Tuesday is going to be an important day for American athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. After a relatively disappointing night in the swimming pool (more on that below), Team USA has a chance to win gold in some of the marquee events at the Games.
That includes the women's gymnastics team final. Team USA, led by Simone Biles, has won the team final in the past two Summer Games. The American softball team also has a shot at winning gold.
But before we get into Tuesday's events, let's briefly go over the fourth day of the Tokyo Olympics, which was highlighted by a pleasant surprise in the swimming pool named Lydia Jacoby. Here's a closer look at what happened and what is still to come for America at the Games.
Lydia Jacoby, just 17 and Alaska's first Olympic swimmer, won a gold medal in the women's 100-meter breaststroke for the United States. Defending Olympic champion and fellow American Lilly King won the bronze medal in the event. In addition, American swimmers Ryan Murphy and Regan Smith won bronze medals in the 100-meter backstroke.
The United States women's basketball team got off to a strong start in the Tokyo Olympics as they defeated Nigeria, 81-72. With the win, the Americans recorded their 50th consecutive win. Las Vegas Aces star A'ja Wilson paced the United States with 19 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and two blocks while Brittney Greiner scored 13 points and secured 10 rebounds. Diana Taurasi also finished in double figures with 10 points.
In the men's gymnastics all-around event, the Russian Olympic Committee earned a gold medal with a team total of 262.500. Japan finished just behind the Russian Olympic Committee with a score of 262.397 and China earned the bronze medal with a score of 261.8934. The Russians took the lead after the third rotation and come away victorious despite Denis Abliazin and Artur Dalaloyan stepping out of bounds during the competition.