Unconventional Tokyo Olympics Due to COVID-19
It was certainly an unconventional Olympics. The COVID-19 pandemic forced fans out of the stands and necessitated that the athletes mask up, robbing the world of a lot of the joy associated with the event. Here are the winners and losers of the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.
Winners of the Games
As predicted, Team USA got it done in the swimming pool. Caeleb Dressel walked away from Tokyo with five gold medals. The 24-year-old from Florida is distinguished as the third American swimmer to nab three individual gold medals in one Olympic Games.
Katie Ledecky also left Tokyo with a handful of medals. The swimmer has now won 10 Olympic medals in her career.
On the gymnastics mat, American Suni Lee surprised the world when she won the coveted gold in the all-around competition. The women also took silver in the team competition.
Allyson Felix continued her dominance on the track, passing Carl Lewis as the most decorated American track and field athlete after her performance.
Mensah-Stock is now the second American female to take first place in women’s wrestling. She is also the first black woman to take the gold in this event, solidifying her place in the history books.
Losers of the Games
The US Women’s National Soccer Team had a disappointing game, failing to advance to the gold-medal game and having to settle for bronze.
The men’s track and field also had a rough outing when they did not even qualify for the finals of the 4x100 meter relay race.
The big story of the games was the inability of US gymnast Simone Biles to participate in the majority of the competition because of mental health issues.