2020 Tokyo Olympics (actually, 2021 but who’s counting?!)

I was looking forward to writing all about the Tokyo Olympics after the 2018 Olympics. Then, COVID appeared and never left. This is going to be known as the freak Olympics of the 21st century. The fact it was postponed for a year and the verdict is still up for debate if the Olympics should’ve been postponed for another year due to the Delta strain spreading all over the U.S. and the world. Let’s just say not enough people are vaccinated and all the progress the U.S. has made seems like yesterday. Different cities and counties and countries are becoming hot spots again including Nevada. The Games went on with or without the COVID virus. I don’t know. It wasn’t my decision. I’m not a part of IOC or the Tokyo government.

On that note, I watched the opening ceremony and probably what a third of it should’ve been. It was plagued with lack of spectators, controversy, and athletes getting sick. I read the beds aren’t that comfortable either. This will be the fourth time Japan has hosted the Olympics. This Summer Olympics started on July 23rd and will end on August 8th. Without going into too much depth because I have other blogs to write, I will recap a few facts and highlights, so far. Looking to the future, the 2022 Olympics will be in Beijing, China from February 4 to 20, the 2024 Olympics will be in Paris, France from July 26 to August 11, the 2026 Olympics will be in Milan-Cortina, Italy from February 6 to 22, and the 2028 Olympics will be in Los Angeles, CA, USA from July 21 to August 6.

  1. There are 33 different events and 50 sports in the 2020/2021 Summer Olympics.
  2. The U.S. failed to medal on the first day of competition.
  3. The host team, Japan, has one gold medal, so far.
  4. Karate, surfing, rock climbing, and skateboarding were added to the competition.
  5. This is the first time the Olympics have been postponed.
  6. There are over 11,000 athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics.
  7. The performers in white and blue suits representing the sports in the Olympics were the best.
  8. It took 1,842 drones to create the moving globe in the sky in the opening ceremony.
  9. India sent 127 athletes to Tokyo. It is the largest delegation for the country, so far.
  10. Naomi Osaka carried the torch to light the Olympic cauldron in the opening ceremony.
  11. This is the 32nd modern Olympics since 1896 that was held in Athens, Greece.
  12. North Korea is not participating in the Olympics.
  13. The motto of this Summer Olympics is “United by Emotion.”
  14. There is a total of 37 Olympic venues.
  15. BMX freestyle has the fewest athletes competing and track and field as the highest athletes competing.
  16. 18-year-old Ahmed Hafnaoui of Tunisia won gold in 400m freestyle, beating Australia and the U.S.
  17. Kohei Uchimura (gymnastics) and Daiya Seto (swimming) failed to quality for a medal.
  18. The heat and humidity has made it harder for the athletes to perform.

And with more events, upsets, wins, and losses to come.

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