The Summer time Olympic Video games are scheduled to open in Tokyo on Friday. (And sure, they’re nonetheless calling it Tokyo 2020 since they had been initially speculated to be held final 12 months, however had been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.)
For 2 weeks, all eyes shall be on the world’s finest athletes. It’ll function a testomony to the ability of sports activities to unify and a celebration of how arduous these athletes labored to get to their stage. The truth that the Olympics are taking place in any respect acts as a sign of normalcy to the world after a 12 months and a half of pandemic protocols.
Nonetheless, this 12 months’s Olympics, dampened by rising COVID instances in Japan and the persevering with world battle in opposition to the virus, shall be significantly totally different than years’ previous. There will not be any in-person spectators, and there are strict guidelines for athletes within the Olympic Village.
Lower than a third of Japan’s inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated. Tokyo, which is at the moment in its fourth state of emergency, logged instances at a six-month high only one week earlier than the video games are set to start. Some athletes within the Olympic Village have begun to check optimistic, together with an American woman who’s an alternate for the gymnastics workforce.
That is the fourth time Japan has hosted the Olympics, and Tokyo’s second time internet hosting the Summer time Video games. (A full information on the place to stream occasions is accessible from NBC.)
There are greater than 600 members of the U.S. Olympic workforce heading throughout the Pacific beneath these unprecedented circumstances. That features 25 athletes who name New England dwelling.
Here is a take a look at our native athletes, in no explicit order:
Austin Hack was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and raised in Previous Lyme, Connecticut. He graduated from Stanford College in 2014, with a level in political science. He’ll compete within the males’s eight workforce, as he did within the 2016 Rio Olympics, the place they got here in fourth place.
Liam Corrigan is from Previous Lyme, Connecticut. He graduated from Harvard College in 2019 and can make his Olympic debut as a part of the lads’s 4 workforce.
Gia Doonan is from Rochester, Massachusetts, and graduated from the the College of Texas at Austin in 2017. She’s going to compete within the Olympics for the primary time as a part of the ladies’s eight workforce.
Conor Harrity can also be a first-time Olympian and hails from Weston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard College in 2018, the place he served as workforce captain of the rowing workforce. He’ll be competing within the males’s eight workforce.
Cicely Madden is from Weston, Massachusetts, and attended Brown College. As a senior in 2018, she was awarded the extremely coveted Frederick W. “Doc” Marvel 1894 Award, celebrating scholarship, athletic efficiency and management. She’ll be competing within the ladies’s quadruple sculls occasion.
Andrew Reed is from Wayland, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard College in 2014. He’ll be competing within the males’s 4 occasion.
Alexander Richards is from Watertown, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard College in 2018. He’ll be competing within the males’s eight occasion with former Crimson teammate, Conor Harrity.
Regina Salmons is a first-time Olympian from Methuen, Massachusetts. She graduated from College of Pennsylvania in 2018, the place she studied English and pre-law. She received a Scholar Athlete Award in 2017 and 2018 from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Affiliation (CRCA). She’ll row within the ladies’s eight occasion.
Gevvie Stone is a two-time Olympian from Newton, Massachusetts. She competed within the 2012 London Video games, in addition to the 2016 Rio Video games — the place she received the silver medal within the single sculls. This 12 months, she’ll be competing within the single sculls occasion. She follows the footsteps of her mother and father, Gregg Stone and Lisa Hansen, each of whom had been members of the U.S. Nationwide Rowing Group. She is a graduate of Princeton College and Tufts College Faculty of Medication. She paused her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Middle to coach for the Summer time Video games.
Kristi Wagner is from Weston, Massachusetts. She graduated from Yale College in 2015. She received the double sculls occasion on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Group Trials, and shall be competing in the identical occasion through the Video games.
Anders Weiss is a second-time Olympian from Barrington, Rhode Island. He competed within the 2016 Rio Olympics, putting 11th within the pair occasion. He graduated from Brown College in 2016, the place he studied economics. He’ll be competing within the males’s 4 occasion.
