100 meter free, uh, freestyle.
Jill: everybody away with a world record, a fantastic swim from Australia, then Canada, just add to doubt the USA for the silver, uh, penny Oleksiak anchored. That one is just like she is in good form. She’s um, I’m looking forward to watching her individual races, uh, for the U S Simone, Manuel got put into the final four for.
The U S and the U S team started out pretty slowly. So, uh, like three and four really brought them back into the mix and that helped them secure that metal, but that
Alison: Simone looked
Jill: nice. It was an exciting race.
Alison: And here to me is the best part about the Australian. There are sisters on the team. Oh, Kate and Bronte Campbell started and finished.
They were one in four. No. Imagine their mom
Jill: right now. So happy us. Sistani watch it. Felicity pass on, competed in the heat to the 100 meter backstroke. She finished seventh in her heat with the time of 1 0 4 0.66, which sadly was lower than her entry time. So I’m curious to see how she felt about her race, but [00:15:00] she’s an Olympia.
So you competed congratulations to you. Uh, what else did you
Alison: watch? So I am so glad I went on a tirade yesterday telling people to watch softball. Okay. Team USA, Australia match was the match of the tournament. It was tied at zero at the end of regulation. Wow. The pitcher’s dual, like you would not believe we get to the eighth.
And, uh, Monica Abbott, the USA pitcher has a little blip. She had pitched the whole match and she has a little blip and Australia scores. Okay. So it’s like, oh, you know, we have to score in the, in the bottom of the eighth or the matches over USA comes up. They get a runner on. They get another runner on and then Amanda chai tester comes up, hits a single to run scores.
Walk off single. It was beautiful. And what I love about this so much is that Monica Abbott is 35. She played in a 28. Amanda Chichester. It’s like 20. Oh. So it’s like the two heroes of the game are the two generations that are playing on this team. USA softball team. Oh,
Jill: that is nice.
Alison: It was just, if you love pitching, you have to go back and watch them.
These two women were unreal, so unreal and most important for us shook Lasante sighting. We were a Berg at first based coaching.
Jill: Um, also in the softball tournament, it Japan be Canada when nothing and Mexico be Italy five zero. That means a top of the leaderboard, Japan and the U S both have four wins and no losses.
And. They are up next to compete against each other. And that is a must-see match. Uh, Canada is third in the standings at two and two Australia is one in three. Mexico is one in three, and Italy is O N. What else do you got?
Alison: So Luca Jones did her heats and qualifying for canoe. Slalom looked really good.
Ended up standing in third. Nice. But she was, she was tied with the second place qualifier, but it goes by, um, the first. If
Jill: there’s a tie. Oh, okay. That’s how it goes. Cause I saw the first heat where she was, uh, she had four touches during that heat and finished in 10th place. So that was a, a little tougher bit of a run, but I’m, I will go back and try to watch her.
Well, yeah, that second
Alison: run. She just came and it was like, okay, we have Luca back that second run. So that was, that was really nice to see watched a little bit of men’s water polo. So Tony. Oh, how’s it going to listen to him? He was, you know what it was, he announces like the same way he interviewed with us.
He was very low key and very calm. He’s not rowdy Gaines. He does not get overly excited. Which is probably why he was so good at a sport, but he explains a lot. Oh, well, that’s good. Okay. Of what’s going on since, I mean, what do I know of water polo? What Tony told me
Jill: that’s right, right. So what did
Alison: watch men USA versus Japan?
And unfortunately it was not over before we started taping. So when I left, it was tied, you know,
Jill: it, uh, well, the U S ended up winning 1513. So that was a close game. Also in the men’s competition, Italy beat South Africa, 21 to, to Greece, uh, over hungry, 10 to nine Montenegro beat Australia, 15 to 10. Spain beat Serbia, 13 to 12 and Croatia beat Kazakhstan 23 to seven.
I did go back yesterday and watched, uh, the us vs depends women’s game. Uh, watched a little bit of, of the, the second half of it. And it was interesting because the game had started out really close. They were tied about three, three, and then the U S just came out and put the heat on. And that was, that was again, Uh, what else do you have?
