Checking In On Olympics for an Open Thread

US Flag, backlit; photo by jnn13

Hey, the postponed 2020 Summer Olympics are almost here. They will begin Friday, July 23 and end Sunday, August 8.

It’s weird, I don’t know what to think about this. I mean, they just had 10,000 volunteers walk out according to a New York Times report on Friday. Grant it, that was out of 80,000, but still.

With only ~3% of Japan’s population vaccinated concerns and worries are growing and a “recent poll finding that more than 80 percent of people in Japan did not want Tokyo to host the Games.” Which begs the question, why are they only at 3%, how is that even possible?

Anyway, as it stands now, for better or worse it looks like it’s a go.

I ran across an RT on Simone Biles and highlights of U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Championship which led me to @NBCOlympics, “The official home of NBC’s coverage of the Olympics and Paralympics” so, I thought we could take a look at what is happening here in the U.S.

According to the Washington Post

The United States is anticipating sending about 600 athletes to the Tokyo Olympics. It could be the country’s largest Olympic contingent since the 1996 Atlanta Games, which included more than 640 American athletes. The first Tokyo-bound American athlete qualified for the Summer Games in July 2019. The group will continue to grow through the end of June, and the full Team USA roster must be finalized by the first week of July.

Washington Post; June 4, 2021

First up, U.S. Women’s gymnasts. The women and men both are competing for U.S. Gymnastics Champions this weekend in Fort Worth.

Looks like we have a new event going to debut, skateboarding. Not quite feeling it, but oookay.

This is an Open Thread

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