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Colts guard Quenton Nelson to have foot surgery, out 5-12 weeks

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(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Indianapolis Colts left guard Quenton Nelson will have foot surgery Tuesday afternoon, head coach Frank Reich announced on Tuesday. 

It is the same procedure that starting quarterback Carson Wentz had on Monday. 

Reich said this injury was likely something Nelson was born with, unlike Wentz, who had a high school foot injury.

Nelson will be out 5-12 weeks, the same length as Wentz. 

The third-year pro has been named an All-Pro each year of his career. He is the fifth player in the past 50 years to achieve that feat.

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Simone Biles finishes with bronze: Key moments from Day 11 of the Olympic Games

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(TOKYO) -- Each day, ABC News will give you a roundup of key Olympic moments from the day's events in Tokyo, happening 13 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time. After a 12-month delay, the unprecedented 2020 Summer Olympics is taking place without fans or spectators and under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Simone Biles finishes Tokyo Games with a bronze medal

After previously withdrawing from the team all-around and individual events, Simone Biles rejoined the competition and won the bronze medal in the individual balance beam competition. Biles ended her Olympic events by completing a solid routine, one that did not include any twists and had one minor balance check. Biles is now tied with Shannon Miller as the most decorated U.S. Olympic gymnast with seven medals.

Teammate Sunisa Lee, who won the gold medal in the individual all-around, did not place in the balance beam event.

U.S. men’s basketball advances to semifinals

The U.S. men’s basketball team defeated Spain 95-81, advancing to the semifinals against the winner of the game between Australia and Argentina. The effort was led by Kevin Durant with 29 points. Team USA is looking to continue its streak of winning a medal in every Olympic Games since competing in 1936.

COVID-19 cases at Tokyo Olympics rise to 299

There were 18 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, including one athlete who was staying at the Olympic Village at the time of the positive test. The total now stands at 299, according to data released by the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee.

The surrounding city of Tokyo reported 3,709 new cases on Tuesday, a seven-day average increase of 189.3%, according to data from the Tokyo metropolitan government.

U.S. takes silver in long jump, 400m hurdle world record obliterated

Team USA's Brittany Reese won the silver medal in long jump in Tuesday's event. The U.S. now has five silvers in the athletics competitions with the only gold in discus throw.

Norway's Karsten Warholm took home the gold in the men's 400m hurdles but also finished with a new world record of 45.94 seconds. He broke the previous record by .76 seconds.

Sport climbing makes its Olympic debut

Sport climbing in the Tokyo Games began with two of the three disciplines: The men’s combined bouldering qualifier and the men’s combined lead qualifier. This is the first time sport climbing has been featured in the Olympics and consists of bouldering, lead and speed disciplines.

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How climbing works in competition at the Olympics

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(TOKYO) -- Climbing gyms have been filling up across the U.S. in recent years, and now, the sport is making its Olympic debut in Tokyo.

This is the first time climbing will be in competition at the Olympics, with events scheduled to start Aug. 3, so it makes sense if you don't know exactly how it all works yet.

Here's a quick guide so you can keep up with all the beta, crimps and dynos.

What is in competition at the Olympics?

What you're seeing is called sport climbing, which helps explain why you do not see favorites like Alex Honnold or Emily Harrington represent the U.S. While there are obviously similar techniques in use in big wall climbing, it's a very different expertise.

Honnold even told the Olympic Channel, in 2019, "I wish I could compete at that level but basically I am too old and too weak so I will settle for watching and enjoying."

And there's plenty to watch and enjoy. Sport climbing is essentially what happens indoors at gyms and in competitive scenes. The Olympics will feature three disciplines: bouldering, lead and speed.

What is speed climbing?

The speed discipline is the easiest to understand: it's a race to the top. Two climbers compete at the same time on identical "routes" -- climbing paths -- to reach the top first.

It's like the "Spider-Man" of the Olympics, with races ending in less than 10 seconds. Admittedly, it's a little controversial in the scene as it's less traditional.

You'll see climbers attached to ropes, but that's just to catch them if they fall and to get down from the top. And yes, there are machines called auto belays so you don't need someone on the ground belaying.

Scoring: Winners of each race move on to the next round until an overall winner is found.