Alison: And my little note to myself, our favorite old lady gymnast, Exxon, and she said, Nia did not have a good qualifying. So she has not made it to the finals I’m involved because she only competes as a bald specialist, but there was a beautiful moment when. She was done. They, it was clear. She wasn’t going to make the finals.
She came up and everyone who was in the stadium, not a lot of people granted, but you know, the other gymnast, the other coaches gave her a standing ovation and she started to cry and she blew a kiss to the camera and say goodbye. Ah,
Jill: Artists gymnastics. I had it on for a little while. It’s another one where if you put the stream on you get all four apparatuses at once with no commentary.
So [00:20:00] it’s really nice if you know what’s going on in the sport. The sessions I saw were not random teams, but there were like groups of random gymnast. Would be in one rotation together because they didn’t have a team to qualify for. And then a little bit of a ROC, a little bit of China, a little bit of Japan.
I think I did not get to see the USA yet. And that is a must go back and find out what happened because on the team qualifications, uh, ROC is on the top of the leaderboard. Followed by the USA, then China, France, Belgium, great Britain, Italy in Japan. They all go into the finals, qualified to the all around.
Uh, the top names are Simone Biles, Rebecca undrawn on, on dry day from Brazil, Sunita leaf in the U S and then two from ROC on gal, um, on Galena Melly, Mel Nicola, and a lot of Slava years over. Many top gymnast did not make it. This is one of those where they have that two per country rule and I get it because you want diversity, but in gymnastics, the women’s competition, especially you definitely are not getting the best of the best in the finals because so many top gymnast’s did not make the all around due to the two per country rule.
And it’s not just the U S uh, ROC had that issue. I believe Japan, China had that China and it’s really. Tough to see that you can do as good as you can and beat other people that are not are going to be in the final and you don’t get that same opportunity. So, uh, that’s really rust, rough don’t know what happened to Jordan chiles from the U S she was so strong going into Tokyo, but she finished.
Last. So last of all the U S gymnast in the, all around, uh, qualifiers and she finished way low on the standings.
Alison: Yeah. I didn’t watch the qualifying. I generally don’t watch qualifying cause I like to be surprised in the finals with people’s routines. But what I read was she fell off the beam. She had a major deduction on the bars.
She dragged her feet and she had a major deduction on. For something technical. So either stepping out of bounds or something in that category, cause her routine was clean. Interesting. Stepping out of Browns was a huge problem for Simone Biles. She did it twice on the floor once on the vaults. Wow.
Because she’s trying these amazing tricks that she doesn’t have solid and she can’t necessarily control. So you step out of bounds when that happens
Jill: interest. Well, I’m very curious. I would like to go back and watch that today and see how things stack up. Okay. So what have you been up to? So I spent a lot of time watching archery, which I could only stay up so long and what I could not stay awake for was the metal matches.
And I’ve seen highlights of them, but I need to go back and watch because the quarter-finals and semi-finals were so interesting. Germany was cruising to get into the finals match, uh, in the semi-finals they were up against ROC and inset too. They need it. It’s the last arrow of set too. And the announcer goes, she needs a six to win, and this is, uh, Lisa Unruh is shooting and she is a silver medalist from Rio and all she needs is a six and then Germany kind of ties up the whole.
She shot it to, oh, no. Even she, it was just like, where, how did this happen? Just something was off on that arrow. And then ROC came back and they want to go to the gold medal match, but there, they had to face Korea and Korea. Nicely did what they came there to do and beat them solidly. And Korea’s won every women’s team gold medal in archery since the introduction of the sport in 88.
So gold to Korea, silver to ROC bronze to Germany, our trees. Super interesting tournament to watch. So I would not miss that if I were you. Oh, we watched boxing this morning show post Donnie. Jenny Fuchs is competing. She was in the round of 32 and the flyweight category. And. Beat solely ANNOVA from RSD, uh, on decision three to two.
So it was a split decision, but she pulled it out. She looked pretty good. She was able to duck really well. And, uh, she would duck and kind of come in and punch and, and the ROC athlete did not know what to do with that sometimes. So very happy boxing venue. We talk about how Japanese, think of all these tiny details, you know, how in boxing in-between rounds, they bring up the stool [00:25:00] and put it down in the corner for everyone to sit on.
