Tim Layden, the terrific sportswriter for NBC Sports, will not be in Tokyo this year after undergoing cochlear implant surgery in May (the surgery was successful and he's doing better now). Tim is a friend of LetsRun and one of his greatest skills is cutting to the core of an issue. He's covered a variety of sports at 14 Olympics (seven summer, seven winter), but his tweet on Thursday will resonate with the LRC community.
"If I was in Tokyo," he wrote, "I'd be walking around today, sweating, shuffling, and saying 'Olympics start tomorrow.'
Time for Track and Field."
Amen to that. You can have your swimming, your gymnastics, your air rifle and your skateboarding. Just give us Olympic track & field.
We're one session into the cornucopia of running, jumping and throwing that will unfold over the next 10 days. By the time you read this, we may well have handed out the first gold medal (the men's 10k final is at 7:30 a.m. ET -- THAT'S THIS MORNING). We hope you don't/didn't miss it.
It's a strange Games, obviously. The United States, already missing a variety of stars due to various anti-doping rules violations, lost another on Thursday as pole vault world champion Sam Kendricks tested positive for COVID-19. He is unlikely to be the last athlete to get "pinged"...and then there is all of the craziness that will inevitably unfold on the track. Can 19-year-old Athing Mu win 800m gold? How many world records will we see in the 400 hurdles? (And who will set them?) Who wins the men's 800? Or women's 200? Or...or...
There's going to be a ton to discuss. We've already started with our event previews (you can check them all out here). And once the races are over, head back to the homepage to catch our daily live post-race video shows as RobertJohnson, Weldon Johnson, and Jonathan Gault react to all of the action from Tokyo. (You can also get those shows in podcast form by becoming a LetsRun.com Supporters Club member)
Before you can climb the Olympic podium, you have to survive the call room. "There’s a real stench of BO," says Nick Symmonds. "There’s a smell of Bengay in the air. It’s kind of musty. You don’t want to be in a call room a long time. The goal is to be in the call room as little as possible."
The GOAT David Rudisha will not be in Tokyo, which means we will have a new Olympic champion in 2021. Can world leader Nijel Amos finally get it done on the big stage? If not, this race is wide open. *Discuss
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