In the face of many obstacles, the Tokyo Olympics are lastly right here.
With the Opening Ceremony kicking off this Friday, the world’s premier athletes will step as much as the plate after the Games had been postponed final yr as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
Among these collaborating, some are already family names with a number of Olympic medals beneath their belt, whereas some can be partaking of their very first Olympics of their profession.
And some can be suspending their debuts: newcomers reminiscent of tennis’ Coco Gauff and observe and subject’s Sha’Carri Richardson will be unable to compete. On Sunday, Gauff needed to withdraw from the Games because of testing constructive for COVID-19, and early in July, it was reported that Richardson additionally couldn’t compete because of testing constructive for THC after her Olympic trials. On Monday, one of many alternates for the U.S. ladies’s gymnastics workforce additionally examined constructive for COVID-19, although they didn’t specify who because of privateness issues.
However, the latest spike in COVID-19 charges have raised some issues with how the Olympics will run this yr. Earlier this month, it was introduced that there can be no spectators.
This yr, viewers can even witness the debut of browsing and skateboarding, two of the brand new sports activities added to this system.
Here, WWD takes a take a look at all of the athletes to look at on the Summer Olympics. Read on for extra.
Track & Field
Allyson Felix, United States
Felix is again for her fifth Olympic Games, and her first since giving beginning to her first baby, a daughter named Camryn, in 2018. The 35-year-old has received 9 Olympic medals, six gold and three silver. If Felix wins one other medal in Tokyo, she would be the most embellished feminine observe and subject athlete in Olympic historical past.
Gabby Thomas, United States
Thomas made headlines and took the social media world by storm in June when she set the document for second-fastest lady within the 200-meter sprint on the Olympic trials. The 24-year-old graduated from Harvard University, finding out neurobiology and public well being, the place she received 22 convention titles over the course of her three years as a observe and subject athlete for the Crimson. Thomas stated that it was really Allyson Felix who impressed her to run when she was a younger woman.
Noah Lyles, United States
With the retirement of the famed Usain Bolt, Lyles is rising as a favourite within the former champion and world document holder’s signature occasions, particularly the 200-meter sprint, which Bolt has received on the final three Olympics. The 24-year-old was additionally anticipated to partake within the 100-meter sprint, however he didn’t qualify. Trayvon Bromwell, the winner of that race, is now a favourite to win.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica
Fraser-Pryce, like Felix and Bolt, is a family identify on the planet of observe and subject, particularly the 100-meter sprint. Fraser-Pryce has received medals for that occasion within the final three Olympics, together with golds in 2008 and 2012 and one bronze in 2016. The 34-year-old is seeking to be the primary lady to win three Olympic titles for the 100-meter in Tokyo.
Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya
Considered the very best marathoner ever, Kipchoge is the one man to run a marathon (26.2 miles) in beneath two hours. The 36-year-old received the gold medal on the 2016 Rio Olympics and is without doubt one of the long-distance favorites at Tokyo.
Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Bahamas
Miller-Uibo is most recognized for her first place win within the 400 meters on the 2016 Olympics, the place she dived to cross the end line to beat favourite Allyson Felix. The 27-year-old is specializing in inserting within the 200 meters this yr, relatively than competing within the 400 meters once more.
Simone Biles, United States
The most embellished gymnast in historical past, Biles has set the bar excessive for many of her opponents, already etching herself as maybe the very best gymnast of all time. In the 2016 Olympics, which was additionally Biles’ first, she received 4 gold medals: within the particular person all-around, the workforce occasion, the vault and the ground train. The 24-year-old fan-favorite is predicted to medal in all her occasions once more this yr. If she wins gold once more within the particular person all-around, Biles would be the first lady in 53 years to take action.
Sunisa Lee, United States
Newcomer Lee has additionally emerged as one other favourite to medal on the Games, as she continues to position second behind Biles in most of her occasions. During the trials, the 18-year-old scored greater within the all-around on the second day, besting Biles. It was the third time in Biles’ senior profession that another person obtained the next one-day all-around rating. Lee ended up ending second general although, however nonetheless robotically certified for the Olympics workforce alongside Biles.
Simone Manuel, United States
Manuel made historical past when she tied Canada’s Penny Oleksiak for the gold medal within the 100m freestyle, whereas additionally setting the Olympic document with a time of 52.70 in 2016. In reaching this, the 24-year-old turned the primary Black lady to win a gold medal in a person swimming occasion.
Caeleb Dressel, United States
With the retirement of Michael Phelps, the 24-year-old is seeking to be the game’s subsequent large star. At the 2016 Olympics, Dressel received his first gold medal within the 4x100m freestyle relay, and received his second within the 4x100m medley relay for the freestyle leg. Like Phelps, Dressel can also be a dash freestyler and butterflyer. At Tokyo, Dressel might be the third man to win three particular person gold medals after Mark Spitz and Phelps.
Katie Ledecky, United States
Ledecky emerged as one of many large stars on the Rio Olympics when she took residence 5 gold medals and set two world data (one for 400m freestyle and one for 800m freestyle). In 2016, the 24-year-old received the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle occasions, which made her the primary swimmer since 1968 to take action. This yr, Ledecky is aiming to defend her titles in addition to win within the 1500m freestyle, an occasion that can make its debut on the ladies’s facet.
Ariarne Titmus, Australia
The 20-year-old has confirmed to be a giant menace as of late, particularly to Ledecky. Titmus defeated Ledecky within the 400m freestyle two years in the past on the World Championships. Nicknamed “Terminator,” Titmus can also be anticipated to compete within the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle occasions.
Naomi Osaka, Japan
After withdrawing from the French Open and never collaborating in Wimbledon this yr, Osaka appears forward to competing beneath the Japanese flag at residence. Currently ranked quantity two on the planet, the 23-year-old is the reigning U.S. Open and Australian Open champion for the ladies’s singles. This Olympics will mark Osaka’s first.
Alex Morgan, United States
This can be Morgan’s large return to the game since giving beginning to her first baby, a daughter named Charlie, in May 2020. If the Games weren’t postponed, Morgan would have seemingly missed the Olympics. The 32-year-old has continued to show that she is without doubt one of the greatest strikers in ladies’s soccer. Also returning is Megan Rapinoe, Rose Lavelle and Carli Lloyd amongst others.
Stephanie Gilmore, Australia
With the introduction of browsing to this system, viewers will lastly be capable to watch a few of their favourite surfers worldwide compete towards one another. Gilmore, one of many extremely embellished surfers, is seeking to be one of many favorites this yr. The 33-year-old has received seven world titles, greater than any of her opponents. In Tokyo, Gilmore can be aiming to edge out American Carissa Moore, the present world champion.
Nyjah Huston, United States
You could acknowledge Huston from some Nike commercials, and that’s as a result of he’s one of many sport’s largest icons in latest historical past. The 26-year-old has essentially the most avenue medals in X Games historical past, and an Instagram following of almost 5 million. He is at present the best paid skateboarder on the planet.
Sky Brown, Great Britain
Making her debut for workforce Great Britain, at age 13 Brown would be the youngest Olympian to characterize her nation for the Summer Olympics. Last summer season, Brown suffered a critical accident when she fell from a half-pipe ramp, leaving her with a number of cranium fractures and a damaged left wrist and hand.
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