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>> [ laughter ] good morning, america. as we start this new week together, team usa looking golden in tokyo. overnight, the u.s. men's swim team striking gold, and the duel in the pool. superstar swimmer katie ledecky scoring silver in a new rivalry as team usa collects some major firsts. we're one-on-one with the taekwondo titan as the women take center stage at the games. all this as the number of positive covid cases keeps climbing. amy robach live in tokyo. delta danger. the number of covid cases surging nationwide as crowds flock to this musical festival in florida, one of the hardest hit states. could masks make a comeback and will this new wave change the upcoming school year? dr. jha joins us this morning.
california's largest wildfire exploding over the weekend forcing thousands to flee as monsoon storms slam arizona. one teen washed away during a rescue mission, still missing. the new threats on the way right now insurrection investigation. a second republican now joining the january 6th committee as house speaker nancy pelosi comes under fire from the gop leadership. deadly landslide caught on camera. boulders crashed down in northern india killing at least nine people. also this morning, with lots of folks looking to book a summer vacation, the demand for rental cars is in overdrive. how you can still find one and get the best price. "rise & shine," and good morning from rhode island. we're rocking and rolling live from the ocean state. lara is there live. and look out, levar burton
is "jeopardy's!" newest guest host. the "reading rainbow" star joins us live. ♪ she's a maniac ♪ and is this the greatest reaction from a coach in sports history? the gold medal win behind this olympic-sized celebration. good morning, america. fun to see team usa come back yesterday. >> did you guys hear the song that's playing and watching the coach's reaction? it's already evening in tokyo. it's day three. all eyes were on one of the most anticipated showdowns of these games. ooup -- superstar swimmer katie ledecky scoring silver in the 400 meter freestyle. her australian rival narrowly beating her. it was this moment after the race that had so many talking. ledecky showing an incredible
display of sportsmanship. that's what the olympics is all. >> that's right, michael. on the gymnastics mat simone biles looking good. let's go to amy there in tokyo with the latest. >> reporter: thank you, robin. a lot to get to this morning. team usa is racking up medals in swimming and skateboarding, but is off to a rocky start. on the basketball court. but now all eyes are on simone biles who told her fans she feels she has the weight of the world on her shoulders. as she hopes to lead a young squad to olympic glory. team usa striking gold in the pool for the second straight day. the men's freestyle relay team led by caeleb dressel speeding past italy and australia to take the title, capping off a big start for the american swimmers. katie ledecky narrowly missing
out on a gold of her own, dueling down the final stretch adding to the usa medal haul with a silver. the australian swimmer securing the first place victory. no one more fired up in the arena than coach dean foxel stealing the spotlight in the spectator area with his screaming celebration. over in the gym, some rare struggles for the u.s. women, finishing second in the team qualifiers as they aim for a olympic three-peat. despite the stumbles, the g.o.a.t. simone biles coming through, nailing first in the individual qualifiers. with item nate suni lee finishing third. women also taking center stage in skateboarding including some of the youngest competitors in the game. at just 13 years old, the japanese skateboarder taking gold in the street category. while on the basketball court, team usa left reeling from a major upset, usa basketball falling to france, snapping a
16-year olympics game winning streak. they'll have to win games against iran and the czech republic to advance to the medal round. >> we're smart players. we'll figure it out. >> reporter: but america having a better time on the softball diamond, clinching a spot in the gold medal game over the weekend before topping off their win over japan with a walkoff homer. the u.s. adding two more golds to its medal count. amber english taking home gold in skeet shooting. let's take a look at the medal count as it stands right now. that brings the u.s. to seven gold, the most of any country so far, while china leading the way with overall medals, 15. >> we see team usa striking gold. they're also making history in the process, aren't they? >> reporter: that's right, and among the first, anastasija zolotic becoming the first american woman to ever win gold in taekwondo. i had a chance to speak with her earlier while you were sleeping. we'll bring that to you in our next half hour.
she is an inspiration, robin. >> looking forward to that, amy, thank you. michael? amid the celebration in tokyo the number of positive covid cases keeps climbing. james longman is live in tokyo as well with the latest. good morning, james. >> reporter: good morning, michael. there are now 153 cases of covid-19-related to the olympics. 19 of them athletes. we've now had the first case of an athlete testing positive after he had competed. it's a dutch rower. he tested positive he tested positive after his heat on friday and had to forfeit his event on saturday. he's now in self-isolation, and it raises questions for other athletes when they come in close contact with one another during competition. now, opposition to these games here in japan has waned somewhat, but the case number is still high in tokyo. around 1,400 new cases in the last 24 hours, only 78 severe. organizers have had to remind athletes not to hug or remove their masks during competition. they've made a small adjustment.
