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and swim today, tuesday, july 27th, 2021. >> alaska has an olympic gold medalist. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" at the olympic games with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb live from tokyo, japan. >> hey, everybody. welcome to "today." so happy you're joining us. it's a tuesday morning. it's 7:00 a.m. out west. 11:00 p.m. at night here in tokyo. i am live here at the gymnastics center and, boy, savannah and craig, what a shocking morning it was. i mean, i don't know anybody who could have seen this thing coming. the women's team final turned on
its head after simone biles withdrew. >> yeah, it was a stunner. no one saw it coming. this is not how we thought this night would go. of course, we'll see how it all unfolded on primetime tonight on nbc. simone biles withdrawing from the competition in a stunner. she confirmed to nbc sports' andrea joyce just moments after the competition that it was not a physical injury that kept her out of the competition tonight. she said, "i feel fine physically. it's more mental. it has to do with something internal." then just moments ago, hoda, you sat down with simone and the team. >> yeah, it was really something. i mean, i have to say, savannah, it was so weird because everybody is in such great spirits, which really speaks to the essence of this team. just to recap in case people are getting up and going, what happened? simone biles started off on her first event. it was the vault. everyone was watching her. she did a flip, and it looked
like she landed in a funky way. i wasn't sure, did she hurt her ankle or was she disappointed? grabbed her sweats, went off with the trainer, spoke to her shwas withdrawing from this competition. it left her team reeling. simone said they were crying, what are we going to do now? you know what they did, they stepped up to the plate and got a silver medal, which was incredible. simone turned into, like, the team coach/cheerleader. it was incredible. so as i was waiting for them to come through the mix zone, which is after they play, you know, the anthem of russia, who won, they came walking through. i wasn't quite sure what to expect. i said, are they going to be upset, happy? what is going to be the tone? well, you take a judge for yourself. take a look. >> we love you. >> thank you. >> i just have to say, i was kind of shocked in the audience. >> yeah. >> i was watching you on the first vault. i wasn't sure if you were wincing because you were in pain or wincing because something
happened. first, tell me you're okay. >> yes, i'm okay. frustrated with how the night played out, but super proud of the girls that stepped up and did what they needed to do. now we're olympic silver medalists. it is something i'll cherish forever. >> you all are shining stars. you stepped up. >> we hope america still loves us. >> i know. >> can i assure you of something, america love loves y more today after what happened. >> thank you. >> it was incredible to watch you guys step up. just set people at ease, simone, for a minute. >> right. >> when they don't know, they go to the crazy end of something is terribly wrong. where would you put yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 in fi terms physically and emotionally. >> physically, i'm good, i'm in shape. emotionally, that varies on the time and the moment, you know, coming to the olympics and being the head star of the olympics is not an easy feat. we're trying to take it one day at a time, and we'll see. >> okay.
i hope you feel us. >> thank you. >> today, we said that you proved that you're a winner today maybe more than any other day. >> thank you. >> i watched you cheer. >> thank you. >> i watched you dance with jordan. i watched it all. >> thank you. >> jordan, you were on that beam, and you were like, excuse me, everybody, make room. it's time for jordan. >> it is. >> you came through like -- i mean, did evyoen surprise yourself? >> i honestly did, considering what had happened two days ago. >> yeah. >> but i honestly, at that moment in time, i knew i had to put my feet into her shoes and show the world that no matter what happens, that we can all take a place of somebody who is also great. you know, it was mind-blowing. i was very happy that after my series, i was on the beam. like, oh, my god, screaming. >> everybody. >> you had the meet of your life, too. we watched you compete. i felt your dad's presence even
though he wasn't in the room. i know you guys probably also felt that pressure, like now we have to not just perform, we have to overperform. what was that feeling like for you? >> it was very emotional. there was times i was breaking down at the arena, but i pulled myself together and knew what i needed to do. i'm just really proud of all three of us. we really stepped up to the plate when we needed to. i probably wouldn't have it any other way. it is hard losing a teammate, especially someone so amazing. >> you killed it, grace. >> thank you. >> killed it. >> amazing grace. >> you got a new nickname. >> yeah. >> thank you. >> did you come in with confidence? >> yeah. i mean, i just knew that we needed to have a really good day, and we all did. i think they really stepped up. showed people what we were made of. we fought until the end. >> lastly, one last thing, simone, what did you tell everybody, your teammates? i know they were shocked. >> they were freaking out. they were, like, crying. i was like, you guys need to relax. you're going to be fine without me. go out there. you kick some butt just like
you've done in training. just lay it out on the floor and see what happens. >> you kind of became a coach. >> i like of like that a little bit more. i think i'm going to stay back now. >> will people see you thursday? how are you feeling? >> we're going to take it day by day, and we're just going to see. >> okay, good. i love you. >> love you, too. >> i love you. i love you. i love you. we're proud of you. america loves you. bye, guys. >> thank you. >> bye. >> see ya. >> i mean, look at them. look at them. are they not incredible? blew me away. they just blew me away. anyway, i think that simone, to be in that kind of spirit, was pretty remarkable to me. to see all the rest of the gymnasts, like, rally like that. they had that eye of the tiger, like, uh-oh, it's up to us now. they proved what they could do. i mean, they were a 10 plus. they said, does america still love us? are you kidding me?
america loves you more. >> absolutely. >> come on. >> well, they stepped up in a big way in a really tough moment, hoda. thank you so much. we'll check back in with you early and often. we want to turn now to nbc olympics primetime host mike tirico. again, we'll see this and how it unfolded tonight in primetime. let's just start there. i mean, it is kind of perplexing to see simone. you know, she does seem to be in good spirits. she says it's not a physical issue, so it must be something going on mentally. you know, we're left to wonder what's going on. but the olympic pressure is real, even for somebody who has been there many times and who is the greatest of all time. >> right. look, when you have a g.o.a.t. ononour arled, your slides, that has been mentioned by other people about you, that you are the greatest of all time, and i think we live in a society and a day and age where we forget what happened 15, 20, 25 years ago. but the people who have been around the sport for a long time say she's the best of all time.
