The Olympic Athletes Competing in the 2021 Games
Laura Lee - September 14, 2020

The Opening Ceremonies for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo was scheduled for July 24th. But due to the worldwide lockdown restrictions and coronavirus pandemic, event organizes postponed the events for a year. In an official statement, the committee said, “In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.”

Until July 23, 2021 rolls around, athletes are still training hard to keep their skills sharp for another year. Many athletes have had to get creative finding new places and ways to train. For example, javelin thrower Jara Winger offered her home as a training space for fellow track and field athlete Ariana Ince. U.S. Olympic Team archer Brady Ellison practices every day on his range at his farm. It’s safe to say the athlete’s lives look different this year, but their sheer will and determination to win has increased double-fold. Here are some other of America’s favorite athletes who are qualified to compete in the games. 

Ryan Lochte

Getty Images/Sport Classic/Alexander Hassenstein

Sport: Swimming

Despite everything going on in the world with the coronavirus pandemic, Lochte told E! News, he is training regularly and is more determined than ever to make history. “I want to get another medal. That means if I get one more medal, I will go down in history as like the second most decorated swimmer of all time and that is something that I really want to do. It’s something that is just a big goal of mine. So hopefully I’ll get that chance.” Over his career, Lochte has won 12 Olympic medals, including a gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle in the 2016 Olypics in Rio.

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