they said to athletes who won medals that they can take their masks off when they're up there on the podium. michael. >> james, covid is one problem, but the weather is also becoming a problem. >> reporter: yeah, the storm has been threatening japan. it's meant the rowing and archery events have had to be rescheduled. the bigger issue is the heat. it's like 90 degrees most days. 80% humidity. a russian archer actually passed out because of it. some of the tennis players have asked for their events to be rescheduled. it is boiling hot here, michael. >> james longman, thank you so much. george? here at home, the pandemic is gaining new strength. dr. fauci says the cdc is considering revising mask guidance for fully vaccinated people as florida posts the worst outbreaks in the country. victor oquendo is live at a vaccination site in miami. good morning, victor. >> reporter: good morning, george. five new popup vaccination sites
were set up over the weekend, this as the delta variant makes up nearly half of all cases in miami-dade county, 49%. that number just two months ago, 2%. >> if you can hear me, make some noise. >> reporter: this morning, the show goes on amid the spread of the delta variant. officials warning those who attended this hip-hop festival in south florida about the rising number of coronavirus cases in the state. florida recording 73,000 new cases last week, an average of 10,000 per day. now accounting for 1 in 5 cases in the u.s. new popup vaccination sites set up with demand ramping up. the white house and cdc reporting about 790,000 vaccinations nationwide over the weekend, possibly the biggest 24-hour period since july. nearly 60% of u.s. adults are fully vaccinated, but cases have skyrocketed, 314% since mid
june and hospitalizations are up 40%. the south is struggling. florida, arkansas and louisiana have the highest rates of infection in the country. this health care worker in alabama is urging people to get vaccinated. >> for me personally, i've never been as frustrated professionally as i am right now. >> reporter: nationwide, more than 25,000 patients are being treated in the hospital, most not vaccinated. now the three largest school districts in the country requiring masks for students. dr. fauci confirming the administration is considering changing the mask guidance for fully vaccinated people, but saying local authorities should make the call. >> the cdc agrees with that ability and that discretion capability to say you're in a situation where there's a lot of dynamics of infection. even if you're vaccinated, you should wear a mask, that's a local decision.
>> reporter: and so far, more than 156 million american adults are fully vaccinated. there have been an estimated 153,000 symptomatic breakthrough infections, that's according to unpublished cdcd data obtained by abc news. that is .098% of those fully vaccinated. these cases happen, but likely rare. george? >> thanks, victor. let's bring in dr. ashish jha. dean of the brown university school of public health. dr. jha, welcome back this morning. we heard dr. fauci say the cdc might be considering revising its mask guidance. do you think that's a good idea? >> good morning, george. thanks for having me here. you know, i think it will help. the issue really at this point is whether americans are willing to mask back up again. it can be a measure, but what we need is a lot more people vaccinated. that's how we end this thing. >> that's how we end this thing. how about schools though? schools are starting soon as the next of couple weeks. should they be thinking vaccine
and mask mandates? >> i think for kids under 12 who have not been vaccinated, especially if you're in a zone with a lot of infections, masks can make sense. for older kids, people vaccinated, imagine a room of vaccinated kids and teachers, it probably is less necessary. i think it's a community community decision. >> one of the biggest things holding people back from taking the vaccine is the fact that there's only emergency use authorization for the vaccines. not full authorizations. why is it taking so long and how much of a difference will that make? >> i think it will make an enormous difference. i think for a lot of companies that want to mandate this to bring workers safely back, it will help them. i think a lot of us are baffled as to why the fda is taking so long. i mean, typically it does take six months. not typical times.
the data is overwhelmingly clear. the fda is going to fully approve it. they should move a bit faster. >> we're seeing the surge. how bad will it get? >> i'm worried, george, it will get much worse. we're still in the early part of this surge. right now, we're generating 50,000 americans getting infected. that could easily double or triple. we have a way to go before it peaks and comes back down. >> we have to get the vaccines up. >> there's no other way this pandemic comes to an end. >> dr. jha, thanks for your time and your information this morning. >> thank you. >> the evidence of how effective vaccines are is just so clear. >> the science is there. you're right, george. now to the extreme wildfire danger in northern california, with one fire growing over the weekend forcing thousands of people to evacuate. will carr is in indian falls, california, with the latest. will? >> reporter: good morning, robin. these fires are burning so hot and so fast. it really doesn't take much to burn down homes and communities like this.
this is the dixie fire, it's california's largest fire burning. they're all being fueled by low humidities, strong winds and the extreme heat. keep in mind, it's only july. historically here in california, we've seen some of our worst fires into november and december, we still have a long way to go with this fire season. robin. >> still a long way. will, thank you. michael? california is one of several western states fighting to contain those out-of-control wildfires. this morning, we're tracking extreme weather all across the country. we'll go to ginger with more on that. >> good morning to all of you. the monsoon is a problem with flash flooding. but when the seasonal shift in wind comes, so do thunderstorms. this is in central utah.
