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Past articles by Merrit:

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

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. → Read More

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The 14 Moments That Swept Us Away At The Tokyo Olympics

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. → Read More

The 14 Moments That Swept Us Away At The Tokyo Olympics

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. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

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

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%. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

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

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

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

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

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U.S. Women Take Olympic Gold In Beach Volleyball

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. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

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

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." → Read More

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

"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. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

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

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. → Read More

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

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

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

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. → Read More