Olympics lowdown

Things to know, meet the team, where to watch and more
 

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By the time we send out the next issue of In the Same Boat the Olympic Games will be well underway. Originally planned for 24 July to 09 August 2020, the event was postponed in March 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

But a year later and athletes and teams from across the globe will be coming together later this month to represent their sport and nation at this amazing sporting event.

Things to know

Host City

Opening Date

Closing Date

Sailing Venue

Tokyo, Japan

23 July 2021

08 August 2021

Enoshima Yacht Club

 

Despite being rescheduled for 2021, the event retains the Tokyo 2020 name for marketing and branding purposes.

Meet the sailors

Team GB’s sailing squad are at the top of their game and ready for a medal haul, let’s introduce them to you…

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Giles Scott – Finn (One-person dinghy, heavyweight)

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Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre – Women’s 470 (Two-person dinghy)

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Luke Patience and Chris Grube – Men’s 470 (Two-person dinghy)

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Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey – 49er FX (Skiff, women)

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Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell – 49er (Skiff, men)

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John Gimson and Anna Burnet – Nacra 17 (Foiling, mixed multihull)

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Alison Young – ICLA 6 (One-person dinghy, women)

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Elliot Hanson – ILCA 7 (One-person dinghy, men)

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Tom Squires – Men’s RS:X (Windsurfer)

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Emma Wilson – Women’s RS:X (Windsurfer)

Did you know….

  • The mixed Nacra 17 – foiling mixed multihull and the women-only 49er FX – skiff events were first staged at Rio 2016.
  • ILCA stands for International Laser Class Association

Read more about each of the sailors, the team behind the team and the road to Tokyo in the latest issue of the RYA Magazine (page 50) or check out Tokyo 2020 on the British Sailing Team website for even more of the latest info.

Where to watch

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Eurosport is the official broadcaster of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics for viewers in the UK, so you will be able to watch all the action on the Eurosport channels.

All event highlights, including sailing will be broadcast on the BBC, but if you want to watch the sailing live you will need to a subscription to Eurosport.

You can find the sailing competition schedule here - https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/en/schedule/sailing-schedule to help plan your viewing.

You can also follow the sailors and sailing action on the British Sailing Team’s social channels. Here you’ll get the latest updates and behind the scenes content from Tokyo.

Facebook – BritishSailingTeam

Twitter – BritishSailing

Instagram – britishsailing

You’ll also find daily race reports uploaded to the British Sailing Team website, plus information about the TeamGB sailors, Britain’s sailing history at the Games and more. Why not take a look – British Sailing Team – Tokyo 2020.

Interesting facts

  • In the long history of the Summer Olympics, only five countries have represented at every edition of the Games. They are Greece, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, and Australia.
  • This is the second time the Olympics will be held in Tokyo, which previously hosted the Games in 1964.
  • Humanoid robots will be deployed to assist and interact with spectators.
  • The Games mascot is call Miraitowa.

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  • There will be 339 events across 33 sports.
  • These Games will see karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding make their Olympic debuts, as well as the return of baseball and softball for the first time since 2008.
  • Japan's Tokyo 2020 has unveiled its Olympic medals made from recycled mobile phones.

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Enjoy the Games and good luck TeamGB, especially our sailors!