20-car pile-up, dust was so thick, visibility went down. at least seven people were killed in the crash. then you go to arizona, south of flagstaff. a 16-year-old girl was in that car, she called 911. said water was knee level. then within a couple of minutes it was rising so quickly it went up to eight feet. the rescuers tried to get to her. she is still missing. this is why we say don't go in a car into the water. this is going to keep happening. this was advertised as of last week, the flash floods, they'll keep happening. as you can see here, this is in utah. it's all because we get the shift of wind and the water comes down. the water very quickly filling those neighborhoods. you never know what happens underneath the roads either. they could quickly disintegrate. today, the flash flood watches, anywhere from las vegas to los angeles, san diego valley and mountains, apple valley, all could see flash flooding. you get dry lightning in new
oregon and that starts new floods. unfortunately, the monsoon doing major damage. we're going to go to washington now and the committee to investigate the january 6th insurrection. house speaker nancy pelosi under fire from the gop leadership, told me the process is fire. >> we have to, again, ignore the antics of those who do not want to find the truth. we will find the truth. that truth will have the confidence of the american people because it will be done patriotically and not in a partisan way. >> congressional correspondent is on capitol hill with the latest. good morning, rachel. >> reporter: george, good morning. a second republican breaking from party leadership to join the january 6th select committee. house speaker nancy pelosi tapping adam kinzinger to join the panel and similar to congresswoman liz cheney, who will also be sitting
on that committee, he's an outspoken critic of former president trump. he voted to impeach him after the january 6th insurrection. kevin mccarthy blasting this decision saying pelosi is playing politics after she rejected to of his picks. from sitting on that committee. he says pelosi only wants members that share her quote preconceived narrative about events. as the hearing gets under way, in the senate a bipartisan group of lawmakers will be trying to finalize the details of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package. we know that the two sides were hoping to reach an agreement as early as today. sources tell us, they're still at odds over how much money to spend on public transit. senator rob portman saying they're 90% there, still making progress. >> rachel, we have a new poll out that shows a drop in optimism by the american people. >> reporter: yeah, this is down 20 points since may. our latest poll showing that the majority of americans, 55%, say
that they're actually pessimistic. president biden also seeing his lowest approval ratings for his handling of the pandemic, with just about 60% of americans approving of his response. >> rachel, thank you. the towering civil rights leader bob moses has passed away. the harlem native battled racial inequity to register black voters in mississippi in the 1960s. he later founded the algebra project which used math to help inspire children. moses was 86 years old. >> lifetime of commitment there. >> made a difference with his life for sure. now we're following a lot of other headlines this morning, including the gold medal taekwondo titan taking down the competition and making history. also ahead, that huge rental car shortage as so many look to book a summer vacation. how you can still find one, and
how to get the best price. let's go to ginger now. >> let's talk about flash flooding in tuscaloosa, alabama. three inches per hour. you had folks stalled in the water there. unfortunately, there will be more of the summer storms along the gulf coast. and see this, the heat is going to come along with it. the heat that goes beyond this is summer to dangerous, that's why you see the heat advisories through arkansas and louisiana up through the middle plains. excessive heat warnings for parts of idaho and montana. that's going to stick around. not moving. your local weather in 30 seconds. first the select cities sponsored by verizon.
