Yep, the wait is over! The Tokyo Summer Olympics is finally here. Athletes from around the world will be competing in thirty-three different sports (five more than Rio!) for a chance to stand at the winners’ podiums. It’s an exciting event that has spectators (mostly virtual this year!) sitting at the edge of their seats, as competitors do things that have never been done before and set new world records. In fact, the Olympics has already seen a number of firsts. Check out some of them below!
First Openly Transgender Competitor
New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard will be the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics. Hubbard was born male, but transitioned to female when she was thirty-five years old. She’ll be looking to medal in the sport of weightlifting.
The Debut Of Four New Sports
Five sports will be added to the Tokyo Olympics. Skateboarding, surfing, karate, and sports climbing will be making their debut, and baseball/softball will be returning after it was dropped from the games in 2012.
The Games During A Global Pandemic
When the games were postponed last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a first for the Olympics. Now, as COVID-19 continues to spread, the Tokyo Summer Olympics will be the first Olympic Games ever to be held during a global pandemic. It’ll be difficult to pull off, but Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is determined to show the world that Japan can make it happen. We’re rooting for you!
For the first time in Olympics’ history, spectators won’t be allowed to watch the games and cheer on their favorite athletes from the stands at most events. Why? With COVID-19 cases rising in Tokyo, the organizers of the Olympics consider this a necessary move to keep the virus from spreading.