Olympics overnight: Simone Biles, Ellie Black make impressive returns on beam, women’s team cycling pursuit miss bronze

Rise and shine, Olympic fans. Here’s what you missed overnight and need to know about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this morning.For all the Star-related Summer Games content, visit our Olympics page here. They were impressive comebacks for two brave gymnasts. Ellie Black, fighting through a difficult ankle injury which took her out of the women’s all-around gymnastics final earlier on in Tokyo, made her return to the balance beam final and finished with a very respectable fourth place for her best career result at the Olympics. Meanwhile U.S. superstar Simone Biles participated in her first event at Tokyo after taking a mental health break at the beginning of the Games, just narrowly edging out Black to finish third on the podium, a performance that will be sure to silence many of the naysayers Biles faced online. Elsewhere, Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown will sprint in the 200-metre final, Canada lost to the U.S. in women’s cycling team pursuit for bronze and the Canadian men’s volleyball team will finish fifth. Here’s what you missed overnight on Day 11 while you were sleeping: Biles and Black battle backSimone Biles has finally reached the podium. The U.S. gymnastics superstar finished third to win her seventh career Olympic medal with a score 14.000 in the women’s balance beam final, an impressive return to the Games after taking a break to focus on her mental health earlier on. First and second on the podium were China’s Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing. And it may have not been a medal for Canada’s Ellie Black, but the 25-year-old Nova Scotian pulled out a performance that she should be proud of. Black, who’s been battling an ankle injury, finished fourth with a score of 13.866. The total was tied with Biles’ teammate Sunisa Lee, but Black finished ahead after receiving a better execution score.De Grasse and Brown breeze into 200m finalCanadian sprinter Andre De Grasse is still in the chase for his second medal at these Games. The 100-metre bronze medallist and teammate Aaron Brown both finished first in their 200-metre semifinal heats and will race in the final. De Grasse raced to a Canadian record and personal best time of 19.73. Brown raced to a career-best 19.99. De Grasse was the 200-metre silver medallist in 2016. Canada lose pursuit for bronzeThe women’s pursuit track cycling team missed the podium in Tokyo, losing to the U.S. in a tight showdown for third place. The team of Allison Beveridge, Annie Foreman-Mackey, Ariane Bonhomme, Georgia Simmerling and Jasmin Duehring finished the bronze-medal race in four minutes 10.552 seconds, just over two and a half seconds behind the Americans.Simmerling, Duehring and Beveridge were part of the group that won bronze in women’s team pursuit at the 2016 Rio Games. Duehring also helped Canada finish third in the same event four years earlier in London.Germany won its showdown with powerhouse Britain to claim gold in a time of 4:04.242. Germany’s time beat the world record it set earlier Tuesday in the heats.More results from Canadians: Long distance track, men’s 5000-metres: Canadian long distance runners Moh Ahmed and Justyn Knight will race in the 5000-metre finals. The two finished second and third in their heats respectively during another hot and humid night.Volleyball, men’s team, finishes fifth: Canada lost to ROC 3, Canada 0 (25-21, 30-28, 25-22), to finish fifth overall, matching their result from the 2016 Rio Games. Water polo, women’s team: Canada will vie for fifth now after losing to back-to-back gold medallist Americans 16-5 in the quarterfinals. Sprinting, women’s 400-metre: Kyra Constantine, Canada, fifth in her heat with 51.69, but will advance. Canoe double, men’s 1000-metre: Roland Varga and Connor Fitzpatrick finish sixth. Kayak single, women’s 200-metre: Andréanne Langlois finished ninth. Beach volleyball, women’s: The Canadian pair of Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson have been eliminated after losing 2-1 to Latvia. Norwegian can barely believe it . . . and neither can weKarsten Warholm of Norway smashed his own world record on Tuesday after running a lightning fast 45.94 seconds to win gold in the 400m hurdles. His face after the race says it all: Well deserved day off The Canadian women’s soccer team spent the day cycling around the Olympic Village, a day after beating the rival Americans in the quarterfinals to advance to the gold medal match on Thursday against Sweden. Warm return for swimmersSwimmers Maggie Mac Neil, Kylie Masse and Penny Oleksiak are back on home soil. The trio arrived in Toronto Monday afternoon after another set of impressive performances at the Tokyo Games. They were greeted by family and fans at Pearson airport while sporting their newly acquired medals.You can view more photos here. The Star in Tokyo: Bruce Arthur: Belarusian sprinter’s case throws spotlight on how IOC deals with authoritarian statesRosie DiManno: Transgender Olympic weightlifter Laurel Hubbard delivers a quietly dignified performance, away f

Olympics overnight: Simone Biles, Ellie Black make impressive returns on beam, women’s team cycling pursuit miss bronze

Rise and shine, Olympic fans. Here’s what you missed overnight and need to know about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this morning.

