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Workers paste the overlay on the wall of the National Stadium, where opening ceremony and many other events are scheduled for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo / Eugene Hoshiko)

This is a clear sign that Tokyo Olympic planners and the International Olympic Committee are moving forward despite public opposition, warnings about the risks of the games becoming a spreader event, and Tokyo and other parts of Japan being under a state of emergency until June 20.

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In this May 9, 2021, file photo, a general view of National Stadium during an athletics test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo. IOC officials say the Tokyo Olympics will open on July 23 and almost nothing now can stop the games from going forward. (AP Photo / Shuji Kajiyama, File)

Tokyo is under a COVID-19 state of emergency, but International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates has said the games will open on July 23 — state of emergency, or no state of emergency.

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Chinese figure skater Xu Jingyu performs her women’s single skating short program during a test event for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, Sunday, April 4, 2021. (AP Photo / Andy Wong)

The State Department said Tuesday the Biden administration is consulting with allies about a joint approach to China and its human rights record, including how to handle the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics. 

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The Olympic rings are seen Monday, March 30, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP Photo / Jae C. Hong)

The coronavirus pandemic has caused organizers to postpone this summer’s Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. We discuss the delay with three Olympic athletes from the Chicago area.

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She won back-to-back Olympic medals in the seven-event heptathlon and still holds the world record of 7,291 points in the event. We talk sexism in women’s sports and more with Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

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The Winter Olympics begin in just two weeks, and at least one athlete from the Chicago area will be there. Meet a figure skater from suburban Carpentersville who’s been preparing for the games for 17 years. 

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Ingleside native Daniel Dennis, pictured above in red, defeated Tony Ramos in the 2016 Olympic Trials Championship. (John Sachs / Flickr)

The torch will be lit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Summer Olympics in a little over two weeks. Meet some of the Chicago-area athletes representing Team USA.

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He's the top ranked windsurfer in the country and the first Chicagoan ever to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team. Ash-har Quraishi catches up with first-time Olympian, Bob Willis.

"American Experience"

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Olympic hero Jesse Owens is profiled in a new PBS documentary premiering Tuesday night on WTTW11. We talk with two of Jesse Owens' daughters about his remarkable life.