What is lead climbing?

Lead climbing is a much more traditional discipline. Here, a climber has six minutes to climb as far as they can on a route.

Again, you'll see climbers attached to ropes, but this time, the ropes are part of the challenge. Lead climbing involves clipping the rope into carabiners along the route to secure your place (it helps if you fall, but doesn't assist the climb). If a climber misses a carabiner, they don't get credit for any further they go.

Figuring out how to climb a route -- figuring out the "beta" -- is tough. Before anyone gets on the wall, climbers have six minutes to study the route, which is the first time they see it, and they're not allowed to watch each other's attempts.

As much as it is a physical challenge, it also takes mental work and planning to be successful, and the routes designed for lead climbing competition are ridiculously hard to ensure it's not just a tie with everyone making it to the finish.

Scoring: The further they get, the more points they score, and the highest score wins.

What is bouldering?

Bouldering is a lot of what you see in a climbing gym. No ropes, just figuring out and "sending" -- completing -- routes.

Climbers have a few minutes to finish as many routes as they can. Each route has a set starting and ending point. Each route also has a marked "zone" hold, which is somewhere around halfway through it.

They can try any given route over and over again until they send, although they have to start from the beginning each time, and each attempt hurts their score. The ideal goal is to "flash" a boulder, or successfully complete it on your first try.

Like in lead, it takes mental work to solve a boulder route -- that's why they call them "problems."

Scoring: This is a combination system, taking into account how many routes were completed, in how many attempts (fewer attempts is better), and climbers get some points if they reached a "zone" but didn't complete a route.

Who wins?

After each discipline is done, final scores are calculated by multiplying the ranking in each, and the athlete with the lowest score wins. For instance, if an athlete comes first in speed, second in lead, and first in bouldering, their overall score is 2 (1x2x1).

Who's competing for the U.S.?

The U.S. team includes two women and two men: Kyra Condie, 25, Brooke Raboutou, 20, Nathaniel Coleman, 24, and Colin Duffy, 17.

For most of these athletes, the games are a long time coming. Raboutou, who's known for her ingenuity in problem solving, Condie, who's super strong, and Coleman, a bouldering pro, qualified for Tokyo in 2019.

Bonus terminology to impress your friends

Dyno: A dynamic move to reach a hold, like a leap

Static: The opposite of dyno, using slow movement to get to the next hold

Crimp: A very small hold that will hurt your fingers

Sloper: Usually a big, roundish hold with little obvious space to grip that will hurt your fingers

Jug: A big, easy hold that probably won't hurt your fingers

Chalk: It's chalk! For your sweaty fingers

Heel or toe hook: Literally using your heel or toe to hook around a hold to get into position to reach the next hold

Top rope: What you see in a gym when someone's on a rope climbing a tall wall; not competed at the Olympics

Pumped: The downside of being pumped up; your muscles, usually forearms, are too worked up and tighten up, making it difficult to do anything

So get pumped -- but not too pumped -- for climbing at the Olympics.

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Sky Brown, Kokona Hiraki aim to become youngest individual gold medalists in Olympic history

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(TOKYO) -- Sky Brown doesn't know a world without iPhones, Teslas or Netflix. But she does know how to skateboard -- very, very well.

The 13-year-old Brit is in Tokyo this week looking to make Olympic history. If she wins the women's park competition, she would become the youngest individual gold medalist ever -- in any sport.

American diver Marjorie Gestring, who won gold at the 1936 Games in Berlin in the 3-meter springboard, currently holds the record for youngest individual gold medalist at 13 years and 268 days. Brown just turned 13 on July 8.

But Brown isn't even the youngest rider in the field for women's park.

Japanese skater Kokona Hiraki is just 12 years old.

Hiraki won the most recent Japanese national championship, but a gold in Tokyo would be a big upset. She's ranked the sixth best skater in the world, with Misugu Okamoto, 15, and Sakura Yosozumi, 19, both also from Japan, ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively.

Brown is currently third in the rankings.

Brown is coming off her first X Games win in July, but that competition did not feature Okamoto or Yosozumi. Still, she beat fellow Olympians American Bryce Wettstein and Australian Poppy Starr Olsen.

