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Americans excel at Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing  

Team USA has earned 15 medals to date, including seven gold medals, at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. Kendall Yount captured the women’s +63 kg. title in taekwondo, while Hannah Moore surged to gold medals in the women’s 400-meter freestyle and 200 backstroke. In track and field, Noah Lyles and Myles Marshall clinched titles in the men’s 200 and 800. Lily Zhang made U.S. history with her bronze medal run in table tennis.

Archery
Brady Ellison clinched the men’s recurve title, defeating his French opponent in the final by one point at the World Archery Field Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.
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Cycling
Seven Americans notched top-10 finishes – highlighted by Aaron Gwin earning sixth place in men’s elite downhill – at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Meribel, France.
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Elsewhere, Tejay van Garderen defended his overall title in the USA Pro Challenge, crossing the final finish line in Denver in 20:05.42.
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Gymnastics
Sam Mikulak and Simone Biles captured the men’s and women’s all-around titles at the 2014 P&G Championships in Pittsburgh.
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Softball
The U.S. women’s national team earned the silver medal, falling 1-4 to Japan in the final round of the ISF Women’s World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands.
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Swimming
American swimmers earned 40 medals overall – headlined by Katie Ledecky’s five gold medals and world records in the women’s 400- and 1,500-meter freestyle – at the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.
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Track & Field
Dawn Harper-Nelson won the 100-meter hurdles title in 12.66 at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Birmingham, United Kingdom, while Christian Taylor won the long jump at 8.09 meters.
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Meanwhile, Americans Richard Browne and Jarryd Wallace sealed a 1-2 finish in the men’s 100-meter T43/44 at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
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Triathlon
Sarah Groff raced to her first ITU World Triathlon series title with a time of 1:03.00 at the ITU World Triathlon in Stockholm.
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Volleyball
Todd Rogers and Theo Brunner defeated Cuba to win the gold medal at the NORCECA Beach Tour in Varadero, Cuba, while Tealie Hunkus and Kim DiCello took silver in the women’s division.
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Elsewhere, Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson claimed the bronze medal at the FIVB Grand Slam in Stare Jablonki, Poland.
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Water Polo
The U.S. finished fourth at the FINA Men’s World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan, tallying a 3-3 tournament record with wins over South Africa, Montenegro and Australia.
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Spotlight On

USA Luge announced the launch of a nationwide crowdfunding search to find the next Olympic luge superstar, aiming to raise $20,000 by Oct. 15 to fund the 2015 USA Luge Slider Search. As incentive, donors are eligible to win USA Luge swag and unique experiences.

Also this week
Stephen Curry led the U.S. Men’s National Basketball Team with 20 points to defeat Puerto Rico, 112-86, in an exhibition game in New York City…The women’s four advanced to the final at the 2014 World Rowing Championships, held Aug. 24-31 in Amsterdam…More than 70 American riders kicked off theWorld Equestrian Games, held Aug. 23-Sept. 7 in Normandy, France…The first round of the U.S. Open is underway in Flushing, New York, with Serena Williams and Andy Murray headlining the U.S. contenders.

Around the USOC

To stay updated with all the current Youth Olympic Games action, follow Team USA onTeamUSA.orgTwitter,Facebook and Instagram, as well as the official Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Gameswebsite. Get to know the athletes representing the U.S. and track the Team USA medal count, which currently stands at 15 medals overall, including seven golds, two silvers and six bronzes. Competition continues in Nanjing, China, through Aug. 28 and can be streamed online through NBC Sports Live Extra.

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