COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee today announced the 613-member United States Olympic team that will compete in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. After the one-year postponement due to the pandemic of COVID-19, The Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday July 23, with the competition starting July 21 and ending Sunday August 8.
âThe American team is ready. Our roster includes 613 remarkable athletes, one of our greatest teams of all time, all qualified to compete in these Games, âsaid Sarah Hirshland, CEO of USOPC. âIn these extraordinary times, these athletes have shown perseverance, dedication and focus and have inspired us all. We are thrilled to support them as they live out their dream of competing on the biggest stage in sports. “
The 2020 U.S. Olympic team has 193 returning Olympians, including a seven-time Olympian, six five-time Olympians, 15 four-time Olympians, 39 three-time Olympians and 130 two-time Olympians. The list of veterans includes 104 Olympic medalists, including 56 Olympic champions, 33 athletes who have won multiple Olympic medals and 22 others who have won multiple Olympic gold medals.
The multiple medalists are led by eight American women with four or more medals, including track and field athlete Allyson Felix with nine, swimmer Allison Schmitt with eight, swimmer Katie Ledecky with six and gymnast Simone Biles with five. Four athletes won four medals, including basketball players Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, fencer Mariel Zagunis and swimmer Simone Manuel.
âThe journey to be part of the 2020 U.S. Olympic team was like no other,â said Rick Adams, USOPC chief athletic performance. âThis team is special; these Games are special. The commitment of Team USA athletes and National Governing Bodies has never wavered, and we are grateful for that. ”
Of the 613 American athletes competing in Tokyo, more than 75% (463 athletes) competed collegially in 169 schools. Twenty teams have at least 80% collegiate participation on their US Olympic rosters, including 11 teams made up of 100% collegiate athletes: men’s and women’s basketball, women’s 3×3 basketball, men’s and women’s water polo, diving, beach volleyball, male and female indoor volleyball, rowing and softball. College athlete representation on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team spans all three NCAA Divisions (I, II, and III), as well as junior college and college club programs.
The 2020 Olympics will host new events added for the first time, as well as the return of fan favorites. Baseball and softball are returning to the Olympics for the first time since 2008, as four new sports make their Olympic debuts, including surfing, karate, skateboarding and sport climbing.
Click here to view the full 2020 U.S. Olympic Team roster by sport and state (athlete’s recognized hometowns).
Consistent with previous games, the list of 613 athletes does not reflect athletes currently registered for the Games as substitutes. In an effort to provide more flexibility for nations participating in the Tokyo 2020 field hockey, handball, rugby, soccer and water polo competitions, the IOC and the respective international federations have announced new policies for them. athletes registered as substitutes in their sport. For the Tokyo Games, accredited alternate athletes in these sports are immediately eligible to be called up to the match day lists and, in this case, will become Olympians. The USOPC, in compiling the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team roster, has followed these guidelines and will update the roster accordingly. Existing athlete replacement protocols remain in place for the other sports on the Olympic program. The updated 2020 US Olympic team rosters will be available at TeamUSA.org/Tokyo2020.
The 2020 U.S. Paralympic team will be announced in early August.
NBCUniversal will present 7,000 hours of unprecedented coverage of the Tokyo Olympics this summer using two broadcast networks, six cable networks and multiple digital platforms, serving both English and Spanish speaking viewers, making it the largest all-time media event.
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Fans of the U.S. team can follow the 2020 U.S. Olympic team on TeamUSA.org and on Team USA’s social networks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TIC Tac and Youtube. The US Olympic Team microsite will offer US Team results from the Olympic Games, as well as athlete biographies, sports previews, a history book (published the week of July 19), schedules competition and facts and figures on the US delegation.
Facts about the 2020 United States Olympic team
- Forty-six states and the District of Columbia are represented on the US list, with California (126), Florida (51), Colorado (34) and Texas (31) leading. Two athletes identify international hometowns, including water polo’s Luca Cupido from Italy and baseball’s Jack Lopez from Puerto Rico.
- The 2020 roster includes 329 women and 284 men, marking the third consecutive Olympic Games with more women on the US roster. The Rio 2016 squad consisted of 294 women and 264 men, while London 2012 had 268 women and 262 men.
- Swimmer Katie Grimes is the youngest athlete at 15, while equestrian Phillip Dutton will compete at 57.
- The 2020 squad includes 193 returning Olympians and 104 Olympic medalists, including 56 Olympic champions.
- The 2020 team is almost 10% larger than the Rio 2016 Olympic team, growing from 558 to 613 qualified athletes.
- The United States will be represented in 44 sports in Japan. Of the 338 medal-winning events contested in Tokyo, the United States team will have at least one entry (athlete / team) in 268 of those events.
- Ten athletes competed in the Youth Olympic Games and won a total of nine Youth Olympic medals, including three gold. They are highlighted by Kevin McDowell, who won gold and silver in the triathlon in 2010, and Noah Lyles, who won a gold in the 200 meters in 2018.
- Eighteen athletes on the list identify with the military, including 16 with the military, one with the Coast Guard, and one with the Marines.
- Of the 613 American athletes competing in Tokyo, more than 75% (463 athletes) competed collegially in 169 schools.
- The team has at least six siblings, including Jessica and Nelly Korda (golf), Henry Leverett and Jack Leverett III (shooting), Phillip and Ryan Chew (badminton), Kristen and Samantha Mewis (football), Erik and Kawika Shoji (volleyball) and Aria and Makenzie Fischer (water polo).
- The 613 athletes named to the U.S. roster represent the largest delegation from a non-host country and the second largest delegation for the U.S. team, after 648 athletes at the Atlanta Games in 1996.
- Four athletes on the list have already competed in the Olympics for other nations. Phillip Dutton will make his seventh Olympic appearance, his fourth for the United States team, as he competed for Australia in 1996, 2000 and 2004. Amro El-Geziry competed in the pentathlon for Egypt in 2008 , 2012 and 2016; Ildar Hafizov fought for Uzbekistan in 2008; and Sally Kipyego raced for Kenya in 2012.
- Dutton leads all returning Olympians and will make his seventh Olympic Games appearance. The six quintuple Olympians include rider Steffen Peters, basketball players Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, track athletes Abdi Abdirahman and Allyson Felix, and fencer Mariel Zagunis.
- Ten athletes competed in the Youth Olympic Games and won a total of nine Youth Olympic medals, including three gold.
- Basketball players Bird and Taurasi are chasing their fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal.
- Shot putter Ryan Crouser smashed a 31-year world record in trials and eyes to defend his 2016 Olympic title.