Of course, even if Brown does come up short in Tokyo, winning a gold in 2024 at 16 years old is no small feat.

Gestring, sadly, never got a chance to defend her Olympic gold. The 1940 and 1944 Games were canceled due to World War II, and while she tried to qualify for 1948 -- at the ripe old age of 25 -- she did not make the team.

Age requirements do not apply

Anyone who follows women's gymnastics knows about the scandals in the sport caused by athletes' ages. Gymnasts must turn 16 during the Olympic year to qualify -- an age requirement mandated in 1997.

In 2008, China's gymnastics team came under suspicion for using athletes who did not meet the minimum age requirement following a report by The New York Times. Gymnastics' governing body, Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique, or FIG, conducted an investigation and found no reason to strip the country's team gold.

But skateboarding has no age requirements for the Olympics. The rules are determined not by the International Olympic Committee but by the sport's governing body, which in this case is World Skate.

Coincidentally, Brown was born just weeks before the Chinese gymnastics team won its gold in 2008.

The IOC itself has no age requirements, stating in its charter, "There may be no age limit for competitors in the Olympic Games other than as prescribed in the competition rules of an IF as approved by the IOC Executive Board."

Some notable requirements for minimum age to compete in the Summer or Winter Olympics include: boxing (18), figure skating (15), diving (14), cycling (19), equestrian (18 for jumping, 16 for dressage) and alpine skiing (16).

USA Track and Field mandates women must be 14 to compete, while men can be any age.

Like skateboarding, sports such as swimming and rowing have no age requirements.

But unlike skateboarding, snowboarding does have a minimum age to compete in the Winter Olympics -- 15. In 2014, the best female snowboarder in the world was American Chloe Kim. But at just 14, she was not eligible to compete, even though she had just won X Games gold.

Kim went on to win gold at the 2018 Games in South Korea.

Youth is served

Just days before Brown was to begin her quest to become the youngest individual Olympic champion ever, Brazil's Rayssa Leal almost stole that crown -- and in Brown's own sport.

Leal, who turned 13 in January, very nearly won the gold in skateboard street. That would have made her the youngest Olympic champion ever, for at least a week.

But the young Brazilian was edged out by another 13-year-old, Momiji Nishiya, and had to settle for silver.

But with Nishiya turning 14 at the end of the month, she's not younger than Gestring when she won the gold in 1936.

Third place on the skate street platform went to 16-year-old Funa Nakayama, giving the podium an average age of just 14.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 8/2/21

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 5, Toronto 2
Baltimore 7, NY Yankees 1
Seattle 8, Tampa Bay 2
Texas 4, LA Angels 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 6, NY Mets 3
Philadelphia 7, Washington 5
Milwaukee 6, Pittsburgh 2
San Francisco 11, Arizona 8 (10)

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Quinn Ewers, top 2022 NCAAF prospect, enrolling at Ohio State a year early

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(NEW YORK) -- Quinn Ewers, the number two college football prospect in the 2022 class, has announced on Twitter that he is enrolling at Ohio State a year early.

Ewers was the top-ranked player in Texas and was the number one quarterback prospect in the country, according to ESPN.

Ewers said the new name, image, and likeness rules that would have prohibited him from making money this next year while in high school were one factor.

"It's unfortunate I've found myself in this situation, as my preference would have been to complete my senior season at Southlake Carroll along with my teammates and friends I've taken the field alongside past three seasons," Ewers wrote.

Ewers said this was not just a financial decision, but one he felt was the best for his football career.

He has one class that is about to be completed and will enroll at Ohio State and be start practice with the team.

Ohio State is looking to replace Justin Fields, who was drafted 11th overall by Chicago this spring. Redshirt freshman CJ Stroud, true freshman Kyle McCord, and redshirt freshman Jack Miller were the three quarterbacks battling to become the starter before Ewers announced his decision.

Ewers originally committed to the University of Texas but de-committed last October.

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Colts quarterback Carson Wentz to have foot surgery, out 5-12 weeks

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(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz will have foot surgery on his left foot, head coach Frank Reich announced Monday. 

Wentz injured the foot during Thursday's practice and did not participate on Friday or Saturday's training camp practices. 

Riech said this injury likely stemmed from a foot injury in high school Wentz never knew about. 

