Melissa Block

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U.S. Sisters To Compete For Gold In Women's Water Polo

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The U.S. women's water polo team is headed to the finals Friday. They play Italy for the gold. NPR watched Wednesday's semifinal with the mother of two of the U.S. players, Aria and Makenzie Fischer.

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In The Summer Games, Norway Rallies Around Its Women's Handball Team

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Norway isn't renowned for its prowess in summer sports. One exception: women's handball. The sport is huge in Norway.

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The Art Of Table Tennis: Tiny Details Matter A Lot

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Olympic table tennis wrap up Wednesday when China and Japan compete in the men's team final. Technical factors — such as lighting and air flow — can either delight or plague table tennis players.

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The Sensitive Question Of Intersex Athletes

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Caster Semenya, the favorite in the women's 800 meters, is controversial. The South African runner is widely believed to be intersex, with testosterone levels much higher than other female athletes'.

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Nauru's Olympic Team Is An Army Of Two

Sunday, August 14, 2016

At the Olympics, some countries have athlete rosters that are hundreds strong. And then there's the south Pacific island nation of Nauru, with a population of 10,000 and two athletes at the games.

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From Comoros Islands, An Olympian Clears Hurdles On And Off The Track

Friday, August 12, 2016

A competitor in Rio grew up poor in the islands, leaving home to live on the streets when he was 8. There's not even a running track there. Now he's competing in the 400-meter hurdles.

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For Refugee Team, Just Being In Rio Is Like Winning Gold

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The 10 athletes representing the first-ever refugee team received a stadium-rattling ovation at the opening ceremony. They hope to send a message about refugees that reaches far beyond the Rio Games.

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After Years Of Sweat, Fencer Jason Pryor Makes His Olympic Debut

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

In the days before his competition, Pryor said he had never been more ready for anything in his life. With his family watching, he faced a tough Swiss opponent in his opening match.

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For Some Olympic Athletes, The Games Are Already Over

Monday, August 08, 2016

For U.S. weightlifter Morghan King and others, competition began and ended on the first two days.

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U.S. Women Considered A Lock For The Team Gold Medal In Rio

Monday, August 08, 2016

Simone Biles led the star-studded U.S. women's gymnastics team Sunday night in qualifiers at the Summer Olympic games. Biles and teammate Aly Raisman will advance to the all-around competition.

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Olympic Opening Ceremony Kicks Off In Brazil

Friday, August 05, 2016

Fireworks have lit up the night sky in Rio de Janeiro with the start of the Olympic opening ceremony. The pageant is celebrating Brazil's history and culture, which will include music and dance.

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Opening Ceremony Marks Official Start To Rio Olympics

Friday, August 05, 2016

Friday night's Olympic opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro provides the official start to 16 days of competition that will see the world's best athletes competing for the gold. Athletes from 206 countries plus, for the first time, a team of refugees will parade through legendary Maracana Stadium for the opening pageant.

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'7-1 Wasn't Enough': World Cup Loss Enters Brazilian Lexicon Ahead Of Olympics

Thursday, August 04, 2016

When Brazil hosted the World Cup two years ago, the men's national team suffered an epic 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals. Now "7-1 wasn't enough" has entered the lexicon as a slang phrase to represent Brazil's many misfortunes.

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Rio's Marathon Swim: A Battle Against Waves, Pollution And Jellyfish

Thursday, August 04, 2016

American Haley Anderson has prepared for all the challenges she can expect in the open-water swim. The goal: improve on her 2012 performance, where she missed out on gold by four-tenths of a second.

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Rio's Olympic Village: Patriotic Manicures, Not A Lot Of Coffee

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Athletes from around the world are arriving at the Olympic Village set up just for them. It's a huge place offering a chance to grab a burger or have your nails adorned with your home country's flag.

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Meet The Newest Olympic Teams: Kosovo and South Sudan

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Kosovo, which declared independence in 2008, and South Sudan, which followed three years later, are both sending athletes to the Olympics for the first time.

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8 Athletes Set To Compete In First Olympics For Team Kosovo

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Kosovo is making its first appearance in the Olympics, sending eight athletes to the games. They are admittedly a small team but optimism and pride are strong. They have a good shot at a medal in women's judo, too.

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More Than Birdies And Backyards: This Olympian Will School You On Badminton

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Howard Shu, the sole U.S. men's singles player in badminton, is hoping to make an impact in a sport that's largely dominated by Asian countries.

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In Women's Water Polo, Americans Aim For A Repeat

Monday, August 01, 2016

American women are expected to dominate team sports at the Olympics. That includes water polo, where they are defending champions and have medaled every time since the sport was introduced in 2000.

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For Heptathlete Sharon Day-Monroe, It's 7 Events With Just One Goal

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

She's already been to the Olympics twice and been a U.S. champion several times over. But at 31, Day-Monroe knows this may be her last shot at an Olympic medal.

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