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Empty stands meant that sometimes all you heard were the sounds of photographers' cameras clicking. Photos: Jason Gewirtz
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10 Oddities and Observations from the 2021 Olympic Games

The 2021 Olympic Summer Games will go down as one of the most unusual in history. Staged during a worldwide pandemic whose positive rates were only going up in Japan during the course of the event, the lack of spectators made for a surreal scene on-site, as I discovered over 10 days on the ground […]

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Empty stands meant that sometimes all you heard were the sounds of photographers' cameras clicking. Photos: Jason Gewirtz
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What it Sounds Like Inside the 2021 Olympics Venues

What if you held an Olympic Games and no one came? That’s not exactly the scenario in Tokyo, but it certainly feels that way. It’s not that people wouldn’t have come, of course. It’s that they weren’t allowed. Foreign spectators were banned months ago while Japanese residents learned weeks before the Games they wouldn’t be […]

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USA Softball CEO Craig Cress was easy to spot at Yokohama Stadium.

Catching Up with USA Softball CEO Craig Cress

Tuesday, July 27, was a big day on the Olympic program, with much of the attention in the United States focused on the women’s gymnastics team and the withdrawal of Simone Biles from the competition. But in Yokohama, about an hour from Tokyo, an entirely different drama in women’s sports was taking place at Yokohoma […]

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USA Softball Border Battle With Canada Heading to Oklahoma City

USA Softball will host the 2021 Border Battle, an annual international slow pitch event that features the USA Softball and Canada Slow Pitch National Teams, at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Slated for September 10–12, the USA Softball men’s and women’s slow pitch national teams, plus the men’s and […]

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Catcher Taylor Edwards, center, high-fives potential teammates during the USA Softball Women's Olympic Team Selection Trials on October 2, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Sponsoring USA Softball

USA Softball has agreed to a one-year partnership with Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Sports & Events, which will host the U.S. women’s national team for a training camp in March as the team continues preparing for the rescheduled 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. The training camp will be March 3–18 at the Eddie C. Moore […]

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MLB to Sponsor USA Softball National Team’s Tour

Major League Baseball will become the official presenting sponsor of the training tour for the women’s national softball team that will represent the United States at the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. The team’s Stand Beside Her tour will be held in more than 35 cities from February to June, leading up to the […]

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An Unlikely Softball Partnership

It’s not a marriage, but the first date between USA Softball and the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA)—an inaugural softball tournament organized jointly by both organizations—marks a new era for two organizations that have been competitors in the event landscape for years. The U.S. Games, a girls fastpitch tournament, will take place in Viera, […]

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USSSA and USA Softball to Co-Host New Event

USSSA and USA Softball will combine on a new fastpitch softball event in 2020 aimed at grass-roots development of the sport. The event—The U.S. Games—will be staged at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida, January 18–20. “USSSA is excited to make this announcement with USA Softball as we believe this is another step […]

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