Yes. Okay. They don’t have stools. They have a, uh, they have a, it’s not a chair. It’s like the top of the stool is attached to a metal pole and it swings in, in between the ropes and then they swing it back. It is
Alison: so cool. How has nobody thought of that before? No. So obvious.
Jill: Oh, uh, also one of the other matches we saw was Mandy BW hold from Canada, who, if you know her story, she was trying to qualify and was planning on going to the last Olympic qualifier.
And then that qualifier got canceled due to the pandemic. And they, then they said, then, uh, for the boxing tournament, they said, well, we’ll take your top three decisions from 20 18, 20 19. And that will determine who goes. The problem was at the time Andy was busy having and raising a baby. So she did not have enough decisions.
And they said, well, sorry, Charlie. So she appealed. She won the appeal and she competed today. She did not win. Oh,
Alison: that’s too bad.
Jill: I think that’s it. That’s all. I that’s. All I got is I feel woefully behind. I feel like I have, I’ve caught a little bit of weightlifting. Like I’m catching up on weightlifting and I really want to watch some weightlifting, but I’m catching up on that.
Um, also I did catch up on, uh, men’s 10 meter air, pistol Ellison. I found our sport air pistol showed me that there are all body types in the event. And I think maybe we’ve, we’ve got a chance.
Alison: Softball will also show you. And the best way it really does.
Jill: I have noticed that I’m like, wow, there’s some really strong girls and, and sturdily built girls that just have there’s different muscle types.
Alison: Right. And then there’s Monica Abbott, who is six, three. What was that pitcher? Who they called the big unit. Remember him from like the nineties? Well, she’s the softball equivalent, cause she’s just this long string of it. And then there are these tiny little pocket princesses. We were like five, three and tiny, and they just run really fast.
Jill: really interesting. And I,
Alison: I have totally become a softball convert and I will be fighting to keep the sport in. It needs to be there
Jill: quick rundown of the other action today. Women’s uh, three X, three basketball on the women’s side. Uh, Japan non Golia, 19 to 10 Italy beat Romania 2214 ROC beat Mongolia 21 5 China beat Italy 2213.
USB Romania, 2211 Japan beat France 19 to 15, which kind of want to go see that, uh, China beat France 20 to 13 and the USB ROC 2216. The U S is at the top of the pool for nothing ROC Japan, China all are sitting at three and one Italy’s two and two Frances, one in three Romania and Mongolia have yet to win a game on the men’s side.
Uh, Belgium Broc 2116 Serbia beat Poland, 15 to 12 Latvia. Eat out a win over China, 18, 17. I want to go back and watch that Poland Broc 2116 another game. I want to go back and see Netherlands beach, Japan, 2120. That that sounds like a good game.
Alison: Uh, and when you fall behind, you’re never going to catch.
Alison: so many hours
Jill: in the Netherlands beats, uh, China, 21, 18 and Latvia over Japan, 2118 men’s pool. Serbia is at the top four wins, zero losses, uh, sitting at 301 or Latvia and Netherlands Belgium and Poland are two. And to Japan and ROC or one in three in China is oh, and four. And men’s basketball action.
The Czech Republic, beat Iran, 84 78, Italy beat Germany, 92 82 Australia beat Nigeria, 84 67 and France beat the U S 83 76. And we’ve had a lot of media in the U S talking about. Uh, team USA in their pre Tokyo games that they played and did not do well. They lost to Nigeria. They lost to Australia. And, uh, I I’m interested to see how this tournament ends up for them, uh, cycling and the road race.
The women had their road race today, Austrian and, uh, uh, Keystone offer one goal. And a mic van gluten from the Netherlands got silver and Alyssa Longo bore Guinea from Italy. Got the bronze. Okay.
Alison: That has to be the most Austrian, uh, Dutch and Italian names I have ever heard. That is a fantastic podium.
That’s like a cartoon podium with those [00:30:00] names. That was great.
Jill: Diving has started. So women’s synchronized to bring three meter springboard happened. Gold went to China, sheeting Mount and weighing hon a silver went to Canada who? Jennifer Abel and Melissa citrine. And, uh, Germany’s Elena, hence shell and Tina pencil won the bronze, uh, dressage action is going on in question and we’re getting close to the end of the, that was day two of individual.
