BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)— People are gearing up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, especially after the pandemic cancelled last year’s events.
People around the community are excited about the start of the 2020 Olympics. They said it brings more than just competition.
“It gives some good opportunities for some family time in a wholesome environment. Just watching some sports and athletics and routing for your country, so some pride in it also,” said local resident Noah O’dell.
Every four years people come together to make memories.
“My growing up memories, watching it with my family, is always just such a big event. We would always come together and cheer on different sports, different athletes,” said local resident Grace Lukachick.
The competitions range from golf to skateboarding.
Louisiana State University Head Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said university swimmers Brooks Curry, Juan Celaya-Hernandez and Anne Tuxen will be involved in the biggest competition of their lives.
“This is the first Olympics for each of them. It’s the world stage, the international pinnacle of athletic competition,” he said.
Many also look forward to watching these local Olympians take the stage.
“I’m pretty excited that we have somebody from Baton Rouge in general competing in the Olympics. It’s something about knowing somebody from your hometown is competing on the world’s scale,” said O’dell.
“It’s the olympics–anything can happen. It’s really exciting,” said Shaffer.
For these athletes, the sky is the limit.
“For each of them to be doing the work day in and out, putting last year’s postponement to the Olympics behind them with COVID. They are pushing the reset button and looking forward to this moment right now.”
“I wish the best of luck and I’m so excited to cheer them on and show off Louisiana to the world,” said Lukachick.
The Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony is at 6:30pm.