because of the things she does that no one else has done. so the title has been earned. it's a heavy burden to wear. when somebody tells you you're the best that's ever done this, but go out and do it again, do it again, it's challenging. whether it is naomi osaka in ae great olympian who we have been spending time with this year. michael did a documentary, "the weight of gold," talking to other olympians about the pressure. it is unique and different. there's no team. there's no head coach to defer a little of the pressure. she has said in these interviews in the last hour that there's a mental aspect to this. we'll hear more. we'll understand more. at least she's facing that reality and shared that with us. >> mike, let's talk about what team usa was able to pull off in the wake of this stunning news, without the g.o.a.t. they still go out and bring home a silver medal. how impressive is that? >> it's super impressive. as hoda was talking to the other three women on the team, we were all reflecting on that. without getting in the weeds of
the scoring of the gymnastics, because simone was out of the rest of the competition, the other three pieces of apparatus, all three gymnasts had to score. usually, you drop the lowest in this case because it's three people involved. n fail. and they did enough to win a silver medal, which is amazing. >> no room for error. they had to be pretty much perfect. >> exactly. they weren't perfect, or else they would have won gold. they didn't lose the gold to the roc. the russian olympic committee is competing as russia because of a doping violation several years ago. but for them to accomplish this, those three, i think, will have a very special place within the history of usa gymnastics for the women. >> is this a watershed moment? you mentioned naomi osaka, michael phelps. is this going to lead to some great reckoning in our society with regards to how we treat athletes, how much pressure we put on them? >> let's process it. we're two hours in, but it's part of the story. like with the other athletes, the athletes are speaking up.
there's more media than ever. we all know that the phone and social media and everything that's out there, you hear the good, you hear the bad. we build up higher. it's a deeper fall. look, it's part of the conversation that wef. general, not just in sports. but certainly when you see the best athletes who are built up and they feel that pressure, if they feel like they can share it and it will make their lives better, good for them individually. simone biles has left the door open to compete at some point this week. let's see how it plays out. >> what are the other potential opportunities for her to compete? we'll see if she wants to and is able to, but what's out there left to do? >> over the next six days or so, you have the all-around, which is the one gymnast and the many apparatus, and then the individual apparatus. she's qualified for all four. we could see her in four more sessions. will she do them? i don't know. we obviously don't know. after a night's sleep on it over
tokyo time, a day to answer more questions, we'll find out more about that. but she does have the chance if she wants to. she is still eligible to do all that. >> i hope she gets to. mike, thank you for staying up late with us. >> no problem. late, yesterday/tomorrow, no one knows. >> this will be on in about 9 1/2 hours. as soon as we come on the air, we'll start with what happened in gymnastics. >> a lot of people will want to see exactly what happened tonight for sure. >> mike is going to get about 3 hours sleep. >> 3 1/2. >> get in your jammies. thank you. other headlines from here in tokyo, that silver by the women's team in gymnastics helping team usa vault to the top of the medal count. just ahead of china, host nation japan, and the aforementioned group from russia. nbc's tom llamas is here with more on how our athletes earn some of those newest medals. hey, tom. >> reporter: guys, good morning. despite the news about simone biles, there is so much to celebrate for team usa. from florida to alaska,
americans were on their feet, cheering one of the greatest moments so far in these games. a teenage olympian who has captured the heart of the u.s. plus, this gnarly tropical storm, it was perfect for surfing, adding one more gold medal to team usa. >> lydia jacoby, the 17-year-old from alaska, is putting on a surge of her career! >> reporter: it's moments like these that keep us coming back for more. american teenager lydia jacoby capping off the swim of a lifetime, winning gold in the 100 meter breaststroke and defeating teammate and defending champ lily king in a stunning upset. >> alaska has an olympic champion. >> reporter: and the celebration was on. the two stars sharing a hug in the pool. jacoby's parents soaking in the scene in orlando. while back home in seward, alaska, a massive watch party erupting. [ cheers and applause ] >> it's like your favorite team winning the super bowl, but
better. >> reporter: the first swimmer from alaska to ever qualify for the games, now etching her remarkable story into olympian lore. >> there's only one 50 meter pool and it's never really set up. >> how does it feel to be from alaska to know that you're an olympic champion and all it's taken to train? >> yeah. it means so much to have my whole state backing me and now the whole country, as well. thank you. >> reporter: ryan murphy coming up short in the 100 meter backstroke, trying to defend his gold from rio. murphy taking bronze. ending nearly three decades of golden dominance in the event by the u.s. men. murphy tipping his cap to his competitors after a great race. >> today i was third best. that's okay. >> reporter: in tennis, a shocker. the face of the tokyo games, japanese star naomi osaka beaten in the third round, knocked out of competition. while on the men's side, novak djokovic is crushing the competition with 14 aces in his
last match. >> he does it with an ace. >> reporter: now, one step closer to the golden slam. all four majors and an olympic gold. >> taurasi. >> reporter: in basketball, the u.s. women's team off to a strong start in their bid for seven straight golds. the americans taking down nigeria for their 50th straight olympic win. and early this morning, an action-packed surfing competition in the first olympics to feature the sport. the finals moved up because of that tropical storm which created waves and an opportunity for american carissa moore, carving out a gold in women's short board. in the triathlon, katie zaferes battling her way to bronze, becoming the third american women ever to medal in the event. >> i just kept telling myself just to focus on the moment and really just stay where i was. >> reporter: with her mother watching back in the states, zaffre es competing in honor of her late father, bill, who
passed away in april. >> i definitely felt him, and i feel like he'd just be so happy. >> reporter: congrats to katie there. one more update in softball. team usa, which had been undefeated at these olympics, lost to japan in the gold medal game, still winning a silver. we're so proud of them. back to you. >> yes, we are. mr. llamas, thank you. >> lydia jacoby joined us earlier, and we'll have that just ahead. let's get a check of the weather. we turn to mr. roker. we have the tokyo forecast and what's happening out west, too. >> this little system, in fact the tropical storm, that typhoon, we're getting a little back wash. you'll see a few showers here in tokyo. not going to be a big problem later on. as we move further east to the west coast, we are looking at a lot of moisture starting to funnel its way in. they need some of that. this has been so hot and so dry. isolated flash flooding, in fact, possible. torrential rain on saturated ground already. that causes a big problem that goes through today on into
tomorrow. rainfall amounts generally going to be fairly light. we're talking about 1 to 2 inches in the southwest. that's enough to cause some of that flash flooding. rest of the country today, we are looking for extreme heat in the western plains. severe storms in the northern great lakes. hot and humid through the lower mississippi river valley with scattered showers along the southeastern atlantic coast. plenty of sunshine making its way on through the northeast with a scattered shower or two. the heat continues out west, and that heat is going to be building as we get on into the weekend and into the early parts of next week. we're talking a wide swath of feels like temperatures that will be in the tple digits.ri
good tuesday morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. we powered up storm ranger to track the rain that's very close to the bay area. most of it is staying off coast, but we're still watching out for a chance for showers, possibly a few thunderstorms. overall, we are going to see our temperatures inland heating up to the low 90s. and it gets hotter towards the end of the week with drier conditions and only slightly cooler by the end of the weekend. san francisco will be in the low 70s. >> that's your latest weather. guys? >> all right, al. thank you. just ahead, we'll have much more on that unexpected development in gymnastics this morning. simone biles out of team competition, but her teammates hanging on and stepping up. they won silver.
