My editor ability be accepting a appeal anon from the Japanese Olympic Committee.
On anniversary of the aftermost two days, I was accustomed assignments to address on sports I had never covered before: judo and skateboarding.
Japanese athletes won gold medals in both.
Hi, I’m Gary Klein, and I’m curating the Olympics newsletter. I’ll get to my credible gold-medal blow shortly. But first, actuality are the big Los Angeles Times belief from Tokyo.
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Ok, aback to those gold medals.
As acclaimed previously, I’m a adept anchorman but an Olympics rookie. Colleagues told me the Games were a abundant appointment because they offered the arduous and fun befalling to awning alien sports about daily.
So, afore I headed out to the Budokan (insert Cheap Trick-related ascertainment here) I did a blast beforehand in judo. Within hours, I was wowing columnist Dylan Hernandez with my analogue and scoring arrangement knowledge.
And afterwards that night, extra-lightweight judoka Naohisa Takato won a gold medal, Japan’s aboriginal of these Tokyo Games.
Yuto Horigome of Japan competes in the men’s artery skateboarding at the Tokyo Summer Olympics on Sunday.
(Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)
On Sunday, I headed out to the Ariake Urban Sports Esplanade to awning the men’s artery accident in the countdown Olympic skateboarding competition. Back aide Dan Woike begin out I was accoutrement skateboarding, he counseled, “Gary, bethink to abrasion your helmet and your bend and knee pads.”
Japan’s Yuto Horigome, 22-year-old who was built-in in Tokyo, won the gold medal.
My acquaintance with skateboarding dates to the 1960s, accurately a cine abbreviate that apparently buried afore a amphitheater assuming of Mary Poppins or Dr. Dolittle.
I cannot anamnesis the name, but the short, which featured music but no dialogue, was about a accumulation of boys who skateboarded together. One day, one of the boys arrive a babe to appear along. His accompany alone him. That is until the babe brought forth some friends. Then, all of sudden, the added boys agilely accepted the idea, and anybody appropriately ambiguous forth bottomward the acropolis together. Fade to black. For some reason, that ashore with me.
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My own skateboarding adventures were mostly bedfast to sitting on a archaic artificial “banana” lath and benumbed it like a bobsled bottomward the hills of the multilevel accessible esplanade that abutted our house. I additionally went to academy with — and threw passes to — Tom “Wally” Inouye, a accelerated banderole football active aback who went on to accomplish abundant skateboarding fame. Images from skateboarding magazines of Tom benumbed the walls of gigantic accurate pipes are austere in my memory.
But my greatest acknowledgment and account for skateboarding comes from my son Will’s adulation for it. I took Will to skate parks back he was baby and afore he could drive. As he grew beyond and became a academy athlete, I cautioned him about injury. But he kept riding. Today, he volunteers already a week, teaching and skating with underprivileged kids. He additionally skates whenever he can with a above baptize polo teammate, the accord and amusement acquired from a acceptable day of benumbed his bliss.
Sticking with the skateboard theme…. Skateboard fable Tony Hawk is animate as a contributor for NBC during the Olympics. A few canicule afore antagonism began, he was on a lath at the antagonism ability and one of our accomplished photographers, Rob Gauthier, got this attempt of the 53-year old Hawk.
Skating fable Tony Hawk did some skateboarding at Ariake Urban Sports Esplanade on Friday.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Here’s the adventure abaft the adventure from Rob:
“I’m no altered than best bodies who basis for their hometown heroes. Hawk is from Encinitas, additionally my home town. It’s been fun afterward his abundant success over the decades. Afterwards all, I accept he is in the aforementioned class as Michael Jordan back it comes to alteration the face of his sport. At Ariake Urban Sports Esplanade he attacked the beforehand like a teenager. It was inspiring, back he’s on the bend of actuality an “old guy” like me.”
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U.S. swimmer Chase Kalisz celebrates afterwards acceptable the gold badge in the men’s 400-meter alone assortment on Sunday.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Nathan Fenno on swimming: Though Chase Kalisz is nine years adolescent than Michael Phelps, they accept a accord like brothers.
That’s why the best busy Olympian of best was in the NBC berth at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Sunday cutting a angle to accommodate blush annotation for the advertisement and accoutrements aloft in triumph.
His protégé assuredly had a gold medal.
Kalisz afar himself from the backpack amidst through the 400-meter alone assortment on the way to capturing aboriginal U.S. gold in any action at these Summer Games.
“It’s my constant dream,” he said. “It’s what anybody dreams of in the sport.”
Jay Litherland, Kalisz’s training accomplice in Georgia, accomplished about eight-tenths of a additional abaft the acceptable time of 4 minutes, 9.42 abnormal to booty silver.
Naomi Osaka serves to Zheng Saisai on Sunday.
(Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)
Jorge Castillo on tennis: Naomi Osaka, this country’s best acclaimed athlete, aboriginal emerged on Centre Cloister at Ariake Tennis Esplanade on Sunday at 10 a.m. in a gray T-shirt, atramentous leggings and neon orange sneakers.
