Opening Day is a hallowed tradition in American sports. You wake up that morning with a smile on your face. It's an opportunity to duck out of work early. To make that familiar trip back to your favorite ballpark after the long winter. A chance to see your team's new draft pick in action. Everyone's record is 0-0. For one day, every fan, no matter how dire your team's roster, is permitted to dream: this could be the year.
In track & field, the closest thing we have to Opening Day is the first Diamond League meet of the season. This year, that was supposed to take place on April 17 in Doha. Instead, here we are, four months and 2,700 miles away in Monaco, getting ready to open this strangest of seasons.
Not counting the exhibition events in Oslo and Zurich, it's been 343 days since our last genuine Diamond League meet. But today -- today is special. There will be a meet in Monaco (2 p.m. ET, Olympic Channel), there will be fans in the stands, and there will be superstars on the track. Donavan Brazier. Noah Lyles. Sifan Hassan. Joshua Cheptegei. Mondo Duplantis. The list goes on.
And man does it feel good. It still seems hard to believe. There's no silly format. The word "virtual" is nowhere to be found. Just dozens of the world's greatest athletes lining up and racing each other. Just like they always do in Monaco.
So smile, take the afternoon off, pour yourself a cold beverage, and get ready for the best track meet of the year. After what the world has been through this year, we all deserve it.
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