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Japan wins team all-around; United States fails to medal

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Having won an Olympic gold medal in the individual all-around as the last six individual all-around world championships, Japan’s Kohei Uchimura is considered by some to be the greatest male gymnast of all time. Uchimura arrived in Rio intent on not only experiencing more individual success, but also leading his nation to gold in the team all-around after getting silver in Beijing and London. Monday afternoon that mission was accomplished, as Japan won the gold medal in the men’s team all-around competition.

Japan’s score of 274.094 was more than two points better than that of silver medalist Russia, which finished with a score of 271.453. Winning the bronze medal was China, which finished with a score of 271.122.

As for the United States, a team that entered the Olympics expected to contend for a medal was doomed by a bad start to the competition. The Americans posted scores of 43.757 (floor exercise) and 43.699 (pommel horse), with that floor exercise score placing them last after the first rotation. On the floor exercise Alex Naddour fell on his final tumbling pass, and Sam Mikulak stepped out of bounds twice during his routine.

Despite quality scores on the vault and parallel bars, with Mikulak and Jake Dalton performing well on the vault and Mikulak, Danell Leyva and Chris Brooks doing so on the parallel bars, the hole proved to be too deep to climb out of. The United States finished fifth in the team all-around, with their score of 44.441 on the horizontal bar being the final nail in their coffin in regards to earning a medal.

Great Britain, which won a bronze medal in the team all-around in London, finished fourth.

Eddy Alvarez, Olympic short track medalist, to play for Miami Marlins

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Eddy Alvarez realized his MLB dream, six years after earning a Winter Olympic medal, and during a global pandemic that affected his club more than any other U.S. professional sports franchise.

Alvarez, a 2014 U.S. Olympic short track speed skating medalist, is being added to the Miami Marlins roster for Tuesday’s restart of their abbreviated season, president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Monday, according to Marlins beat reporters.

The 30-year-old was among a group added after as many as 18 Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus last week, forcing the club to cancel seven games.

Alvarez is believed to be the first U.S. Winter Olympian to become a Major League Baseball player.

He may be the second Olympic medalist in a sport other than baseball to make it to the majors, joining Jim Thorpe. (Michael Jordan tried to do so with the Chicago White Sox, playing Double-A in 1994, but returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1995.)

Alvarez, a Miami native, played baseball in high school and at Salt Lake Community College before focusing on short track in 2012 for a 2014 Olympic run.

He came back from missing the 2010 Olympic team and surgeries on both knees, reportedly leaving him immobile and bedpan dependent for four to six weeks, to make the Sochi Winter Games. Eddy the Jet earned a silver medal in the 5000m relay.

Then Alvarez returned to baseball after three years away. He signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago White Sox in June 2014. He worked his way through the minors between that franchise and the Marlins system.

Alvarez was a Kannapolis Intimidator, a New Orleans Baby Cake and a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Now, he’s a big leaguer.

“It definitely was a chance, picking up a kid who hasn’t played in three years who is starting at the age of 24,” Alvarez said in 2014. “It’s not your typical story, but I play like a 17-year-old kid. I’m running around everywhere. I’m diving around everywhere. I’m full of life. I definitely see my progression moving at a rapid pace.”

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Katie Ledecky balances glass of chocolate milk on her head while swimming

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Katie Ledecky will always remember Aug. 3 as the date she won her first Olympic gold medal, at age 15 in 2012.

Now, she can also associate it with the time she created another kind of buzz on social media.

The five-time Olympic champion posted video of her swimming the length of a pool while balancing a glass of chocolate milk on her head. Barely any, if any, milk spilled into the pool.

Ledecky swam as part of a new got milk? ad campaign.

“Hoooowww nervous were you when you did this?!” fellow Olympic champion and training partner Simone Manuel asked Ledecky on Instagram.

“I have never braced my core so hard,” Ledecky wrote. “It’s a great drill!”

“Try doing it breaststroke,” British Olympic 100m breaststroke champion and world-record holder Adam Peaty wrote.

“Is it wrong of me to think this is even more impressive than a few of your WR’s?!!!” wrote 1992 Olympic champion Summer Sanders.

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