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American Athletes to Watch Out for in the Tokyo Olympics

Wed 28 July 2021 | 8:49

The capital of Japan is ready to launch the Olympic Games.

However, this year's events will be quite different from other Olympic occasions as the Japanese government has decided, in a bid to curb the spread of the virus, to ban spectators.

Moreover, athletes will be subject to strict covid measures. For instance, they must remain in their team bubbles on arrival to Tokyo for the first few days and take frequent tests.

However, while seeing the Olympic Games in person this year isn't possible, the luxury of modern technology enables viewers across the US and the globe to immerse themselves in the games regardless.

American Athletes in the Tokyo Olympics:

As such, Americans can still revel in the glory of the Olympic Games.

For patriotic Americans wishing to support their country's own born and bred athletes. Here is a rundown of highly talented, driven, and passionate sports persons to look out for and hedge their bets on this summer.

A'ja Wilson

Women's Basketball

Las Vegas Aces player A'ja Wilson was the top pick for the women's basketball squad this year. The professional basketballer has been a part of the US team since 2017.

A few of Wilson's outstanding achievements over the past few years include being the youngest team member to win the

FIBA World Cup

in 2018.

In addition, and due to a unanimous vote, A'ja became the 5th youngest player in history to be named a WNBA MVP in 2020.

These are a few of many reasons why Wilson is one player to watch during the games.

The women's basketball team has, over time, proved to be one of America's most promising teams to win gold at the Olympics. For instance, the team has earned six gold medals in a row, alongside 49 consecutive wins.

With A'ja joining the squad, fans are confident the WNBA team has secured their fate as a gold-winning team.

Allyson Felix 

Women's Track and Field

 

Among sports fans and Olympic event enthusiasts, 35-year-old Allyson Felix is a well-known athlete across America. Having accumulated nine medals in four previous Olympic events, three of which were silver and six were gold.

In Tokyo, the athlete will compete in the 400. In the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Allyson won second place in the 400 competition.

Her experience at Olympic events and a history of earning a string of medals makes Allyson Felix a favourite among US fans to watch and win 1st place this year.

David Boudia

Diving

Indiana Olympic diver David has previously won four Olympic medals from a 10m platform.

However, due to a severe concussion induced by an ill-performed dive during a training session in February 2018. The 31-year-old athlete

has changed his Olympic entry

, swapping the 10m platform to compete in the 3m springboard competition instead.

Should David succeed and gain an Olympic medal in Tokyo this year, he will be on par with diver Greg Louganis for earning the most awards as a US diver.

Despite David's setback a few years ago, he still has some

great odds

for the Olympic Games, and supporters believe he shall enchant the judges in the 3m diving competition this year.

Simone Biles

Women's gymnastics

With an impressive track record performing complex moves, Biles has won every team and single all-around competition since her debut back in 2013.

 

Simone youtube clip

This year, the 24-year-old from Houston is predicted to become the first lady to gain a repeat as an all-around Olympic champion in over 50 years.

Simone almost gained five gold medals

at the Rio games in 2016 and is expected to tackle this challenge in the upcoming gymnastic tournaments.

If Biles succeeds, she will become the first woman in the US to earn five gold medals in the all-around competition.

Alexander Massialas

Fencing

An American male is yet to claim an Olympic title in fencing, which makes the motivation and anticipation of watching 27-year-old Alex combat his opponents to a hopeful victory all the more exciting.

Before Rio, Alexander was ranked the no.1 fencer across the globe. And during the last Olympic games, he came close to winning the title. That is until Danielle Garrozo, Italy's competitor, defeated the US fencer during the individual foil final.

But, with an additional year to train, there's potential Alexander has upped his game. And he's ready and determined to become the first American male to

bring home a gold

Olympic medal for fencing this year.

Heimana Reynolds

Men's Skateboarding

This year Tokyo will add five new sporting events to its calendar, and skateboarding is one of them.

With the opportunity to become the first Olympic skateboarding gold medalist in history, it's a desirable position to attain, particularly for ambitious pro skateboarder Heimana.

23-year-old Reynolds, from Hawaii, is in the run-up to potentially win gold in the men's skateboarding park competition this year.

Heimanas' life has revolved around skateboarding since he was a child. After years of training with his coach (Heimanas father), the skateboarder's efforts have paid off as he won the Park World Championship in 2019, following a year before finishing second.

The Olympic Games entice all, even those who are not avid sports watchers.

By watching the events on screen and placing bets on the talented athletes above to bring home gold. Everyone can enjoy the events and support the US Olympic team on their quest towards a hopeful victory.


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