When are the Tokyo Olympics: 100 Days until Opening Ceremony

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The Torch Relay is underway and the Tokyo Olympics are quickly approaching. Wednesday marks 100 days until the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, which will be the first large-scale worldwide sporting event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony on Friday, July 23 will kick off this year’s Olympic Games, which run until Sunday, August 8. Coverage of the Tokyo Olympics can be found across the networks of NBC.

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How to watch the Opening Ceremony:

NBC will have comprehensive coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 23. Since Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of the United States Eastern time zone, the Opening Ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. in Tokyo, with coverage on NBC set to begin at 6:55 a.m. ET/3:55 a.m. PT. The ceremony will be re-aired at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT for United States viewers who tune in for the primetime broadcast. The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony will be replayed again overnight.

Ahead of the excitement of the Opening Ceremony, fans can re-live highlights of one of the greatest Olympians in history, with “Michael Phelps: Medals, Memories & More,” a documentary series premiering on Peacock on April 14. Olympic sports documentaries already on Peacock include “In Deep with Ryan Lochte,” “1968,” “Calgary 1988,” “More Than Gold: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics” and “Dream Team.” “My Pursuit: Life, Legacy & Jordan Burroughs,” a documentary on Olympic wrestling champion Jordan Burroughs, is one of the newest additions to the collection.

NBC announced this week that in an Olympic first, Mike Tirico will host primetime coverage outside in Tokyo this summer, anchoring from a fifth-floor deck with a panoramic view of the Tokyo skyline, including the Rainbow Bridge. Tirico hosted daytime coverage from an open-air set on Copacabana Beach in Rio in 2016, but the Tokyo Olympics will mark the first time the NBC Olympics primetime host will anchor outdoors.

Which U.S. athletes have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics?

So far, over 100 athletes have qualified for the United States Olympic team, but that number is expected to reach 500 by the start of the Tokyo Olympics. Alix Klineman and April Ross have already qualified in beach volleyball, and Carissa Moore is one of four surfers already on the U.S. roster. Swimming trials take place from June 13-20 in Omaha, where Katie Ledecky is projected to make the team in up to five events. Track and field trials are scheduled for June 18-27, and Noah Lyles is favored to be a top qualifier in both the men’s 100m and 200m races. Sha’Carri Richardson is likely a favorite in the women’s 100m after clocking an impressive 10.72 performance in Miramar, Florida on April 10. Gymnastics trials, slated for June 24-27, will feature four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles.

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When are the Tokyo Paralympics?

The Tokyo Paralympics will take place from August 24 to September 5, and coverage presented by Toyota will air on NBC, NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. Digital platforms and Peacock will present additional coverage. This year marks the first-ever primetime coverage of the Paralympics on NBC.

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What is the time difference between the United States and Japan for Tokyo Olympics?

During the Tokyo Olympics, Tokyo will be 13 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone, 16 ahead of the Pacific Time ZoneAn event that starts at 10:00a local time Monday will be at 9:00p EDT Sunday night. 

What COVID-19 regulations will be in place at the Tokyo Olympics?

The International Olympic Committee and the organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics have released a series of playbooks spelling out safety measures for athletes, officials, and broadcasters in Japan. These playbooks are expected to be updated as the situation with the virus evolves between now and the Opening Ceremony on July 23rd 

“For all Games participants, there will be some conditions and constraints that will require flexibility and understanding,” IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi said. “We are providing the main directions at this stage, but naturally don’t have all the final details yet; an update will be published in the spring and may change as necessary even closer to the Games.” 

In March, Tokyo 2020 also announced that overseas spectators will not be allowed at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. In a statement, the organizing committee said: “Based on the present situation of the pandemic, it is highly unlikely that entry into Japan will be guaranteed this summer for people from overseas. In order to give clarity to ticket holders living overseas and to enable them to adjust their travel plans at this stage, the parties on the Japanese side have come to the conclusion that they will not be able to enter into Japan at the time of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.” 

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Chicago Marathon features Emily Sisson’s return, Conner Mantz’s debut, live on Peacock

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At Sunday’s Chicago Marathon, Emily Sisson makes her return, nearly three years after Olympic Trials disappointment. Conner Mantz makes one of the most anticipated U.S. men’s debuts in 26.2-mile racing.