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Wadeline Jonathas attended highschool in Worcester, Massachusetts. She graduated from the College of South Carolina this 12 months. She helped the U.S. win gold within the ladies’s 4×400 relay on the world championships in Qatar in 2019. She’ll compete in Tokyo within the 400-meter occasion in addition to the 4×400 relay.
Elle Purrier St. Pierre is from Montgomery, Vermont. She graduated from the College of New Hampshire in 2018 as probably the most adorned athlete within the faculty’s historical past. A former dairy farmer, she represented the USA on the 2019 World Athletics Championships, competing within the ladies’s 5,000-meter. She’ll compete within the 1,500-meters occasion in Tokyo.
Heather MacLean is from Peabody, Massachusetts. She graduated from UMass in 2017. Most just lately, she received first place within the 1,500-meters occasion through the 2021 New Stability Indoor Grand Prix. She’ll compete in the identical occasion in Tokyo.
Molly Seidel calls Boston her hometown and she or he attended the College of Notre Dame. She positioned second through the U.S. Olympic Group Trials for the marathon occasion, which she’ll be operating in Tokyo.
Kristi Kirshe is from Franklin, Massachusetts. She graduated from Williams Faculty in 2017, the place she was a star soccer participant. She picked up rugby throughout faculty, and is now heading to her first Olympics on the ladies’s sevens workforce.
Ilona Maher is from Burlington, Vermont. She graduated in 2018 from Quinnipiac College, the place she earned All-American Honors. Her faculty workforce held three titles within the Nationwide Intercollegiate Rugby Affiliation. She was additionally honored in 2017 with the MA Sorenson Award, delivered to the very best ladies’s rugby participant in faculty athletics. She’s going to be a part of Kirshe on the ladies’s sevens workforce.
Michael Hixon is from Amherst, Massachusetts. and graduated from Indiana College in 2018. He’ll compete within the 3-meter occasion. In Rio in 2016, he received silver within the synchronized 3-meter, and positioned 10th within the particular person 3-meter occasion.
Jessica Parratto is from Dover, New Hampshire. She graduated from Indiana College in 2019. Like Hixon, she competed within the 2016 Rio Video games, putting 10th within the particular person 10-meter, and seventh within the synchronized 10-meter. She’s going to compete within the 10-meter occasion in Tokyo.
Eli Dershwitz is from Sherborn, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard College in 2019. He shall be competing within the particular person and workforce occasions, as he did within the 2016 Rio Video games.
Andrew Mackiewicz is a first-time Olympian from Westwood, Massachusetts. He graduated in 2018 from Pennsylvania State College, the place he studied advertising. He is a two-time Males’s Sabre NCAA Nationwide Champion. He’ll be competing in particular person and workforce occasions.
Lindi Schroeder is from Andover, Massachusetts. The 19-year-old would be the first Massachusetts resident to compete in synchronized swimming in over a decade.
Rashida Ellis is from Lynn, Massachusetts. She received a bronze medal on the 2019 world championships and was named USA Boxing’s Elite Feminine Boxer of the 12 months. She’ll compete within the light-weight class.
Stuart McNay is a three-time Olympian who lives in Windfall, Rhode Island. He was born and raised within the Boston space, after which graduated from Yale College in 2005. This shall be McNay’s fourth Olympics. He’ll compete within the males’s two-person dinghy (470) occasion.
Kieran Smith is a 21-year-old Olympian from Ridgefield, Connecticut. He at the moment attends the College of Florida. He holds the NCAA, SEC and the American file for the 500 freestyle swim occasion.
Editor’s Observe: This publish is primarily sourced from biographies supplied by Group USA. We acknowledge the listing might not be exhaustive of all New England connections and we encourage you to tell us if there’s one other native, or a correction, you would like us to look into. To take action, please fill out this form.