The new sports that debuted at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 have proven to be no problem in the United States.
The United States team has won a medal in every Olympic sport that made its first appearance at the Tokyo Games. In 3×3 basketball, surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing and karate, the United States has won six medals.
In addition to these new sports, baseball and softball have made a punctual return to Tokyo. The United States won silver in softball after losing the gold medal game to Japan. In baseball, the United States will face Japan in the gold medal game on Saturday at 6 a.m. ET.
Here’s a breakdown of how Team USA fared in new events at the Tokyo Olympics:
The US women’s 3×3 basketball team beat the Russian Olympic Committee 18-15 to win the sport’s first-ever Olympic gold medal.
With star players from the WNBA, the team included Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky), Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces), Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings) and Jackie Young (Las Vegas Aces). They left Tokyo with an 8-1 record and new material.
The United States did not qualify for the men’s tournament.
Team USA’s Carissa Moore won the first-ever Olympic gold medal in women’s surfing in Tokyo. Moore, from Hawaii, defeated Bianca Buitendag of South Africa in the gold medal match with a score of 14.93.
After a dominant performance in the heats, fellow American Caroline Marks lost in the bronze medal match.
In the men’s tournament, Kolohe Andino of the US team did not make it past the quarter-finals.
In the Olympic debut of skateboarding, Team USA won two bronze medals.
Jagger Eaton took third place in the men’s street final with a score of 35.35.
In the men’s park finals, Cory Juneau placed third with a score of 84.13.
Nathaniel Coleman of the United States won a silver medal in the first men’s combined sport climbing event.
Coleman finished with 30.00 points overall. In sport climbing, the lower the points, the better. He therefore finished two points behind gold medalist Alberto Gines Lopez of Spain.
Coleman was the best in the bouldering event as he was the only climber to record four attempts to reach the top. He was fifth in the lead event with a hold of 34+, and sixth in the sprint event.
A native of Florida, Ariel Torres made history by winning the first ever bronze medal at the Olympics. With Torres’ accomplishment, the U.S. team officially won a medal in each of the new sports that debuted in Tokyo.
Torres, from Cuba, defeated Antonio Diaz of Venezuela to win the bronze medal match. He can now add an Olympic medal to his previous achievements in the sport, including two medals at the Pan American Games and two medals at the Pan American Junior Games.