For all the Star-related Summer Games content, visit our Olympics page here.

They were impressive comebacks for two brave gymnasts.

Ellie Black, fighting through a difficult ankle injury which took her out of the women’s all-around gymnastics final earlier on in Tokyo, made her return to the balance beam final and finished with a very respectable fourth place for her best career result at the Olympics.

Meanwhile U.S. superstar Simone Biles participated in her first event at Tokyo after taking a mental health break at the beginning of the Games, just narrowly edging out Black to finish third on the podium, a performance that will be sure to silence many of the naysayers Biles faced online.

Elsewhere, Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown will sprint in the 200-metre final, Canada lost to the U.S. in women’s cycling team pursuit for bronze and the Canadian men’s volleyball team will finish fifth.

Here’s what you missed overnight on Day 11 while you were sleeping:

Biles and Black battle back

Simone Biles has finally reached the podium.

The U.S. gymnastics superstar finished third to win her seventh career Olympic medal with a score 14.000 in the women’s balance beam final, an impressive return to the Games after taking a break to focus on her mental health earlier on. First and second on the podium were China’s Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing.

And it may have not been a medal for Canada’s Ellie Black, but the 25-year-old Nova Scotian pulled out a performance that she should be proud of. Black, who’s been battling an ankle injury, finished fourth with a score of 13.866. The total was tied with Biles’ teammate Sunisa Lee, but Black finished ahead after receiving a better execution score.

De Grasse and Brown breeze into 200m final

Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse is still in the chase for his second medal at these Games. The 100-metre bronze medallist and teammate Aaron Brown both finished first in their 200-metre semifinal heats and will race in the final. De Grasse raced to a Canadian record and personal best time of 19.73. Brown raced to a career-best 19.99.

De Grasse was the 200-metre silver medallist in 2016.

Canada lose pursuit for bronze

The women’s pursuit track cycling team missed the podium in Tokyo, losing to the U.S. in a tight showdown for third place. The team of Allison Beveridge, Annie Foreman-Mackey, Ariane Bonhomme, Georgia Simmerling and Jasmin Duehring finished the bronze-medal race in four minutes 10.552 seconds, just over two and a half seconds behind the Americans.

Simmerling, Duehring and Beveridge were part of the group that won bronze in women’s team pursuit at the 2016 Rio Games. Duehring also helped Canada finish third in the same event four years earlier in London.

Germany won its showdown with powerhouse Britain to claim gold in a time of 4:04.242. Germany’s time beat the world record it set earlier Tuesday in the heats.

More results from Canadians:

  • Long distance track, men’s 5000-metres: Canadian long distance runners Moh Ahmed and Justyn Knight will race in the 5000-metre finals. The two finished second and third in their heats respectively during another hot and humid night.

  • Volleyball, men’s team, finishes fifth: Canada lost to ROC 3, Canada 0 (25-21, 30-28, 25-22), to finish fifth overall, matching their result from the 2016 Rio Games.

  • Water polo, women’s team: Canada will vie for fifth now after losing to back-to-back gold medallist Americans 16-5 in the quarterfinals.

  • Sprinting, women’s 400-metre: Kyra Constantine, Canada, fifth in her heat with 51.69, but will advance.

  • Canoe double, men’s 1000-metre: Roland Varga and Connor Fitzpatrick finish sixth.

  • Kayak single, women’s 200-metre: Andréanne Langlois finished ninth.

  • Beach volleyball, women’s: The Canadian pair of Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson have been eliminated after losing 2-1 to Latvia.

Norwegian can barely believe it . . . and neither can we

Karsten Warholm of Norway smashed his own world record on Tuesday after running a lightning fast 45.94 seconds to win gold in the 400m hurdles. His face after the race says it all:

Well deserved day off

The Canadian women’s soccer team spent the day cycling around the Olympic Village, a day after beating the rival Americans in the quarterfinals to advance to the gold medal match on Thursday against Sweden.

Warm return for swimmers

Swimmers Maggie Mac Neil, Kylie Masse and Penny Oleksiak are back on home soil. The trio arrived in Toronto Monday afternoon after another set of impressive performances at the Tokyo Games. They were greeted by family and fans at Pearson airport while sporting their newly acquired medals.

You can view more photos here.


The Star in Tokyo:

Bruce Arthur: Belarusian sprinter’s case throws spotlight on how IOC deals with authoritarian states

Rosie DiManno: Transgender Olympic weightlifter Laurel Hubbard delivers a quietly dignified performance, away from the noise

Dave Feschuk: Brooke Henderson flying below the radar, not feeling pressure at Tokyo Olympics

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Laura Armstrong: ‘This team wants more.’ Canada’s soccer women avenge a loss to the U.S. nine years ago because they were expecting to


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COVID-19 boredom gave these kids the push to start their own businesses

When COVID-19 hit, 14-year-old Sophie McGinn had both time on her hands and a brand new Instagram account.

