One year from the Olympics! Everything you need to know about Tokyo 2021

July 21 2020 0

^^ Us, when we found out surfing is an official Olympic sport for 2020.

 

The 2020 Summer Olympics have been rescheduled to start in Tokyo, Japan on July 23rd, 2021. We're exactly one year from the start of the festivities, so we're scratching our Olympics itch with everything you need to know about the Tokyo event -- plus some epic highlights from years past! 

What sports are in the Summer Olympics? 

The Summer Olympics run the gamut from archery to Greco-Roman wrestling and everything in between. (You can see the full list here.)

Sports you'll find in Tokyo 2021 include:

  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Cycling 
  • Diving
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial Arts
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Skateboarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling
  • ...and tons more!

Wait, skateboarding and surfing are Olympic sports?

Yup! And we're just as pumped about it as you are. Both surfing and skateboarding are debuting as Olympic sports in Tokyo.

Here are the six new sports making their Olympics debut next year:

  • Sport Climbing (which includes "speed climbing," "bouldering," and "lead climbing")
  • Surfing (specifically shortboard surfing)
  • Skateboarding (including two events: "Street" and "Park" skating)
  • Karate (including kata or form-based karate, and kumite or sparring karate)
  • Baseball and Softball (which took a break starting in 2008, but are temporarily back on the roster for 2020/2021 due to their popularity in Japan)

How have the plans changed for the Tokyo events?

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the world, but preparations for the Tokyo Olympics have not stopped. Tokyo's theme for the historic Torch Relay is "Hope Lights Our Way," an inspiring message for athletes and sports fans around the world as we work together through these troubling times. 

Among Tokyo's plans for the theme include the placement of the Olympic flame at various locations in the Tohoku region, where the devastating impacts of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami were felt hardest. 

You can watch a fantastic (and honestly, kind of adorable) video celebrating the concept here: 

Are you ready for the Summer Olympics? What events are you most looking forward to? We'll be watching the Surfing and Skateboarding competitions with bated breath -- and keeping an eye out for Bomber gear!

P.S. Check out this fantastic collection of Summer Olympics highlights from the 2010s, including Usain Bolt's three-peat, the Fierce Five's Gold win for gymnastics in 2012, and Katie Ledecky shattering TWO swimming world records in 2016. 

Fair warning -- watching the whole video WILL make you want to hit the gym, like, right now.