The team says Wentz will miss 5-12 weeks. 

"Obviously we're optimistic and hopeful that we can be on the front end of that," said Reich.

Jacob Eason will take over as the starter. The second year quarterback did not appear in a game last year after sitting behind Phillip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett. 

Wentz's history with injuries is long. In 2017, he suffered a season ending ACL injury. The following year he missed the first two games while recovering from the injury and he was shutdown at the end of the year with a back injury.

He has only played all 16 games twice in his career. 

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Simone Biles to compete on balance beam

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(TOKYO) -- US gymnast Simone Biles will compete on the balance beam on Tuesday, USA Gymnastics announced in a tweet. 

Biles pulled out of the team all-around final, the individual all-around final, the uneven bars, and the vault in the past week citing her mental health. 

Biles and Sunisa Lee, the individual all-around gold medalist, will compete for the United States. 

Biles won the bronze medal on the beam during the 2016 Rio Olympics and is a four-time world champion.  

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Key moments from the Olympic Games: Day 10

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(TOKYO) -- Each day, ABC News will give you a roundup of key Olympic moments from the day's events in Tokyo, happening 13 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time. After a 12-month delay, the unprecedented 2020 Summer Olympics is taking place without fans or spectators and under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jade Carey wins gold, Simone Biles to compete in balance beam finals

Gymnast Jade Carey took the gold in the individual floor exercise final, her first gold and the fifth medal overall for the U.S. gymnastics team in the Tokyo Games. Carey was coming off an eighth place finish in the individual vault Sunday but returned to score a 14.366 and take the gold in the floor exercise.

USA Gymnastics confirmed that Simone Biles will compete in the balance beam finals on Aug. 3, along with teammate Sunisa Lee. Biles had previously withdrew from individual competitions in vault, uneven bars and floor events.

Women’s basketball extends winning streak

The U.S. women’s basketball team defeated France 93-82 in their last game of the group round. Led by A’ja Wilson with 22 points, the team extended their Olympic winning streak to 52, a feat reaching all the way back to 1992.

U.S. women’s soccer ends its bid for gold

The U.S. women’s soccer team lost to Canada 1-0, and with it end their run for a gold medal. U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher left with an apparent knee injury in the first half and Canada capitalized on a penalty kick in the 74th minute of play. Team USA will now play for the bronze medal.

COVID-19 cases at Tokyo Olympics rise to 281

There were 17 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday. No athletes were among the new cases. The total now stands at 281, according to data released by the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee.

The surrounding city of Tokyo reported 2,195 new cases on Sunday, a seven-day average increase of 206.9%, according to data released by the Tokyo metropolitan government.

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WATCH: NHL star Evander Kane accused of tanking games to pay off gambling debts

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(NEW YORK) -- San Jose Sharks’ Evander Kane is firing back against allegations made by his estranged wife that claimed he was a “compulsive gambling addict” who was “throwing games to win money.”

Despite Kane's adamant denial of the allegations, the NHL has begun its own investigation into the claims.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 8/1/21

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
NY Yankees 3, Miami 1
St. Louis 7, Minnesota 3
San Francisco 5, Houston 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 5, Kansas City 1
Detroit 6, Baltimore 2
Chi White Sox 2, Cleveland 1
Texas 4, Seattle 3
Oakland 8, LA Angels 3
Tampa Bay 3, Boston 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee 2, Atlanta 1
Cincinnati 7, NY Mets 1
Washington 6, Chi Cubs 5
Philadelphia 15, Pittsburgh 4
San Diego 8, Colorado 1
LA Dodgers 13, Arizona 0

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Chicago 1, Philadelphia 1 (Tie)
Nashville 1, Toronto FC 1 (Tie)

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Key moments from the Olympic Games: Day 9

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(TOKYO) — Each day, ABC News will give you a roundup of key Olympic moments from the day's events in Tokyo, happening 13 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time. After a 12-month delay, the unprecedented 2020 Summer Olympics is taking place without fans or spectators and under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Caeleb Dressel joins elite club with 5 gold medals

Caeleb Dressel pulled in two more gold medals today, first in the men's 50m freestyle, an all-out spring that took Dressel 21.07 seconds to complete. In the last race of the evening, Dressel led Team USA to still more glory in the 4x100m medley relay. Dressel completely swept the sprint events and has become the fifth swimmer to win at least five gold medals at one Olympic Games

Dressel's teammate Bobby Finke won his second gold medal in the men's 1500, finishing with a blazing finishing kick that has been his trademark in these Games.

