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Get to know your worldwide Olympic athletes!

Simone Manuel (r.) had a moment in Rio. Will she get another?

Simone Manuel (r.) had a second in Rio. Will she get one other?
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There might be hundreds of athletes at this 12 months’s Olympic video games. Some are worldwide celebrities, some will return to their predominant jobs by mid August. However all will get free condoms on the Olympic village.

Good luck containing that “bubble,” IOC!

Whereas we will’t profile each single athlete at Tokyo 2020…21, we will nonetheless provide you with a number of names to observe.

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Gabby Thomas, USA, Monitor and Area

Gabby Thomas, USA, Monitor and Area

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In a latest interview with CBS News, sprinter Gabby Thomas mentioned she has two objectives:

  1. Win gold on the 2021 Olympics
  2. Assist repair racial disparities in well being care

The Harvard alum graduated with a level in neurobiology and world well being /and well being coverage. Now, the runner is pursuing her masters on the College of Texas in public well being. At UT, she research epidemiology and well being care administration.

The racial well being inequalities made clear from the pandemic solely made Thomas extra fervent in her post-track profession alternative.

“What we’re seeing with COVID, and what we noticed with COVID, was nothing that I used to be stunned by, it simply actually solidified that I needed to do what I used to be doing,” she mentioned.

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Sky Brown, Nice Britain, Skateboarding

Sky Brown, Nice Britain, Skateboarding

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Wish to really feel previous and unproductive? At 12-years-old, (12 freaking years previous) Sky Brown will quickly turn out to be one of many youngest Olympians of all time. She’s additionally among the best park skaters in competitors. Brown, who will flip 13 on July 12, is at present ranked No. 3 in the world.

As early as 10 years previous, this Japanese born skater — who competes for Nice Britain — had an endorsement deal from Nike.

She’ll drop in later this month when skateboarding makes its debut on the Olympic video games.

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Abdulrashid Sadulaev, Olympic Athlete from Russia, Wrestling

Abdulrashid Sadulaev, Olympic Athlete from Russia, Wrestling

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Sure, there’s no “Staff Russia” on this 12 months’s Olympics.

Drugs are bad. Remember?

As an alternative we’ll get the “Olympic athletes from Russia.” One title to know from that completely impartial and, I’m certain, drug-free crew is Abdulrashid Sadulaev. He additionally goes by “Russian Tank.”

Sadulaev received gold within the 86kg division in Rio. I don’t find out about you, however I wouldn’t need that tank pointed anyplace close to me.

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John John Florence and Carissa Moore, USA, Browsing

John John Florence and Carissa Moore, USA, Browsing

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Have you ever ever seen LeBron James wave an Ohio flag after a win? What a few Michigan emblem on the again of Serena Williams? After all you haven’t. Most American Olympians don’t compete with their state flag.

However two athletes in a brand new Olympic sport will put on a distinct purple, white, and blue this 12 months.

In most browsing competitions, John John Florence and Carissa Moore signify Hawaii, not america. The islands, which formally turned the fiftieth state in 1959, are believed to be the birthplace of contemporary browsing. Surfers, particularly, take delight in representing the house of the game they love.

However Florence and Moore might be two of 4 Hawaiian surfers heading to Tokyo. All 4 will signify america.

“There’s somewhat little bit of stress with that, going into the Olympics underneath a U.S.A. flag,” Florence advised the New York Times. “I don’t wish to divide in any respect. I’m not anti-anything. I’m pro-Hawaii.”

Carli Lloyd, USA, Soccer

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It has been a banner 12 months for older athletes. Tom Brady received a Tremendous Bowl, Mickelson received a serious and Carli Lloyd might win one other Olympic Gold.

At 39, the soccer star might be the oldest USWNT player to go to a Video games. The 2 time FIFA participant of the 12 months will compete in her fourth Olympics this 12 months.

What’s subsequent? Possibly another NFL tryout?

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Adam Ondra, Czech Republic Sport Climbing

Adam Ondra, Czech Republic Sport Climbing

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The inaugural climbing opponents are screwed over for having to compete in three fully totally different occasions for one Olympic gold. That mentioned, if anybody might seize that medal, it’s Adam Ondra. He spends time on actual rocks and faux rocks, and he’s fairly legendary on each sorts of partitions. That ought to set him up properly for the bouldering, velocity climbing, and lead climbing occasions at this 12 months’s Video games.

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Sue Hen, USA, Basketball

Sue Hen, USA, Basketball

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There aren’t too many 2021 Olympians who’ve performed in each Video games since 2004. The ageless surprise Sue Hen is one.

She’ll attempt to assist Staff USA win its seventh consecutive Gold medal.

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Luka Dončić, Slovenia, Basketball

Luka Dončić, Slovenia, Basketball

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The younger NBA famous person helped lead Slovenia to its first ever Olympic video games.

