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almost the only person in the pool. we'll see you after the olympic coverage. >> that's our news. thanks for watching. "nightly news" is next. meltdown, chaos as delta suffers a worldwide crisis. terminals packed with people. water slide tragedy, a 10-year-old boy dies on the tallest water slide in the world. a terrifying accident and growing questions tonight about what happened. sounding the alarm, 50 senior republicans warning donald trump would be, quote, the most reckless president in american history, showing his support is cratering. and gold in rio. a star is born, we talked to the young
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american who won so many hearts with his tears of pure joy. "nightly news" from rio begins right now. >> announcer: this is nbc "nightly news with lester holt" reporting tonight from the olympic summer games in rio. good evening from copacabana beach. there is a lot of olympic news to tell you about. but before we get to that, we want to update you on the massive meltdown today at the world's second largest airline that's still affecting passengers as we come on the air. tonight delta airlines is in recovery mode, trying to get people where they need to be after its global flight network goes down from a computer glitch. passengers waiting for flights and answers. and it comes amid a troubling spate of airline commuter failures. >> reporter: the out
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average was massive, stretching across the country, from washington to miami to chicago. >> inside of the worldwide delta was shut down. i was like, whoa, i think i'm going to be kind of late. >> reporter: and around the world, delta passengers forced to deplane in london, the ground stop dragging on for six hours. more than 450 flights cancelled, thousands of passengers delayed. with customer service lines swamped, travelers took to social media to get information. delta's ceo detailing out an apology. >> it's an all hands on deck effort. >> reporter: the airline says a power outage in atlanta around 2:30 this morning knocked off it's computer system offline. but the electric company says that delta's system failed. andrea mohammed desperately trying to
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get to new york. this happened four weeks after a computer issue caused southwest to cancel flights. after years of airline mergers, the failure could be due to decades old technology or human error. today no comment from delta on why it's backup systems didn't work. >> there's no doubt that a fortune 500 company should have backups for these processes, if they don't, it could be somebody's head at the airline. >> reporter: tonight the backlog is slowly improving but the ripple effect could last for days. here in atlanta, there is still a lengthy check in line and all of this will cost delta. the airline is now offering a fee waiver for anyone trying to rebook their flights and a 3 $00 travel voucher for anyone who has a travel delay more than
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three hours. perhaps the most crowded place is on the medal stand as team usa starts to rack up gold in dramatic fashion. it it's. >> reporter: today, team usa, swimming, shooting for gold. the best in the world are here, but what seems to be missing are the crowds. rio 2016 says ticket sales topped 80%. but tonight, many seats are empty. today we learn troubling news three days after opening ceremony. the namibian flag bearer was arrested, charged with assault, the second boxer in the athletes village to face charges, david bodiaa and steve
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johnson dove for silver, while katie ledecky and michael phelps qualified for tonight's events. last night the men's 400 meter relay team looked perfect in the pool. >> the united states will win gold in the 400 meter relay again. >> reporter: the fastest team in the world, with help the the greatest olympian in history. >> the young bucks brought tears to our eyes. i was saying to nathan, i was trying to hold back as much as i could and then he started shedding tears and ryan started shedding tears and that's one of the coolest races to be a part of. >> katie ledecky smashes her own record. >> it was great to be up there on the podium and sing the national anthem, i'm really proud of this. >> reporter: for team usa, the thrill of victory comes with the agony of defeat.
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the williams sisters, three-time gold medal champs losing for the first time in the first round. tonight the drama of the games in a quest for gold. tonight as americans look to medal in the aquatic center just over my shoulder, a short time ago, the plaza behind me erupted in celebration. the brazilians in this venue right here, taking home their first gold in judo, what a moment for this hometown crowd. lester? >> and we heard a little of that moment in a newsroom. it was one and gold for ryan held, you saw it in miguel's story. the 29-year-old north carolina state student and springfield, illinois native had only one race to swim here in rio, and it was the third leg in last night's gold medal 400 miteter performance.
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i caught up with him to talk about the race and the emotions he displayed during the medals ceremony. you weren't supposed to be here, when i say that, no one really expected you to qualify for rio. >> that's very true. >> did you expect to qualify? >> no, i mean this time last year, i was honestly just thinking about u.s. nationals, making a final, maybe make the world university games, never the olympics. >> now was that where the emotion came from last night, during the medals ceremony? >> yes. that was a combination of the progression of having the past four years, and just thinking about everyone in the swimming community, from the springfield area, the raleigh area, and just remembering how much support and love they showed me. >> as you're racing, are you in some ways hearing the cheers back in the living rooms back home? >> a little bit of my
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mind inside me is thinking, like, i'm doing this for everyone back home, i'm doing this for all of the swimming fans out there. but most of the time, it's just the sound of my own thoughts just telling myself to go, i can handle the pain, come on, push through it, this is for something bigger than me. >> what is it like to come right after a legend like michael phelps and he's given you a pretty good lead at that point. >> it was a lot of pressure and i just couldn't let up any ground if we wanted a shot to win. >> and describe your moment of standing there and hear our anthem and getting that gold. >> it was just an amazing moment. this time it seemed a little sweeter, seemed a little more emotionally attached to me, that i know the emotion just kind of manifested into tears. >> what were the other guys saying to you. >> michael at the end,
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he put his arm around me, he was like, hey, man, this is your time, take it all in and be happy. and then as we got to the podium, caleb russell started crying and i was like oh, my gosh, you guys are going to make me cry. >> part of my conversation with ryan held, and i can tell you firsthand, there were plenty of missy eyes in the viewing stands too in that moment. there's no easy transition as we turn now back home to growing questions after a tragedy on the world's tallest water slide. a 10-year-old boy died while on the 1 68-foot slide at a kansas city party as investigators are trying to determine what went wrong. nbc's blake mccoy is there for us tonight. >> reporter: the ride's name, ve
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verschect. schlitzer bahn water park is not saying what went wrong, only that a full investigation is under way. the slide is 17 stories high and can reach speeds of 65 miles an hour before shooting up a hill and back down again. witnesses tell our affiliate kshb it was on that hill where the boy was launched airborne, out of the craft and on to a safety net. >> you put your kids on a ride and you think they're safe and they're not. >> this video from a travel channel documentary, shows rafts flying off the ride during testing. the opening was delayed three times as protective netting was added and parts of the slide were rebuilt. in the two years the ride has been open, no
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serious injuries have been reported. a schlitterbahn spokesperson says they check all the rides in the park the beginning of each season and before each opening. >> reporter: tonight a 10-year-old boy is dead, with few answers as to what west wrong. the investigation here in kansas is being led by local police. tonight we have learned the water park plans to reopen on wednesday, that slide, though, will remain closed. lester? >> all right, blake, thank you. tonight there are head winds facing donald trump. trump trailing hillary clinton by 13 points on a monmouth poll out today. and as trump tries to flip the script on the economy, national
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figures are trying ing to explain the problems they see. >> reporter: today 50 of the country's leading national security officials who worked in republican administrations have had enough. signing a letter refusing to vote for trump. that list including former cia director michael hayden, former security chiefs michael chertoff and tom ridge. the group warning the gop nominee would be the most reckless president in american history. using the city's struggles as a backdrop to refocus his message. >> the city of detroit is the living, breathing example of my opponent's failed economic agenda. >> reporter: coming off a bruising week in which he faced a bruising revolt, republicans are getting in line. >> we are going to use the same brackets they have proposed.
