US women's basketball team wins gold in Elena Delle Donne's first Olympics


US women's basketball team wins gold in Elena Delle Donne's first Olympics

First-time Olympian Elena Delle Donne got her first taste of gold as the United States women's basketball team won gold for the sixth straight Olympics.

The Americans defeated Spain, 101-72, in the gold-medal game Saturday in Rio, claiming gold for the eighth time in 11 Olympic women's basketball tournaments. The U.S. went undefeated in the tournament, averaging a stunning 102.1 points in eight victories.

Saturday, Diana Taurasi and Lindsay Whalen each dropped a team-high 17 points, Taurasi hitting five 3-pointers. Maya Moore had 14 points, and Breanna Stewart scored 11 points.

Delle Donne, the Chicago Sky star and reigning WNBA MVP, scored 10 points in 16 minutes.

Delle Donne was one of three players on the team — along with Brittney Griner and Stewart — playing in her first Olympics. The other nine players on the roster were at least all members of the 2012 gold medal-winning team in London.

Three players — Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Taurasi — matched American Olympic records by winning four gold medals and four consecutive gold medals. They are three of five American players to win four medals in women's basketball and three of seven female players overall. Only Teresa Edwards has more medals in women's basketball with five (four golds, one bronze). Only two men's basketball players have won four Olympic medals. Carmelo Anthony will become the third (and first American) regardless of the result of Sunday's men's gold-medal game between the U.S. and Serbia.

The Americans have won the gold medal in every women's Olympic tournament but one since 1984.

Need a Winter Olympics fix? There’s an app* for that.

Need a Winter Olympics fix? There’s an app* for that.

Xfinity’s X1 Olympics Experience — progressing since London’s 2012 Olympics — features new software launching this season to give fans the comprehensive coverage they want.

For the first time, the Xfinity Stream App — a blending of traditional TV with power of the internet to give an at-home and on-the-go 24/7 experience — will be the Olympic fan’s primary resource for coverage on their favorite devices. This means video access for any event, both live and on-demand, no matter where you are.

Also, more than 50 Olympic channels will be offered by X1, including on-demand clips from epic wins, trending highlights and funniest moments of the games. Also, each sport will have its own individual homepage serving as a hub for the respective sport's comprehensive multi-platform content. No matter your preference, the customizable experience can be changed to reflect what each individual fan wants most.

Within the X1 Olympics Experience, there will be helpful, easy-to-use ways to get real-time information in the daily summary page, a one-stop cheat sheet for the biggest news, latest results, medal count and more. With 102 events offered, it’ll help viewers decide their plan of viewing action and stay up-to-date with the latest information.

For more, check out the interview above from Vito Forlenza, who serves as Executive Director, Business Product Management for Comcast Cable.

Chicagoan headed to the 2017 Special Olympic Winter World Games


Chicagoan headed to the 2017 Special Olympic Winter World Games

Rosie Langello

Special Contributor to CSNChicago.com

Barbra Shimoda said she vividly remembers the first time her son starting skating at the age of 7. She never imagined it would lead to him attending the 2017 Special Olympic Winter World Games.

"Not in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen," Barbra Shimoda said. "We know we have our State Games in Illinois but the World Games—it's just not something you can plan for."

Out of 6,800 Chicago Special Olympic athletes, Tommy Shimoda is the only Chicagoan attending the games. The 24-year-old is headed to Austria in March with six other athletes from Illinois that will be representing Team USA. He will be competing in two speed skating events; the 500-meter race and the 777-meter race.

Shimoda is diagnosed with autism and communicates to others using a voice box. He’s been skating for 17 years and said his biggest inspiration is his brother, Clarke.

"I like speed skating because I get to go fast," Shimoda said. "Since I started training more for the games, my brother said I now skate faster than him."

Shimoda has been preparing for the World Games ever since he found out he would be attending after the State Games last year.

"I have been practicing three times a week," Shimoda said.

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