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Rio Olympics 2016: US Gymnasts Take Home Silver, Bronze Medals

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) — With Day 10 of the Olympic Games in Rio underway Monday, here are some of the most exciting events to watch to cheer on Team USA:

Gymnastics

Laurie Hernandez, 16, won the silver medal in the finals for the women’s beam Monday afternoon, and fellow American teammate Simone Biles, 19, won bronze. Dutch gymnast Sanne Wevers took home gold.

Biles has already won three gold medals this Olympics, a record-breaking first for an American woman.

Track and Field

Allyson Felix, 30, is set to run the 400-meter finals Monday, representing Team USA. Felix won first place in the semi-finals Sunday night.

The southern California native will race alongside American teammates Natasha Hastings, 30, and Phyllis Francis, 24, Monday at 9:45 p.m. ET.

The men’s 800-meter finals is also Monday night with Clayton Murphy and Boris Berian representing Team USA.

Beach Volleyball

The American men’s beach volleyball duo of Phil Dalhausser, 36, and Nick Lucena, 36, are competing in the quarter-finals against Brazil, starting at 3 p.m. ET.

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New Air Force Football Helmets Highlight Historic ‘Sharktooth’ Design

Air Force Football(NEW YORK) — Sports fans are raving about the new alternate helmet revealed by the Air Force football team Sunday.

The helmet, called AIRPOWER Legacy Series Sharktooth, pays homage to the historic shark design that dates back to World War II.

It will be debuted when Air Force plays Georgia State on Sept. 10.

On Twitter, College Game Day declared that the Air Force “won best helmet of 2016 and the season hasn’t even started yet.” SB Nation tweeted that the helmets were “an awesome nod to history.”

The iconic shark tooth first appeared during World War II on the nose of airplanes belonging to the 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force. The group, nicknamed the Flying Tigers, was composed of pilots across several U.S. military units and it defended China from Japanese forces.

The Flying Tigers were eventually absorbed into the U.S. Army Air Forces, which became the U.S. Fourteenth Air Force. But the image of the fierce shark teeth never disappeared.

To this day, U.S. Air Force jets like the A-10 Thunderbolt display the iconic nose art.

“We wanted to honor the past, present, & future,” Air Force Football tweeted Sunday. “With these we will, wait until you see what’s next!”

This certainly isn’t the first time a military service academy football team has impressed with its helmet design.

Last year, Navy football debuted helmets that paired each class of ship with a football position. For example, defensive backs had helmets that depicted destroyers, wide receivers had submarines, etc.

Those helmets were handpainted for last December’s Army-Navy game — where Navy beat Army for the 14th time in a row, winning 21-17.

For that game, the Army — not to be outdone — designed 17 different helmets representing the 17 branches cadets can enter after graduation. For example, fullbacks had the insignia for the 4th Infantry Division, while safeties wore insignia for the 101st Airborne Division.

It remains to be seen what the Army and Navy will come out with for this year’s rivalry game, but it’s safe to say that all of the military service academy teams have produced meaningful helmet artwork that rivals any top football program.

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Olympics 2016: ‘Final Five’ Talk ‘Nerves,’ ‘Fun’ of Competition

ABC News(RIO DE JANEIRO) — The Olympic medals keep on coming for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team dubbed the “Final Five,” but the women say they aren’t celebrating too much just yet because they have two other events coming up.

“I think you celebrate after your scores comes up and you get the medal. But then after that it’s just kind of like go, go, go again,” said Simone Biles, who won Team USA’s first-ever Olympic vault gold medal on Sunday in Rio.

Her fellow team member Madison Kocian took the silver medal in the uneven bars event, while teammate Gabby Douglas placed seventh.

Kocian, Douglas, Biles and teammates Aly Raisman and Laurie Hernandez sat down with ABC News’ Amy Robach in Rio, where they discussed the pressure to excel.

“We all have nerves, but at this point it’s kind of autopilot,” Biles said. “We’ve done these routines so many times that once we go out there … it’s just one more.”

Hernandez agreed.

“We’re just going to go to training, do what we’ve been doing, not change a thing because that’s working really well,” she said.

The “Final Five” have already won gold in the team all-around event, and Biles took a separate gold in the individual all-around competition.

