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Published January 9, 2020
Olympian Nadia Comaneci Knows Exactly How Dangerous Simone Biles' ‘Twisties' Can Be
Retired Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci is a five-time Olympic gold medalist. And she knows exactly how dangerous it is to perform with the “twisties.” Comaneci weighs in on the pressure facing Simone Biles and why getting the twisties is like being “lost in space.”
What Do Tokyo Locals Really Think About the Olympics? We Asked Them
In May 2021, a poll showed that 83% of Japanese residents were opposed to moving forward with the Tokyo Olympics. Now that the Games are underway and COVID-19 cases are rising, NBCLX storyteller Fernando Hurtado went to the famous Shibuya Crossing to find out what they think now.
Even Winning the Gold is Not Worth the Sacrifice, Says Decorated Olympian
Standing on a podium with a gold medal draped around her neck was monumental and historic, but “it didn’t equate to happiness, completion, or even joy,” says Dominique Dawes, a three-time Olympic gymnast who won gold in 1996. In a new docuseries “Golden: The Journey of USA’s Elite Gymnasts,” Dawes is exploring the hard work and sacrifice behind the quest...
Gymnastics Scoring 101: All the Moves You Need to Know to Watch Team USA
When Olympic gymnasts take to the mat, pommel horse or uneven bars, it can be hard to follow their superhuman spins, flips and tricks let alone figure out how the judges are scoring them. So Ashley Holt joined the talented children and coaches at American Sokol Fort Worth Gymnastics in Texas to help demonstrate the moves that the judges are...
This State is Giving Native American Tribes a Say in Mascots That Depict Them
Youth organizer Ivy Pete helped Washington state pass a bill that would limit schools’ usage of Native American mascots. Schools will have to change their mascot unless they can get a local tribe involved. The bill is “not saying ‘no more representing Native American culture, no more talking about Native Americans,’ but how can we do it in an authentic...
More People Will Get COVID-19 Vaccines if They're Fully Authorized, Doctor Says
MSNBC Medical Contributor Dr. Uché Blackstock says vaccine hesitancy could disappear, if the FDA gives the vaccine full authorization instead of its current emergency status. Following that move, Blackstock proposes governments and employers make it less convenient for people to stay unvaccinated – an approach already playing out for hospital employees.
How California's Crumbling Coastline Affects the Housing Market in Idaho
Coastal erosion and sea level rise are collapsing cliffs on the California coast and threatening multimillion dollar homes and critical infrastructure. And that is creating a chain of events that reaches far inland — affecting housing markets in places like Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. NBCLX storyteller Chase Cain explains how coastal erosion affects all of us — and why it’s a...
Low Vaccination Rates Are ‘Like Kindling on a Fire' for COVID
“If we were all vaccinated it would be hard to spread COVID. But so many of us are not.” Dr. Lynn Goldman from George Washington University talks about low vaccination rates – they’re like kindling on a fire. That is contributing to a rise in cases of COVID and the Delta variant, and the return of mask mandates in some...
How to Eat Like an Olympian
Olympians are elite athletes, but at our core we're not so different.... What can we learn from people who hone their body to machine-like efficiency on the way to glory?
U.S. Gymnasts Stand By Simone Biles' Decision to Withdraw – and Continue to Excel
U.S. gymnasts are still winning medals without the marquee name Simone Biles. NBCLX Storyteller Chase Cain, who is covering the Olympic Games from Tokyo, talks about the USA gymnastics team and how athletes are winning medals while supporting and relating to the pressure Biles said she is feeling.