Scrolling through her explore page, the Burlington teen spotted crafty people making earrings out of polymer clay. “So I went to Michaels, and I just got a couple of bars of clay and I just started making them.”

After a period of trial and error, her jewelry company Aster & Grace was born, selling through her Instagram feed initially and recently through her website, asterandgrace.ca.

For Sophie and other entrepreneurial kids, having a business was a sanity-saver during the long months of COVID lockdown.

“I just found it so boring just being in the house, and just like the same thing every single day and just not being able to hang out with friends. Or like going to the mall. I miss the mall,” she said. “And I definitely found that having my own small business and making earrings, it just kept me busy during the day, and it’s fun and enjoyable to do.”

It also came with challenges to overcome and processes to improve upon, like making do with a rolling pin to roll out the clay for the first three months.

“And then for Christmas, my parents bought me a pasta machine, which is like my favourite thing because it just really rolls it out evenly,” she said.

She also learned to source packaging materials through Etsy, come up with a steady stream of new content to market her products through Instagram and set up an e-commerce website.

Cameron Davis, 16, started a YouTube channel back in 2017 to share his experiences with travel. But in 2020, following the death of George Floyd and the subsequent Black Lives Matter rallies, “that’s when the activism aspect of my entrepreneurship took off,” said Cameron, who lives in Markham.

He started making T-shirts with the message “Listen, learn, act” emblazoned on the front, with all of the profits going to Black Lives Matter. That was the foundation for a new business launched in the pandemic, 721merch.ca, an apparel business selling hoodies and T-shirts.

He has two lines of merchandise. The remainder of his “changemaker” designs support various charities with 10 per cent of profits; the travel-themed apparel emblazoned with airport codes, “That goes to me.”

COVID lockdown gave Cameron the time to make the new venture happen, he said, plus a positive focus. “It gave me purpose.”

His experience with his YouTube channel helped give him the confidence to put himself out there. “When I first started Cameron Travels, I was in Grade 8 and I was very shy” — at least on camera, he said.

“So the best advice I could give for youth who want to start their business or want to do something that they’re interested in, but are shy to do, is to take that leap of faith and to do it,” said Davis.

“You don’t know the outcome, but if you take that leap of faith I’m sure that it will go well. And if it doesn’t, you’ll know what you can improve, and then you could use that and try it again.”

Nevin Buconjic of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., was keen to pass on to his daughter, Hannah, some of his own childhood zeal for making money, along with the early foundation for financial literacy.

“My wife and I had started giving Hannah an allowance to just sort of help her understand what money was used for,” said Buconjic. “We let her know that she could buy toys with money.”

Her interest in getting more money was piqued. “So we thought as a fun family sort of thing we would do a lemonade stand and see how that went.”

Excited by that early success, Hannah wanted to expand to freezies and ice cream sandwiches, so they made up a sign and launched Hannah’s Summer Treats two years ago when Hanna was just five years old.

In a video call with both Hannah and her dad, I asked her what she likes to do with her money.

“I like to buy toys. I like to buy dolls. And I like to donate it,” said Hannah, who is now turning eight.

Buconjic said they donate 15 per cent of profits to ARCH Hospice in their local area.

When the pandemic meant Hannah couldn’t operate her treat stand, she had another idea.

“I guess my wife and I were watching a lot of CNN. So Hannah came out one day and said, ‘I want to start my own YouTube channel called HNN, Hannah News Network. And I want to do news for kids.’”

“So yeah, she’s done about nine videos and we’ve had a tonne of fun as a family doing them.”

Topics range from Hannah’s own report on COVID-19 to an interview with the CFL’s Jordan Hoover, who plays safety for Edmonton. “He also happens to be my cousin McKenzie’s boyfriend,” Hannah says in her introduction.

With public health restrictions lifted, Hannah was able to relaunch her treat stand this summer.

I asked her what she would say to kids who feel nervous to start their own business.

“Well, sometimes I get nervous, too, because I get shy in front of people,” said Hannah, adding she knows her parents are there to help.

Buconjic notes that when Hannah first operated her first treat stand, “the customers would come up and she would actually hide behind us.”

Today she’s come a long way, at ease on YouTube, and chatting up and making change for her treat-stand customers, he says.

For parents wondering how to start supporting their kids to pursue a business idea, he recommends a free business planning kit for children created by e-commerce platform Shopify and available at shopify.com/kids.

Buconjic suggests using a small-scale business venture “as an opportunity to teach our kids a bit about money and how things work. I really think it teaches responsibility and how they play a role in their own success.”

Brandie Weikle is a freelance contributing columnist for the Star’s Life section, writing about parenting issues. She is the host of “The New Family Podcast” and editor of thenewfamily.com. Follow her on Twitter: @bweikle

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