The athletes who make it to Tokyo deserve an additional badge of braveness. They rearranged their lives for 2 years; hurdled over medical clearances, canceled flights, shifting dwelling preparations, and the maddening feeling of by no means realizing if or when they’ll compete. And their reward? Not a single mom, father or sibling in sight to rejoice or commiserate with them in probably the most seminal second of their athletic lives. For all however a number of in venues outdoors of Tokyo, there might be no howling followers, no faces painted of their nation’s colours, to root them residence that final 50 meters within the pool or on the observe.