However what would imply extra to Luka, an NBA title or an Olympic gold?

Yeah, each sound good, too.

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Simone Manuel, USA, Swimming

Simone Manuel, USA, Swimming

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After shedding her Olympic qualifier within the 100m, the occasion she received in Rio, Manuel made the 50m roster. She received the qualifier by one one hundredth of a second.

“This 12 months has been tough, particularly the final couple months,” Manuel advised NBC after her race. “However earlier than I dove in, I felt prefer it was my second.”

We’ll see if she will get one other one in Tokyo.

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Katie Ledecky, USA, Swimming

Katie Ledecky, USA, Swimming

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At 15 Ledecky surprisingly received her first 800m freestyle. 4 years later, she left Rio with 4 extra golds, two silvers, and two world information. Not dangerous.

At 24, what extra can she do in Tokyo?

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Laurel Hubbard, New Zealand, Weightlifting

Laurel Hubbard, New Zealand, Weightlifting

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Hubbard would be the first transgender athlete to take part within the Olympics. She participated in males’s weightlifting occasions previous to popping out as transgender in 2013.

The 43-year-old will have the ability to compete within the ladies’s competitors because the IOC now permits transgender athletes to compete as ladies so long as their testosterone ranges are beneath a selected threshold.

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Sydney McLaughlin, USA, Monitor and Area

Sydney McLaughlin, USA, Monitor and Area

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Often, simply qualifying for the Olympics is a life altering occasion for athletes. However what about qualifying for the Video games and breaking a world document? That’s what Sydney McLaughlin just lately did.

The world document McLaughlin broke got here from her teammate, Dalilah Muhammad. Both one might take house the gold in Tokyo.

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Naomi Osaka, Japan, Tennis

Naomi Osaka, Japan, Tennis

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It’s not a grand slam, however Osaka will make her return to worldwide competitors on her phrases after leaving the French Open attributable to psychological well being issues. She additionally opted out of Wimbleton.

She’ll be one of many largest stars in Japan, taking part in on her house turf or, ought to I say, courtroom.

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Simone Biles, USA, Gymnastics

Simone Biles, USA, Gymnastics

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Do I have to spell out G.O.A.T. for you? What else is there to say?

All indicators are pointing to a summer season of Simone in Tokyo. Any occasion she’s in is just about hers to lose.

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Uladzislau Hancharou, Belarus, Trampoline

Uladzislau Hancharou, Belarus, Trampoline

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At 20 Uladzislau Hancharou received gold within the Males’s Trampoline occasion on the 2016 Rio Video games. Can he return to again?

I do not know. However I can watch this sport all day. You most likely can, too.

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April Ross and Alix Klineman, USA, Seaside Volleyball

April Ross and Alix Klineman, USA, Seaside Volleyball

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April Ross has a brand new associate in Tokyo. After profitable bronze with Kerri Walsh Jennings in Rio, Ross has a brand new teammate in Klineman.

The brand new duo goal to be the primary American ladies to win seashore volleyball gold since 2012.

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Rosie MacLennan, Canada, Trampoline

Rosie MacLennan, Canada, Trampoline

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Thought I used to be executed providing you with trampoline movies to observe? Nope.

Rosie MacLennan has received not one, however two (back-to-back) gold medals for the north. Can she get No. 3 in Tokyo?

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Hannah Mills, Nice Britain, Crusing

Hannah Mills, Nice Britain, Crusing

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Mills received gold for Staff GB in Rio with Saskia Clark. However she’s additionally the founding father of Big Plastic Pledge. It’s a corporation that goals to eradicate single use plastics in sports activities — one thing, sadly, we see lots in MLB dugouts and different sporting occasions.

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Gwen Berry, USA, Monitor and Area

Gwen Berry, USA, Monitor and Area

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In the event you don’t know Gwen Berry’s title by now, that rock you’re residing underneath have to be heavy as hell.

However, severely, for those who don’t, enable my colleague Carron Phillips to explain.

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Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya, Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya, Marathon

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You received’t see a “marathon GOAT” phase on First Take for a mess of causes. But when that they had one, it could finish early. Identical to Eliud Kipchoge’s races.

He’s, fairly merely, the perfect runner on the market. In 2019, Kipchoge turned the one particular person to run 26.2 miles in under two hours. So, can anybody catch the 2016 gold medalist in 2021?

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Allyson Felix, USA, Monitor and Area

Allyson Felix, USA, Monitor and Area

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The 35-year-old sprinter and new mom will compete in her fifth Olympics. She already has 9 Olympic medals, six of that are gold.

Can we get yet one more in Tokyo, please?