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we're back. 7:30 on the west coast on a tuesday morning. the olympic flame is burning. it's 11:30 at night here in tokyo. that's the image of national stadium at this hour. a lot of drama going on here. >> indeed. we're here on our "today" set, but hoda is a few miles away at the araki gymnastics center. she just spoke with simone biles and the rest of the team after she exited the competition. hoda? >> yeah. guys, it was the big question, what happened?
like, what happened to simone? i think people were wondering, you know, did she twist her ankle? did she hurt herself? why did she withdraw from the competition? knowing simone, it had to be a big, big deal for her to say, you know, "i'm going to pull the plug here, and i'm not going to compete." it turned out that after some interviews she did after the competition, including one with me, she talked about how it was not a physical issue but a mental one. she may be back on thursday for the competition. but she wasn't sure. we have two of simone's former teammates with us now. we have gold medalist winners aly raisman and laurie hernandez. so good to see you. aly, let me start with you. it was clear afterwards. hey, honey. it was clear afterwards that simone was talking about how this was a mental issue, how it was very -- like the weight of the world was on her shoulders. i think now it's clear. it was a mental and an emotional issue for her. talk to us about what you think
she is going through, and if you think we will be seeing her on thursday. >> i mean, it's hard to know what -- sorry, that's my dog. it's hard to know what simone is going through. you know, i think laurie and i can only guess from our own experience of the pressure we dealt with. but simone is going in as the number one story going into the olympics. i saw headline the other day saying she was going to win six gold medals. it is really hard. it's so much pressure. my coach used to tell me when i was younger, the hardest place to be in the world as an athlete is number one. because you have so much pressure. everyone in the world is watching you, looking up to you. there's not a lot of room for error. >> laurie, let me bring you into this because you've been there, too. you're gold medalist. you've been in that position. so has simone. >> yup. >> she has shown that she can withstand that pressure and excel. she's done that again and again and again.
what -- i mean, do you have any insight into what may have caused her to crack this time, what may have made her want to take that extraordinary step? >> yeah, i mean, i don't want to call it a crack. i think more so it's just -- kind of bouncing off what aly said, there's so much pressure on this woman to go out and dominate and win the u.s. all these medals. at the end of the day, she's a human being. i'm really proud of her. you know, if there is an issue happening where it's, like, hey, i don't feel comfortable doing this right now, like, i am not here, or whether she just doesn't feel like she can handle that, if there is a physical issue that she doesn't want to talk about, we don't know. we don't want to speculate. we want to give her the space but let her know we are supporting her no matter what. >> we should also give team usa their due. without their star, they go off and they win the silver. they do it amidst what i would assume is a great deal of pressure.
all this drama surrounding the withdraw of simone biles. how surprised were you the team was able to garner the silver medal? >> honestly, i wasn't too surprised. these girls are incredible. we talk about simone so often and so much in the media, these girls don't gather a lot of attention. all of their hard work, the reason they're on this team is because they're great. they're not good, that i great. so they didn't lose a gold, they won a silver medal at the olympics. i'm so proud of them. >> you were saying, though, we were talking earlier -- >> aly -- >> -- she's the safety net, in a way. when you know you have simone on the team and then suddenly the safety net is taken away, and they stepped up in a huge way. >> they did. they should be so proud of themselves for it. >> yeah. >> hoda? >> aly, i have a quick question for you. because it was really weird in this stadium because there were no fans. you could literally hear people talking, and it was just bizarre. i know that simone talked about how not having fans was going to affect her. do you think that could have
played? sometimes you need people to rally and pick you up when you're feeling a little, you know, on edge. >> yeah. to be honest, i was thinking about this before they actually started to compete. this is probably maybe an unpopular opinion, because i know that the u.s. olympic committee and usa gymnastics want to make money, but if i were the national team coordinator, i would have had no fans at olympic trials and possibly even championships to get them used to what it will be like at the olympic games. because i don't know if these athletes have ever competed without fans. maybe at training camp, but it is not the same thing. i think that in order to get them to feel as prepared as possible, you want to try to do everything you can to kind of make them feel as if they're as prepared as possible. the no fans could have definitely played into that because it is something they're not used to. i think the excitement from the fans, especially at olympic trials, can really help you if you're feeling tired.
it gives you a little extra oomph and momentum. so i thought about that. i was like, i wonder if at olympic trials they shouldn't have had fans, at least for one day. but i know that everyone wants to make money. but i think it is important to get them mentally prepared. >> that's interesting, like recreate what would have been the scenario in the finale by not having -- because, yeah, it was ruckus and crazy with all those fans before. laurie, were you -- i just was kind of marveling at what simone did after the fall. like i didn't know what she was going to do. when i saw her kind of rise up, she became a coach. she became a friend. she was hugging. she was dancing. like, i didn't know what to expect. but watching her in that role, cheering on her teammates as if she were on the floor herself competing, was pretty remarkable. does that sound like your simone? >> yeah. honestly, i mean, she had so many options after pulling out of the competition. she could have easily, you know,
stayed, like, behind the scenes. she could have stayed in medical just to protect her own mental health and well-being because it can be really hard to be, you know, in this place. but instead, she chose to show up for she chose to physically be there for these girls, to make sure they knew she had their back the whole way through. i think that's huge. it's really important. >> laurie, what would your advice be if you were going to call simone or she called you and was thinking about, you know, can i go forward? can i do the individual? can i compete? what would your pep talk be right now? >> i would honestly just tell her how proud we are of her, and whatever decision that she makes, what it's to compete or not to compete, it doesn't take away anything she's done in the past. it absolutely holds weight. and you are still one of the greatest athletes of all time. >> laurie, mike tirico was on a few minutes ago, and we were talking about michael phelps and naomi osaka and the spotlight
that the two of them have been shining on mental health in sports. now, simone biles. help us understand. like, is that something that we the united states of america? >> you know, i'm glad to be asked that question. i do think that there is a thin layer of disconnect between olympic athletes and kind of those who just don't play sports. it is something that we are professionals at, but at the same time, there is an expectation of, you're a professional athlete. your mental is strong. it must be very strong every single time, all the time. when we have off days, it feels awful, feels like we're letting a lot of people down. so being able to have people like naomi osaka, michael phelps, and now simone say, it's okay, i'm doing this for me. it's not for any of you. it's for me to make sure i'm okay. when she competes and does well, this is for me. it is not for you.
