U.S. Olympic Swimming and Track & Field Teams Take Shape

June 21, 2021
The GIST: The Tokyo Olympics hit a(nother) hurdle this weekend: the first positive COVID-19 test among arriving athletes. But there were literal hurdles to clear here at home, with the start of the track and field trials and conclusion of the swimming trials.
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 🏊‍♀️Swimming: After a week of qualifying action, the Olympic swimming team is set. To no one’s surprise, mermaid Katie Ledecky will compete in four events, including the debut of the 1500m women’s freestyle. 

  • She’ll be joined by Simone Manuel, who won yesterday’s 50m freestyle after an unexpected loss in the 100m freestyle. Don’t call it a comeback. In other news, none for Ryan Lochte. 

🏃‍♂️Track & Field: We’re only three days in to the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, and world records have been set and stars have been born. And even though yesterday was Father’s Day, it was a mom who stole the show: Allyson Felix made her fifth Olympic team, finishing second in the 400m. A national treasure. 

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