Merrit Kennedy

Merrit Kennedy appears in the following:

Closing Ceremony Caps Off A Dramatic, Bittersweet And Ultimately Uplifting Olympics

Sunday, August 08, 2021

The ceremony organizers used artistic elements to show the athletes a taste of ordinary life in Japan, something they haven't been exposed to due to pandemic restrictions.

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The 14 Moments That Swept Us Away At The Tokyo Olympics

Sunday, August 08, 2021

NPR's team in Tokyo put together our favorite moments of the Games, where participants showed their athleticism, sportsmanship, and what motivated them to compete.

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U.S. Women Win 4x400, And Allyson Felix Becomes The Most Decorated U.S. Track Athlete

Saturday, August 07, 2021

The gold medal for U.S. star Allyson Felix brings her Olympic medal total up to 11, surpassing the record set by U.S. track legend Carl Lewis.

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U.S. Women's Water Polo Wins Olympic Gold, Aided By A Powerhouse Goalie

Saturday, August 07, 2021

Ashleigh Johnson, the first African American woman to make a U.S. Olympic water polo team, blocked 11 out of 15 shots from Spain during the gold medal match – a rate of 73%.

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U.S. Runner Molly Seidel Wins Olympic Bronze In Her Third Ever Marathon

Saturday, August 07, 2021

The 27-year-old from Wisconsin pulled off an upset and is leaving Japan with a bronze medal around her neck. Her first-ever marathon was when she qualified to run in the Olympics.

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Allyson Felix Now Has More Olympic Medals Than Any Female Track Athlete In History

Friday, August 06, 2021

U.S. track star Allyson Felix surpassed the record after winning bronze on Friday in the 400 meters at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Both U.S. Women Competing In The Olympic 400-Meter Final Are Moms

Friday, August 06, 2021

Allyson Felix and Quanera Hayes have spoken out about the joys of motherhood and the obstacles that female athletes face that men don't.

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A Fairy Tale Ending For U.S. Women's Beach Volleyball As They Take Olympic Gold

Thursday, August 05, 2021

Historically, U.S. women have been incredibly dominant in beach volleyball at the Olympics. April Ross and Alix Klineman handily beat a duo from Australia to win gold in Tokyo.

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An 18-Year-Old From Spain Wins The 1st Olympic Gold Medal In Climbing

Thursday, August 05, 2021

Several athletes were tied for first as they began the final climb. The elite climbers faced off in three events, testing their speed as well as their problem-solving.

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How A Composer Puts A Horse's Movements To Music For The Tokyo Olympics

Thursday, August 05, 2021

At the Olympics, dressage riders lead horses through complicated routines set to disco beats, 80s jams, classical and everything in between. The music is meant to highlight the horse's best qualities.

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Olympic Runners Are Fast. On Tokyo's Fast Track, They're Shattering World Records

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

It's no accident that the track feels fast to runners. The Italian company that designed the track says its goal is to take "human speeds to levels never reached before."

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Meet The High School Track Prodigy Competing In The Olympic 200-Meter

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

"You're running against grown men, so you've got to do everything you can to beat them," Erriyon Knighton said. He's had a dramatic rise in track, beating a long-standing record set by Usain Bolt.

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U.S. Takes Olympic Gold And Silver In The Fastest Women's 400-Meter Hurdles Ever

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

This event pitted the world record holder against the defending gold medalist. Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad are both U.S. athletes. Both beat the previous world record.

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She's Still Dealing With The Twisties, But Simone Biles Wins Another Medal In Tokyo

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Biles looked happy and relieved after dismounting the balance beam, smiling and waving at the crowd to roaring applause. She's still experiencing the "twisties" but has found ways to cope.

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U.S. Long Jumper And Medalist Brittney Reese Says It's Time She Gets Some Recognition

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Is she the best long jumper of all time? "I am," she says. "Point-blank." Reese doesn't hold the world record, but she's established herself as an extraordinary athlete over a huge number of years.

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U.S. Nabs Olympic Silver In The Fastest Men's 400-Meter Hurdles Ever

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

The world record was absolutely smashed with the fastest field ever to run the men's 400-meter hurdles. Norway's Karsten Warholm took gold and Rai Benjamin won bronze for the U.S.

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10 Unique Storylines To Follow In The Final Stretch Of The Tokyo Olympics

Monday, August 02, 2021

The swimmers are now leaving Japan and the spotlight moves to the track and field events at Olympic Stadium. We'll walk you through the biggest things to watch for until the closing ceremony.

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U.S. Gymnast Jade Carey Takes Gold In The Olympic Floor Exercise Final

Monday, August 02, 2021

The 21-year-old from Arizona pulls off a complicated tumbling routine with a high degree of difficulty, earning her first Olympic medal.

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The U.S. Women's Soccer Team Has Lost Its Shot At The Gold Medal

Monday, August 02, 2021

The U.S. players had a 1-0 loss against Canada in the semifinal. They'll take bronze if they win their next game. The U.S. lost its star goalie to an injury in the first half.

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Simone Biles Will Return For The Olympic Balance Beam Final

Monday, August 02, 2021

"We are so excited to confirm that you will see two U.S. athletes in the balance beam final tomorrow - Suni Lee AND Simone Biles!!" USA Gymnastics said. Biles has withdrawn from other events.

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