Athletes to watch during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020


The long awaited Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics officially started following a pandemic that postponed the Games for a year. Although the spectators in person will not be allowed due to emergency state prompted by COVID-19 in Japan, there is still a lot to look forward to this year as several Olympians have the potential to make history.

Keep track of these eight standout stars in this year’s competition with the following schedules, and see more coverage at CBS Sports. All events are provisional and shown in Eastern Time. Live coverage of the events will be broadcast live on Peacock and rebroadcast on NBC, NBCSN and USA.

1. Erriyon Knighton, Athletics, USA

At 17, Erriyon Knighton earlier this year broke a record Usain Bolt had held for 18 years. He ran the 200-meter race in 20.11 seconds, breaking Bolt’s record in 2003, when he ran the same race in 20.13 seconds, according to CBS Sports. Knighton is the youngest American to join the track team since the 1964 Olympics.

Watch when Knighton could compete:

Monday August 2

tuesday 3 august

wednesday 4 august

2. Naomi Osaka, Tennis, Japan

Representing her homeland of Japan, 23-year-old Naomi Osaka will fight for gold in this year’s competition. the four times On Friday, the Grand Slam singles champion became the first tennis player in Olympic history to light up the famous game cauldron during the opening ceremony, according to the Women’s tennis association. She was the first Asian player to hold the No. 1 ranking in tennis and is currently ranked No. 2 in the world.

Osaka took a hiatus from competition this summer after took of of the French Open 2021 to protect his mental health. She also skipped Wimbledon in 2021, but will return to the courts in contention for Japan’s first tennis gold at the Olympics.

Watch when Osaka could compete:

Saturday July 24

  • Ladies’ first round, 10 p.m. Def. Zheng Saisai, China, 6-1 6-4

Sunday July 25

Monday July 26

Wednesday July 28

Thursday July 28

Saturday July 31

3. Kevin Durant, basketball, United States

Kevin Durant, 32, of the Brooklyn Nets, is looking to become the second player in American basketball history to win three gold medals, according to the Tokyo Olympic Games Organizing Committee. Durant is one of four male basketball players selected for three or more Olympic teams and has played on 11 different US basketball teams.

The United States men’s team has won a medal in all 18 Olympic games they have competed in, the NBA reported. As the leader of the national team in Tokyo this year, Durant is tasked with extending their streak.

Watch when Durant could compete:

Sunday July 25

Wednesday July 28

Friday July 31

tuesday 3 august

Monday August 5

Tuesday August 6

wednesday 7 august

4. Sky Brown, Skate, Great Britain

At 13, Sky Brown is the the youngest British athlete competing in the Olympics this year as skateboarding makes its Olympic debut. In 2019, Brown became the first female skater to land a “frontside 540” in X Games history. She took part in her first competition when she was only 7 years old and at 8 years old she became the youngest girl to compete as a professional. A week before the start of the Olympics, she won gold at the Women’s Skateboard Park at the X Games. In 2018, Brown also became the very first winner of “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors”.

Watch when Brown could compete:

Monday July 26

  • Street women’s preliminary series 1-4; To be determined
  • Women’s street final, TBD

wednesday 4 august

  • Preliminary rounds of the women’s park 1-4; To be determined
  • Women’s park final, TBD

5. Simone Biles, Artistic Gymnastics, United States

In her last Olympic competition, Simone Biles is set to make the story. The 24-year-old quadruple Olympic gold medalist has not lost an all-around gymnastics for eight years and is ranked number 1 in gymnastics by the World Artistic Gymnastics Championship. She became the first woman in 2016 to win four straight U.S. all-around titles in 42 years, according to United States Gymnastics. In view of the Games, Biles has teased fans with videos posted on social media showing her performing a dangerous move that no female gymnast has ever landed in competition.

If Biles wins two more medals in Tokyo, she will be tied for the most Olympic gymnastics medals of all time. If she wins four medals, she will become the most decorated gymnast in history.

Watch when Biles could compete:

Saturday July 24

  • Women’s gymnastics qualification, 2 a.m.

Tuesday July 27

  • Women’s gymnastics team final, 6:45 a.m.

Thursday July 29

  • Women’s gymnastics individual all-around final, 6:40 a.m.

Sunday August 1

  • Apparatus finals day 1; 4 a.m.

Monday August 2

  • Apparatus finals day 2; 4 a.m.

tuesday 3 august

  • Apparatus finals day 3; 4 a.m.

6. Gabriel Medina, Surf, Brazil

Gabriel Medina, 27, is ranked number 1 in surfing by the World Surf League and has more Championship Tour wins than any other competitor. In 2011, he was the youngest Brazilian surfer to have access to the World Surfing Championship and has never lost in any Surf Ranch competition, according to the Tokyo Olympic Games Organizing Committee. Surfing is one of the four sports make his debut at the Olympics this year.

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TOPSHOT – Brazilian Gabriel Medina rides a wave during a free workout at Tsurigasaki Surf Beach in Chiba on July 23, 2021 during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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Look when Medina could compete:

Saturday July 24

Sunday July 25

  • 2nd round men; 00:40
  • 3rd men’s round; 10:45 p.m.

Monday July 26

  • Men’s quarter-finals, 6 p.m.
  • Men’s semi-finals, 10:45 p.m.

Tuesday July 27

  • Men’s bronze medal game, 7 p.m.
  • Men’s gold medal match, 8:30 p.m.

7. JuVaughn Harrison, athletics USA

JuVaughn Harrison, 22, will be the first man in over 100 years to compete in both high jump and long jump at the Olympics, according to CBS Sports. The last male athlete to do so was Jim Thorpe in 1912. Thorpe was considered one of the greatest American athletes of the 20th century. Harrison is ranked second in the world in long jump and has won four NCAA titles this year in both long and high jump, according to Louisiana State University, where he attends as a senior pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering.

Watch when Harrison could compete:

Thursday July 29

  • Men’s high jump qualification, 8:15 p.m.

Saturday July 31

  • Men’s long jump qualification, 6:10 a.m.

Sunday August 1

  • Men’s long jump final, 9:20 p.m.
  • Men’s high jump final, 6:10 a.m.

8. Katie Ledecky, Swimming, United States

Five-time Olympic gold medalist and 15-time world championship gold medalist Katie Ledecky, 23, is in her third Olympics where she made even more history. She had already broken world records in the women’s 400, 800 and 1,500 meters freestyle and was already the most decorated swimmer in history, according to CBS Sports. Then she won silver in the women’s 400-meter freestyle and the first Olympic gold medal in the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle at the Tokyo Games.

Watch when Ledecky could compete:

Sunday July 25

  • 400 meters freestyle women, 7:00 a.m.
  • Women’s 400-meter freestyle finals, 10:20 p.m. – Ledecky wins the silver medal

Monday July 26

  • 200-meter freestyle women, 6:00 a.m.
  • Women’s 200-meter freestyle semi-finals, 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday July 27

  • 1,500 meters freestyle women, 6:45 a.m. – Ledecky wins gold
  • Women’s 200-meter freestyle final, 9:40 p.m.

Thursday July 29

  • 800 meters freestyle women, 6 h 00

Friday July 30

  • Women’s 800-meter freestyle final, 9.45 p.m.



Naomi C. Amerson