Are you ready?

The Opening Ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, postponed from last year because of the pandemic, is tomorrow, Friday, July 23, with the closing ceremony on Sunday, August 8. This year’s Summer Olympic Games will have nearly 340 events scheduled to take place across 33 sports, making it one of the largest ever.

Like many recent sporting events, this will be a virtual one and there will not be any (or many) spectators to cheer during the Olympic Games. “We would ask people to support athletes from home,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said.

As Olympic hopefuls are ready to follow their dream, here are some things to know about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


What’s the schedule?

The Opening Ceremony will be held on July 23 at 7 a.m. EDT/4 a.m. PDT. For the full schedule of events, click here. NBC is covering the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo on NBC, Peacock,, and NBC Sports.


What are the new competitions at the Tokyo Olympics?

Sport climbing will make its debut at the Tokyo Olympics as one of the sports making a first appearance. Karate, skateboarding, and surfing are the other new sports that will surely provide many highlights. Baseball and softball are returning to the program for the first time since 2008.


Try an Olympic Day Workout

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic theme is let’s get #StrongerTogether and #StayActive.  Need a source for inspired Olympic Day workouts with the world’s best athletes? Check out

There are plenty of tips and tutorials with Olympic medalists and athletes, such as “How to improve your weightlifting” and “How to master Backstroke Swimming.”  You can also “Train with an Olympic State of Mind” and learn to visualize success, motivate yourself, use mindfulness to remain calm and more.


Born to Ride

Jessica Springsteen, Bruce Springsteen’s daughter, is one of the equestrian riders representing the U.S.  as part of the show jumping team. Will there be glory days ahead?


The Sustainable Games

From Mobile Phones to Olympic Medals: “The Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals will be made from recycled precious metals collected from mobile phones and other electronic devices donated by the public.” A total of 6.21 million used mobile phones handed in by the public.


Gold Medal Moment: Muhammad Ali Lights the Olympic Cauldron

It’s been a quarter-century since boxing legend and Olympian Muhammad Ali – still The Greatest – lifted the torch with an iron will and a shaking hand to light the Olympic cauldron at the Opening Ceremonies in Atlanta. Here’s the video (and it’s a knockout):

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