that's kind of where we're at, i think. >> that's a good reminder, too. absolutely. it's like, we all enjoy it, but she's doing this competition for her to achieve something for her. that's what it is about. >> as americans, we are watching and supporting. we're not expecting anything of these athletes. we are hoping for the best and rooting for them. >> laurie, thank you so much. aly, you, too. >> thank you, aly. >> really cool. guys, you know what i was just thinking, i was thinking, what if, and i hope it isn't, but what if that's the last time we see simone perform? we don't know if she's going to take to the floor on thursday or not. even in that moment, i thought watching her today was remarkable. if that happened to be how it is at the end, it was beautiful. like, she cared for her team. she lifted them up. she did all the right things. so i'm cheering for her. i hope she comes back on thursday, but she gave us many years of pleasure, many years of being on our feet. i mean, she did things that were not humanly possible. i think we have to remember what
she has given us in this moment. if she's back thursday, great. if not, for whatever reason, she has given us a lot. i think we should say thank you. again, you guys, everything is going to unfold later today. primetime is going to be hot. i mean, the team, it was a nail-biter. there's lots to watch. coverage starts at 5:00 on the west coast. savannah, back to you. >> thank you so much. we'll check back in. coming up next, the 17-year-old sensation who has quite a story to share herself after becoming the first swimmer born in alaska to win gold for team usa. i cannot wait for y'all to catch i cannot wait for y'all to catch up with
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alaska, won gold in the 100 meter breaststroke. earlier this morning, i got to celebrate with her when she stopped by to talk about her golden moment. >> i was reading when you woke up this morning, you felt you had a medal in you. did you think it'd be a gold medal? >> i didn't, no. i mean, i knew it could be and i wanted it to be, but i was just fighting to get on the podium. it's just incredible to come out of the water and see my name on the scoreboard. >> can you take me back to that moment. you touch, you finish, you look up at the scores and it's gold. it's lydia jacoby from alaska, 17 years old and it's gold. >> yeah. it's incredible. and just to be able to do that beside lilly, who has been a big inspiration to me my whole life and now she's my teammate and we're competing, being on the podium together, it means a lot. >> i thought she was so sweet, too. you defeated the reigning olympic champion, lilly king, your idol. she's also your teammate.
she came over and she looked genuinely happy and thrilled for you. what does that mean to you? >> it meant a lot to me. it meant -- that's tough. she's the reigning olympic champion. and the reaction could have been very different. so i was just so happy that she was so gracious and so amazing. just -- that really shows how much, like, team usa comes together to, like, really all support each other. and at the end of the day, you just want to get team usa on the podium. >> she was proud of you. maybe not as proud as the party that was going on in your hometown. can we just roll the videotape of what was happening in -- these are all just a few hundred of your closest friends in alaska. going crazy. what did you think when you first saw that? >> yeah. it's so funny. i haven't really watched it in detail yet, but, yeah, it's definitely some of my best friends in the front there. >> do you recognize some of these people? >> oh, yeah, yeah. definitely. we all grew up together. so it means a lot that they're supporting me and we did this together.
>> well, alaska is not known for its competitive swimming. you're actually the first alaskan ever to make the olympic swimming team. >> yeah. >> obviously, the first alaskan ever to win an olympic medal. and i read that you -- the first time you had ever swam in an olympic-length pool was after you made this team. >> well, i've competed in the olympic length pools before, but we have one 50 meter pool in alaska and it's always set up for yards. so i had never been able to train consistently in it. >> yeah. your family was proud, too. they're down in orlando with the rest of team usa. >> yeah. >> they had a sweet reaction. have you been able to talk to them? >> i talked to them for about two or three minutes in the car. >> i think they were pretty fired up, too. >> yeah. my mom is trying to film it. >> how did you get into swimming? >> my parents put me in swimming when i was about 6. we're a boating family so we have a sailboat so they just wanted me to be safe in the
water. from there, i had fun doing it with all my friends and eventually i started excelling at it and i kept going. >> you were really fast. you're also cool. you play bluegrass music? you play the bass? >> i do, yeah. >> and you sing? >> yes. >> lydia, you're just a cool chick. now you're a gold medalist. congratulations. >> thank you. thank you. >> we're so happy to have you here. good luck in your next event. >> she's awesome. >> i love her. >> i heard what she said about your dress, too. as you approached, she was like, i love your dress. >> we were having a mutual admiration. my admiration for her far exceeds. she was just -- she's so cute. she plays at the bluegrass festival. she's from alaska. she's going to the university of texas. er mother is like all ofr mothers, with the ipad. >> trying to film it, adoadorab speaking of medal winners, the gold medal weatherman, al roker. >> that was a stretch. >> i tried. >> it's late. >> you are skimming the trees, my friend.
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♪ on my darkest day ♪ >> cool, cool. welcome back to "today," 8:00 on ki, i'm at the gymnastics center where people were, i think, and still are the state of shock. what's the story line you never thought would happen out of gymnastics? simone biles would pull out from the team competition, s.g. that's exactly what happened. >> i know. it was a stunner. kind of a gut punch, too, at the time. right after this happened, usa gymnastics said this was a medical issue, but, hoda, simone had some other things to say and really clarified when you spoke with her and other members of team usa right after that competition. >> yeah, you couldn't really tell because she actually had gone through one of the cycles here of the team competition, the vault. it wasn't like a great vault for her. she didn't complete it properly, and she landed funky. i think a lot of people were worried that she had hurt her foot. but she clariied that.
she said, no, she didn't leave the competition because of a physical injury. it was something else. so after the competition was over, i was waiting in this mix zone area because all the athletes come streaming through, like great britain, then russia, and then here came, you know, team usa. i just wondered what their state of mind would be. i mean, it's been such a kind of weird thing. they'd won the silver, what was an amazing feat when you lost your number one player. they all put on their rally caps and did an incredible job. still, there were a lot of unanswered questions. we had a chance to talk with them about all of it. >> we love you. >> thank you. >> i just have to say, i was kind of, like, shocked in the audience. i was watching you on that first vault. i wasn't sure if you were wincing because you were in pain or you were wincing because something happened. first, tell me you're okay. >> yes, i'm okay. just super frustrated how the night played out. super proud of these girls that stepped up and did what they needed to do. now, we're olympic silver medalists.
it is something i'll cherish forever. >> y'all are shining stars. you stepped up. >> we home america still loves us. >> i know. >> can i assure you of something? america loves you more. >> thank you. >> america loves you more today after what happened. >> thank you. >> it le to watch you guys step up. just to put people at ease, simone, because when people don't know, they go to the crazy end of, oh, my gosh, something is terribly wrong. >> of course. >> where would you put yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of how you're feeling physically and emotionally? >> physically, i feel good. i'm in shape. emotionally, that kind of varies on the time and the moment, you know. coming here to the olympics and being the head star of the olympics is not an easy feat. we're just trying to take it one day at a time, and we'll see. >> okay. well, i hope you feel us. >> thank you. >> today, we said that you were -- you proved that you're a winner today, maybe more than any other day. >> thank you. >> i watched you get the chalk for everybody. i watched you cheer. >> thank you.
