7/19/2021 5:48 PM EDT
Tokyo Olympics: Team USA’s Top Opening Weekends!
By Taylor Kamnetz
Tokyo, Japan – The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are postponed to start this week, with football starting two days before the opening ceremony on Friday.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. © IMAGO / ITAR-TASS
Team USA has an action-packed weekend ahead of them for the 2020 Olympics, which now arrives a year late.
Ahead of Friday’s Games Opening Ceremony, the U.S. women’s team will kick off a game against Sweden on Wednesday at 4:30 a.m. EST.
But not only football is on Team USA’s agenda this opening weekend.
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There are also events in men’s and women’s beach volleyball, men’s badminton, women’s water polo, softball and, for the first time, men’s and women’s skateboarding.
All the action will be broadcast on NBC, USA Network and Telemundo, with live streams also on Fubo and nbcolympics.com.
With so much going on at different times, TAG24 has put together a guide to the must-see Team USA events happening this weekend so you can keep track!
Wednesday July 21st: USWNT vs. Sweden
Young fans showed their support for the US women’s national team when they beat Nigeria 2-0 in a friendly on June 16. © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire
The U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) will face Sweden at 4:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday.
The last clash between the two football teams was on April 21st, which ended with a 1-1 draw thanks to a penalty from Megan Rapinoe in the 87th minute.
At the 2016 Olympics, Sweden defeated the USWNT in the quarter-finals and won silver.
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For the 2020 Olympics, the USWNT is considered a favorite to win gold, an achievement that no reigning world championship team has ever achieved in the 25 years that women’s football has been an Olympic sport.
With star players Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and team captain Becky Sauerbrunn in the squad, the USWNT has all the tools it needs to be victorious.
Saturday, July 24th: First skateboard event in prime time
Team USA skater Nyjah Huston will be competing in his first Olympic Games. © IMAGO / LaPresse
Team USA will perform in a variety of events on Saturday, starting with a women’s water polo game against Japan on Saturday at 1 a.m. EST.
The team’s next appearance will be in a softball game against Mexico at 1:30 p.m. EST. They will also appear in a second softball game against Australia at 9:00 p.m. EST.
Both men’s and women’s swimming competitions begin early Saturday morning, starting with the men’s 400-meter individual medley at 6:02 a.m. EST and the women’s 100-meter butterfly at 6:28 a.m. EST.
An hour later, USWNT will face New Zealand in a head-to-head soccer game at 7:30 am EST, while Team USA will face France in a men’s volleyball game at 8:45 am EST.
Artistic gymnastics also begins on Saturday, with the men’s and women’s qualifying rounds being held over the entire weekend.
On Saturday night, Team USA will face China in a prime-time event in women’s beach volleyball at 8:00 p.m. EST, while the men’s street skateboarding competition begins.
This is the first year in Olympic history that skateboarding has been recognized as an Olympic sport, and US skaters are more than prepared. With a number of young talents like 20-year-old Jagger Easton and 27-year-old Nyjah Huston, Team USA is a solid contender for the first ever skateboard gold.
The competition begins with a qualifying round that includes four preliminary runs by skaters in groups of seven who show their skills and tricks on a road-like setup.
The skaters have two 45-second runs that contain five individually scored tricks. The highest and lowest scores for each skater are deleted as their remaining scores are averaged to determine the winners.
Heat one begins Saturday night at 8:00 p.m., followed by heat two at 8:41 p.m., heat three at 9:22 p.m., heat four at 10:03 p.m., and the final at 11:25 p.m. EST.
Sunday July 25th: Basketball opens the day and volleyball closes the weekend
The stands in the Equestrian Park will remain empty throughout the 2020 Olympics. © IMAGO / Bildbyran
Sunday’s events begin with some men’s basketball when Team USA takes on France at 8 a.m. EST.
Team USA suffered a severe blow to their line-up last week when Kevin Love decided not to travel to Tokyo due to a minor calf injury.
With MVPs like Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard, the US has a good chance of dominating the place. But since these teams compete against each other on the largest sports stage in the world, that’s for everyone.
Team USA will play again on Sunday evening with the women’s beach volleyball in a game against Latvia at 8:00 p.m. EST, the women’s softball against Japan at 9:00 p.m. and the men’s volleyball against the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) afterwards.
ROC represents Team Russia, which was banned from using the flag or the name of its country at the Olympic Games in Tokyo due to various doping scandals.
Although it will be exciting on the pitch and pitch, every event will be free of spectators in the stands due to Covid-19 safety protocols, making this an Olympics like no other.
The opening ceremony will be broadcast live on Friday, July 23rd starting at 6:55 a.m., with a second prime time broadcast at 7:30 p.m. EST.
Cover picture: IMAGO / ITAR-TASS
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