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WATCH LIVE: Olympics Day Four, judo, shooting and weightlifting

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The judo, shooting and weightlifting events continue Tuesday, with medals being awarded in all three.

In judo the women’s 63 kg and men’s 81 kg competitions are on the schedule, with American Travis Stevens looking to win his first Olympic medal in his third Summer Olympics. Stevens faces Sweden’s Robin Pacek in a Round of 32 matchup on Mat 1. No Americans are competing in the women’s 63 kg event, but reigning world champion Tina Trstenjak of Slovenia and bronze medalist Miku Tashiro of Japan are among the competitors still in the competition.

WATCH LIVE: Judo Prelims, Mat 1 (Women’s 63 kg, Men’s 81 kg) — 9 a.m. Eastern

WATCH LIVE: Judo Prelims, Mat 2 (Women’s 63 kg, Men’s 81 kg) — 9 a.m. Eastern

WATCH LIVE: Repechage, semifinals and medal matches (Women’s 63 kg, Men’s 81 kg) — 2:30 p.m. Eastern

At the shooting venue the women’s 25 meter air pistol competition will be held, with the qualifying rounds beginning at 8 a.m. and the final scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. Enkelejda Shehaj Bekurti will represent the United States in this event, with reigning Olympic champion (and Olympic record-holder) Jangmi Kim of South Korea and 2008 gold medalist Ying Chen of China viewed as two of the expected contenders for the gold medal.

WATCH LIVE: Women’s 25 meter air pistol final — 2:30 p.m. Eastern

At the weightlifting venue the men’s 69 kg and women’s 63 kg competitions will be held, with qualifying rounds scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Eastern. Shi Zhiyong of China is seen as the prohibitive favorite to win gold in the men’s 69 kg division, with China also boasting the favorite in the women’s 63 kg competition in Deng Wei. Deng is the current world record holder in the clean and jerk with a lift of 146 kilograms. Russia’s Tima Turiyeva will not be competing.

WATCH LIVE: Men’s 69 kg Group B, Women’s 63 kg Group B — 9 a.m. Eastern

WATCH LIVE: Women’s 63 kg Group A — 2:30 p.m. Eastern

WATCH LIVE: Men’s 69 kg Group A — 6 p.m. Eastern

Hayley Wickenheiser is 7th woman elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

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Hayley Wickenheiser, arguably the greatest female hockey player of all time who retired in 2017, will be the seventh female player in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The six-time Canadian Olympian (once in softball) was elected in her first year of eligibility. Wickenheiser is joined by Sergei Zubov, who earned gold at the 1992 Albertville Games with the Unified Team, two-time Czech Olympic medalist Václav Nedomanský and 1980s and ’90s NHLer Guy Carbonneau, among others.

The induction ceremony is Nov. 18 in Toronto.

Wickenheiser is the fifth Canadian female player elected after Angela James (2010), Geraldine Heaney (2013), Danielle Goyette (2017) and Jayna Hefford (2018). Americans Cammi Granato (2010) and Angela Ruggiero (2015) are also Hall of Famers.

Wickenheiser, now the Toronto Maple Leafs’ assistant director of player development, earned four golds and one silver in the first five Olympic women’s hockey tournaments. She played 23 years for the Canadian national team, earning seven world titles and being named Olympic tournament MVP in 2002 and 2006.

She also carried the Canadian flag at the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony and recited the Athletes’ Oath at the Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony. She was elected to the International Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission in 2014.

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Breaking provisionally added for 2024 Olympics

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Breaking (don’t call it break dancing) was provisionally added to the Olympics for the 2024 Paris Games.

The IOC also announced Tuesday that skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing were provisionally added to the 2024 Olympic program. Those three sports will debut at Tokyo 2020 but were not assured places on the Olympic program beyond next year.

“They contribute to making the program more gender balanced and more urban, and offer the opportunity to connect with the younger generation,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a press release. “The proposed sports are in line with these principles and enhance Paris 2024’s overall dynamic Games concept, which focuses on inclusivity, inspiring a new audience and hosting socially responsible Games.”

The IOC Executive Board will make the final decision on the Paris 2024 event program in December 2020, but no more sports can be proposed for inclusion. That means baseball and softball, which return to the Olympics next year, will not be on the 2024 Olympic program. Those sports can still be added for the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

Breaking debuted at the Youth Olympics last year, where the U.S. did not have any athletes. Sergei “Bumblebee” Chernyshev of Russia and Ramu Kawai of Japan took gold medals.

Breaking had never previously been up for a vote for Olympic inclusion, but the World DanceSport Federation is recognized by the IOC.

Teenagers, some of whom went by nicknames like Bad Matty, Senorita Carlota and KennyG, went head-to-head in dance battles at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires last year. They performed on a mat atop an outdoor basketball court to a musical beat and emcees.

Judges determined winners using six criteria: creativity, personality, technique, variety, perfomativity and musicality.

“Breaking (also called b-boying or b-girling) is an urban dance style,” according to the Youth Olympics. “The urban dance style originated during the mid 1970s in the Bronx borough of New York City.”

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