With the almost certain insistence that the Olympic games will be going ahead without delay, fans will once again be getting their hopes up to see some of the exciting games and perhaps the most viewed sporting event in the world. With a huge number of athletes taking part in the games, there are always the stand outs to watch at the games, so who are the athletes you should be keeping an eye out for at this year’s games?
Simone Biles, US, Gymnastics – Often considered the G.O.A.T of women’s gymnastics and gymnastics as a whole, Biles is the most decorated gymnast in history with the skills that have continued to set her apart from the rest of the competition. After winning four golds in Rio at the 2016 games, Biles could be the first woman in 53 years to defend an Olympic all-around title and will certainly be looking to expand over the last performance by capturing all five Olympic golds this time around after narrowly missing out. At 24 years of age, she’s a little over the average age for gymnasts in the sport, but there are much older athletes that have competed too so her reign on top could still last for a long time to come.
Naomi Osaka, US/Japan, Tennis – Although Osaka grew up in the US, she is a Japanese citizen and arguably one of the countries biggest sporting stars right now as a tennis prodigy and a representation of Japan’s new vision for embracing multiculturalism. Osaka spent a bit of time in the public eye recently around the French Open after being fined and pulling out of the competition for not willing to do a media day citing mental health concerns, and to many has become somewhat the face of a movement to push for change in sports journalism where mental health is quickly becoming a growing point of interest, and a growing concern for those at the top.
Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya, Track & Field – As the first man to break the sub-two-hour marathon run time, Kipchoge is also the defending champion for the Olympic marathon too showing that he can win on courses with different approaches whether those that put a premium on racing and those that put a premium on speed. Whilst the first and currently only marathon runner to break this record, he has helped to set the bar high and there will be many others looking to capture similar success and look to Kipchoge as the blueprint to doing so.