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ahead, we have so much more, including that major rental car shortage. how you can find one for your summer vacation without breaking the bank. and we're saying good morning from rhode island. lara is live in the ocean state. there it is. that's coming up. there she is, live from rhode island, the ocean state. >> we're looking forward to that. now to the tokyo olympics. the summer games off to a sizzling start, and so much history has already been made. let's go back to amy in tokyo with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, michael. we're seeing a number of historic firsts, including one 18-year-old olympian who was the first american woman to ever bring home the gold in one particular sport. only three days in and team usa is already celebrating a slew of firsts. from american's first
ever skateboarding medal, a bronze for jagger eaton. >> it's a goal i have had for so long in my life. when you have a goal and you become obsessed with that goal, you give 100% to make that goal happen. >> reporter: to lee kiefer taking home gold in fencing. the first ever for a u.s. athlete in individual foil, man or woman. and in tae kwon do, 18-year-old anastasija zolotic becoming the first american woman to win gold in the sport, making history at her trip to the games. >> what does that mean to you personally? >> i mean, i try to tell people i want to be an inspiration for young girls and young athletes. just everything i wanted and worked so hard for. it's like a legacy i'm leaving behind in a way. it's everything i wanted. it was walking through and seeing how far i could push myself. it's that little 8-year-old in me saying we can do this. whether you call it cockiness or just being prepared, i don't
know, but i was on it yesterday. >> you can't see on camera, but viewers can hear what you do before you put your helmet on. you let out a primal scream. tell me what's that about. >> my dad told me i need you to shout as loud as you can before a match to let out the nerves. i see it intimidates people. maybe if i scream louder than them, it will intimidate them. >> do you practice it at home or does it come out in the moment? >> no, it comes out in the moment just like that. it's something that comes out and happens. >> where do you go from here? >> another gold medal at the next olympics, 2024, or the world championships. >> reporter: you have to love that confidence. she also said it's hard to
celebrate a win like this with all the covid-19 protocols in place here in tokyo. she says she knows when she lands in florida the first thing she's going to do is hug her parents. that's something athletes can't do here. they don't have their friends or family here. we're very proud of her. michael. >> it gives you chills to watch them win, just how happy they are. i know her parents can't wait to hug her back. thank you so much, amy. george? we turn now to that huge shortage of rental cars. will reeve has more on how to find a car and protect your wallet. good morning, will. >> reporter: good morning, george. anyone who has tried to rent a car recently knows how frustrating it can be. the inventory is low. the prices are astronomically high, especially if you are going to a leisure destination like florida, hawaii or las vegas. so as people try to get out and move around, there's a lot going on.
this morning, industry experts are calling it the car-pocalypse. travelers nationwide enduring long waits and astronomical prices at the rental counter. >> it was crazy expensive. i think it was $300 a day or something. >> reporter: when lizette andrew looked for a rental car earlier this summer, she says she was put off by high prices and limited availability. she turned to the service turo. >> the inventory was better on turo and the prices. for four days we paid probably what we would have paid for one day on the traditional car rental. >> reporter: services like turo and getaround and avail all offer alternatives to rental car companies. with peer-to-peer rental services. >> in some of these markets where it's the worst like hawaii and anchorage, alaska, we're finding they're sharing rental
cars that would just be sitting there. >> reporter: still with these services, experts say the supply can't meet the demand. >> first, a lot of car rental companies really trimmed their fleets back during the pandemic due to the drop in demand. they haven't been able to build the inventory back up quickly enough as a result of travel really coming back. >> reporter: experts say the best plan, plan ahead and book well in advance. >> if you're planning travel for end of the fall, thanksgiving, christmas holidays, go ahead and book now. i would recommend doing that before the flights. you want to lock in that price and that inventory as soon as you can. >> reporter: our experts say that being flexible with your travel dates can also be such a huge help in avoiding potential problems. if you shift your travel dates by even a day, you might find more inventory, lower prices. you can get the car you want. so, as summer makes its final
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she was able to be there during covid protocols. i came back and said how did i do? she said, eh, it wasn't you. so, you know, thank god for marrying a woman who will tell you the truth. what you need to know when you need to know it. >> i was just thinking i was glad my wife wasn't onset. >> so, after i got the heads up from steph, i just went out and tried to bring as much levar to the moment as i possibly could. i'm hoping that worked out better. >> let's see him bring levar to the moment. >> i'm proud to be here to honor alex's legacy. i'm going to do my best to ensure these talented "jeopardy!" contestants enjoy their moment. welcome, matt, patrick and kathleen. are you ready?
let's play "jeopardy!" >> levar, a lot of people hope this guest appearance leads to something more permanent. are you surprised by the support that the fans have shown you? >> stra, i'm the beneficiary of amazing grace. you know, i've been asked over the past couple weeks what is this about? i think it has something to do with the fact that this generation of adults who grew up on "reading rainbow" feel like i have made an investment in them and they're returning the favor. >> you are so worthy. you are so incredibly worthy of all the praise and all that is coming your way. you still have the same bright eyes. that's levar burton right here with us. you have wanted to do this, "jeopardy!," and you were on celebrity "jeopardy!." what was your favorite moment? >> getting the right answer in final "jeopardy!" charles de gaulle. there it is. there it is.
