Good Friday morning – today is a special day – it’s the start of the 2020 Olympic Games live from Tokyo. My name is Lindsay Patterson – I’m the sports reporter over at Q102 and over the next few weeks I will be sharing stories, photos and recaps on this blog page and I’m really looking forward to the Summer Olympic Games! Also check my Behind The Games sports updates on Q102.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN ✨ pic.twitter.com/6jYpzT0min
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) July 23, 2021
In 2020 the sports world paused – most sports around the world started to resume while the Olympics were postponed last summer until this year that is why it will be called the “2020 Tokyo Olympics” The opening ceremony began this morning with a moment of silence for those who died during the pandemic. At the moment COVID-19 is still happening and over 20 athletes have dropped out of the games. This year’s opening ceremony will look a little different – and near empty in the stands because of the rising COVID-19 cases.
The #Tokyo2020 Olympics opening ceremony began in a nearly empty stadium, with a night of music and celebration playing out mainly for a television audience.
Follow live updates: https://t.co/8f7y4CNzvf pic.twitter.com/Y8c5oRwBC0 — The New York Times (@nytimes) July 23, 2021
Let the games begin! Today is a busy day to kickoff the summer games – 19 different events will take place today – including artistic gymnastics – softball – boxing – tennis – rowing – volleyball just to name a few. I know one of the many sporting events I’m looking forward to is – gymnastics – Simone Biles is one of the greatest to ever do it. She has only competed in one Olympics prior to Tokyo and currently has four gold medals – Fun fact if you tweet #SimoneBiles the emoji of the goat will pop-up – love to see it and I have feeling she and her team will be adding to the Team USA gold medal total.
🇺🇸 Team USA celebrates Opening Ceremony!
📷 Jade Carey#Tokyo2020 #gymnastics #athlete #joy #olympics pic.twitter.com/nBo9BaP6Wv — Inside Gymnastics (@InsideGym) July 23, 2021
Just in case you missed the opening ceremony – more images from this morning live from Tokyo.
Defining images from the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony. 📸: @usatodaysports https://t.co/ADNVdbq0zY pic.twitter.com/7JYztghyGl
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 23, 2021
One of my favorite things about the Olympics – the people who worked hard to make their dream reality – Get the tissues ready for this one –
Didn’t want to make you all emotional this early but while we wait for Team USA, flag bearer @eddyalvarez90 reacting to his selection is a real tearjerker. #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/Jh4BIHOBDy
— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 23, 2021
Fun fact about the Olympic rings – mind is blown.
Tokyo 1964 ➡️ #Tokyo2020
The wood used to make the Olympic Rings comes from trees grown from seeds brought by international athletes the last time Tokyo hosted the Olympic Games. 😍🌳#StrongerTogether #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/DFeMAmF28Y — Olympics (@Olympics) July 23, 2021
Here’s how to watch the games online and on TV. I’ll be back next week with the weekend update and medal count for Team USA – send me your favorite Olympic sport during the summer games – would love to talk about it too. 🙂 Follow along over on Twitter. The advertisers on this page are not related to the Tokyo 2020 Games and are the exclusive sponsors of this blog/website.