And I see, like, I just looked at the leaderboard and like where’s Charlotte douche or because she is amazing and she is qualified further onward. So that is good to know. And, uh, we’ll start watching that soon. Women, uh, fencing women’s foil Lee, Kiefer of the U S one, the first foil metal and us women’s hair.
And it’s gold. So good for, you know, that’s a big moment for USA fencing, ina, Derek from the ROC one, silver and Larissa coral, Benita cava from ROC won the bronze in men’s epee, uh, Romain Kennan from France, one gold, your galley, cyclo C from hungry one, the silver and Igor Rosalyn from Ukraine at one bronze.
Yeah. So football, hockey, handball all going on, uh, juvenile. Japan cleaned up on both the men’s and the women’s sides. Women’s 52 kilograms. I’m at UTA from Japan, one gold, uh, I’m Indian Bouchard from France, one silver Giuffrida from Italy and Chelsea Giles from great Britain, won the bronze on the men side.
ABI to me from Japan won gold. I kind of wonder if they’re related. the Shiva Lee from Georgia won the silver and, uh, on bowl from Korea. Uh, Daniel from Brazil won the bronze it’s meant 68 kilograms. We’ll talk shooting tomorrow. Cause I think the women have the 10 meter air postal, and men had the 10 meter air I felt, oh, wait.
Important for us. Uh, William Shaner from us won the gold for the 10 meter air rifle. So that was good for the U S TaeKwonDo. Women’s 57 kilograms on a stage. There’s a lot tick from the U S. Uh, uh, Tiana Manina from ROC one, silver bronze is went to low check link from Chinese Taipei and Hattie’s Culebra igloos from Turkey men, 68.
A victory will the big Russia from Uzbekistan when the gold brand Lee Bradley sinned in from great Britain won the silver shall Shuai from China and respire HackerOne from Turkey. Won the bronze. Before
Alison: you got go on from TaeKwonDo. I heard from film buff, Fran, who said the American announcers for TaeKwonDo are fantastic.
Oh, okay. Turn that off. So something that’s
Jill: something to check out. Yeah. And this was, uh, this, uh, women’s category. It was the category that British TaeKwonDo, J Jones was in and she got out in the round of 16. So, uh, also something to go back and watch as her. Beat by
Alison: an athlete from the refugee team.
Really? Yes, but the athlete and now I got to get her name. Kimia . From the refugee team beat her and she formerly competed for Iran. Okay. And I got the impression that she has a metal, so you’ve got a former gold medal and bronze medalist competing pretty early in the tournament.
Jill: Wow. That’s just how the, that just how
Alison: it panned out.
So it was a surprise that J Jones Haas, but it wasn’t a surprise that this was a tight match.
Jill: Okay. Interesting. From the tennis team. Uh, Ashley bark. Bardy from Australia who just won. Wimbleton lost. She was upset by Sarah. So Rebus, Tormo, and Naomi Osaka, beat Zhang SSI in her first match as well. And everything else is more pool action.
And we’ll keep an eye on some of these team tournaments more as we get further along in the games. Ah, do we have to watch. We
Alison: do again, team USA softball while we’re playing Japan. And if you’re in the USA, that’ll be on Sunday night, but it’s really Monday morning. I’m so confused as to what they were in a Maggie Shay and Stephanie robo will beginning, uh, prelims for sailing and Kelly clays and Sarah sponsor will have their first match.
And again, that will be if you’re in the U S on Sunday night, but it’s actually Monday morning against the Latvian team of grand Chanco and Gardena.
Jill: Excellent. Excellent. A little bit of news from, uh, opening. I love this opening ceremony stuff. So, uh, Christian cloud, who does [00:35:00] corporate communications and public affairs for the IOC said, uh, the live broadcast of the T of the opening ceremony was the most watched television broadcast in Japan in the last 10 years.
But in the us, it was the smallest television audience for the event in the last 33 years, the streaming audience was up. Numbers are still down. So that is really interesting. Many, uh, NBC had reported their data. So, uh, that’s how those numbers shake out. I think maybe people turned off their TV at T box speech because it’s Japan news reported that T box spoke for 13 minutes, which was twice as long as Seiko Hashimoto’s.
Alison: Take that uncle Yoshi who complained about how women talk too
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