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'About Time': LGBTQ Athletes Unleash Rainbow Wave on Olympics

'About Time': LGBTQ Athletes Unleash Rainbow Wave on Olympics

By John Leicester | Jul 27, 2021

A wave of rainbow-colored pride, openness and acceptance is sweeping through Olympic pools, skateparks, halls and fields, with a record number of openly LGBTQ competitors in Tokyo.

First Openly Transgender Olympians are Competing in Tokyo

First Openly Transgender Olympians are Competing in Tokyo

By Anne M. Peterson | Jul 26, 2021

The International Olympic Committee has allowed transgender athletes to participate at the Olympics since 2004, but until this year, none had done so openly.

NBC Estimates 17 Million in U.S. Saw Opening of Tokyo Olympics

NBC Estimates 17 Million in U.S. Saw Opening of Tokyo Olympics

Jul 26, 2021

An estimated 17 million people in the United States watched the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics held in a largely empty stadium.

Olympic Broadcasters Curb Sexual Images of Female Athletes

Olympic Broadcasters Curb Sexual Images of Female Athletes

By Graham Dunbar | Jul 26, 2021

"Sport appeal, not sex appeal" is one mantra Olympic officials push in an effort to reach gender equity on the field of play and on screen.

Watch: Tunisian Teen Wins Surprise Olympic Swimming Gold

Watch: Tunisian Teen Wins Surprise Olympic Swimming Gold

By Beth Harris | Jul 26, 2021

Nobody was watching Ahmed Hafnaoui in lane eight of the Olympic pool. All eyes were on the Tunisian teenager at the finish.

At-Home Olympians: Our Favorite Athletic Insta Influencers

At-Home Olympians: Our Favorite Athletic Insta Influencers

Jul 26, 2021

Just because you haven't reached international acclaim as a high-performance athlete doesn't mean you can't show off your athletic prowess to the world.

Flying Start: American Swimmers Do Fine Without Phelps

Flying Start: American Swimmers Do Fine Without Phelps

By Paul Newberry | Jul 25, 2021

Michael Phelps was up in his broadcast seat, a mere observer rather than the driving force of U.S. swimming. No need to fret about what he left behind.

A Close-Up Look at the Olympics Opening Ceremony Uniforms

A Close-Up Look at the Olympics Opening Ceremony Uniforms

Jul 24, 2021

Photojournalist Petr David Josek caught close-up shots of some of the detailed outfits worn at Tokyo's opening ceremony.

Watch: Tonga's Oiled Flag Bearer Returns in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Ceremony

Watch: Tonga's Oiled Flag Bearer Returns in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Ceremony

By Emell Adolphus | Jul 23, 2021

Pita Taufatofua will compete in the Olympic games for Taekwando and for our hearts.

Let the Fashion Policing Begin on Opening Day of Tokyo Games

Let the Fashion Policing Begin on Opening Day of Tokyo Games

By Leanne Italie | Jul 22, 2021

The Olympics in Tokyo open Friday, when the world's athletes will march behind their flag-bearers. And when they do, the peanut gallery on what they're wearing will be open, too.

Out British Olympian Tom Bosworth Calls on Closeted Athletes to Emerge

Out British Olympian Tom Bosworth Calls on Closeted Athletes to Emerge

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 21, 2021

Tom Bosworth is one of a record number of out athletes from around the world to compete in this summer's Olympics in Tokyo. Now, he's calling on other LGBTQ Olympians to come out.

Louisiana Senate Backs Transgender Sports Ban Veto Override

Louisiana Senate Backs Transgender Sports Ban Veto Override

By Melinda Deslatte | Jul 21, 2021

Louisiana's Republican state senators Tuesday narrowly voted to overturn Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' rejection of a bill prohibiting transgender students from participating in school sports.

Sweden Stuns US 3-0 in Women's Soccer at Olympics

Sweden Stuns US 3-0 in Women's Soccer at Olympics

By Anne M. Peterson | Jul 21, 2021

Sweden didn't have to bunker down on defense against the Americans this time.

First Look: Sports Illustrated's 1st Transgender Cover Star Makes History

First Look: Sports Illustrated's 1st Transgender Cover Star Makes History

By Emell Adolphus | Jul 20, 2021

Model Leyna Bloom has made history as the first transgender model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue.

Netflix's 'UNTOLD' to Dive Deep into Epic Sports Moments

Netflix's 'UNTOLD' to Dive Deep into Epic Sports Moments

By Jonathan Landrum Jr. | Jul 20, 2021

Caitlyn Jenner's reflections about winning an Olympic gold medal, boxer Christy Martin's fight for her life outside the ring and the infamous "Malice at the Palace" brawl are some of the most controversial sports moments in an upcoming Netflix docuseries.

Tom Daley Heads to Tokyo with Hopes for Gold and a New Attitude

Tom Daley Heads to Tokyo with Hopes for Gold and a New Attitude

Jul 20, 2021

When Tom Daley first went to the Olympic Games in Bejing in 2008, he was 14 years old — the youngest member of the British swim team. This year, he heads to Tokyo with a new attitude as the team's oldest contender.

Out Rugby Player Wins Case, Avoids Deportation from the UK

Out Rugby Player Wins Case, Avoids Deportation from the UK

By Kilian Melloy | Jul 20, 2021

An openly gay rugby player from Kenya has prevailed in his endeavor to avoid being deported from Britain and returned to his home country, where he feared what would happen to him.

Phelps to Work as NBC Commentator, Correspondent at Olympics

Phelps to Work as NBC Commentator, Correspondent at Olympics

Jul 20, 2021

Michael Phelps will be part of NBC's Olympics coverage as a correspondent and swimming commentator, the network announced Monday.

Out Olympian Gymnast Dominic Clarke Calls for More Visibility

Out Olympian Gymnast Dominic Clarke Calls for More Visibility

By Emell Adolphus | Jul 19, 2021

After coming out as gay last month, the gymnast is stressing the importance of LGBTQ visibility in sports and athletes as role models.

Nashville Predators Prospect Proudly Comes Out as Gay

Nashville Predators Prospect Proudly Comes Out as Gay

Jul 19, 2021

A Nashville Predators prospect has come out as gay before his first NHL camp.

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