>> i watched you dance with jordan. i watched it all. >> thank you. >> jordan, you were on that beam. you were like, excuse me, everybody. make room. it's time for jordan. >> it is. >> you did. >> you came through, like -- did you even surprise yourself? >> i honestly did, considering what had happened two days ago. but i honestly, at that moment in time, i knew i had to put my feet into her shoes and show the world that no matter what happens, we can all take a place of somebody who is also great. you know, it was mind-blowing. i was just very happy that after my series, i was on the beam. i was like, oh, my god! >> screaming. >> yeah. >> suni, you had the meet of your life, too. >> yeah. >> we watched you compete. i felt your dad's presence, even though he wasn't in the room. i knew you guys probably all felt that pressure, like now we have to not just perform, we have to overperform. >> yeah. >> what was that peopling like for you? >> it was very emotional.
you know, there were times i was breaking down at the arena, but i pulled myself together. i knew what i needed to do. i'm just really proud of all three of us. we stepped up to the plate when we needed to. i probably wouldn't have it any other way. it's really hard losing a teammate, especially someone so amazing. >> you killed it, grace. >> thank you. >> you killed it. >> amazing grace. >> amazing grace. you have the new nickname. >> yeah. >> did you just come in with confidence? >> yeah, i mean, i just knew we needed to have a really good day. we all did. i think they really stepped up and showed people what we were made of. we fought until the end. >> lastly, one last thing. thank you, though. simone, what did you tell everybody, your teammates? i know they were shocked when this happened. >> they were freaking out. they were like crying, and i was like, you guys need to relax. you're going to be fine without me. go out and. you kick some butt just like you've done in training. just lay it out on the floor and see what happens. >> you kind of became a coach. >> i did. i like of like that a little bit more.
i think i'll stay in the back. >> competing thursday, or how you feeling? >> we're going to take it day by day, and we're going to see. >> good. i love you. >> i love you. >> i love you. i love you. i love you. we're proud of you. america loves you. >> thank you. >> thank you. bye, guys. see ya. >> come on, talk about great spirits. we'll find out if we'll see simone on thursday or not. a lot of people will be biting their nails to see what's going to happen. regardless, though, guys, class act. class act, class act. she really, really showed her true colors today when she was supporting her teammates after she'd gone through that. her teammates rose above and beyond, i think, what anyone thought could happen. so it was all around a good day for team usa, guys. back to you. >> hoda kotb, you're right. to your point earlier, and mike tirico's point earlier, the fact those young ladies were able to go out and snag the silver without the g.o.a.t. is a testament to just how phenomenal that team is, too.
>> they massively stepped up when they could never have dreamed when they opened their eyes this morning that this would have happened. you know, they rose to the occasion. we will continue to follow it and maybe get more information, maybe not. we'll see. thank you, hoda. appreciate it. now to the other twists and turns and surprises in tokyo. on a day when team usa took the lead in the medal count, by the way. nbc's sam brock joins us now with that part of the olympic story. hey, sam. >> reporter: craig, savannah, good morning. who is counting? look, certainly, it's been a roller coaster ride so far. in the day packed with action, 17-year-old lydia jacoby stole the show with her incredible win in the 100 meter breaststroke. there's only one 50-meter swimming pool in the entire state of alaska. that's not the one she was training in. despite challenges, jacoby is going home with a gold medal. >> then you have jacoby up there in lane three. >> jacoby! >> reporter: for a 17-year-old from alaska, this truly is the
stuff dreams are made of. >> lydia jacoby is going to win gold from the united states! >> reporter: the rising high school senior storming to a gold medal in the breaststroke, beating out the queen of confidence in fellow teammate i her hometown of seward exploded into a frenzy of jumps and hugs. >> what did you think when you first saw that? >> yeah, it's funny. i haven't really watched it in detail yet, but, yeah, definitely some of my best friends at the front. >> you recognize some of these people? >> definitely. we all grew up together. it means a lot, them here supporting me. >> reporter: a new hero for team usa. there was also heartbreak for the host country, japan. hometown favorite naomi osaka suffering a shocking straight set loss in tennis. her dreams for gold extinguished days after she lit the olympic cauldron. >> reporter: the pressure so far
not seeming to impact team usa notched its 50th consecutive olympic win, beating nigeria. diana tra zee and sue bird are going for a fifth gold medal. and then there's surfing. >> hands in the air like you just don't care. >> reporter: carissa moore winning the gold medal. and in the triathlon, katie zaffres winning the bronze in honor of her late father. >> i started the rainbow or maybe sometime on the bike. i gave a little, hi, dad. i just felt like that was him. >> reporter: she's only the third american woman ever to win a medal in this event. another meaningful achievement for team usa. every single day seems to bring new ins inspirational stories. more action coming up tonight. >> thank you, sam. >> tonight's olympic coverage
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for the first time ever, surfing is an olympic event. overnight, an american woman struck gold. >> in the churning waters, 28-year-old hawaii native carissa moore made history, and the holder of that very first gold medal in women's surfing is joining us now carissa moore, aloha and congratulations. >> hey >> hey, guys >> it is so good to see you, carissa. i was so touched i loved your reaction. every step of the way, you had tears. coming out of the water, you teammates were putting you on their shoulders. tears on the podium. you could just see how much this meant to you you've won so many competitions. you're a hall of famer but this, you could see how much it meant to you. >> oh, it was a really special moment, honored to be here for team usa and my home in
hawaii and just a community of people that have been behind me this whole way it's been a long journey to get to this moment and i wouldn't be here today without all of those incredible people behind me. >> carissa, i don't know if you saw this, but your people out in hawaii, they stayed up late to watch you, to cheer you on to victory. and it's hard to -- there they are. for folks who aren't familiar with surfing, it's hard to overstate how much of a part of the life in hawaii it really is. so many folks get up and start their day on a surfboard what does this do for the sport of surfing >> oh, this is a luge moment for this sport it's the best sport in the world. i mean, i'm bias, but it's nice to share it with a whole other -- on a whole other stage and with a whole other audience. surfing brings so much joy and i hope that people can sense that when they watch. >> there was a typhoon just
offshore the weather was interesting. surfing was the one competition that wasn't exactly affected by it or they didn't have to delay it how did it affect you today? >> well, we were actually praying for a typhoon heading into the competition really wanted some waves to perform on but it was -- the conditions were actually quite challenging today. there was a lot of water moving. there wasn't one defined peak. it was a lot of adapting, moving around, and going with the flow. had to maneuver. but it was hard, but happy to figure it out and find a couple. >> i assume we're going to see you in paris, right? >> i hope so we'll see. there's a tough field. so to qualify again will be really hard, but i'll definitely give it my best shot >> carissa, i hear you're an avid scrapbooker, which i just love if you had one shot from today, one moment that you would put in your photo album, what would it be