i'll never forget. >> the first president of -- risked 2,000, take you up to 14,5 14,500. >> not bad. not shabby. >> levar, seems like your roles over the years have focused on story telling and education. do you see hosting "jeopardy!" as part of that? >> i do, george. this is what i've been doing my entire career. for 45 years, i've tried to use the medium of television to do simply more than entertain. we have the opportunity to inform, enlighten, educate, even uplift ourselves with the stories we tell. i see "jeopardy!" as absolutely in the sweet spot of that venn diagram. >> and word on the street is you'll do a master class as well. >> i have. following in your footsteps,
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. overnight, the u.s. men's swim team striking gold, and the duel in the pool. superstar swimmer katie ledecky scoring silver. as team usa collects some major firsts, meet the women of team usa looking to make history on the halfpipe to the gymnastics mat. all this as the number of positive covid cases climbs. amy is live in tokyo. delta danger. the number of covid cases surge nationwide as crowds flock to this music festival in florida. one of the hardest hit states. could masks make a comeback? will this new wave change the upcoming school year? picture perfect. jennifer lopez and ben affleck making it instagram official as the pop superstar celebrated her 52nd birthday.
♪ larger than life ♪ matt damon is live in times suare taking us behind the scenes of his blockbuster new crime drama. "rise & shine," and good morning from rhode island. we're diving into the ocean sate with 400 miles of stunning shoreline. get ready for a taste of the high life and the return of one of music's biggest traditions. lara is there live as we say -- >> good morning, america, from rhode island. yes, we are on the air. yes, we're back. good morning, america. thanks for starting your week off with us. lara is kicking things off in beautiful rhode island. >> it is the smallest state, but it has hundreds of miles of stunning coastline. lara knows all the hidden gems.
>> looking like she was bringing in a plane. and always great to see who's outside the studio in times square. from all over the country. this group, it's the anniversary of the american with disabilities act. i went out during the break. they are activists and advocates. just want the make sure that everybody -- they said one in four americans suffers some sort -- i shouldn't say suffer -- has some sort of disability. thank you for educating us. we're going to start off with team usa going for gold. at the tokyo olympics. we're only a few days in, but already there have been so many memorable moments. amy is live in tokyo. has the latest for us. good morning again, amy. >> reporter: good morning, robin. the u.s. gymnasts struggled a bit during the preliminary rounds. i was honored enough to be there in the stands, and they seemed to shake it off, but we're hearing from the olympics'
biggest star simone biles. she spoke out just a short while ago on instagram telling fans it wasn't an easy day or my best, but i got through it. i truly do feel like i have the weight of the world on my shoulders. this as team usa adds to its medal count in the pool. overnight, team usa striking gold in the pool for the second straight day. the men's 4 by 100 freestyle relay team led by caeleb dressel speeding past italy and australia to take the title, capping off a big start for american swimmers. katie ledecky narrowly missing out on a goal, dueling down the final stretch adding to the usa medal haul with a strong silver. australia's ariarne titmus securing the first place victory. some rare early struggles for the u.s. women, finishing second in the team qualifiers as they aim for an olympic three-peat. despite the stumbles, the g.o.a.t., simone biles still coming through, nailing first in
the individual qualifiers with her teammate finishing third. women taking center stage in skateboarding. including some of the youngest competitors in the games. at just 13 years old japan's skateboarder taking home gold. in the street category. while on the basketball court team usa left reeling from a major upset, usa basketball falling to france. snapping a 16-year olympic game winning streak. they'll have to win games against iran and the czech republic. to advance to the medal round. >> we'll figure it out. >> reporter: america clinching a spot in the gold medal round for softball. before topping off their win over japan with a walkoff homer. the u.s. adding two more golds. to its medal count just a short while ago. amber english and vincent hancock both taking home wins in skeet shooting. let's take a look at the medal could want. the u.s. has seven golds.
china leads in overall medals, robin. >> thank you, amy. back here at home, the pandemic appears to be gaining new strength due to the delta variant as officials push to get more people vaccinated. victor oquendo is live in miami. good morning, victor. >> reporter: good morning, george. this site recently extended its hours of operation to meet demand. cases last week, more than 10,000 cases per day, now accounting for one in five cases in the country. there was a renewed demand for the vaccine. the white house and cdc reporting about 790,000 vaccinations nationwide in a 24-hour period. over the weekend. that's the most in about three weeks. nearly 60% of u.s. adults are fully vaccinated. cases have skyrocketed 314% since mid-june and hospitalizations are up by 40%. the south is struggling. florida, arkansas and louisiana have the highest rates of infections nationwide.
