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Sports Illustrated Olympics Preview 2021

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8 min
the games go on—with a mission

ON JULY 23, the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Summer Olympics should resemble previous iterations in pomp, if not circumstance. There will be athletes marching, thousands of dreams fulfilled as jubilant fans cheer in full throat. And, of course, there will be choreographed pageantry, staged for a global TV audience that could use a little comfort amid a relentless pandemic. The millions tuning in will see more than mere ceremony at that precise moment. They’ll know that the Tokyo Games—already the first to be postponed since the modern Olympic era began 125 years ago—will actually take place, despite protests, petitions and months of hand-wringing. Viewers will observe a backdrop without precedent, with masks covering faces and the stands, devoid of any spectators from outside of the host country, nowhere near full. The…

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1 min
what’s where

NIPPON BUDOKAN JUDO, KARATE Known as the spiritual home of Japanese martial arts, this is the same arena where judo made its Olympic debut in ’64. OLYMPIC STADIUM TRACK AND FIELD, SOCCER The main venue for the 1964 Games, this 68,000-seat stadium will also host the opening and closing ceremonies. ARIAKE GYMNASTICS CENTER GYMNASTICS This temporary venue with seating for 12,000 will also host Paralympic boccia. ARIAKE URBAN SPORTS PARK BMX, SKATEBOARDING Newly built in the waterfront Aomi district, this action sports venue is close to the Olympic Village. KOKUGIKAN ARENA BOXING Typically used for sumo wrestling, this arena in Ryogoku is bowl-shaped, providing great sight lines for around 11,000. TOKYO AQUATICS CENTER SWIMMING, DIVING After the Games, the new venue in Tatsumi-no-Mori Seaside Park will also be a facility for Tokyo residents. VENUE KEY 2 TOKYO METROPOLITAN GYMNASIUM TABLE TENNIS, WHEELCHAIR TABLE TENNIS 3 YOYOGI NATIONAL STADIUM HANDBALL, BADMINTON, WHEELCHAIR RUGBY 5…

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3 min
blood brothers

IF THE Tokyo Games had gone off as scheduled last summer, they would have marked the centennial of the first great Olympic star turn. As it is, it’s been 101 years since fencer Nedo Nadi won five gold medals—two individual and three team—while competing for Italy in Antwerp, Belgium. No athlete had a bigger haul at one Olympic Games until U. swimmer Mark Spitz earned seven in 1972. That 1920 Italian squad also included Nadi’s younger brother, Aldo, who in addition to three team golds took a silver in sabre, finishing second to Nedo (center, right) in the final round. Aldo (center, left) would later move to the U.S., where he coached Hollywood swashbucklers such as Douglas Fairbanks and Errol Flynn. Yet there’s something even more interesting about the Nadi brothers:…

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2 min
age is nothing but a number

HEND ZAZA SYRIA › Table Tennis 12 The fifthyoungest Olympian ever and the youngest in Tokyo, Zaza is the only Syrian player to win national titles in four age groups: hopes, cadets, junior and senior. SKY BROWN GREAT BRITAIN › Skateboarding 13 Born in Miyazaki, Japan, Brown learned her craft through YouTube videos, becoming Nike’s youngest sponsored athlete. In 2019, she took bronze at the world championships. EVY LEIBFARTH U.S. › Canoe Slalom 17 A 2019 Pan American Games gold medalist in the extreme kayak single (K1), Leibfarth is the U.S.’s youngest Olympian in the sport and will compete in the K1 and canoe single (C1) slalom events. SONAM MALIK INDIA › Wrestling 19 A two-time cadet world champion, Malik reached the 62 kg finals at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers, becoming India’s youngest female wrestler to secure a spot in the…

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2 min
the watch list

FRIDAY, JULY 23 Opening Ceremony Baseball, softball and soccer begin two days earlier, but the Games truly commence at 7 a.m.* with the first-ever live morning broadcast of an opening ceremony in NBC’s history. SATURDAY, JULY 24 Men’s Street Skateboarding In a new event that kicks off the extreme sports slate at 8 p.m., Nyjah Huston of the U.S. looks to add Olympic gold to his 19 X Games medals, but Japan’s Yuto Horigome will have a say in that. TUESDAY, JULY 27 Men’s and Women’s Surfing Tsurigasaki Beach will host the finals, starting at 7 p.m., for one of five new sports in Tokyo. THURSDAY, JULY 29 Women’s Gymnastics All-around Final At 6:50 a.m., Simone Biles will compete for her first individual gold of the Games after winning four golds and a bronze in Rio. FRIDAY, JULY 30 Women’s 800 Meter Freestyle…

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1 min
cutting edge

ROBOTS toyota › Mascots, Field Support, T-HR3 A fleet of friendly support robots will roam the Games: likenesses of Tokyo’s official Olympic mascots, Miraitowa and Someity, will greet visitors; miniature cars will transport javelins and discuses; and the humanoid, 5-foot-tall T-HR3 will deliver high-fives. DRIVERLESS CAR toyota › e-Palette Athletes and staff will be transported around the Olympic and Paralympic Village in rectangular shuttles with top-to-bottom, semi-translucent windows. With room for 20 passengers, each has an automated driving system, maxing out at 12 mph. RECYCLED MEDALS Olympic Committee › The People of Tokyo Tokyo organizers used 78,985 tons of donations of small electronics, including 6.21 million old mobile phones, to extract 71 pounds of gold, 7,716 pounds of silver and 4,850 pounds of bronze to make 5,000 medals. Podiums are also constructed with recycled plastic…

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