>> oh, gosh. well, i hope we got it, but just the moment probably -- well, there's probably quite a few, but one with my whole team standing with me, i would love one of those and then, of course, just standing on the podium with bianca and amuro that was a really cool moment. >> i think they got the shot >> and i know your dad, long time coach and next door neighbor in hawaii, apparently, as well. i can only imagine how proud he is of you in this moment >> i hope so i actually got a couple of texts from him he -- usually when he's at surf events, he's sitting off in a corner somewhere building rock piles. rock castles he was at home making stairs out of rocks so it doesn't matter that he wasn't there he was still nervously making his rock piles at home >> it's a good stress reliever carissa, congratulations you made team usa proud. thank you so much. >> thank you, guys
have a wonderful evening >> you, as well. we want to mention, by the way, you can pick up your phone and scan that qr code. it's on your screen right now. scan that to watch the latest olympic action on the nbc sports app. something new we're doing. so scan the qr code, get all the information there. >> that's the easy way to do it. let's check in with al and get the latest forecast. she was rooting for a typhoon. >> we did a little something something for her. today across the country, isolated downpours in the southwest. they need it in california heat in the plains severe storms through the upper great lakes. hot and humid down through the gulf and a lot of hit or miss good morning. i am meteorologist kari hall. taking a look at storm ranger, we have been watching for a chance of showers. it is just off the coast. most of us waking up dry, there still may be a couple of spotty sprinkles as this weather system
moves through. after that, we're going to clear out and warmup. take a look at inland temperatures the next seven days, reaching into the mid 90s, going into the weekend, a mix of sun and clouds while our temperatures come down just a few degrees. san francisco will see more sunshine starting tomorrow. >> and don't forget, while we're >> and don't forget, while we're in tokyo, we're on the radio, too, sirius/xm channel 108 >> thank you, mr. roker. now to talking tokyo this is our segment about all the olympic moments that have the world buzzing. >> we have no idea what's coming, okay, or what we're about to eat first, though, let's tell you about hidilyn diaz 30-year-old wagtd weight lifter who made history yesterday she became the first athlete ever to win a gold medal at the olympics for the philippines securing the monumental win on her final lift the women's 55 kilogram weight lifting narrowly beating out a competitor from china by one point. not only did she take home the gold medal, she set a new
olympic record with her 127 kilogram lift in the clean and jerk event that is nearly 280 pounds if you like the english system more than the metric system congrats to her. what a moment for the philippines. >> here we go now, next up we've got a different kind of athlete. sunday's men's basketball game, saw that crushing loss for team usa, of course, but an exciting first for the olympics court check this out during halftime, a robot sporting jersey number 95 walks out, starts shooting and he sinks or she sinks shot after shot the robotic baller took three shots, a free throw, three-pointer, even took one from half-court. nothing but net. a lot of folks wondering right now at this point in olympic usa men's basketball history whether number 95 is eligible to play for us >> the robot is built by toyota, so i don't know. >> that would be the japanese team >> that's right.
>> next up, female skateborder rayssa leal. you may remember where a very young leal wearing fairy wings and a dress lands a heel flip after a couple of attempts now the 13-year-old athlete just landed herself a silver medal at the game's first ever women's street skateboarding event representing brazil, she took the podium next to japan's nishiya and nakayama funa, after earning a total of 14.64 points on the court the official olympics twitter account sharing this image showing how the young olympian started out her skateboarding career and how she looks rocking that silver. >> yeah. >> that's pretty cool. now we're going to dive into a taste of tokyo we are surrounded by some amazing cuisine. we wanted to give some of the popular takeout dishes a try we usually do a cooking segment. we can order takeout
first up, this is yaki sobapun it's noodles in a hot dog bun, carbs, on carbs on the go. do you want one? i'll take one. >> take one. >> mr. roker >> thank you >> adventurous like a noodle sandwich >> is it supposed to be cold >> yes >> it is >> it's delicious. i like it. okay >> it tastes like a noodle sandwich >> very nice >> this is nacho >> but it does have a hot dog taste. >> it does, actually >> the next one -- this is yours. >> nato. >> nato. these are fermented soybeans, savannah this is a japanese staple. it can be eaten as breakfast on the go, a side dish, you top it with soy it's an acquired taste where are the chopsticks >> real sticky. >> there you go. >> after the cotton candy incident, i'm worried about stickiness >> supposed to put a little soy in here. mix it up?
how is that? >> it's a cross between beans and a rice crispies treat. >> okay. then we have -- oh, we're almost out of time. rice balls filled with fish or meat give me those rice balls look at. look at this >> that is not good. >> you don't like 8:26. laura garcia. how about ice cream. any this morning, the museum of ice cream is confirming it is closing its doors permanently. the museum first opened in 2017, originally as a popup installation, expected to stick around a few months, became an instant hit, remained open indefinitely until last march when the pandemic exploded. the museum voice mail is active, cites challenges it is facing due to covid-19. we have to get our own scoops, kari. warm enough for that?
>> yes. we are seeing a couple of spotty showers here and there. you could see rain moving through. we are tracking it with storm ranger, you can do the same on the nbc bay area app. there are a chance for a couple of isolated lightning strikes, haven't seen it yet, we are monitoring for it. the valley temperatures are headed for mid 90s by the end of the week. this weekend is warm while san francisco will be our place to cool off, some upper 60s. laura? >> always a good place to go. hope to see you in half hour for another local news update. meantime, enjoy your tuesday morning.
see it all happen on "today." >> lydia jacoby, a couple of your closest friends. >> caleb dresser's family joins us live. at the tokyo olympics, "today" is where the games begin. we are back. 8:30 tuesday morning. the olympic cauldron burning bright.kyo. historic medal winners, but first, we want to check in with
hoda on the breaking news at the gymnastics center. hoda, i know you had an exchange with team usa on the sidelines. tell us more. what happened? >> yeah. first of all, can i just pause for one second and say how incredible simone biles is in this moment. she is sitting here with her teammates cheering them on as they are competing. she didn't take her toys and go home after the medical issue that put her away for a little bit. she is out here with her team. i did want her to know that we loved her. and it's kind of quiet in here. so you can actually yell down to someone. so i saw her standing there with her teammates so i thought let's let her know that we're going to share the love. take a look at this. >> out for simone! love you, suni and jordan and grace, too. go get them! >> you know, it was a little
moment, but i have to say, they know that everybody is backing them up and is behind them. and so it's a moment here. and i have to tell you, team usa is really rallying together. it's quite a moment to be in this room. i thought it was going to feel like everybody was on their knees after such devastating news of simone biles being out of the competition. but something happened, man. this team is rallying. all i have to say is go team usa. it's all going to be on prime time. and let's see what we can do! >> yeah. >> this is the moment you become a team, right? >> thanks, hoda. >> thank you, hoda. >> by the way, we want to mention our crowd back home. fully vaccinated, cheering on every member of team usa. there they are. there they are. jenna and sheinelle. hey, guys. >> you guys, we have -- good morning. we have an awesome crowd with us. tuesday morning, y'all, come and see us. fans from across the country. we have some olympic rings. >> usa!