It is not the norm, but an American will be one of the spotlight runners in both the men’s and women’s elite races at a major marathon. Peacock airs live coverage at 8 a.m. ET.

Sisson, 30, starts her first mass marathon since dropping out of the Olympic Trials on Feb. 29, 2020, her legs “destroyed” on the hilly Atlanta course where she started as arguably the favorite. She ran the virtual New York City Marathon later in 2020, but that was solo (and not in New York City). Her 2:38:00 isn’t recorded in her official results on her World Athletics bio.

Since, Sisson won the Olympic Trials 10,000m on the track and was the top American in Tokyo in 10th place. She moved back to the roads, winning national titles at 15km and the half marathon and breaking the American record in the latter.

Sisson vaulted into the elite group of U.S. female marathoners in 2019, when she clocked the second-fastest debut marathon in American history, a 2:23:08 on a windy day in London, where the early pace was slow.

At the time, it was the 12th-best U.S. performance all-time. In the last two years, Keira D’Amato, 37, and Sara Hall, 39, combined to run seven faster marathons. At Chicago, a flat course that produced a world record three years ago, Sisson can answer them and perhaps get close to D’Amato’s American record 2:19:12.

“I’m hoping sub-2:20,” coach Ray Treacy said, according to LetsRun.com. “With the [super] shoes and the training behind her, I would think that’s [worth] at least three minutes.”

It is less likely that Sisson can challenge for the win on Sunday given the presence of Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich, the 2019 World champion and defending champion in the Windy City. The 28-year-old mom is the fifth-fastest woman in history with a personal best of 2:17:08. And Ethiopian Ruti Aga, a podium finisher in Berlin, New York City and Tokyo with a best time of 2:18:34, though she has one marathon finish since the pandemic (a seventh place).

Like Sisson, Mantz has shown strong recent road racing form. The American men’s debut marathon record of 2:07:56 (Leonard Korir) is in play. If he can break that, Mantz will be among the five fastest U.S. marathoners in history.

Rarely has a U.S. male distance runner as accomplished as Mantz moved up to the marathon at such a young age (25). At BYU, he won NCAA cross-country titles in 2020 and 2021 and placed fifth in the Olympic Trials 10,000m, then turned pro and won the U.S. Half Marathon Championships last December.

“If everything goes as planned, I think sub-2:08 is realistic,” Mantz said in a Citius Mag video interview last month. “If everything goes perfect on the day, I think a sub-2:07, that’s a big stretch goal.”

The men’s field doesn’t have the singular star power of Chepngetich, but a large group of East Africans with personal bests around 2:05. The most notable: defending champion Seifu Tura of Ethiopia and 2021 Boston Marathon winner Benson Kipruto of Kenya.

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Alpine skiing to test new format for combined race

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Alpine skiing officials will test a new format for the combined event, a race that is under review to remain on the Olympic program.

French newspaper L’Equipe reported that the International Ski Federation (FIS) will test a new team format for the combined, which has been an individual event on the Olympic program since 1988. L’Equipe reported that a nation can use a different skier for the downhill and slalom in the new setup, quoting FIS secretary general Michel Vion.

For example, the U.S. could use Breezy Johnson in the downhill run and sub her out for Mikaela Shiffrin in the slalom run, should the format be adopted into senior competition.

The format will be tested at the world junior championships in January in St. Anton, Austria, according to the report.

In response to the report, a FIS spokesperson said, “Regarding the new format of the combined is correct, and our directors are working on the rules so for the moment the only thing we can confirm is that there will be this new format for the Alpine combined that has been proposed by the athletes’ commission.”

Some version of the combined event has been provisionally included on the 2026 Olympic program, with a final IOC decision on its place coming by April.

This will be the third consecutive World Cup season with no combined events. Instead, FIS has included more parallel races in recent years. The individual combined remains on the biennial world championships program.

L’Equipe also reported that the mixed team parallel event, which is being dropped from the Olympics, will also be dropped from the biennial world championships after this season.

“There is nothing definitive about that yet, but it is a project in the making,” a FIS spokesperson said in commenting on the report.

Vion said the mixed team event, which debuted at the Olympics in 2018, was not a hit at the Beijing Games and did not draw a strong audience, according to L’Equipe.

The World Cup season starts in two weeks with the traditional opening giant slaloms in Soelden, Austria.

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