The USA entered the last day of competition of the Olympic Games in Tokyo with 108 medals.
Team USA is sure to add to its winnings in women’s basketball and volleyball by the end of the Olympics. The only question is what color the players will wear around their necks.
The basketball team, including Chinos Diana Taurasi, can win gold for the seventh time in a row. The volleyball team will fight for its first gold against the powerhouse Brazil.
Here’s a look at what to see on Day 16 of the Tokyo Olympics.
US women’s basketball reached the gold medal after beating Serbia 79-59.
Team USA is aiming for seven straight women’s basketball gold medals
Team USA will compete for their seventh straight gold medal in women’s basketball on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PT on NBC. The U.S. women’s basketball team has not lost an Olympic game since 1992.
After beating Serbia in the semi-finals, the US will face Japan in the gold medal game. Japan beat France to advance to the final and previously faced USA in the pool games. While the end result was 86-69, the Japanese side battled the US with Chinos Diana Taurasi and will likely be at stake with a gold medal again.
Watch or stream PT on NBC at 7:30 p.m.
The US women’s volleyball team retaliated against Serbia in the semi-finals and entered the gold medal game.
Team USA prepares for gold medal volleyball match with Brazil
Team USA will battle Brazil for their first ever gold medal in women’s volleyball at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The US women defeated Serbia to advance to the finals, while Brazil defeated South Korea to advance. The Brazilians are aiming for a podium finish again after an early quarter-finals in 2016. They won gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
This is the third time in the last four Olympics that the US and Brazil have faced each other for the title. The US women easily defeated Serbia, which they eliminated in the 2016 Olympic semifinals. On Sunday against Brazil they got another chance to reciprocate on the pitch.
Players with Southern California ties include Kim Hill (Pepperdine), Kelsey Robinson (Manhattan Beach) and Justine Wong-Orantes (Cypress).
Watch or stream it on USA at 9:30 p.m. PT.
American Richard Torrez Jr. goes into the super heavyweight boxing final on Thursday after beating Kazakhstan in the semifinals. With Torrez Jr. guaranteed to take home the gold or silver medal, the native Californian will become the first American to win a medal in this category since 1988.
Keyshawn Davis, Richard Torrez Jr. hope to end the US Olympic boxing drought
No American has won Olympic gold in boxing since Andre Ward in 2004.
On the last day of the Tokyo Olympics, Team USA will attempt to end the drought with two fighters. Keyshawn Davis, who fights in the lightweight class, will fight for gold in the semi-finals after defeating Armenian Hovhannes Bachkov.
Davis is a professional fighter with a 3-0 boxing record. He also won the silver medal at the 2019 World Championships and the 2019 Pan American Games. Davis must defeat Cuban Andy Cruz, the 2019 world champion, if he is to win Olympic gold.
Richard Torrez from Tulare will also have the chance to win a gold medal in boxing for Team USA. Torrez, who fights super heavyweight, earned his chance for gold by beating Kazakhstan’s Kamshybek Kunkabayev in the semifinals. Torrez must defeat Uzbekistan Bakhodir Jalolov to become Olympic champion.
Watch or stream both bouts from 10:15 p.m. PT on CNBC.
Ralph Lauren, the fashion brand that has been Team USA’s official outfitter since 2008, has released images of the closing ceremony worn by the United States’ Olympic and Paralympic teams at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Tokyo Olympics will end with the 2021 closing ceremony
All things have to end and the Tokyo Olympics are no different. The two-week global competition, which was held under unprecedented circumstances and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will naturally end on Sunday evening in Japan.
At the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the American swimmers Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel dominated in the water and the gymnasts Suni Lee and Mykayla Skinner for Simone Biles on the mat. And that was only the first week.
During the second week in Tokyo, the United States was just as busy collecting gold medals in men’s basketball, water polo, golf, and the women’s 800-meter race. On Saturday morning, Team USA was above the 100 medal threshold for Tokyo – the most medals of all nations that competed at this year’s Summer Games – and was only four gold medals behind China.
Watch the Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony at 4am PT Peacock or stream it live here.