In a few days, most of the world will be watching the 2020 Summer Olympics, which have been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The international multisport event will start on July 23 and end on August 8, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. According to reports, from the United States alone, nearly 600 athletes will compete in the Olympics.
Although the athletic team includes famous names, like sisters Williams, Steph Curry, Christian Taylor and Simone Biles, there are plenty of young stars, many of whom are looking to win their first Olympic medals. People also support them as they are on the verge of succeeding and competing with athletes from other nations.
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Simone Manuel [Swimming]: Manuel, 24, made history at the 2016 Summer Olympics, commonly known as Rio 2016, when she won the 100-meter freestyle and became the first African-American woman to win a swimming event. individual. But this time in Tokyo, the 24-year-old will not participate in the 100-meter freestyle as she lost the qualifying round of the US Olympic trials. Instead, she will compete in the 50-meter freestyle in Tokyo, after winning silver in that event in Rio.
Hannah roberts [BMX Freestyle]: Roberts is just 19 and will compete for gold in BMX Freestyle, which makes its debut as a sport at the Tokyo Olympics. At such a young age, Roberts is already a winner of two BMX World Championships and three World Cup events. According to reports, it focuses more on bringing the incredible quality of BMX Freestyle to the world, rather than gold.
Caroline Marc [Surfing]: With BMX Freestyle, surfing also made its Olympic debut, as did surf star Caroline Marks. According to the World Surfing League website. Marks is “the youngest surfer to qualify for the women’s championship and has also provisionally qualified to represent the United States at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics”. The site also mentioned his other accomplishments, including winning the 2018 Rookie of the Year award on the Championship Tour and finishing “the year ranked No.7 in the world”. In her second, the ascent continued when she won two CT events on the Gold Coast and in Portugal she was in the mix for the world title until the final event in Maui.
Kanak Jha and Nikhil Kumar [Table Tennis]: Jha is only 21 years old and had already qualified for the Rio Olympics in 2016 as the youngest American. The youngster has won the United States singles title four times and is currently ranked 26th in the world. In Tokyo, he would be joined by 17-year-old Nikhil Kumar. Together, they will represent the United States in one of the fastest sports in the Olympics.
Colin duffy [Climbing]: Duffy is only 17 years old and one of the youngest to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. According to the USA Climbing website, he started “climbing when he was only five years old at ABC Kids Climbing in Boulder, CO, where he still trains today alongside his Olympic teammate, Brooke Raboutou” . This event is going to be more special for Duffy because with him rock climbing is also making its debut in Tokyo.
Sunisa Lee [Gymnastics]: The 18-year-old is an American Hmong artistic gymnast from St Paul, Minnesota. She started training for the sport when she was only six years old. She was part of a team that won gold at the 2019 World Championships. In addition, Lee also won silver for the floor exercise category and bronze for uneven bars. On the USA Gymnastics website, career highlights include: “2021 Winter Cup uneven bars champion and silver medalist on beam and 2019 United States uneven bars champion, silver medalist in the all-around competition and bronze medalist in floor exercises. ” After securing a spot on the US Olympic team, Lee told Alabama.com, “I’ve worked so hard for the past two years, and going out and doing whatever I was supposed to do is amazing.”
Noah lyles [Athletics]: Lyles would aim for the 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles. The 23-year-old, who is quite famous for his patterned socks, his love of painting and the “ICON” tattoo on his rib cage, is fast becoming one of the biggest names in the sport. Not only is his breathtaking speed, but his playful personality is also very attractive. He once said, “Too many people are caught not having fun when they run.
Nyjah huston [Skateboarding]: Huston is said to be the highest paid skater in the world. With skateboarding making its Olympics debut, the 26-year-old is set to represent the United States. In April 2020, he wrote for The Players’ Tribune, where he said, “Every day I’m inside I swear I’m thinking about going to Tokyo in 2021 and putting on those Nike jerseys from the American team. Hope we are doing the right thing for our fans, for the people who have helped the sport reach this point. And I also hope that there will be a little boy or a little girl watching in the park or on television when the time comes.
At the time, Huston added, “It’s strange to me that skating isn’t on a bigger stage more often because of the number of kids doing it all over the world. It is an easily accessible sport with parks all over the country. You don’t need a ton of cash or equipment to do this.
Nevin harrison [Sprint Canoeing]: The 19-year-old is the first American canoeist to win a world championship medal. The Seattle-based young star was just 17 in 2019 when she won gold in the C1 200m at the 2019 ICF Sprint Canoe World Championships in Hungary. She told Tokyo 2020 in February: “I make training my number one priority no matter what. Keeping the Olympics in mind has always kept me very focused on my goals. I am fortunate to be surrounded by a great team and a great coach, who help me and guide me in this crazy period. Right now I’m training in Florida with Team USA. Training was really tough last year when Covid was hitting really hard, but over time we learned to deal with the pandemic and make training as normal as possible. We are lucky because we can work out in the gym and on the water every day.