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

Olympic Sports

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.

June 21, 2021
Source: The Undefeated/Twitter
Source: The Undefeated/Twitter

 🏊‍♀️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.