Tokyo 2021 Olympics

The athletes to Watch

Confirmation that the Tokyo Olympics will take place this summer from July 23rd to August 8th sent sports fans all over the world into an exciting spin. The most famous sporting event will be held in Tokyo for the first time since 1964 and features a range of sports including skateboarding and surfing for the first time. With so many different matches and competitions to watch, here are a few tips on what you should tune in to.

Sky Brown: Skateboarding, Great Britain 

This skateboarding prodigy, just 12 years old, will become the youngest Olympian to ever compete in the games. Brown has had a passion for the sport since she was a very young child. Despite suffering a serious injury not long ago, in which she fractured her skull, Brown is determined to not only compete at the games (and break a record in doing so!) but also to win gold for Team GB.

Stephanie Gilmore: Surfing, Australia

Gilmore has always hoped that surfing would be recognised at the Olympics, and now that dream has become a reality. After winning seven world champion titles, Gilmore is ready to win Olympic gold for Australia. A passionate feminist, Gilmore hopes that achieving this historical medal will also encourage young women to give the sport a go.

 

David Boudia: Diving, USA

Boudia’s fans will be watching him with bated breath this summer, given that he is one medal away from matching Greg Louganis, the former record holder for the most medals in US diving history. However, after suffering a serious concussion in 2018, caused by the athlete landing on his head and his stomach from a 33-feet dive, fans question whether Boudia will succeed.

Naomi Osaka: Tennis, Japan

Osaka has already caught the attention of the media when in 2020, she renounced her American citizenship, allowing her to compete for Japan in the Olympics. However, this year, it will be Osaka’s first time at the Olympics and she hopes to be the first Japanese woman to win an Olympic medal in the sport. But with the fierce competition, such as Serena Williams (ranked 9th in the world) it really is all up for grabs.

Janja Garnbret: Sport Climbing, Slovenia 

Garnbret is reaching new heights this summer, competing for her country in the climbing debut at the Olympics. She certainly is an athlete to watch, as she has dominated the sport in recent years, winning all six bouldering events at the 2020 World Cup. Garnbret claims to have always loved climbing, and that the sport has allowed her to “fall in love with life.”

Eliud Kipchoge: Athletics, Kenya 

Marathon fans eagerly await this year’s race, with Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge possibly becoming the third person in history to win the Olympic marathon twice. Given that he already holds the record for the fastest marathon run in history (1 hour and 59 minutes), it would take an extremely speedy sprinter to beat him. This race promises to be a very exciting watch this summer.