The Today Show Crew's Best Instagrams from the Tokyo Olympics and Beyond
Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker and more of the Today show anchors have been sharing great behind-the-scenes photos from around Japan
As the last Today anchor left in Tokyo, Melvin took in some basketball — and the robot entertainment.
He also hung with "two of the fastest women in the world," medalists Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad.
And welcomed gold medal-winning wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock, "brought so much energy to @3rdhourtoday this am," Melvin shared. Plus, "She is the first black Black woman to win gold in wrestling for the United States & just may be the first Karaoke guest on our plaza in NYC."
On her flight home, who was Kotb seated near? The one and only Simone Biles!
Departing on Aug. 4, she thanked Tokyo "for showing us such kindness. you were magical. I'll miss you."
And, of course, she was just as happy to chat with the whole gymnastics crew the next day.
Kotb spoke for all of us when she said she was "Soooo proud" of Simone Biles on her bronze beam win.
And just happened to run into another gold medalist, discus champ Valarie Allman, while wandering the track and field stadium.
Kotb continued her No. 1 fan status by interviewing "GOLD MEDALIST" gymnast Jade Carey.
Melvin and Kotb grabbed breakfast ahead of the start of week two. "Lets start this week! GOOOO USA!🇺🇸" she wrote.
Olympic swimming great Katie Ledecky stopped by the Today studio on July 31 and Melvin shared a seriously impressive stat: "Katie Ledecky has now won more individual gold medals than any woman in US Olympic history."
On Aug. 1, Kotb found a familiar face in the breakfast section.
Gold! Kotb was thrilled for the men's swimming 1500m winner Robert Finke.
And she got to chat with him about his victory immediately afterward, too.
After more time with Team USA swimming, Kotb made her way to gymnastics, chatting with silver medalist MyKayla Skinner.
Kotb posted a recap of her week one, which started with a sensational sunset.
Rainy weather won't stop them! Roker posted from the Team USA beach volleyball match on July 30, with the whole crew safely under umbrellas.
At least they had a golf cart to get around?
On July 30, Savannah "loved" meeting bronze medal-winning swimmer Annie Lazor and "hearing her inspiring story."
She was also reunited with her "soul sister," former Today personality Natalie Morales.
Roker, Melvin, Kotb and Guthrie made for a cute "lunch bunch" on July 29. According to NBC, they had a traditional Japanese lunch by the Sakura restaurant at Tokyo's Hilton Odaiba hotel, noshing on turnip soup, pulled beef, sashimi, tempura and sake.
Guthrie gave followers a true behind-the-scenes look from the NBC Sports control room on July 29.
Roker continued his meet-and-greet streak on July 29 with the gold medal-winning women's 3x3 basketball taem.
He also hung with a handful of Team USA swimmers ...
... and the equestrian dressage silver medalists.
Guthrie and Kotb masked up (check that Team USA gear!) to watch the exciting July 28 swimming competitions.
Roker got to give a weather report from abroad on July 28, posting a dramatic video and sharing they were under a "severe thunderstorm advisory."
Guthrie said the winning United States swimmers stopping by Today on July 28 —Erica Sullivan, Alex Walsh, Kate Douglass and Kieran Smith — are "making us proud."
Roker hung with the silver medal-winning U.S. women's softball team on the Today set on July 28. "They are so cool," he shared.
Also stopping by Today on July 28: silver medal-winning Team USA gymnasts Grace McCallum and Jordan Chiles.
Guthrie and Kotb also scored a moment with the gymnasts.
On July 27, Guthrie shared that she "loved" meeting "amazing phenom" and gold medalist Lydia Jacoby of Team USA.
Also swinging by the Today studios that day: silver medalist divers Delaney Schnell and Jess Parratto and bronze medal-winning triathalon competitor Katie Zaferes.
On July 27, Roker shared a hyperlapse from the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world, Shibuya Crossing.
Kotb's July 27 "breakfast bunch" included none other than Olympic champion Michael Phelps, who is covering swimming for NBC.
Talk about a cute crew: Roker spent his morning on July 27 with Olympic mascots Miraitowa (blue) and Someity (pink).
Phelps also made a stop by the Today studios, where Guthrie called him the "greatest swimming commentator."
Hope he's not afraid of heights! "This morning, the @todayshow team scaled the tallest structure in #Tokyo 2nd tallest structure in the world and the tallest tower in the world @tokyoskytree_official," Roker wrote on Instagram on July 26.
Another behind-the-scenes snap from Roker showed a "cheat sheet" of Japanese phrases Tirico made for his colleagues.
While taking a break from Today duties, Guthrie got to see one of the thrilling men's swimming competitions.
Hoda Kotb's time in Japan started with the sweetest surprise. "When ur daughter packs one of her dresses in your bag!" she wrote alongside this Insta pic.
Of his July 25 arrival, Craig Melvin wrote, "Finally made it to Tokyo. It's 330am here and since my body clock is terribly out of whack, I figured I'd give you a view out of my hotel room window. Let's go #teamusa"
After a delay at the Tokyo airport thanks to some inconclusive COVID-19 tests (he finally passed!), Al Roker shared the "gorgeous" view from his hotel room.
"sunrise, sunset - whichever side you're on, we'll see you live from Tokyo coming up @todayshow," Guthrie posted with another pretty view.
Savannah Guthrie started her time in Tokyo before her colleagues, recapping her long journey on July 17.
"1.5 hour commute to airport
3 hours at JFK
14 hour flight
2.5 hours at Tokyo airport for COVID test/customs/immigration
30 min ride to hotel
Worth. Every. Minute.
I ❤️ Tokyo!"