Mykayla Skinner wins silver after replacing Biles, Sunisa Lee takes Bronze

Mykayla Skinner, who replaced Biles after she withdrew from the vault competition won the silver medal, just days after she announced the end of her elite gymnastics career on Instagram after failing to qualify in the finals. Simone Biles also withdrew from the floor exercise finals, but it is still to be determined if she will compete in the balance beam.

Team USA's Sunisa Lee took the bronze in the uneven bars, and now has a gold, silver and bronze medal to show for the 2020 Olympics.

COVID-19 cases at Tokyo Olympics rise to 264

There were 18 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, including one athlete who was at the Olympic Village at the time of the positive test. The total now stands at 246, according to data released by the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee.

The surrounding city of Tokyo reported 3,058 new cases on Sunday, a 7-day average increase of 213.6%, according to data released by the Tokyo metropolitan government.

Lamont Marcell Jacobs wins men’s 100m sprint, USA still waiting for gold

Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs surprised everyone by blazing past the competition in the men’s 100m for the gold. Team USA’s Fred Kerley finished with the silver in the event, tying with U.S. shot putter Raven Saunders for the best finish for any U.S. athlete in the track and field events thus far.

Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela set a new world record in triple jump at 15.67m, and in a rare agreement, Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar decided to share the gold in men’s high jump instead of proceeding with a jump-off.

Xander Schauffele takes home gold in golf

The American golfer Xander Schauffele won the gold medal in men's individual after he was tied for the lead with two holes to play. This win is even more special for Schauffele, whose mother was raised in Japan and whose grandparents are residents of Tokyo.

Alexander Zverev wins men's tennis singles

Germany's Alexander Zverev bested both Jérémy Chardy and Novak Djokovic to make it into the finals where he defeated Karen Khachanov, 6-3, 6-1. Zverev is ranked fifth in the world by Association of Tennis Professionals, but in the 2020 Games in Tokyo he is now officially first.

1st medals given in BMX freestyle, USA's Hannah Roberts takes silver

Australian Logan Martin of the men's division and Great Britain's Charlotte Worthington of the women's won the first-ever Olympic gold medals in freestyle BMX, while Team USA's Hannah Roberts took home the silver. The aerial competition was the newest addition to the discipline of cycling, which also includes road racing, track and cross-country.

Olympic tears of joy

Every Olympic Games sees a fair share of tears shed, but this year has been especially emotional -- especially for the champions. There is no shortage of hardships in a normal cycle for Olympic greats, but for the pandemic-delayed Tokyo games athletes have also battled through tropical storms, the summer heat and the deafening silence of empty stands.

Perhaps it is this combination, along with the realization of so much training and hard work, that has brought tears to the eyes of so many of the games' champions.

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Jamaica sweeps women's 100m at Tokyo Olympics as Elaine Thompson-Herah sets record

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(TOKYO) -- Jamaica swept the women's 100m at Tokyo 2020 -- repeating a feat only the Caribbean island nation has accomplished in Olympic history.

Elaine Thompson-Herah defended her 2016 gold medal with an Olympic record and personal best of 10.61 seconds, and assumed the title of world's fastest woman alive.

She bested the previous Olympic record of 10.62 seconds set by American Florence Griffith Joyner at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

"Just a lil girl from BANANA GROUND who liked to run," Thompson-Herah tweeted after her victory. "Believe In your dreams work hard and have faith in God."

Thompson-Herah's teammates joined her on the podium, with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce taking silver with her time of 10.74 seconds and Shericka Jackson the bronze with 10.76 seconds.

With her latest medal, Fraser-Pryce became the first athlete to win four Olympic medals in the women's 100m.

"Congrats to Elaine on successfully defending her title," Fraser-Pryce said on Facebook. "Grateful to make the podium for a 4th final."

The three sprinters are also competing in the 200m and are in the relay pool for the 4x100m relay, both next week.

