Local Athletes Competing in the Summer Olympics

By Peter SM RSS Fri, July 23, 2021

After the postponement of the 2020 Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the torch will be lit once again this year as the rescheduled Summer Games will take place in Tokyo, Japan starting today, Friday, July 23, and run through Sunday, August 8.

This Summer Olympic Games, the 29th held since 1896, will feature over 11,000 athletes competing in 46 sporting events including archery, basketball, BMX freestyle and racing, boxing,  cycling, fencing, gymnastics, judo, rowing, rugby, skateboarding, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, weightlifting, and wrestling.

These local Olympic hopefuls will be competing in the following sports:

Justin Best
Hometown: Kennett Square, PA
Sport: Rowing

Phillip Dutton
Hometown: West Grove, PA
Sport: Equestrian

Hali Flickinger
Hometown: Spring Grove, Pa.
Sport: Swimming

Jake Hoyle
Hometown: Wallingford, PA
Sport: Fencing

Ariana Ramsey
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Sport: Rugby

Payton Ridenour
Hometown: Pottstown, PA
Sport: BMX

Ajeé Wilson
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Sport: Track and Field, 800 Meters

You can watch the Olympics on NBC during primetime coverage nightly, starting at 8 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. PDT). You can also watch the games on the streaming service Peacock, NBCOlympics.com website, and NBC Sports for live coverage, event replays, and curated highlights.

If just merely watching the Olympics doesn't scratch that competitive itch enough for you, you can experience the thrill of victory as you go for the gold in the Tokyo Olympic Games official video game.

And, of course, you can learn more about The Olympics (both Summer and Winter) from our Explore Topic, and find more stories of Olympic victory in our catalog.

What are your favorite Olympic events? Let us know in the comments below!


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