Bryson DeChambeau grew up watching the Olympics and wishing that someday he would be able to take part. Although the sport was a part of the Olympic program early in the 20th Century, it was dropped from 1904 until it returned for Rio de Janeiro in 2016. “There was never a thought in my mind — before 2016, obviously — that I thought I was going to be in the Olympics,” he said this week after making the field for the Tokyo Games.
The Tokyo Olympics, already delayed by the pandemic, are not looking like much fun: Not for athletes. Japan is famous for running on consensus. “The IOC also seems to think that public opinion in Japan is not important.”
Ledecky has five golds from the past two Games and needs three more to equal retired compatriot Jenny Thompson's record eight for a female swimmer (1992-2000). At Rio 2016 she won four golds and a silver and was the most decorated female athlete along with U.S. gymnast Simone Biles. In Tokyo she can win the 800m free for the third Games in a row, having first won it in London as a 15-year-old.