>> from all over the country. >> sheinelle, can we do a crowd moment? >> okay. >> oh, here y'all are. leya and jeff. y'all, you guys are on your honeymoon. >> yes. >> and you guys -- anniversary. >> anniversary. >> okay. and you guys are cheering on your hometown girl. is that right? >> yes. >> what was it like? y'all stayed up late. >> actually, we fell asleep. it was really late. her final was like around 3:00 in the morning. but we stayed up to her semis and we woke up this morning and had to come here and cheer her on. it's amazing. a gold medal for hawaii. first time for surfing. such a huge deal. >> jenna and i were talking yesterday, there's people from all over the country. we decided to have medals of our own. >> they're real. >> exactly. these are for you. because you guys traveled.
happy anniversary. >> they're not heavy, but they're still good. >> can i also say i would give the silver medal to these guys. have you ever seen olympic rings like that? >> we have people from all over. >> and don't forget, we will be out here on the plaza every weekday morning between now and next friday, august 6th. so if you want to join us because we're having a good time this morning, head to today.com/plaza for everything you need to know to join us. guys, thank you again. we'll be back. now back to tokyo for a check of the weather from our friend, al. good morning to you. >> all right, guys. thanks so much. let's look ahead and show you what we've got for today. we start off with the extreme heat in the west, isolated downpours in the southwest, hot and humid through the lower mississippi river valley. severe storms in the upper great lakes. sunshine in the northeast. and over the next seven days, here in tokyo, afternoon showers, thunderstorms, temperatures in the mid to upper 80s with high humidity. it will be feels like conditions in the mid 90s. that's what's going on
good morning. i am meteorologist kari hall. i have a little humidity of our own as we are watching the chance of scattered showers move through the bay area as well as some lightning. so far, we haven't seen much in the way of any thunderstorms. still watching that possibility. as we go into today, high temperatures reaching into the low 90s in the valleys, and we'll see some more low to mid 90s heading into the end of the week as our temperatures come up a few more degrees and just slightly cooler for the start of next week. >> announcer: today's medal count is sponsored by mattress firm. >> all right. let's take a look at the medal count here in tokyo. the u.s. battling it out at the top, followed by china and japan. also battling it out is all that food we were eating. that leaves a bad taste.
>> it does. >> thank you. thank you from all of us. thank you for doing that. >> you're -- >> you're not far behind, my friend. >> we all need it after that. >> those bonsai trees just died. up next -- >> that bonsai just threw itself off the balcony after our breath. one of those medal winning team members from usa found inspiration from above. she will join us, a bronze medal winning triathlete. we look forward to our conversation with katie zaferes conversation with katie zaferes about that and m
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wait until you hear about the inspiration that drove her and the sign she a saw on the way to olympic glory this morning katie, welcome and congratulations to you >> thank you so much for having me >> it just took place right out here is it sinking in you have the medal around you. >> i'm very happy. right back there in that water >> there you were. >> let's talk about the story savannah just mentioned. i understand that in 2015, you struggled. and then a little bit better the next year, a little bit better the year after that. and then this year, first olympic gold but there was this terrible crash along the way. >> there was >> tell us about that. >> so in 2019, i had my best season ever and won multiple races. here at the test event, which was our first way to automatically qualify, i crashed into a barrier and broke my nose, had 23 stitches in my mouth and didn't qualify for the olympic team
so it was pretty upsetting, but 2 1/2 weeks later i won the grand final -- >> 2 1/2 weeks later >> yes i think i was on the bike the day after because i figure you're going to lose your confidence if you just get scared so i got back on the bike to get my confidence back >> it's impossible to do justice to your story, katie, in these few minutes we have together but suffice it to say, you never gave up, but you also had a setback. you lost your father just a few months before the olympics this morning, you woke up. we had some weather here in tokyo. and you saw something that you felt like was the real sign. can you tell me about that >> yeah. so it wasn't wasn't when i woke up it was raining and pouring when i woke up. but part way through the bike i was looking over and our venue was right behind us. and so the rainbow bridge was there with a big rainbow across the sky. and i saw it and i just said hi, dad, because i had mentioned
that he's going be my spectator for this olympics and i took that as a sign that he was there. and so, i mean, my dad was such a big part of my journey for a triathlon. just to see that, like, it just gave me a little more boost of strength and energy. i mean, i have that from so many people, but just a little bit of him today. >> your dad was with you in the sky and then at the finish line there was your hubby >> yeah. >> sports photographer and we were asking you in the commercial break, did he snap the picture of you crossing? or did he blow the kiss. what did you say >> i blew the kiss and he caught the kiss, but missed the picture. >> the kiss was more important >> that's what i thought >> and you still have another event. >> i do. i have the mixed relay this weekend and that's the first time it will be an olympic event. so two women and two men and we each do a triathlon and we tag off and it's super exciting. >> you were a force to reckon with from the get-go this
morning. thank you so much for being here, katie. i'm so glad your olympic dreams came true. we're very proud >> thank you very much for having me. i'll certainly excited i'm excited. >> your dad smiling down >> i think so, too >> katie zaferes, thank you. when we come back, we're going to have the dynamic duo for team usa the medal winners in women's synchronized diving. every one of us is connected.
when everyone and everything is connected. that's really beautiful. anything is possible. good morning. cisco. the bridge to possible. and we're back with more firsts for team usa here in tokyo. >> yeah. jessica parratto and delaney schnell made a splash on the women's synchronized platform overnight earning the silver, america's first ever medal in that event ladies, welcome and congratulations. >> thank you thank you for having us. >> here is the thing about your story that i find just bonkers
how long have you actually been synchronized diving partners and how did it come to be? >> so about three weeks before trials, her synchro partner got injured. we had to make the last-minute call to get it put together. so we had about ten days of training before olympic trials and, you know, obviously it worked out so it was pretty crazy >> ten days. >> yeah. i came to indiana early to go train with her for ten days before trials. >> how do you do that? because when you think about synchronized swimming, you have to be in synch you think about partners being together for years to make that connection, those practices. how do you make up for that lost time >> well, we've been doing synchro on and off since 2019. we know each other's takeoffs and approaches and we were able to take a look back at that and hopefully get together together and it worked. >> take us up to that point where you're on the diving board. what's going through your minds as you kind of push off?
