With less than a week until the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, the United States’ roster is being finalized. Over 600 U.S. athletes will travel to Japan in hopes of clinching a medal, but there are more to those numbers than meets the eye.
One U.S. Olympian is appearing in his seventh Games. Over 400 other athletes are competing in their first Olympics, including nearly a dozen who are high-school-aged.
At least 14 Olympians are traveling to Tokyo with a sibling while several athletes will compete in the Games alongside their partner – like married cyclists Laura and Jason Kenny, who have won a combined 10 gold medals, and engaged power couple Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird, who have five Olympic golds.
Women lead the way for all returning Olympians in medals won, and they have the numbers to have continued success, with women making up over half of the U.S. Olympic roster.
From medalists to money spent, take a look at some of the numbers surrounding the Tokyo Games:
While nearly half of the United States’ population is fully vaccinated, coronavirus cases have surged to a six-month high in Tokyo a week before the Olympics. On average, there are 757 new COVID-19 cases daily as of July 12, and 80% of people in Japan want the Tokyo Games canceled or postponed until the threat of the virus subsides.
It looks like the Olympics will continue as planned but without at least one country – North Korea, which pulled out of Tokyo citing coronavirus concerns. It is estimated that Japan will spend nearly $900 million on COVID-19 countermeasures, including daily tests for over 11,000 athletes. Still, Japan could suffer catastrophic economic losses – $22 billion by one estimate – by not allowing spectators at the Games in an attempt to keep infection rates from rising even more ReadMore
Source : usatoday