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The Uplifting Olympics Content We All Need Right Now

These celebratory moments from the Olympics make me want to cry and cheer.

Posted on July 30, 2021, at 4:24 p.m. ET

Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee, wearing wraps around her wrists, hugs her coach after competing
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Sunisa Lee hugs her coach after competing in the artistic gymnastics women's all-around final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 29.

A person clenches their fists and screams as they run through the finish line on the track at the Tokyo Olympics
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Ivory Coast's Marie-Josee Ta Lou reacts as she wins her race in the women's 100-meter heats during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 30.

Four smiling women embrace in a group hug, one with her legs wrapped around another's chest in a close embrace
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Italy's Arianna Errigo (right) celebrates with her teammates on the women's foil team after winning the bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 29.

An Olympic volleyball player cheers with her arms outstretched
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Brenda Castillo of the Dominican Republic reacts after a point in a volleyball match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 29.

Smiling soccer players embrace in a group hug on the field
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Megan Rapinoe (right) and her teammates celebrate after winning the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women's quarter-final football match between the Netherlands and Team USA at International Stadium Yokohama on July 30.

Two Olympic judo athletes from Team France embrace, one holding the other's shoulders and looking down at her
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Teddy Riner (left) and Romane Dicko, both of Team France, share a moment after their respective judo matches during the Olympic Games, July 30.

Four athletes standing on stairs scream in celebration, hug, and react with surprise to the results of their event
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Manuel Sanders of Team Germany celebrates with track-and-field teammates on day seven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, July 30.

Athlete Selemon Barega holds up an Ethiopian flag and grins
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Ethiopia's Selemon Barega celebrates after winning the men's 10,000-meter final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, July 30.

An Olympic athlete lifts up his coach after winning an event with both of them raising their fists in celebration
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Czech judoka Lukas Krpalek celebrates with his coach after his victory bout on July 30.

Ugandan runners embrace after competing on the track at the Olympics.
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From left: Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo, who placed second and third, respectively, celebrate after the men's 10,000-meter final on July 30.

A male BMX athlete holds up a female BMX athlete in celebration of their Olympic win
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Great Britain's Bethany Shriever and Kye Whyte celebrate their gold and silver medals, respectively, for cycling BMX racing, July 30.

Two badminton players pump their fists and kneel on the badminton court
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Taiwan's Lee Yang (left) and Wang Chi-lin celebrate winning their men's doubles badminton match, July 30.

Female fencing athletes jump for joy after winning a match at the Olympics.
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France's women's foil team celebrate defeating Italy in a semifinal competition, July 29.

A water polo athlete celebrates with eyes closed and fists up in a pool
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Japan's Yusuke Inaba celebrates during the men's water polo tournament match between Team Greece and Team Japan, July 29.

Two women athletes grin and hug after winning a handball match
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Team Spain's Lara Gonzalez Ortega and Soledad Lopez Jimenez celebrate after winning a handball match, July 29.

Chinese basketball players embrace and cry after competing in the Olympics
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Chinese basketball players celebrate after a 3-on-3 women's match, July 28.

Olympic swimmers share a hug after winning a gold medal at the Olympics
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Team China swimmers celebrate winning gold and setting a world record at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, July 29.

An athlete reaches out to hug her team after competing in the canoe slalom at the Olympics
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Australia's Jessica Fox hugs members of her team after winning gold in the women's canoe slalom final, July 29.

Spanish athletes hug and smile after competing in a handball match
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Members of Team Spain celebrate winning the women's preliminary round group B handball match, July 29.

An Olympic tennis player shouts in celebration after winning a match
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Team India's Pusarla V. Sindhu celebrates after her victory match, July 30.

Two Olympic athletes smile and hold each other on the floor
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Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping of China's badminton team celebrate, July 30.

An Olympic medalist raises her hands in prayer after winning a judo competition
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Cuba's Idalys Ortiz celebrates after winning her judo bout, July 30.

A volleyball player holds his head against another's chest, mouth open in celebration
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From left: Brazil's Alison Cerutti and partner Alvaro Morais Filho celebrate winning their men's preliminary beach volleyball match, July 29.

BMX rides hug after a race
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Merel Smulders of the Netherlands celebrates during the women's BMX racing run on day seven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, July 30.

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Brazil's Abner Teixeira lifts a fist after winning a quarterfinal boxing match, July 30.

Players stand in a group huddle, arms around each other
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Argentina's players celebrate their victory in a volleyball match, July 30.

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Japan's Aaron Wolf takes a moment after winning the men's judo under-100kg gold medal bout, July 29.

Two hockey players hold sticks and high-five
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Team Germany's Niklas Wellen and Timm Alexander Herzbruch celebrate after scoring their first goal during a hockey match against the Netherlands, July 30.

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Team Croatia's Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic (bottom) celebrate victory in a tennis match against Team Croatia's Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig, July 30.

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Team Japan's men's fencing team jumps for joy after winning the gold medal, July 30.

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China's Chen Meng celebrates after winning the women's singles table tennis final match, July 29.

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From left: Dutch rowers Ellen Hogerwerf, Karolien Florijn, Ymkje Clevering, Veronique Meester, Lisa Scheenaard, Roos de Jong, Marieke Keijser, and Ilse Paulis celebrate at the Olympic Festival, July 30.

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Slovenian Olympic gold medalist Primoz Roglic, joined by his son, greets his fans after arriving at Ljubljana Airport, July 30. Two days prior, Primoz Roglic won the road cycling individual time trial gold medal.


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