Sports Science Is Changing How Female Olympians Train. It Could Help You, Too

Until a few years ago, elite Colorado track and field athlete Annie Kunz used to feel fatigued — even during her warmups. And then there was the constant hunger: Sometimes her stomach would growl in the middle of practice. She felt like she was always thinking about food, always restricting what she ate, avoiding whole categories — such as carbohydrates — completely, because she thought they were unhealthy. Add to that awful, debilitating cramps when she got her period. Kunz, who is representing the U.S. Olympic team in the women's heptathlon this week in Tokyo, just didn't feel like she was performing at her best much of the time.
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Aggie heptathlete Annie Kunz finishes sixth at 2020 Olympic Games

Former Texas A&M soccer and track star (and TexAgs-er) Annie Kunz turned her dreams into reality in June when she won the heptathlon at the U.S. Olympic Trials, earning the title of Olympian and a trip to the 2020 Games. The ultimate goal, of course, was Olympic hardware. While Kunz...
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If you hated math in high school, the scoring system for the heptathlon will give you a headache

TOKYO, Japan — Focusing on one Olympic sport is hard enough, which is why you have to give heptathlon athletes props for somehow managing to excel in seven events. Frankly, another thing they deserve some major props for? Understanding the scoring systems, which includes the type of equations that just might confuse the heck out of anyone who still has stress dreams about high school algebra (such as someone who went into journalism.)

How to watch Heptathlon at Olympics 2020: free live stream, key times and more

The all-rounders of athletics run, jump and throw their way through seven events in the heptathlon at the 2020 Olympics this week. You won't want to miss this high class field battle it out so this page will tell you all the dates, times and free Olympic live streams to watch so you don’t miss a second of the Olympic 2020 heptathlon in Tokyo.

Wheat Ridge’s Annie Kunz eyes heptathlon gold in Tokyo

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo (KDVR) — Inside a hotel ballroom outside of Golden, Nancy and Terry Kunz sit anxiously around a table, their eyes glued to a projector at the front of the room. The proud parents never imagined this is how they would watch their daughter’s Olympic debut, but they’re...

Nafi Thiam successfully defends Olympic heptathlon title

Belgian athlete is the queen of combined events as she beats Anouk Vetter at the Tokyo Games. Heptathlon often boils down to survival of the fittest. World champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s hopes crumbled in Tokyo when her calf gave out on her during the 200m. Nafi Thiam has also endured injuries in the last couple of years but her body held together to capture gold with 6791 points.
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Georgia's Kendell Williams one event away from a medal in heptathlon | How to watch

TOKYO, Japan — Metro Atlanta native and UGA Bulldog Kendell Williams is one event away from capturing a medal in the rigorous heptathlon at the Tokyo Olympics. Williams will be competing in the 800m race Thursday morning, the seventh and final of the seven disciplines that make up the single heptathlon event - 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m, long jump, and javelin make up the rest of the disciplines.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson withdraws from heptathlon with calf injury

British athletics star Katarina Johnson-Thompson has withdrawn from the women’s heptathlon after she sustained a calf injury in the 200m event. The athlete started the race well but she was forced to abruptly pull up as she approached the home straight. She refused medical help and was able to slowly jog over the finish line, visibly grimacing as she did so. But despite managing to finish, she was later disqualified for leaving her lane.
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Former Kell, Georgia star Williams ninth through four legs of heptathlon

Competing in the Olympics for the second time, former Kell High School and Georgia star Kendell Williams was ninth through the first four legs of the heptathlon Wednesday in Tokyo. The 26-year-old Williams, who 17th at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, had 3,776 points following the first day...