The Olympic Games are officially underway in Tokyo. Following an eventful, if different, opening ceremony, and Naomi Osaka shining as she lit the Olympic torch, it was time to get to the action.
Team USA boasts a stacked roster of 613 athletes in 36 disciplines. That is the second-most Olympic athletes in United States history, trailing only the 1996 Atlanta Games, when America had a contingent of 646 athletes.
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USWNT back to its winning ways
After suffering a stunning loss to Sweden in group play, the American soccer team returned to action against New Zealand. Team USA cruised to a 6-1 win.
RT if you think @roselavelle's first Olympic goal was worth waking up early for. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/lxPFm16T74— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 24, 2021
100th cap? Celebrate with a goal, @LindseyHoran! ⚽️@TeamUSA x @USWNT— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 24, 2021
🇺🇸 2 - 0 🇳🇿 | #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/GkrNUPHPtw
HOT OFF THE PRESS 🔥@TeamUSA x @USWNT x @ChristenPress— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 24, 2021
🇺🇸 4 - 1 🇳🇿 | #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/yTGi5ofaPu
That was Rose Lavelle's 10th goal for the USWNT. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, the U.S. has won all nine games Lavelle has scored in.
ESPN FC's Caitlin Murray writes that there's still something lacking from Team USA, even after thumping New Zealand.
Next up for the Americans is Australia on Tuesday morning.
A swimming stunner
Japanese swimmer Daiya Seto failed to qualify for the men's 400-meter individual medley final. Seto is the reigning world champion and held the fastest time in the world before the Olympics.
What a finish in this 400m IM heat!— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 24, 2021
World champion Daiya Seto fails to qualify for the final. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/Cv3BYcKqH6
Great start in the pool.@maxlitch1995 qualifies for a high quality men's 400m individual medley final. #TeamGB pic.twitter.com/ZCZLX08rWg— Team GB (@TeamGB) July 24, 2021
Elsewhere, Australian swimmer Emma Mckeon, who is aiming for seven medals, made her return to the Olympic pool.
American Katie Ledecky, seeking her own epic Olympic feat, and Caeleb Dressel, who could win seven golds in Tokyo, will highlight the swimming action Saturday.
'King Kohei's' reign is over
The reign of Japan's "King Kohei" Uchimura, two-time Olympics all-around gymnastics champion and holder of seven Olympic medals, came to an abrupt end on Saturday morning when he failed to qualify for the apparatus final, closing his storied Olympic career.
Uchimura is competing in his fourth Olympics.
Uchimura Kohei 🇯🇵 isn't sure he's done, but the #Olympic champion is now going to take some time to think. What went wrong today? "I couldn't perform what I practised," he said. "In the last three Olympic Games I could...but I couldn't do that at these #Olympics." #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/NTI6p7Ocm0— FIG (@gymnastics) July 24, 2021
Osterman is back
Team USA and University of Texas softball legend Cat Osterman made her return to the Olympic pitching circle early Saturday.
The 38-year-old pitched six innings of one-hit ball and Monica Abbott struck out the side in the seventh, helping the top-ranked U.S. shut out No. 5 Mexico 2-0 on Saturday.
Team Mexico, by the way, featured pitcher Danielle O'Toole, who will have a cameo in the upcoming "Jackass Forever" movie.
Djokovic is enjoying himself
Novak Djokovic is trying for the elusive "Golden Slam" and cruised (6-2, 6-2) in his opening round match against Bolivian Hugo Dellien. He also took some time to, impressively, work on his flexibility with the Belgian gymnastics team.
Have you ever seen a Nigerian Gymnast at the Olympics before? This is one image that will grow on 🇳🇬🇳🇬 spectators watching #Tokyo2020— Making of Champions (@MakingOfChamps) July 21, 2021
Note the name: Uche Eke! The 24-year old is Nigeria's first Olympics Gymnast, and he will be competing in 7 medal winning events.#TeamNigeria pic.twitter.com/9cwceuALLl
China earns first gold of Games
China's Yang Qian won the first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics, taking the top spot in the women's 10-meter air rifle.
Yang overtook Russia's Anastasiia Galashina when she missed the center two rings for an 8.9 on her final shot.
Yang had a 9.8 on her final shot and finished with an Olympic record 251.8. Galashina finished at 251.1.
Naomi Osaka lights the torch
Undoubtedly the greatest athletic achievement and honor I will ever have in my life. I have no words to describe the feelings I have right now but I do know I am currently filled with gratefulness and thankfulness ❤️ love you guys thank you. pic.twitter.com/CacWQ5ToUD— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) July 23, 2021
Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion and one of the superstars of the Games, joined Muhammad Ali, Steve Nash, Wayne Gretzky, Rafer Johnson and the 1980 U.S. men's hockey team as Olympians who have had the distinguished honor of lighting the cauldron.
Willis: Osaka shines in closing the opening ceremony.
Team USA sings HBD to KD
Team USA sang happy birthday to KD.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 23, 2021
His birthday is in September 😂
(via @JaValeMcGee) pic.twitter.com/q6NvRQUBa3
It's not even his birthday? Team USA made a point of trolling NBA superstar Kevin Durant by serenading him with a very public and very loud rendition of "Happy Birthday." For those who think this could have been a pure gesture, we must inform you that Durant's birthday isn't until September.
Pre-parade fit check
Look good, feel good.— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) July 23, 2021
Feel good, compete like an OLYMPIAN.
The #TokyoOlympics #OpeningCeremony: 7:30 p.m. ET tonight on NBC. pic.twitter.com/M775S1dyiD
How about a @TeamUSA fit check before #OpeningCeremony - 7:30 PM ET on @NBC!#TokyoOlympics x #OOTD pic.twitter.com/4YFf3rKdGT— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 23, 2021
Team USA showed off its look before marching in the opening ceremonies at the National Stadium in Tokyo on Friday.
'Let's just take a moment'
He went viral in Rio.— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) July 24, 2021
He went viral in PyeongChang.
And he's here in Tokyo.
Welcome back, Pita Taufatofua 🇹🇴 #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/LOeDTKgyN5
Returning for his third Olympics as the flag-bearer for Tonga, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, Pita Taufatofua is always a crowd pleaser. His appearance prompted NBC's Savannah Guthrie to say, "Let's just take a moment."
NBA's Hachimura carries flag for hosts
A night he will never forget 🤩🇯🇵#Tokyo2020 | #Basketball pic.twitter.com/uwZIrpcnAs— FIBA #Tokyo2020 (@FIBA) July 24, 2021
Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura carried the flag for Japan at the opening ceremony. Hachimura was the No. 9 pick of the 2019 NBA draft out of Gonzaga.
A new look for hoops
#3x3 basketball has arrived #Tokyo2020 #Olympics #UnitedByEmotion | #StrongerTogether | @FIBA3x3 pic.twitter.com/mqkXZAnxKA— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) July 24, 2021
Konnichiwa from FLOTUS
A virtual hug and a high-five to members of @TeamUSA today! 💕 pic.twitter.com/NI40B3xDIW— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) July 23, 2021
Team USA's water wall
Live look at @theAshJohnson in net for @USAWP.— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 24, 2021
🇺🇸 14-3 🇯🇵 | #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/D3Ni4Zm5wQ
Team USA women's water polo goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson allowed her team to take a commanding lead over Japan. Johnson finished with 15 saves. The Americans defeated the host nation 25-4 in the first match of Group B.