Photos from the Olympics: stories of gymnastics, swimming and surfing

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Katie Ledecky

Katie Ledecky of the United States reacts after her swim in a heat of the Women’s 1500 Meters Freestyle at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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Katie Ledecky ended a busy day at the Tokyo Olympics, qualifying fastest for the women’s 1500m freestyle and 200m freestyle. Earlier, she won a silver medal in the 400 freestyle. The Stanford graduate swam 2,100 meters in all on Monday.

“I’m going to sleep well tonight,” she told reporters.

American Katy Ledecky, center, swims to win silver in the women’s 400-meter freestyle final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Katie Ledecky of the United States swims in a heat during the Women’s 1500 Meter Freestyle at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Ledecky had a similarly hectic schedule at last month’s US Olympic Trials, although she was lucky to sleep after the 400 freestyle because qualifying for the 200 and 1,500 was the next morning.

You can read more about Ledecky’s busy day here:

No doubt this time the Terminator Titmus shoots down Katie Ledecky in 400 free

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 26: Samuel Mikulak of Team USA competes on Pommel Horse during the Men’s Final on Day 3 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Center on July 26, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Sam Mikulak

The Newport Beach-born athlete’s latest performance in a gymnastics team event didn’t exactly go to plan. An untimely error in the 28-year-old’s performance ended any chance of holding off Britain in a bid to preserve a fourth-place finish for the United States. Despite this error, he ended on an optimistic note.

“We really have a strong future for Team USA,” Mikulak, who is retiring after the Games, told reporters. “I know these guys are going to go up (increase their difficulty) and then all of a sudden coming to Paris (in 2024) I know these guys are going to scramble to try to get on that medal podium. So I’m excited about what they’re all going to do with this experience to grow.

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 26: Samuel Mikulak of Team USA competes on parallel bars during the men’s team final on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Center on July 26, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Read more about Mikulak’s performance here:

Mikulak makes his final appearance for the men’s gymnastics team; USA takes 5th place

Kolohe Andino of the United States maneuvers on a wave during the third round of the men’s surfing competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Ichinomiya, Japan. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Kolohe Andino

The winners of the historic surfing debut could be decided by late night Monday, July 26, with three Orange County surfers still vying for a podium spot, OC Register reported.

San Clemente’s Andino and teammate Caroline Marks, who lives in the same city, are still in contention for an Olympic gold medal.

Kolohe Andino of the United States maneuvers on a wave during the warm up before his men’s surfing heat at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Ichinomiya, Japan. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Monday’s events also included men’s archery, men’s badminton, men’s boxing, diving, fencing, men’s gymnastics, men’s mountain biking, rowing, rugby, softball, tennis table, taekwondo, women’s street skating, women’s swimming, volleyball and women’s water polo.

Jack Williams of the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Estonia’s Kristin Kuuba battles Peru’s Daniela Macias in their women’s singles group stage badminton match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, Japan, Monday, July 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
CHIBA, JAPAN – JULY 26: Anna Marton of Team Hungary (L) battles Manon Brunet of Team France (R) in the women’s saber individual fencing bronze medal bout on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Makuhari Messe on July 26, 2021 in Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
South Korean Kim Hyun-soo is tackled by Australian Samu Kerevi during their men’s rugby sevens match at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Monday July 26, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
The United States, white caps, defend against China in their women’s water polo match at the Tatsumi Water Polo Center in Tokyo on July 26, 2021, during the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics. (Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times)
Alexis Sablone of the United States competes in the Women’s Street Skateboard Final at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Monday, July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Haleigh Washington (L) of the United States spikes the ball during the women’s preliminary round Pool B volleyball match between China and the United States during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on 27 July 2021. – pricks the ball (Photo by Antonin THUILLIER / AFP) (Photo by ANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 26: Brody Malone of Team USA competes on Pommel Horse during the Men’s Team Final on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Center on July 26, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 26: Lily Zhang of Team USA in action during their Women’s Singles 2nd Round match on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on July 26, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
CHOFU, JAPAN – JULY 26: Heo Kwanghee of Team South Korea battles Timothy Lam of Team USA in a Men’s Singles Group A match on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza on July 26, 2021 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 27: Team USA celebrates after defeating Team China in the Women’s Pool B Volleyball Preliminaries on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Arena on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Getty Images)
Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines reacts after placing first in the women’s weightlifting 55kg competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. Diaz won the first gold medal of the Philippines at the Summer Olympics. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO/AFP) (Photo by VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images)
USA gold medalist Lydia Jacoby poses with her medal after the women’s 100m breaststroke swimming final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Center in Tokyo on July 27, 2021. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP) (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)

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