After the 100m, retired Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, regarded as the fastest man on the planet, acknowledged the medal sweep, tweeting "1.2.3" with three Jamaican flags.


Top female athletes speak out amid Olympics, defy convention through their uniforms

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(TOKYO) -- Female athletes are breaking with their sports' apparel conventions -- if not regulations -- to prioritize their comfort during competitions, and making major statements in the process.

In Tokyo this week, members of the German women's gymnastics team sported full-length bodysuits, as opposed to more ubiquitous -- and revealing -- leotards, while competing at the 2020 Olympics.

The team first debuted the unitards this past spring at the European Championships in Basel, Switzerland, in what the athletes said was a stand against the "sexualization of gymnastics."

"It's about what feels comfortable," three-time Olympian Elisabeth Seitz said in a statement. "We wanted to show that every woman, everybody, should decide what to wear."

While not an Olympic sport, the Norway women's beach handball team took a similar stand when they wore shorts -- instead of the requisite bikini bottoms -- while competing at the Beach Handball EURO 2021 in Bulgaria earlier this month.

The attire defied International Handball Federation regulations -- which require female beach handball players to wear sports bras and bikini bottoms, while men can wear tank tops and shorts -- and the Disciplinary Committee of the European Handball Federation fined the Norwegian Handball Federation 1,500 euros -- 150 euros for each player who wore shorts.

The ruling drew international attention, including from pop star Pink, who applauded the team for protesting the "sexist rules" while offering to pay the fines.

"We are overwhelmed by the attention and support from all over the world!" the team said after the game. "We really hope this will result in a change of this nonsense rule!"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Simone Biles withdraws from vault, uneven bars competitions

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(TOKYO) -- American gymnast Simone Biles has pulled out of the individual competitions in vault and uneven bars, according to USA Gymnastics.

Biles was a heavy favorite in the vault event final coming into the Olympics.

"Today, after further consultation with medical staff, Simone Biles has decided to withdraw from the event finals for vault and the uneven bars," USA Gymnastics said in a statement. "She will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether to compete in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam. MyKayla Skinner, who had the fourth highest score in vault during qualifications, will compete in vault finals for the U.S. alongside Jade Carey, who finished with the second highest score."

The American, who won the gold medal in the vault in Rio 2016, pulled out of the team all-around competition on Tuesday after she said she got lost in the air during a vault on the opening rotation. USA Gymnastics later said in a statement that she would withdraw to focus on her mental health.

USA Gymnastics reiterated its support for Biles on Friday night.

"We remain in awe of Simone, who continues to handle this situation with courage and grace, and all of the athletes who have stepped up during these unexpected circumstances," the organization said.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist and 19-time world championships gold medalist pulled out of the individual all-around competition on Thursday.

Biles' weakest apparatus is the uneven bars, though her teammate -- and new Olympic individual all-around gold medalist -- Sunisa Lee will be a gold medal favorite.

Only two athletes from each country can compete in an individual apparatus final, regardless of whether they finish in the top eight, so Skinner was the unlucky loser despite her fourth-best vault in qualifications. But with Biles' withdrawal, she will now get to compete for a medal on vault.

"Looks like I get to put a competition Leo on just one more time," Skinner tweeted Friday night. "Can’t wait to compete in vault finals. Doing this for us @Simone_Biles. It’s go time baby!"

The 24-year-old admitted Thursday that she was dealing with the "twisties," a term gymnasts use to describe losing their orientation while in midair. In Biles' opening vault in the team competition, she completed just 1 1/2 twists in the air when she intended to do 2 1/2.

"For anyone saying I quit. I didn't quit my mind & body are simply not in sync," she wrote on Instagram Thursday.

"I don't think you realize how dangerous this is on hard/competition surface," she added. "Nor do I have to explain why I put my health first. Physical health is mental health."

Biles has continued to practice hoping to be ready in time for the event finals, but admitted she's had this problem in the past and it usually takes a couple weeks before she again feels confident of herself in the air.

She was the 2016 gold medalist in floor exercise, but her routine includes flips no one besides her has ever even attempted before in competition.

ABC News' Kate Hodgson, Rachel Katz and Rosa Sanchez contributed to this report.

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