“We were very confident once we went out there,” Biles said of her team’s win. “If we had done the same thing in training then we were very confident of the outcome.”

The team members had an emotional reunion with their parents at the P&G Family Home — where Olympic families come to relax and watch the games, have a meal, drop off their laundry and even get pampered with free salon services for women and hot shaves for men.

It was the women’s first chance to show off their new hardware, hug their families and regroup.

The gymnasts say it’s their incredible sisterhood that keeps them laughing as they enter the home stretch of the games.

“We’ve been together so long,” Kocian said.

Their time together — and their bond — helps their performance.

“We’re just so ready that’s it’s fun when we go out there. We don’t need to think about anything. And so that’s how we have fun,” Biles said.

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Missy Franklin ‘Disappointed’ by Her Olympic Performance

Clive Rose/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) — Missy Franklin was one of the breakout stars of the 2012 London Olympics, winning five medals, including four gold.

But Rio has been a different story for the young swimmer, as she failed to qualify for the 200 meter freestyle final — an upset that left her heartbroken.

“By far, it’s been the most disappointed I’ve ever been in any athletic performance, so for that to line up at the Olympics is not ideal, obviously,” Franklin said Monday on ABC News’ Good Morning America.

“But, you know, that positivity just comes from knowing that I did the best that I possibly could and it just wasn’t my week,” Franklin said. “It’s heartbreaking that all the hard work and sacrifices I made just didn’t show up, but I know that they will eventually and I think I’m going to be so much stronger after this experience.”

Franklin vows to return to the next Summer Olympics stronger than ever as we look ahead to Tokyo 2020.

“I feel like I have so much left to learn from this sport, so much left to give to it, so I would love to be [in] 2020,” she said.

Regardless of her personal disappointments, Franklin said she’s proud of Team USA, which dominated this year’s Olympics, winning 33 medals including 16 gold.

“It’s been so incredible being a part of this journey,” she said. “There were so many things that happened this week that were just historic. You know, you look at Michael Phelps, you look at Simone Manuel, you look at Katie Ledecky, so much happened. To just be a part of it and be a part of this incredible legacy we have, it’s such an honor.”

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Rio Olympics 2016: Gymnast Simone Biles Goes for Fourth Gold Medal Monday

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) — With Day 10 of the Olympic Games in Rio underway Monday, here are some of the most exciting events to watch to cheer on Team USA.

Gymnastics

Simone Biles is set to compete for her fourth gold medal in the finals for the women’s beam Monday afternoon. The 19-year-old is the favorite to win gold. Laurie Hernandez, 16, will also be representing Team USA, along with Biles, at the finals scheduled for 2:46 p.m. Eastern Time.

Biles has already won three gold medals in one Olympic games, the record-breaking first for an American woman.

Track and Field

Allyson Felix, 30, is set to run the 400 meter finals today, representing Team USA. Felix won first place in the semi-finals Sunday night.

The southern California native will race alongside American teammates Natasha Hastings, 30, and Phyllis Francis, 24, Monday night at 9:45 p.m. ET.

The men’s 800 meter finals is also Monday night with Clayton Murphy and Boris Berian representing Team USA.

Beach Volleyball

The American men’s beach volleyball duo of Phil Dalhausser, 36, and Nick Lucena, 36, are set to compete in the quarter-finals against Brazil at 3 p.m. ET.

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Justin Marks Wins First XFINITY Series Race

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ohio) — Justin Marks picked up his first XFINITY Series win Saturday on a rainy day at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Marks took command after a late restart to win the Mid-Ohio Challenge. The 35-year-old Chip Ganassi Racing driver dedicated the victory to the late Bryan Clauson, who died from injuries suffered at a sprint car event the previous weekend in Kansas.

“Bryan’s short career in stock car racing came with Chip Ganassi Racing, so it’s great to be able to put this thing in Victory Lane to honor him and think about him,” Marks said, according to NASCAR.com. “He’s a real American hero race car driver. Bryan was. They don’t make them like that anymore.”

