Local athletes participating in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – After a 364-day delay, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are scheduled to begin next month and the games will feature several athletes with ties to our region.
Former Florida State left-hander Drew Parrish is a member of the United States Olympic team and claimed a victory in the qualifying tournament last June in South Florida.
The 2020 games baseball competition is scheduled to open on Wednesday, July 28 and end on Saturday, August 7 with the gold medal game. The exact time of the matches has not yet been announced. We will update this story once they are released.
Nick Lucena, wife of FSU Beach Volleyball Head Coach Brooke Niles, and partner Phil Dalhausser are one of two men’s beach volleyball teams representing the United States in Tokyo.
The duo are the eighth duo in the world and tied for fifth at the Rio 2016 Games. Lucena was named the US beach player of the year in men’s volleyball in 2015.
Beach volleyball kicks off on Saturday July 24 and concludes with the men’s medal matches to be played on Saturday August 7.
Former Florida State diver Katrina Young will compete in her second Olympics in the 10-meter diving event in Tokyo.
Young finished 13th in Rio, missing the finals by one place.
Delaney Schnell will join Young in the 10-meter squad in Tokyo.
The women’s 10-meter preliminaries will begin on Wednesday August 4 and the semi-finals and finals will take place on Thursday August 5.
The Team Canada softball team has two members with ties to the State of Florida: pitching coach Lonni Alameda, who currently runs the FSU softball program, and former Seminole wide receiver Kaleigh Rafter, who will catch the Canucks in Tokyo.
The Tokyo softball tournament runs from Wednesday July 21 to Tuesday July 27.
The Team Canada schedule is as follows:
- Wednesday July 21 vs. Australia (July 20, 8 p.m. EST)
- Thursday July 22 vs United States (July 21, 8 p.m.)
- Saturday July 24 vs Australia (July 23, 9 p.m.)
- Sunday July 25 vs Japan (July 24, 9 p.m.)
- Monday July 26 vs Italy (July 25, 9 p.m.)
- Tuesday July 27 – Games for the medals
FSU’s Emir Muratovic will represent Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 100m freestyle after qualifying at the end of June. The qualifiers will begin on Tuesday July 27 with the semi-finals scheduled for Wednesday July 28 and the final scheduled for Thursday July 29.
American teen tennis phenomenon CoCo Gauff qualified for the United States Olympic tennis team after reaching the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. At 17, Gauff is the youngest Olympic tennis player since the 2000 Games in Sydney.
Herself from Delray Beach, her mother, Candi, ran track and field in the state of Florida.
The tennis tournament starts on Saturday July 24.
If you see an athlete with local ties competing in the 2020 Olympics who is not on this list, email us at [email protected]
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