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♪ welcome back to "gma." it's great to have oscar winner matt damon live in times square this morning. you saw him walking in, they had a little red carpet welcome. looking forward to talking to him. right now we turn to our "gma" cover story. jennifer lopez and ben affleck made their instagram debut over te weekend as the pop star celebrated her 52nd birth. janai norman here with is the details. jennifer lopez's shot with ben affleck, for months we've seen the two spotted out together, but now it's instagram official. this morning, the couple simply known as bennifer is making it instagram official. ben affleck and jennifer lopez
seemingly saying they are definitely together with a post on jennifer's instagram feed. the couple out of town this weekend in san tropez. , france, celebrating jennifer's 52nd birthday on a yacht. >> ben affleck made the cut. she posted a photo of them kissing, close together. that really goes to show how serious jennifer and ben are about the state of their relationship right now. >> reporter: hollywood power duo hot and heavy. since rekindling their romance in april. affleck and lopez began dating in 2002. the hollywood "a" lister appearing in her video. then getting engaged just months later. lopez also setting the internet aflame with this video. the singer and actress showing what 52 looks like for her. the star reportedly staying in
the gym to stay in shape. >> it's really just a result of being such an amazing performer. giving incredible performances throughout her entire career. you see the results of the work and her incredibly toned physique. she said this is 52. god bless her. she looks amazing. >> i just want to reiterate what 52 looks like for her. that post had more than 8 million likes and inspiring memes. look at this, j.lo at 52. some people had some fun with that. happy belated birthday to j.lo. she makes 52 look good. >> she does. >> thank you, janai. now back to tokyo olympics. the u.s. women's gymnastics team facing an uphill battle after falling behind the russians early in the competition. the women on team usa are also hoping to make their mark in skateboarding.
amy is in tokyo with more. hello again there, amy. >> reporter: hello again, guys. let's talk about girl power. there are a few familiar faces on team usa this year. simone biles and katie ledecky are definitely household names. these games also feature a number of first time olympians and many of them are young women looking to make their mark and bring home some medals. american women are taking center stage in two olympic sports, one is classic old school. the other, new kid on the block. the u.s. gymnastics team takes off tomorrow, battling for gold features the g.o.a.t. herself simone biles. coming into these games the stars and stripes were huge favorites to win it all. but there were some stumbles in the preliminaries, including this moment. simone flying off the mat during floor routine. she'll be leading the charge to
win team usa's third consecutive gold medal. >> i honestly have never been to a competition without my parents there. i'm a little bit nervous. my mom is like please facetime me before. i'm sure she'll be calling me as we get ready. >> reporter: these young women will be trying to make history of their own in skateboarding's debut. >> it's amazing to be part of the first ever, because there's only one of those. i'm super excited. >> reporter: mariah duran. the other category, park skateboarding, will feature two childhood friends from california. they're both 17 and thrilled to be olympic pioneers. >> being on the first-ever usa skateboarding team, i'm a bit heart wrenched, tears of joy. >> reporter: now the two teens hope to be standing on the podium together. >> it's just crazy. i hope we'll show younger girls i'm sky's age. i could get into this too.
>> reporter: they are all inspirations. skateboarding has already made its olympic debut here, but we can see some of the women take on the halfpipe next week. i may be willing to brave these hot temperatures to see them soar, because it's something to see, guys. >> oh my goodness. busy day. thank you so much, amy. >> reporter: yes. >> can you go to bed now? >> reporter: nope. i got "gma3," robin. "gma3." >> that's right. >> trouper, amy. >> she's the energizer bunny. love it. >> thank you. now we're going to go to the great state of rhode island. it's the latest stop on our cross country tour. even though it's america's smallest state, rhode island has a lot of adventure to offer. lara is live in newport with more. good morning, lara. >> reporter: hey, michael, "rise & shine" rhode island. i'm coming to you from the top
of fort adams. she was built 222 years ago in 1799. still standing strong today as a public park for residents and tourists to enjoy. the state may be small, but she packs a punch. if you like views like these, you'll love the country's smallest state. driving through rhode island doesn't take a long time. only 48 miles long. but with all the nooks and crannies here, there's over 400 miles of coastline earning her the nickname the ocean state. rivers don't just run through providence, rhode island, they also light up. nearly 500,000 visitors a year flock to the state. >> we were unable to put on any events in 2020.
