USA Olympic roundup – California News Times

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After the opening ceremony on Friday, US Olympic athletes, including a few from Santa Clarita Valley, did not waste time chasing their dream of reaching the medal stand.

This is a brief summary of how Santa Clarita Valley athletes and the entire US team worked to represent Americans in Tokyo.

Athletes in the Santa Clarita Valley

Abbey Weitzer was the first to compete for the Santa Clarita Valley Team USA from four Olympic candidates, winning a bronze medal in a 4×100 freestyle relay. Weitzel’s next event is a women’s 100-meter freestyle starting Wednesday.

David Smith and Kyle Ensing have played in US men’s volleyball and have played two games so far, scoring 1-1. In the first game in pool play, the team won a French three-game sweep (25-18, 25-18, 25-22). In the second contest, Team USA fell to 3-1 (23-25, 25-27, 25-21, 25-23).

Smith currently has 12 kills and 2 blocks and is a hit with a kill rate of 63.75%. Ensing participated in the second match against Russia in the fourth set.

The next match for the US men’s volleyball team will be at 7 pm against Tunisia.

Allyson Felix’s first chance to compete in the Tokyo Games is the Women’s 400m Relay on Tuesday, August 3rd.

Prominent American athlete

On Sunday, 18-year-old Anastasija Zolotic became the winner of the first US women’s gold medal taekwondo. Zorotic defeated Russia’s Tatiana Minina 25-17.

Vincent Hancock and Amber English each brought back gold medals for skeet shooting (men’s and women’s respectively). Hancock became the first skeet shooter to win three gold medals. English won the gold medal on Sunday, beating Italian champion Diana Bacosi.

Lee Kiefer became the first US fencing athlete to win a gold medal on a separate foil on Sunday. The 27-year-old Olympic athlete lives in Kentucky and is still enrolled in medical school.

Currently, China has won the most medals at 18, followed by the United States at 15, Japan at 13, and the Russian Olympic Commission at 12. Japan won the most gold medals in 8 in any country, followed by the United States. 7 people, 6 people from China, 4 people from the Russian Olympic Committee.