>> honestly, i hope i try not to look at the scoreboards, but this time you're up there and you see them in front of you and it's hard not to especially when you know you're in the race. that last dive was probably one of the most nerve-racking dives i've done in my entire career. but i told myself, stick to the training we've done these dives so many times, like hundreds of times. it's a matter of doing the things that you know >> jess, you could say this is in the water in your family. your dad was an olympic coach. your mom was a five-time all-american diver and your coach as a kid, right, your sister is a swimmer. >> yes >> what does your family think about you being a silver medalist >> they're over the moon my dad is coaching reagan smith who is swimming here, as well. won a medal today. >> oh, wow so was your dan around could he come to the venue and see you? >> no, he is not here, unfortunately, but he is watching intently from home. >> i bet >> we got to see them through the screen after we were done and he was just an emotional roller coaster it was really great to see them. he's been a huge, huge support
system this whole time, obviously. >> and your mom was a five-time all american, too, right >> yes >> delaney, so just you have another event. >> yeah. i have individual next wednesday. so we got some time before then. so -- >> well, you guys are going to keep the team together, right? a partnership. >> yeah. i mean, i would think so, yeah >> won a silver medal. >> exactly so keep it goes. >> i have to give delaney a shout out. she's a tucson girl, university of arizona bear down, making our home do -- hometown proud. congratulations. thank you so much. >> good luck by the way next week >> thank you coming up next, keir simmons getting a lesson on the history of japanese whiskey and sake how did he get that assignment >> keir simmons. >> did you bring any >> did you bring any >> yes, i did.
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one of the best parts of the olympics is getting to know the local culture of the host city that, of course, includes the >> now it's time for the drinks. mr. keir simmons hit the bars for some of japan's most popular beverages. this was a tough one >> hey, guys, i know this wasn't just any drink this was the sake that president obama tasted when he visited in 2014 in a minute, i'm going to give you guys a taste of that when i open it up, it isn't just sake that is one of japan's biggest exports. as i said, it's whiskey, too so i had the reluctant and tough task of going to investigate >> reporter: remember this >> for relaxing times, make it sintore time
>> reporter: nea since that seminole movie, japanese whiskey has become a global phenomenon. hello. so tell me, how do the japanese drink whiskey? first, a highball, whiskey asan soda >> that's good >> it's a really clean flavor. >> next. >> just whiskey and water. >> reporter: and the third way >> on the rocks. >> on a rock >> reporter: it's all about the taste. oh, yeah >> yeah. >> ooh, yes, that's good >> reporter: so how do these japanese whiskeys compare with scotch you drink a scotch whiskey, it is like you've reached in, taken a bunch of mud from the highlands of scotland and put it in your mouth. this is nothing like that. this is like you're standing on a mountain in japan. a mountain in japan is exactly
where the chichibo distillery gets two of its vital ingredients, the pure water and the mizunara wood, which is made into the casks where the whiskey ma matures. it takes 3, 10, even 30 years to make a great whiskey it's an oriental flavor, very unique >> reporter: it's the uniqueness of japanese whiskey that new york-based ambassador ford sentori says america loves >> liquid to lips, you understand why it's so good and why it's so popular. it's designed for the japanese palette. so a little bit more refined, subtle, yet complex. >> reporter: then there's the other famous drink from japan. >> sake. >> reporter: they have been making sake here at the brewery since 1873
this master brewer tells me the japanese have been fermenting rice to make sake for more than 1,000 years. >> three tons of rice is steamed in here every day. yeast is poured into these vats. out of them comes world famous sake like the one kamaratsu's boss pours for me now the same president abe of japan poured for president obama it's like flowers. >> oh, thank you >> reporter: traditionally, sake is drunk from a cedar wood cup i love the idea that you want to taste the wood as well as the wine >> yes, yes. >> reporter: ria oshtaki, who lives in london, is a sake expert >> sure. i pour it for you. good sake nowadays drink very cold >> reporter: and ria suggests sake is even good for you. >> you can either use for your
skin, for the tonic, but also you pour into your bath a tiny bit. >> not the whole bath. >> no, no. >> there it is it's fizzy >> sparkling sake. >> reporter: sake or whiskey, whichever your preference, in that glass is a true taste of japan. >> i just want to be clear, there is no scientific evidence that taking a bath in sake is actually good for your skin. >> i'm willing to try it >> it can't hurt >> it is fun to drunk. so let me pour you some of president obama's sake >> okay. i'll pass it down. >> different beautiful glasses >> these glasses are gorgeous. >> yesterday i gave you sweets that made it hard to eat >> i liked those >> are these traditional sake glasses. >> yes >> you have no idea. >> no. >> toast >> cheers. >> keir, have you been hitting this earlier what's going on there? >> to tokyo. >> to tokyo.
>> good luck to simone how about that >> yeah. >> team usa. >> oh, yeah. >> it's nice is it supposed to be cold? >> it's supposed to be colder than that. >> you've been gripping that bottle >> and the weather >> i'm not going to complain >> i like it it's nice. >> what you bringing tomorrow? i'm just kidding >> wow >> thanks, man >> isn't it good to be here with friends, keir? isn't it good? >> thanks, brother >> very nice are you guys going to drink again on the next hour >> we are. >> leave that where it is. >> it's really off the rails here in tokyo. keir, thank you so much. a quick reminder, tune into our streaming show today in 30 you can catch highlights from all four hours of our show, including our interviews of team usa athletes and behind the scenes fun you just snuck in another sip. >> i did i thought you were going to keep going. >> it wasn't that sneaky >> find that at 1:00, 5:00, and 7:00 p.m. eastern on today.com and to keep up to date on all of our streaming programs, al
you have to do, folks, is text all day to 34318 >> third hour of "today" is straight ahead, including the latest on simone biles we're keeping our eyes on that >> mike tirico is going to be back with us >> okay. good you'll see how everything unfolds. nbc's prime time tonight, we'll have the entire event. but first, some memorable moments from the tokyo olympics, courtesy of our friends at getties images very good morning to you. 8:56. i am laura garcia. starting tomorrow, a new policy is taking effect in san francisco. all new city employees will be required to be vaccinated before they can start their jobs or they won't be hired. this comes on the heels of california becoming the first
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