The best Olympic news of the day
July 26, 2021 1:18 PM   Subscribe

Where can I go to find the best, coolest stories about the Olympics each day? I'm talking about stuff like this or this—the upsets, the unusual developments, the huge wins from smaller countries that might otherwise get overlooked, etc. Totally agnostic as to any particular sport or discipline. Just want good stories—thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (5 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

...sorry, misread your question, you wanted to know where to go to get these stories, not the stories themselves.
posted by BozoBurgerBonanza at 2:04 PM on July 26, 2021

You could try There's quite a lot of focus on gold medals, but across all kinds of different sports/nations and also a good sprinkling of unusual stories eg.

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz wins first-ever Olympic gold for Philippines

IOC approve extra marathon swimming place at Tokyo 2020 to allow Kazakh to compete

Rashitov and Zolotic win Olympic taekwondo titles as refugee team's Alizadeh agonisingly misses bronze

The blogs section might also turn up some more unusual features as the Games progress.
posted by penguin pie at 2:34 PM on July 26, 2021's uplifting news section: It's never too late to make an Olympic first impression (Inspirational Olympic debutantes in their 40s and top contenders in their 50s and 60s at Tokyo 2020: Yes, age is just a number.)
JUDO: The inspirational Sanda Aldass: Refugee, mother of three, Olympian (Aldass escaped a war in Syria and made a new life in the Netherlands. Now she's made her Olympic debut against all odds.)
From lorry driver to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Is Cheavon Clarke the new face of British boxing? (In an exclusive interview with, the British heavyweight reveals why the life lessons he learnt from lorry driving are vital to his success in the ring today.)
And from earlier today: 13-year-old NISHIYA Momiji wins first-ever women's street skateboarding gold
[I thought there was a daily-spotlight-type feature, but I'm not finding it.]

Teen Vogue's coverage:
Making History at the Olympics: The New Olympic Sports and Athlete Firsts to Know (There will be four sports making Olympic debuts at Tokyo 2020: surfing, skateboarding, karate and sport climbing. It will also be the first Olympics where transgender athletes have qualified.)
Gymnast Jade Carey Made History With Her Road to the Olympics
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The Smithsonian Guide has some interesting historical-context content.

The Washington Post's "selection of inspiring stories" newsletter, The Optimist, has alerted me to uplifting Olympics-related articles (ex.: July 20's "‘Just like any Olympian’: For the first time, Paralympians will get equal pay for their achievements; We spoke with several women competing in Tokyo about what this means for them") this past week, and the paper's offering a special daily Olympics newsletter: "A guide to what to watch each night of the Games, plus the biggest moments and our most interesting reads" (so not all sunny)

Refugee athletes stride into global spotlight as Tokyo Games begin ( Opening ceremony features refugee athletes marching out under the Olympic flag, showcasing the power of sport and sending a message of hope to 82 million displaced people worldwide. Five years ago, in Rio de Janeiro, 10 athletes from four nations made up the first Refugee Olympic Team. This year there are 29 members of the team, originally hailing from 11 countries.
posted by Iris Gambol at 4:15 PM on July 26, 2021

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