it had a profound impact on hospitality here. >> reporter: this year the event responsible for putting more than $100 million into the local economy will return. >> we know our job is to create a magical experience for visitors in providence. we're so excited to do that in septemberened the rest of the year. >> reporter: in newport tourist s are back in droves. sampling the shops along the streets and getting the boats back in the water. welcome to newport harbor, home of america's cup, where super yachts and sailboats are in business all summer. christopher is a tour guide giving boat tours around the harbor. >> 2019 was our best year on record, then covid came along in 2020. knocked our business down 50%. we're on track right now to get back to those numbers. >> i got to tell you, walking around newport, i'm seeing people out and about. it feels like they want to be
outside. they want to be on the water. >> it's a town with a lot of possibilities and a lot of beautiful things to see. >> this is the only john singer sergeant painting in newport. it is of the man who built the breakers. >> reporter: pre-covid, the gilded age mansion drew 1.3 million visitors a year. trudy cox is the director of the newport county preservation society. >> this is a great place to learn history and architecture and art and do it in a fun way. >> reporter: museums hit hard during the pandemic, but they're fighting their way back. >> this has been an important last few months, becuase finally people are out and about. our visitation has been phenomenal for june and july. >> reporter: no trip to rhode island is complete without sampling their some of their unique culinary delights.
>> quahog is a huge clam. >> reporter: or the clam cake. >> put a little vinegar on them. they're like salty doughnuts with clams on them. >> reporter: the owner and chef at evelyn's drive-in is thrilled to see people smiling again. >> we're still doing the covid thing we're supposed to do. it's been great to see people's face and smiles. >> it's the best seafood. it's very fresh and delicious. >> reporter: guys, i sent a little present back to the studio. some rhode island delicacies. rhde island clam cakes, you saw them. like salty doughnuts with clams in them. something rhode islanders take very seriously, coffee milk. so delicious. a rhode island specialty.
while you enjoy the treats, i want to tell you about another gem. the newport jazz festival is happening this week. coming up, you'll meet some of the spectacular talents. headlining. i had a great chance to meet with them. you'll learn so much more about this iconic music festival that's bouncing back. for now, back to you in the studio. enjoy. >> thank you so much. the crew, their mouth is watering. >> yes, it is. it's great to see rhode island on the road back. now let's go back to ginger. >> i have to tell you what happened in my home state, five reported tornados over the weekend. one an ef-1. you can see the damage from the aerials. on the ground right near flint, michigan, you can see the trees down. also took out power lines and roofs. today and tomorrow we have a series of severe storms. it's really the same area. much of eastern minnesota.
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movie, she won't watch it. she thinks the movie is bad, she all in. i've had this conversation. i'm like we don't get to see the movie before we make it. it's always a gamble. i like all the ingredients. sometimes it doesn't work out. those are the ones she wants to see. >> many people are anxious to see "stillwater." five-minute standing ovation. you got a little weepy. >> i did. i'm getting old. it was that feeling of being in a movie theater again with everybody. it snuck up on me. i was -- yeah, i was surprised. it was great to be reminded that's how we're supposed to get together and watch stuff. >> we'll talk about "stillwater." you play an oil rig worker. you go to france to get your daughter out of prison. you had a chance to spend time
with the rough necks in oklahoma. outside of the way they dressed, what else did you take away from that? >> it's a different culture from where i grew up in massachusetts. they were so great. at first they were a little wary. they were like what are your intentions? are you here to poke fun at us? what are you doing? they realized the director tom mccarthy and i were trying to get it right. they saw the story we were trying to tell. had a lot of empathy for this guy. these rough necks, kenny baker and ryan stewart, took us all over the place. i realized about five minutes in i could not do that job. they're tough guys. >> did you get on the rig? >> those guys work as hard as anybody can work. i mean, it's real. they just were so great with us. took us -- i mean, to meet their families. the reason this performance works in this movie is because
of the access those guys gave us. >> let's take a look. >> hey, hey, what happened? >> i'm sorry. i just i can't talk to that guy anymore. he was saying horrible things. >> like what? >> he just wants to put an arab kid in jail. he doesn't care which one. >> that's it? >> what do you mean that's it? he's a racist. >> okay, he's a racist. we still have to talk to him. >> i don't talk to him, no. >> he might know something. >> he doesn't know something. we're not going to send and innocent boy to jail. >> my daughter is innocent. >> what was your favorite part about being in france? >> marsai is where we shot. it's a great town. it's got this great history and culture. it's the coolest place. i didn't know the city before i
went. that's just the city that borne got puld out of the water in. what a wonderful place. >> it's been all 25 years since "goodwill hunting" which you now you have a new movie, next dual." >> we didn't write for a really long time. it took us a while to write goodwill hunting because we didn't know what we were doing. we would write all these scenes. we wrote thousands of pages and tried to jam it into a movie. we've been making movies for 30 years and we've learned structure. we outlined it this time. that was a good idea.
we also wrote -- we had a third writing partner, nicole. the three of us worked together. she definitely helped keeping us between the rails. >> 25 years since "goodwill hunting." 20 years since "ocean's 11." >> it's weird. time is a strange thing. it's strange for me to hear you say that. i can remember what i had for lunch on most days. >> we also saw a 12 and 13. how about the 14? >> it would always be up to steven soderbergh. if there was a story -- we've lost a couple members at this point. we would have to figure it all out. yeah, we're a depleted gang now. >> what a franchise. >> thank you. >> "stillwater" is coming to theaters on friday.
