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Less than one year to the Tokyo Olympics

The XXXII Olympic Summer Games will be held in Tokyo next year. There will be inspirational victories, crushing defeats, and inevitably, controversies involving athlete performance. Politics will play out on the global stage, ideally by showing signs of unity and sportsmanship among the international assembly of athletes. However, it likely will also involve Tweets from the White House. There will be laps in the pool and on the track. Balls will be thrown, caught, kicked, blocked and shot.

No one can tell the future beyond the above certainties, but here are some likely story lines involving athletes from the U.S. during the 2020 Olympic Games:

  • Gymnastics: Simone Biles’ performance in the 2016 Olympics was dazzling, but her and the entire team’s continued dominance, unfortunately, includes the baggage that Larry Nassar sexually assaulted her and hundreds of other women’s gymnasts. This will likely continue to be part of the story line regardless of their success or failure.
  • Baseball: We see plenty of baseball here in the U.S., but it is indeed a global sport and baseball-crazed Japan should provide an excellent backdrop for its reintroduction after missing the last two Olympics.
  • Swimming: With Michael Phelps retired, Katie Ledecky and Caleb Dressel will lead the U.S. team as its highest-profile swimmers on a team that should do very well.   
  • Soccer: While the U.S. women build larger trophy cases, the men simply hope to qualify for the first time since 2008. The men’s tournament is a 23-years-old and under junior event, with three exceptions to the age limit to add leadership and star power to each team.
  • Track and field: Usain Bolt’s retirement leaves a vacuum, but there is a large contingent of stars returning, including sprinters Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles.
  • Golf: Added for Rio, organizers are hoping for some star power, but this may still be a big ask for folks used to being well-paid for their work.
  • Basketball: Basketball is a global sport now, and the NBA has many players from other countries, but the U.S. Men’s and Women’s teams should still dominate. The tournament will also now include a new three-on-three category.
  • Tennis: Unlike golf, all the big names will be there for what everyone agrees is a 5th major during the Olympic years. Naomi Osaka trains in the U.S., but she claims Japanese citizenship, and this would be a huge home win for her and the country.

What will be the next Curling?

The U.S. Men’s Curling Team captured the imagination of millions with its awe-shucks attitude and unlikely win. Perhaps, this time it will be a someone in Karate (newly added for this Olympics) or women’s softball. Whatever the sport or team, here’s to hoping the 2020 games are memorable for all the right reasons.  

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