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Henny Reistad, Norway, Handball

Henny Reistad, Norway, Handball

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Henny Reistad might be taking part in in her first Olympics for Norway — a crew that would win gold in Tokyo. As my faculty Jesse Spector notes, she’s positively one to observe.

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Bryson DeChambeau, USA, Golf

Bryson DeChambeau, USA, Golf

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Solely 4 American golfers can qualify for the mens and womens Olympic crew, respectively. With Dustin Johnson opting out of the Video games, that places Bryson DeChambeau within the No. 4 slot. Who’re the alternates? Patrick Cantlay is the first reserve. Then it’s both Patrick Reed or, you guessed it, Brooks Koepka.

If DeChambeau grabs a medal whereas Brooks stays house, count on the pissing contest to continue.

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica, Monitor and Area

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica, Monitor and Area

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Thought age would gradual Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce down? Nope. The Jamaican speedster just lately turned the second-fastest woman of all time earlier than the beginning of this 12 months’s Olympics. She ran a 100m race in 10.63 seconds. Sheesh.

She already has six Olympic medals within the bag. What number of extra can she add in Tokyo?

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Race Imboden, USA, Fencing

Race Imboden, USA, Fencing

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On the 2019 Pan-Am Video games, the two-time Olympian was placed on probation by the USOC for kneeling on the medal stand. He mentioned he knelt to protest towards racism, gun management, mistreatment of immigrants, and then-President’s Trump’s vitriol.

The one time Imboden took an Olympic podium was in 2016, as a Bronze medalist.

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Ryo Kiyuna, Japan, Karate

Ryo Kiyuna, Japan, Karate

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Kiyuna contracted coronavirus in December 2020, however he’s nonetheless the Olympic favourite within the Kata occasion. The 30 12 months previous is from Okinawa, the house of karate.

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Brady Ellison, USA, Archery

Brady Ellison, USA, Archery

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Ellison owns a number of medals, however none are Olympic gold. He received a silver in London and Rio and a further bronze in 2016, too. He’s been a world No. 1 earlier than. Can he lastly be No. 1 on the rostrum?

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Damian Warner, Canada, Decathlon

Damian Warner, Canada, Decathlon

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From time to time, one scorching take artist or twitter meathead will go on some diatribe about his — it’s often his — opinion on which sport is the toughest. Has anybody ever talked about the decathlon? You already know, the game with actually 10 occasions in it. No? Properly, meet Damian Warner. He’s among the best decathletes on the earth.

The 2016 bronze medalist will search for one other spot on the rostrum in Tokyo.

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Cat Osterman, USA, Softball

Cat Osterman, USA, Softball

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The 38-year-old softball legend is out of retirement and again on crew USA.

Osterman, the one athlete on the crew with an Olympic Gold, needs so as to add one other to her assortment and assist her teammates win the revived worldwide competitors.

“I’m actually motivated for this youthful technology. I believe there was an Olympic dream that they misplaced as a result of [softball] obtained voted out after 2008,” she told Deadspin.“To have the ability to be a part of this journey with them and hopefully give them an opportunity to face on that high podium in Tokyo, that’s actually what motivates me on a regular basis.”

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Masahiro Tanaka, Japan, Baseball

Masahiro Tanaka, Japan, Baseball

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The previous Yankees ace and present professional in his house nation was just lately named to Japan’s 24-man roster. Tanaka competed in baseball in 2008, earlier than the occasion was pulled. He’ll be a part of different ex-major leaguers on the video games.

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Vashti Cunningham, USA, Monitor and Area

Vashti Cunningham, USA, Monitor and Area

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America’s greatest excessive jumper will take part in her first Olympic video games this summer season. In qualifying she recorded a personal best at 6 toes, 7½ inches.

Oh, and does the final title ring a bell? It ought to. Vashti is the daughter of former NFL QB Randall Cunningham.

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Jessica Springsteen, USA, Equestrian

Jessica Springsteen, USA, Equestrian

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Talking of well-known final names, right here’s one other. Springsteen, 29, will make her Olympic debut in Tokyo. She’s ranked twenty seventh on the earth in present leaping and apparently has a decent chance to win a medal.

Operating is overrated. Jessica was born to trip.

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Megan Rapinoe, USA, Soccer 

Megan Rapinoe, USA, Soccer 

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Rapinoe is in a league of her personal. At 36, this may very well be her final Olympic Video games. Which, certain, is upsetting for the USWNT and all. But it surely’s additionally horrible for these of us who get pleasure from watching the worst people in the world get triggered by athlete-activists like her.

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Nyjah Huston, USA, Skateboarding

Nyjah Huston, USA, Skateboarding

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Huston was as soon as a skateboarding youngster prodigy himself. However now, at 26, he stays among the best road skaters on the earth.

With skateboarding making its debut on the Video games, he’ll get his first likelihood to go for Olympic gold.

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