Idaho is linked to the Tokyo Olympics: from cycling to track to dressage
After a year of delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics officially begin with the opening ceremony on July 23 at the Olympic Stadium. Contest ends August 8.
Japan is hosting the Olympics for the fourth time in its history, but only its second Summer Games. The Summer Games were held in Tokyo in 1964 and the Winter Games in Sapporo in 1972 and Nagano in 1998.
About 11,000 athletes will compete in 33 sports and 46 disciplines. Surfing, skateboarding, karate and sport climbing are new to the Games this year, while baseball and softball are back for the first time since 2008.
Tokyo is 15 hours ahead of Mountain Time. NBC is home to the Olympics and coverage will also be available on NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports and Peacock.
If you’re looking for someone to put you down at the Games, the Idaho Statesman has compiled a list of Idaho links including athletes, coaches, and broadcasters. (All times listed below are Mountain Time.)
OLYMPIC ATHLETES WITH IDAHO TIES
Valarie Allman, athletics: Zeb Sion, from Pocatello, former Idaho State graduate assistant, coaches the female discus thrower who won the US Olympic Trials by a whopping 24ft, 3in. Allman is a favorite for gold in Tokyo and holds the US record with a 230-2 throw. The women’s discus qualifying round is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on July 30 and the final kicks off at 5 a.m. on August 2.
Jordin Andrade, athletics: The former Boise State star will represent Cape Verde in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. This is his second career Olympic participation. At the Rio 2016 Games, Andrade qualified for the semi-finals, placing 16th overall. While at Boise State, Andrade was a five-time Mountain West champion and second in the 400 hurdles at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. His time of 49.24 seconds set an academic record. Timetable: First round, 7:55 p.m. MT on July 29; Semi-finals, 6:05 a.m. on August 1; Final, 9:20 p.m. on August 2.
Sam Atkin, athletics: the nine times All-American at Lewis-Clark State College will compete in the men’s 10,000 meters for Great Britain. Atkin, a 2016 LCSC graduate, is an assistant coach for the Warriors and a native of Lincolnshire, England. He is also expected to be inducted into the LCSC Track and Field Hall of Fame in April 2022. Timetable: Final, 5:30 a.m. on July 30.
Haley Batten, MTB: This endurance-focused event takes runners over rough terrain, with a vertical height difference of 150 meters along the course. Batten, from Park City, Utah, is coached by Kristin Armstrong, three-time Olympic champion and Boise resident. Batten will compete for the US team. Timetable: cross-country mountain bike race, July 27 at midnight.
Lizzie Bird, athletics: The 2017 Princeton graduate will run the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase for Great Britain. Competing at the Müller British Track and Field Championships in Manchester, England, Bird won the steeplechase with a time of 9: 35.56 on June 26. Among Bird’s coaches is former College of Idaho and Boise State coach Pat McCurry. Timetable: First round, 6:40 p.m. on July 31; Final, 5 a.m. on August 4.
Alycia Butterworth, athletics: Butterworth attended the University of Idaho from 2011-2015, and will represent Canada in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. She is an eight-time WAC championship medalist, including steeplechase victories in 2012 and 2014. She holds the second-best steeplechase time in school history and won the All-America Honorable Mention in 2015. Timetable: First round, 6:40 p.m. on July 31; Final, 5 a.m. on August 4.
Adrienne Lyle, dressage: The former Ketchum resident is mentored and coached by fellow former Idaho Olympian Debbie McDonald. Lyle and his horse Salvino are ranked No. 1 in the United States in dressage. She also represented the United States at the London 2012 Olympics. McDonald, a resident of Hailey, won a bronze medal in team dressage at the Athens Games in 2004. Timetable: Grand Prix of dressage by teams and individual competition, day 1, 2 hrs July 24; Grand Prix of dressage by team and individual competition, day 2, July 25 at 2 am; Special Grand Prix of Dressage and Victory Celebration, 2 hours on July 27; Free Individual Grand Prix Dressage, 2h30 on July 28.
Jennifer Valente, cycling: She won a silver medal in the team pursuit at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Valente also won the women’s professional race at the Boise Twilight Criterium three years in a row from 2017 to 2019. The San Diego native rides for Boise. Twenty24 Pro Cycling. Valente will compete in Team Pursuit, Madison and Omnium for the United States Timetable: qualification for the team pursuit, 2:02 am on August 2; Team pursuit first round, 12:30 a.m. on August 3; Team Pursuit Final, 2:05 am on August 3; Madison’s final, 2:15 a.m. on August 6; Omnium scratch race, 7 p.m. August 7; Omnium tempo race, 7:45 p.m. on August 7; Omnium elimination race, 8:26 p.m. on August 7; Omnium points race, 9:25 p.m. on August 7.
Liga Velvere, athletics: The 2013 University of Idaho graduate will compete in the women’s 800 meters for Latvia. His time of 2: 01.12 currently ranks 44th in the world. Velvere is an eight-time Western Athletic Conference champion, including three titles in the 800. She is a 13-time national champion of Latvia, according to a U of I press release. Timetable: First round, 6:55 p.m. on July 29; Semi-finals, 5:50 a.m. on July 31; Final, 6:25 a.m. on August 3.
Emma White, cycling: The Duanesburg, New York native helped the United States win the 2020 Women’s World Team Pursuit Championships, and she will compete in the team pursuit in Tokyo. White is coached by Kristin Armstrong, three-time Olympic champion and Boise resident. This will be White’s first Olympics. Timetable: qualification for the team pursuit, 2:02 am on August 2; Team pursuit first round, 12:30 a.m. on August 3; Team pursuit final, 2:05 a.m. on August 3.
IDAHO ONLINE IN TOKYO
Chris Lewis: Boise-based sports broadcaster will make play-by-play table tennis for NBC Olympics. Boise State’s longtime women’s basketball voice also does announcements for CBS Sports Network and manages some events for the Mountain West Network. The table tennis competition runs from July 23 through August. 6.
Heather Cox: The Boise resident will be among NBC reporters covering indoor volleyball at the Tokyo Games. Cox is a former college volleyball player at the University of the Pacific. Men’s and women’s volleyball will take place from July 23 to August 23. 7.
Dustin Williams: the Arco native is the head athletic trainer for BYU cross-country and track teams. He will be the head coach of the US track and field team in Tokyo.
Rosie Gallegos-Main: The Meridian chiropractor will assist the US women’s wrestling team at the Olympics for the third time. She also helped the team in London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
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