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Banner Photo: Players hit the field in 2016 during a Copper Hills Little League game at Anamax Park.

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Tokyo Olympics update

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The United States has won 11 gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics and is third in gold medal count among all countries.

Team USA leads the Tokyo Games with 31 total medals: 11 gold medals, 11 silver, and nine bronze.

Green Valley resident Mary Martin's daughter, Megan Kalmoe will compete in the women's rowing coxless pair Final B today.  

Last month, our reporter Mary Glen Hatcher had a chance to speak with Mary Martin about  her daughter's success in the sport.

Update: Megan Kalmoe and her rowing teammate Tracy Eisser finished fourth in the Final B and 10th overall.

 

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Simone Biles withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics because of mental health concerns shines a light on how we view mental health issues

 

U.S gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the women’s gymnastics team final in Tokyo on Tuesday morning due to mental health concerns.

“We also have to focus on ourselves, because at the end of the day we’re human, too,” Biles said. “So, we have to protect our mind and our body, rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do.”

Biles later withdrew from her remaining individual events.

Her withdrawal from the team event shows us that pressure and stress can even rattle who many believe is the greatest gymnast of all time.

Biles' decision to choose her mental well-being over sport got me thinking about how we perceive mental health issues in general. Do we put too much pressure on our favorite athletes, and do we need to curb the stigma associated with mental health issues in sports and life?

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Voted for Volleyball

I have always loved (indoor) volleyball. I played in high school, college and was a nationally certified referee. It’s a great sport.  I hope that these less visible sports get more air time this year - and not just the finals, which are covered only if American athletes have made it that far.