The leggings were brave. The sun was already assay the dejected adamantine cloister as the temperature crept against 90 degrees. English-language pop music echoed through the about abandoned stadium. She airtight serves for a half-hour afore dipping from the clammy heat.
She alternate aloof afore 1 p.m. cutting a red dress with a Japanese banderole stitched assimilate the larboard ancillary of the chest and a red affectation over her red boxed braids for her aboriginal aggressive bout back abandoning from the French Open in May. And she didn’t skip a exhausted afterwards the two-month break, throttling the 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai in beeline sets — 6-1, 6-4 — in 1 hour and 27 minutes.
The Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, the armpit of the judo competition.
(Vincent Thian / Associated Press)
David Wharton on the absence of crowds at the Olympics: The gray, animate burghal gives way to a abounding park, blooming and animate with the amphitheater of cicadas, an abrupt haven amidst alpine buildings. Deep in the trees, hidden at first, sits a baby arena, its access apparent by adorned Japanese characters.
Revered as article of a mecca, the Nippon Budokan is a acquisition abode for Japan’s admired aggressive arts. But if this architecture with its acclaim arced roof has the ambient of a temple, the communicable has rendered it a little too respectful.
As the Summer Games began this accomplished weekend, there was no barrage of an acknowledging army for the aperture day of judo competition. Spectators had been banned as a bloom precaution, abrogation alone rows of abandoned seats, the echoed shouts of coaches and acclamation teammates.
Judo fable Yosh Uchida.
(San Jose State University Athletics Archives)
Jorge Castillo on judo abundant Yosh Uchida: Yosh Uchida fabricated a affiance to Colton Brown in 2016, appropriate afterwards Brown competed in judo for the United States at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics: Qualify for the 2020 Games in Tokyo and I’ll be there.
Attending the Tokyo Olympics would accept bankrupt a amphitheater for Uchida. The son of Japanese immigrants and aloft in Orange County, he was the U.S. judo team’s drillmaster at the Games in 1964, back the action fabricated its Olympic admission in its birthplace. The city, the country, the aggressive art supplied him added than a lifetime’s account of memories.
Uchida was 96 years old in 2016. He would be a centenarian by the abutting aperture ceremony. Bodies his age usually don’t accomplish affairs four years in advance. But Uchida accomplished his 100th altogether in April 2020 and bought his admission to the Nippon Budokan to accomplish his pledge.
Eva Tercelj of Slovenia competes in women’s canoe slalom at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.
(Kristy Wigglesworth / Associated Press)
Here’s the Olympics TV agenda for Sunday and Monday. All contest and times accountable to change.
Here’s a attending at the TV agenda for Sunday and Monday’s contest at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Multiple sports — 11 p.m. (Saturday)-1 a.m., CNBC
Multiple sports — 11 p.m. (Saturday)-5:20 a.m., USA
Multiple sports — 3-8 a.m., Peacock
Multiple sports — 5-9:15 a.m., NBC
Multiple sports — 5:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., USA
Multiple sports — 6-10:30 a.m., NBCSN
Multiple sports — 9:15 a.m.-3 p.m., NBC
Multiple sports — 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., NBCSN
Multiple sports — 2:30-6 p.m., USA
Multiple sports — 5-11 p.m., CNBC
Multiple sports — 5-11 p.m., NBCSN
Multiple sports — 6:30-8:30 p.m., NBC
Multiple sports — 8-11 p.m., USA
Multiple sports — 8:30-9:05 p.m., NBC
U.S. vs. Japan, 6 p.m., USA (live)
First annular men’s and women’s singles; men’s and women’s doubles, 11 p.m. (Saturday)-1 p.m., Olympic channel
Second annular men’s and women’s singles; men’s and women’s doubles, 7-11 p.m.
Multiple sports — 11 p.m. (Sunday)-7:30 a.m., USA
Multiple sports — 11 p.m. (Sunday)-2 a.m., CNBC
Multiple sports — 11 p.m. (Sunday)-2 a.m., NBCSN
Second annular men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles (live), 11 p.m. (Sunday)-11 p.m. Olympic Channel
Multiple sports — 2 a.m.-5 p.m., NBCSN
Women’s final (live), 2:30 a.m., USA
Men’s aggregation final, 3 a.m., Peacock
Multiple sports — 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., USA
Multiple sports — 9 a.m.-2 p.m., NBC
Multiple sports — 5-6:30 p.m., NBC
Multiple sports — 5-7:10 p.m., CNBC
Multiple sports — 6:30-8:30 p.m., NBC
Multiple sports — 7:10- 9 p.m., CNBC
Multiple sports — 8 p.m.-9:30 a.m., USA
Multiple sports — 8:30-11 p.m., NBC
Bronze badge bold — 9 p.m., CNBC (live)
U.S. vs. Nigeria, 9:40 p.m., USA (live)
Anastasija Zolotic, alone 18, won gold in taekwondo on Sunday. Check it out here.
Until abutting time…
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