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we are back now with a new memoir pulling back the curtain on the world of elite ballet. "swan dive, the making of a rogue ballerina," deborah roberts sat down with the author. good morning, deb. >> reporter: good morning, robin. george ina grew up never believing she would be a ballerina. her journey has taking some leaps and dives which she details in a new book. >> what led you to pull back the curtain? >> the love of the afrt form. it's become apparent who we are as a nation, as a human race, ballet hasn't done evolving. >> reporter: in a raw new
memoir, she opens up about the obstacles she faced after joining the new york city ballet. her first dose of reality, meeting peter rollins who ran the company for decades. he left in 2019 under a cloud of allegations involving inappropriate behavior. he denied any wrong doing and has been cleared. >> it was an intense environment. being in a ballet company is a very intense environment. >> reporter: her talent was noticed quickly. a few years later -- >> you were told you needed to lose weight? >> yes. >> you? >> yes. >> how far did you go to try to be that thin ballerina? >> i think i went as far as i possibly could go without permanently hurting myself. i knew in my head one cannot
spot lose weight. >> you tried. >> i certainly tried. >> even liposuction. >> that's a way to spot lose weight. >> i performed right there which looks like it's under construction. >> reporter: she eventually embraced her body. >> don't let anyone tell you what you have is wrong. >> reporter: even stepping on to broadway at age 25. >> we're at the new 42nd street studios where you trained for a role on the broadway stage. how did that feed your soul? >> the chance to flourish as an artist in a different way in a different dialect, it changed me forever as a person and as an artist. >> reporter: she says ballet remains her passion. the new york city ballet where i recently joined the board she says is evolving and embracing change too. >> the ballet now is still within its reckoning.
there's much to improve upon. the steps are being taken. that's why i'm fighting so hard to present ballet in a new light, in this light. >> reporter: she says writing this book was liberating. a way of holding herself and the ballet accountable. her hope is that little dancers who come after her, boys and girls, went feel they have to go rogue to be their authentic selv selves. robin? >> good for her. deb, thank you. "swan dive" is available tomorrow. ginger? >> let's go to florida. you have some nice peelers. that's what it's called when you get a nice wave. they had up to 5 inches of rain very close to st. augustine thanks to this. it will torture the coast with
rain and 60s, 70s, and 80s s s s s s we'll head back to lara in rhode island. they're gearing up for the return of one of the most famous festivals in music. hey, lara. >> reporter: i'm live and it's on in newport, rhode island. we're celebrating the return of live music. the newport folk festival is the first to open in the country since the pandemic. they cut capacity in half. for 6,000 music lovers it's been a weekend to remember. ♪ here we go ♪ >> reporter: the crowd on its
feet rejoicing as live music returns to newport. ♪ i'll take you there ♪ >> reporter: allison rustle bringing together a superstar group, black female and lgbtq musicians to be the final act. >> i was honored when i got the call to curate the final set tonight. >> reporter: the group joined on stage by chaka khan, brandy carlisle and yola. ♪ i understand why ♪ >> reporter: who brought the house down with her own set. >> black women are the foundation of rock and roll music. ♪ >> reporter: newport folk festival debuted in 1959. it's put singers like bob and joan baez on the map. >> we have one benchmark.
that's the last year we did it. every year is another chapter in the book. >> reporter: the 2020 festival canceled. 2019 drawing huge names for a surprise appearance. ♪ she let me go ♪ >> reporter: brandy carlisle convincing dolly parton to play newport. this year carlisle doing it again. showing up and giving it her all. >> how does it feel after a hiatus to be at the first festival happening around the country? >> i hadn't thought about it that way. you're right. it's profound. people haven't been with each other for a long time. there was a universal moment in this last year where everybody wondered if we would be able to come together again and feel that sense of community.
newport has set the standard for that since its beginning, since the very first one. >> reporter: so inspiring to meet those ladies. thank you, brandy. the festival continues today with the black crows headlining. that's how cool this is. i have want to thank the amazing state for great music, clam cakes, coffee milk and soggy dogs. i wish i could have set some, george. >> i believe it. coming up a sneak peek at [baby crying] i got it. i got it. ♪ ♪
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