Once again, the third in a row, the women that make up the Olympic team of USA who will participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games surpasses men and, in addition, establishes a new record in the history of the competition.
Nothing less than 329 American female athletes have achieved their right to be in Tokyo 2020, in front of the 284 men they made it. That amount breaks the record for women representing a nation in a single Games, which also had the United States with its 291 female representatives in Rio 2016.
At the top of the list will be figures such as the gymnast Simone Biles, the swimmer Katie Ledecky and the sprinter Allyson Felix They will seek to increase the loot of Olympic medals they already have.
While in team competition, the soccer, basketball, softball and water polo arrive as the big favorites to get the gold medals for the United States, which after having established in the last Games of Rio de Janeiro 2016, the best mark of all time in the presence of women (291 for 264 men), by surpassing that of London 2012 ( 268 women for 262 men), in Tokyo there will be a new brand with 329.
Also the eight members of the Tokyo 2020 team most decorated are all women with Felix leading (nine Olympic medals), Allison Schmitt (eight), Katie Ledecky (six), Biles (five), Sue Bird (four), Diana Taurasi (four), Simone Manuel (four) and Mariel Zagunis (four Olympic medals)
The 2020 U.S. team Olympic roster also includes at least 12 female athletes who are already mothers with base Skylar Diggins-Smith of the Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) at the helm. For her teammate and teammate, the Hispanic Taurasi, it will also be a special Olympics as she is the first as a mother, as it will happen with Zagunis.
Alex Morgan (soccer), Gwendolyn Berry (hammer throw), Quanera Hayes (athletics, 400 meters), Sally Kipyego (marathon), Brittney Reese (long jump), Aliphine Tuliamuk (marathon), Cat Osterman (softball) and Foluke Gunderson (née Akinradewo, volleyball) too come to the Games for the first time as mothers.
They will also be three groups of sisters who will compete in Tokyo 2020 with the United States as are the young golfers Nelly, 22 years old, current number one in the world, and Jessica Korda, 28 years old.
Kristie and Sam MewisThey will be two key players within the soccer team, which seeks to make history if it wins the gold medal because it would be the first to have the double with the title of world champions. While the sisters Aria y Makenzie fishermen with that of water polo they will be key pillars in the fight for gold.
But Tokyo 2020 will also be the Olympic event that will allow American female athletes to fight to break new records such as the one that will be available to them. the basketball team that will seek a seventh consecutive Olympic gold medal, a streak that began in Atlanta 1996. In addition to the gold medal streak, the basketball team has not lost an Olympic match since Barcelona 1992.
Two players, Bird and Taurasi, could become the first of any gender to win five Olympic gold medals.
For his part Allyson Felix, with nine medals, is already the Most decorated American woman in history of Olympic athletics. In Tokyo, the American could tie or break the record for most medals won by an American athlete, male or female. The current record is held by Carl Lewis (10).
Also in athletics, the women’s team of 4×400 meter relay will seek to claim a seventh consecutive gold medal. With the exception of the 1980 Moscow Games, which the United States boycotted, the American quartet won gold or silver in this event at every Olympics since it was added in Munich in 1972.
In Tokyo, the United States could become the third nation to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals in water polo. Only Hungarian men (2000-08) and British men 1900-20) have accomplished that feat before.
The swimmers have an impressive podium streak in the 4×100 meter freestyle relay, after having won medal in the test in nine consecutive Olympic Games, dating back to those in Los Angeles 1984. In fact, excluding the 1980 Moscow Games, which they did not attend, the women’s 4×100-meter free relay team has won a medal at every Olympic Games since 1920.