Episode 95: One Year to Tokyo!


IT IS ONE YEAR UNTIL THE TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS!!! With all of the celebrations and ceremonies happening in Tokyo and with National Olympic Committees around the world, we couldn’t be more excited.

We wanted to get some perspective on what it’s like on the ground in Tokyo, so we asked Roy Tomizawa to come on our show and give us some insight. Roy’s the author of the blog The Olympians: From 1964 to 2020 and the new book 1964: The Greatest Year in the History of Japan – How the Tokyo Olympics Symbolized Japan’s Miraculous Rise from the Ashes (spoiler alert: This will be our book club selection in the run-up to the Tokyo Games, but Roy probably wouldn’t mind it if you got your copy now. Neither would we).

Naturally, we have a lot of Tokyo 2020 news, including releases of the volunteer uniforms and the medals. We also learned something about Summer Olympics medals design guidelines that we hadn’t realized.

A number of Tokyo test events are underway, so we decided that we should also run our own fan test event — test out your viewing situation and send us pictures on Twitter, Insta or our Facebook group with #OFtestevent. You can also email us at info@olymfever.com. We want to know: How comfortable is your chair/couch? What’s your snacking strategy? How many screens are you watching? Will you have a uniform?

Also in Team Olympic Fever news, we have a number of athletes competing in the Pan American Games right now — best wishes to artistic swimmer Jacqueline Simoneau, team handball player Sarah Gascon, modern pentathlete Samantha Achterberg and shooter Kim Rhode. We hope you have a great time and get personal bests!

Plus, our Team Olympic Fever translator Grace Hahn has published her own ebook designed to help people who want a career that takes them around the world. It’s called Work Remotely and Travel the World: A Guide for Real People with Real Responsibilities.

Plus, we discuss the possible sites for the Paris 2024 surfing competition (including some choice diplomatic words from TBach himself). And it wouldn’t be an episode without some doping news, this time from the world of wrestling, courtesy of the dulcet tones of Jason Bryant.

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