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>> reporter: trump vowing to reform tax policies and renegotiate trade deals. >> he said nothing about how we're going to get our entitlements under control. >> reporter: clinton rallying in florida called it more of the same gop talking points. >> he wants to basically just repackage trickle down economics. >> reporter: a bright spot for trump this weekend, getting support from george p. bush, the son of a former rival jeb bush, the campaign says that with three months to go, their candidate will continue to defy political gravity. the rising star who just shattered her incredible world record here in rio. what katie ledecky told us about how she
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broke her own record to win gold in the women's free style. >> reporter: cady ledecky was the youngest member of team usa. she was a virtual unknown. then this happens. not only did ledecky win the 800 meter free style. >> ledecky is a gold medallist. >> reporter: she obliterated the field by more than four seconds. >> she looks at the time, oh, my god, what i have done. >> reporter: at what point did you realize, oh, my goodness? >> it was right as i flipped at the 200 point. i flipped and it was like i just woke up from a dream. it was like one i'm at the olympics, two, i'm in the finals, three, i'm winning. katie, don't mess this up. >> reporter: as a
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child, katie loved swimming. >> we started out swimming competitively at only 6 years old, and i think that katie saw how i loved the sport and she wanted to be like me. >> reporter: growing up katie said she never thought she would be an olympian. >> in fourth grade, i break my arm playing basketball in gym class and one of the first questions i asked the doctor is there any way i can still be in the water, and he gave me this special plastic bag that was very tight on my arm and so i went to plastic every day and found a way to get better at kicking. >> reporter: that drive and discipline, are still the foundation of her daily routine. >> it's all about la de ledecky, how fast she will go. >> the hard working teen from bethesda,
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maryland has broken four world records here in rio. watching her swim is not just exciting for fans, but a thrill for someone she once considered super human. >> people talk, did you see that? did you see how fast she went? that's just cool to watch. >> reporter: ledecky's focus is on rio, where many will be focused on her. can you swim with that big target on your back? >> i'm just going to lay it down and do the best i can. >> reporter: and her best may end up being the best in the world. matt lauer, nbc news, rio. we're back in a moment with a multibillion dollar bet aimed at luring customers away from the ford freedom sales event is on! our biggest event of the year just got better! ♪ i'm free to do what i want and have a good time. ♪ announcing zero for seventy-two
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finally tonight, it was the burning question on social media all across the country last night as michael phelps gathered with his teammates by the pool before their gold medal swim. what were those circular markings all over her upper back and shoulders. turns out there's a very good explanation, something that's been known in hollywood circles for quite a while. >> reporter: he's the world's most recognizable olympian, at these games decorated in unrecognizable marks. michael phelps brandishing pool side some bruises that left americans guessing. one person on twitter, michael probably just fell asleep on his medals. those giant spots are part of a physical therapy routine. >> i personally don't like walking out looking like i've been
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attacked by an octopus. >> this asian tradition may help athletes winning. >> reporter: for many of us those red dots first appeared on the red carpet, gwyneth paltrow making her own fashion statement. the man making those whelps, using one of a soup of popular therapies from cups to hot tubs. >> it's like asking your best chef about the garnishing he's using. >> that does not look healthy. >> reporter: and phelps keeps them on for five minutes. already leaving its mark on these games. peter alexander, nbc news, rio. that's going to do it for us on this monday night, a
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reminder nbc's prime time olympic coverage begins at 8:00 p.m., 7:00 central, it's going to be a being night for swimming. i'm lester holt, so were you nervous? >> i just thought what happens if i -- only we have gi sel. we have it all including a special delivery from her husband, tom. >> thank you. thank you.
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>> so a billion people and it's all about you. >> now he's going for gold. peata is already winning in so many ways. >> ladies beating down your door. >> you'll get a bro-zilian wax. >> who better to get me through this? i'm billy bush. you're familiar with the phrase quick and painless. >> and the united states will win gold. phelps with olympic gold medal number 19. >> he was ripped and he was ready. here we go again, michael phelps dominates prime time. here is access hollywood. lo w

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