After the 2020 Olympics were delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Tokyo games began on July 23rd, 2021. This delay forced athletes to compete almost a year later than planned, having to continue their training after the scheduled July 21st, 2020.
Despite all of these modifications to the fourth Olympic games held in Japan, the United States still was able to come out on top. America won with thirty-nine golds and one-hundred and thirteen total medals, China came in close second with thirty-eight golds and eighty-eight total, and Japan came in third with a delegation record-setting twenty-seven golds and fifty-eight total medals. Honorable mentions include Bermuda, the Philippines and Qatar winning their first ever Olympic gold medals, as well as Burkina Faso, San Marino and Turkmenistan winning their first ever Olympic medals.
There were countless events featuring competitors and their successes on the American team, but a few of the more concerning stories seemed to draw more attention than the others. In gymnastics, Simon Biles, regarded as one of the greatest gymnasts ever, withdrew from multiple events to focus on her mental health. Doing so, she was able to help shed light on the immense pressure and stress these athletes go through. In the world of basketball, there were many who questioned the American men team’s ability to take gold this year. These doubts seemed like they might become a reality when the team struggled during the pre-Olympic exhibition games, losing two games out of the three. But regardless of whatever problems they were having at the start, the men’s team quickly rid their fans of any uncertainty, winning gold for the fourth straight Olympics.
Throughout all of the hardship athletes had to endure due to the pandemic, many would say that to call the records set and the successes during the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, ‘impressive’ would be a considerable understatement.
Despite all of these modifications to the fourth Olympic games held in Japan, the United States still was able to come out on top.
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