The new sports that debuted at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics turned out to be no problem for the United States.
Team USA has won a medal in every single Olympic sport that was first used at the Tokyo Games. The USA won six medals in 3×3 basketball, surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing and karate.
In addition to these new sports, baseball and softball made a unique return in Tokyo. The US won softball silver after losing to Japan in the gold medal game. In baseball, the US will face Japan in a gold medal match against Japan on Saturday at 6 a.m. ET.
Here’s a breakdown of how Team USA fared in the new events at the Tokyo Olympics:
The US 3×3 basketball team defeated the Russian Olympic Committee at 18:15 and won the sport’s first Olympic gold medal.
With star players from the WNBA, the team consisted of Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky), Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces), Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings) and Jackie Young (Las Vegas Aces). They left Tokyo with a record of 8-1 and some new hardware.
The USA did not qualify for the men’s tournament.
Team USA’s Carissa Moore took home the first women’s Olympic surf gold medal from Tokyo. Moore, a native Hawaiian, defeated Bianca Buitendag of South Africa in the gold medal match with a score of 14.93.
After a dominant performance in the preliminary stages, the American Caroline Marks lost in the bronze medal game.
In the men’s team, Kolohe Andino from Team USA did not get past the quarter-finals.
Team USA won two bronze medals in their Olympic debut in skateboarding.
Jagger Eaton finished third in the men’s street final with 35.35.
In the men’s park final, Cory Juneau finished third with 84.13.
The American Nathaniel Coleman won a silver medal in the first men’s combined sport climbing event.
Coleman finished with 30.00 total points. When it comes to sport climbing, the lower the score, the better, so that it is two points behind gold medalist Alberto Gines Lopez from Spain.
Coleman was the best at the bouldering event as he was the only climber to make four attempts to the top. He finished fifth in the lead event with a 34+ hold and sixth in the speed event.
Florida native Ariel Torres made history and won the first bronze medal at the Olympics. With Torres’ performance, Team USA officially won a medal in each of the new sports that debuted in Tokyo.
Torres, originally born in Cuba, defeated Antonio Diaz of Venezuela and won the bronze medal game. He can now add an Olympic medal to his previous achievements in the sport, including two medals in the Pan American Games and two medals in the Jr. Pan American Games.