How well do New Yorkers know about the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games? – NBC New York


What there is to know

  • NBC New York tested participants’ Olympic knowledge during a screening of the games at Waterline Square Park.
  • Many viewers were delighted to see the swimming and gymnastics events.
  • Simone Biles was an Olympic favorite among many viewers.

It has been a week since fans around the world took to their screens to cheer on the athletes competing in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Despite the 1 hour time difference, New Yorkers have shown their support by watching the games at home or during open-air screenings spread throughout the city.

On Wednesday, NBC New York took to Waterline Square Park on the Upper West Side to see a daily screening of the Tokyo Olympics and spoke with more than a dozen people to find out local support for the Games. from Tokyo.

Many told NBC New York that they only heard about the screening because they lived near the park.

“I have been here almost every day since the beginning, but I took yoga classes, that’s how I found out [about the viewing] in class, ”said Upper West Side resident Nancy Roberts.

While most of the attendees came to enjoy the event by cheering on no particular sport, others waited patiently to watch their favorite game. Swimming and gymnastics remained the most popular among residents, while others preferred athletics.

“Track and field is my favorite sport, especially the 200m, 100m and relays, because those are my events,” said New York athlete Payton Carter.

As for a favorite Olympian, Simone Biles was a popular choice among most of the participants. However, several favorite Olympic veterans, like the legendary basketball player Michael jordan who competed and won medals at the 1984 and 1992 games, became favorites.

“I really like Simone Biles. It’s a classic. I also like Alex Walsh of swimming and Matt Anderson,” Yaara Elimelech told NBC New York.

Simone Biles is retiring from team competition for mental health reasons. Lynda Baquero reports.

NBC New York also challenged residents with a few questions about the Olympics. Of the group that took part in the quiz, only 3 knew that the Olympic Games originated Greece. Even fewer knew that the Olympics rings represented the five continents participating in the games.

“It was based on the original first five continents. I think in the first Olympics when that happened, there were only five continents back then, and like it [the lands] spread, now we have trained up to seven [continents]”said Avdi Akgun.

However, none of the viewers were able to name an Olympian from the tri-state participating in the Tokyo Games.

Here are some of the contenders in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut:

Sue Bird, Basketball, Syosset, NY
Colton Brown, Judo, New Brunswick, NJ
Tina Charles, Basketball, Queens, NY
Gardner English, Athletics, Voorhees Township, NJ
Daryl homer, Fencing, New York, NY
Helene Maroulis, Wrestling, Jersey City, NJ
Sydney mclaughlin, Athletics, New Brunswick, NJ
Dalilah Mohammed, Athletics, Queens, NY
Alexis Sabloné, Skateboard, Old Saybrook, CT
Jessica springsteen, equestrian, and daughter of New Jersey music legend Bruce Springsteen

Despite an apparent lack of knowledge, many New Yorkers have expressed their sincere dedication to Team USA.

Waterline Square Park, located on the Upper West Side (intersection of Freedom Place South and West 61st Street) hosts screenings of the Tokyo Olympics from 5 p.m. daily until August 8.

For those who cannot make it to the park, each event can be streamed live on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app, and many can also be seen on NBC television networks.


Naomi C. Amerson