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TGA’s Olympics Preview
1st July 2021

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The Olympics begin at the end of the month! After being postponed a year due to the pandemic last year, the world is ready to cheer on the best athletes in these summer games!

This event brings all of us together, cheering on the athletes, the wonderful human-interest stories on the teams, and amazing sportsmanship among the competitors. Several sports that your local TGA may offer are being contested in the Olympics this summer, including golf, tennis, volleyball (beach and court), and field hockey. Check out the schedules below for a list of TGA sports to watch during the Olympics.

Helpful tips:

  • Free Kids Guide to the Tokyo Olympics can be downloaded here.
  • Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of the east coast of the U.S., much of the events will be recorded and shown in primetime. NBC has shared that some events will be live on NBC, but many others will be streamed live on the NBC Sports app, and NBCOlympics.com.

The Opening Ceremony is scheduled for July 23 recorded for prime time and shown at 8:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT) on NBC, NBC Sports app, and NBCOlympics.com. It will also be available live on NBC at 7:55 a.m. CDT, streamed live on the NBC Sports app, and NBCOlympics.com.

 

GOLF
The U.S. will be represented by two groups of professional golfers:

  • Danielle Kang, Jessica Korda, Nelly Korda, and Lexi Thompson for the women
  • Bryson DeChambeau, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, and Justin Thomas for the men

Men’s play starts July 28 while Women’s is a few days later starting August 3. While all eight competitors will be representing Team USA, the format is individual stroke play across four rounds.

Full golf schedule can be found here.

 

TENNIS

Competition begins July 23, 9 p.m. CDT. Beginning the second day, matches can be viewed as early as 1 a.m. CDT. Medal matches are scheduled for July 29 at 10 p.m. CDT and run the following three days concluding with gold medal matches on July 31 women’s at 4 a.m. CDT, and men at 10 p.m. CDT.

Women’s Singles: Jennifer Brady, Coco Gauff, Jessica Pegula, Alison Riske
Women’s Doubles: Coco Gauff/Nicole Melichar, Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Jessica Pegula

Men’s Singles: Tommy Paul, Frances Tiafoe, Tennys Sandgren, Marcos Giron
Men’s Doubles: Rajeev Ram/Frances Tiafoe, Austin Krajicek/ Tennys Sandgren

Full tennis competition schedule here.

 

VOLLEYBALL & BEACH VOLLEYBALL

The U.S. has teams in both the men’s and women’s division for volleyball. Play starts July 24, and depending on how well our teams compete will run all the way through the medal matches on August 6 & 7. See full volleyball schedule here.

Beach Volleyball starts on July 23, and the U.S. is fielding four teams:

  • Alix Klineman/April Ross and Kelly Claes/Sarah Sponcil on the women’s side
  • Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb and Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena on the men’s side

Check back here for updates on the beach volleyball schedules.

 

FIELD HOCKEY

Competition begins on July 23 with several matches each day until the men’s gold medal game on Thursday, August 5, and the women’s gold medal match on Friday, August 6.

While the U.S. does not have a team in either division, we love seeing high-level competition. Field hockey players display many of the skills and strategies we teach in our floor hockey classes.

Good luck to all the teams!

 

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