Breakfast With The Americans: Rowing, Archery Begin Before the Opening Ceremonies


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Welcome back, Olympic fans! Another day of athletic action is in the books, all before you had your morning coffee! Here's a quick recap of what you missed, as well as what to check out tonight.


What You Missed


USA Rowing came out strong in the first qualifying heat for several events. America's Kara Koehler came out with a narrow lead in her first heat with a time of 7:49.71, edging out Belarus' Tatsiana Klimovich by 2 seconds. She'll wait for the repechage to finish before heading to the single sculls quarterfinals.


In Archery, the Americans put up a great showing in the seeding round. In both the men's and women's individual categories, we saw Americans in the Top 25. In the Men's category, 3-time Olympic Medalist Ellison Brady fell just 6 points short of first place with a score of 682. Aside from going for Gold, Brady will look to encroach upon his own world record score of 702 in the individual category.


In the Women's division, Mackenzie Brown achieved a personal best score of 668, good enough to put her in fifth place in seeding. Casey Kaufhold, the 17 year old phenom I mentioned yesterday morning, had a solid showing. She scored 653 to grab the 17th seed.


What's up Tonight


As the opening ceremonies finish, our athletes will have a quick sleep before a litany of events kick off for the official Day One of the games.


In team sports, Softball returns to the field to continue their winning streak against Mexico. Women's soccer will look to right the ship against New Zealand. In an interview during this morning's opening ceremony, USWNT veteran Megan Rapinoe made sure to stay humble when talking about Thursday's surprise loss to Sweden. Describing how the team is taking the result in stride, Rapinoe said the mood amongst the team is more excited to keep playing than frustrated with the loss.


Another great team sport to check out for the first time at the Olympics, the US Women's 3x3 Basketball team will kick off their quest for Gold against France.


With the official opening of the games comes the beginning of medal distribution, and we've got several medal events starting tonight and all through the wee hours of the morning.


The tournaments for a variety of fencing categories begin tonight. Make sure to check out Andrew Mackiewicz in the Men's Individual Sabre Round of 64, as well as Kelly Hurley in the Women's Epee.


In the cycling men's road race, Lawson Craddock and Brandon McNulty will look to play the underdog at the Fuji International speedway.


Jourdan Elizabeth De La Cruz will compete for Gold in the Women's 49kg Weightlifting, and for all you combat sports fans, make sure you check out Judo and Taekwando, both beginning their first medal events of this year's games.


Make sure you check back here tomorrow for a full recap of how every American performed in Tokyo.


See You Tomorrow!

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