The Sprint Cup Series was off this weekend. The Cup drivers will be back in action for a night race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 20.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 8/14/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Baltimore 8, San Francisco 7
Miami 5, Chi White Sox 4
Boston 16, Arizona 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Seattle 8, Oakland 4
Tampa Bay 12, N-Y Yankees 3
Toronto 9, Houston 2
Cleveland 5, L.A. Angels 4
Kansas City 11, Minnesota 4
Detroit 7, Texas 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Pittsburgh 11, L.A. Dodgers 3
St. Louis 6, Chi Cubs 4
N-Y Mets 5, San Diego 1
Philadelphia 7, Colorado 6
Washington 9, Atlanta 1
Milwaukee 7, Cincinnati 3

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Chinese Diver Accepts Marriage Proposal Along With Silver Medal

iStock/Thinkstock(RIO DE JANEIRO) — The Chinese silver medalist in the women’s 3-meter springboard might be a new record-holder, in love.

He Zi, 25, of China won second place in the diving competition on Sunday. But just after stepping down from the podium with her new silver medal, she also received a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, who is also a diver for the Chinese team.

Qin Kai, 30, kneeled and presented the ring to He, before placing it on her finger and asking her to marry him.

Qin also presented He with a red rose in a glass box, while the crowd cheered.

The pair was caught on camera hugging after the proposal.

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Olympics 2016: Simone Biles’ Gold on Women’s Vault in Rio Makes History

iStock/Thinkstock(RIO DE JANEIRO) — American gymnast Simone Biles earned her third gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics Sunday, making history in her very first Olympic games.

Biles’ triumph is the first Olympic win for an American woman on vault — and her first title in the event at any major international competition.

She has already won Olympic gold in the team and all-around events, making her the first American woman to have won three gold medals in gymnastics in the same games.

As the only gymnast competing in all four events for the powerhouse U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team officially nicknamed the “Final Five,” the 19-year-old Biles has displayed the utmost confidence, dynamism and skill.

Biles and her teammates talked with ABC News’ Amy Robach in Rio about the pressure of being expected to win gold — and actually doing it.

“We were very confident once we went out there,” Biles said of her team’s win. “If we had done the same thing in training then we were very confident of the outcome.”

Biles isn’t done just yet. She has final rounds on the balance beam on Monday and floor exercise on Tuesday.

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Michael Phelps’ #PhelpsFace During Summer Olympics Inspires Toronto Man’s Tattoo

Courtesy of Livia Tsang(TORONTO) — Michael Phelps’ fierce stare of determination ahead of one of his medal-winning races in Rio has inspired one Toronto man’s tattoo.

Ricky Fung, owner of Chronic Ink Tattoo Shop, in Canada’s capital city got the Olympic swimmer’s stare — which has gone viral on Twitter with many calling it the #PhelpsFace — tattooed on his right calf.

The Maryland swimmer made the face as he prepared for Monday’s race in the 200 meter butterfly semifinal. As South Africa’s Chad le Clos amped himself up by shadow boxing, Phelps created “the face.”

/TV cuts back to Phelps as he’s calmly adjusting a folding chair and the South African guy is nowhere to be seen pic.twitter.com/gpXcCaiGNL

— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) August 9, 2016

Fung, 35, who has approximately 25 other tattoos, told ABC News that he was inspired to get the swimmer’s face tattooed on him shortly after watching the moment on the internet and then researching the swimmer.

“I admire people who aspire to be great,” he added. “With the amount of determination and focus that he has, every day I want to look at my leg and wake up and channel all of this and do great things.”

Fung said the actual black-ink tattoo took about three to four to complete. It was done by his employee, Livia Tsang, who posted a now viral photo of the tattoo to Instagram.

The tattoo shop owner has received a variety of reactions to his new tattoo, varying from “yeah, that’s awesome” to “oh my God, why would you do that? How would that look in 20 years?” he said.

Fung reflected, “I think I’ll have much bigger concerns in 20 years. I’ll be 55 and, God, if I’m healthy, the last thing I’ll be thinking about is this.”

Now that the image of the tattoo has gone viral, Fung hopes it inspires other people to harness their determination like Phelps, who is set to retire after the 2016 Olympics.

“I don’t think people have enough of that in this world,” Fung said. “You don’t give yourself the time to focus on one thing and to me, I thought that was the greatest thing — that moment when you knew he was locked in.”

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