Tokyo 2020 Lottery Results!

The results are in!

On Monday and Tuesday thousands of people were overjoyed and millions of people were upset when the lottery results for Japan and the United States (and others) appeared. Some started immediately planning for Tokyo. Others started counting down to the next time they could attempt to purchase tickets. And others are getting ready to view rhythmic gymnastics...and that's it!

What about me? And what's next? Let's dive in!

Tokyo 2020 Prep

This day was a major milestone in my planning. Once this day came and went, I could begin to think seriously about getting to Japan, making lodging reservations, telling my new bosses about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the need for some vacation time, and more.

The first reminder came from Ken Hanscom on Twitter:

Following this tweet, I checked my email:

The pressure was mounting. I logged onto my CoSport account. After the ticket request phase closed, they made sure we were all aware of it by sticking it right on the homepage:

Thankfully, I remembered my login information, but was a little confused when I got to the page. Hanscom had mentioned a "new confirmed" section, but I couldn't find it. All it did was show my 30 requests.

However, I scrolled down to the bottom and found this:

What does this mean? I didn't click on anything - what was I adding to the cart? Well, they didn't have my credit card information yet, so I clicked it.

What showed up brought me joy:

Six tickets! Out of 30 requests I'd gotten six! Normally a 20% success rate would be thought of as subpar, but in Olympic ticket lottery and baseball, it's not too shabby!

Now the big question: what did I get?

Scrolling down I saw the first event: field hockey. Okay...I guess that's all right. Just being at an Olympic event will be awesome.

Then I kept looking.


Five of my six events were track and field sessions! And you all are more than aware that my favorite sport is track and field.

In this case, it is even more valuable to love athletics. If you go to any other event, you'll see one sport. For me, I get to see a bajillion. (Roughly.) Here's the list of things I'm getting to see:
  • Women's 1500m Round 1
  • Women's Triple Jump Victory Ceremony
  • Men's Long Jump Final
  • Women's 200m Round 1
  • Women's 100m Hurdles Final
  • Women's Long Jump Victory Ceremony
  • Men's 110m Hurdles Round 1
  • Men's Shot Put Qualifying Round
  • Men's Pole Vault Final
  • Men's 400m Hurdles Victory Ceremony
  • Men's 5000m Round 1
  • Women's Hammer Throw Final
  • Men's 200m Semifinals
  • Women's 800m Final
  • Women's 200m Final
  • Men's Decathlon 100m
  • Men's Javelin Throw Qualifying Round
  • Women's Heptathlon 100m Hurdles
  • Men's Decathlon Long Jump
  • Men's Pole Vault Victory Ceremony
  • Women's Heptathlon High Jump
  • Women's Hammer Throw Victory Ceremony
  • Women's 800m Victory Ceremony
  • Men's 110m Hurdles Semifinals
  • Men's Decathlon Shot Put
  • Women's 400m Hurdles Final
  • Women's 400m Hurdles Victory Ceremony
  • Men's Decathlon 110m Hurdles
  • Women's High Jump Qualifying Round
  • Men's Hammer Throw Victory Ceremony
  • Women's Heptathlon Long Jump
  • Men's Decathlon Discus Throw
  • Women's 4 x 100m Relay Round 1
  • Men's 800m Victory Ceremony
  • Men's 200m Victory Ceremony
  • Men's Triple Jump Final
  • Men's Shot Put Final
  • Men's 4 x 100m Relay Round 1
  • Men's 110m Hurdles Final
  • Men's Decathlon Pole Vault
  • Women's Heptathlon Javelin Throw
  • Men's Shot Put Victory Ceremony
  • Men's Triple Jump Victory Ceremony
  • Men's Decathlon Javelin Throw
  • Women's Pole Vault Final
  • Women's 4 x 400m Relay Round 1
  • Men's 1500m Semifinals
  • Men's 110m Hurdles Victory Ceremony
  • Men's 400m Final
  • Women's Heptathlon 800m
  • Men's Decathlon 1500m
All of those bolded items are medal events. Fourteen medal events. And that includes almost all of the decathlon and heptathlon events, too! And shot put. Shot put, you guys! I'm crying!!

That is the beauty of track and field. There aren't any other major events where two different sports are being competed at the exact same time and on the exact same playing surface. As the long jumpers head down their runway, the 1500m runners are going past. Checking out the pole vault? Well, look over there! The hammer throw is going on!

It didn't take me long to pull out my credit card and pay for the tickets. Yes, even the hockey. 

I loved all the titles I could have given myself. "Dame!" "General!" I thought of going with "H.R.H" but decided not to lie. I paid too much for these tickets. (If you're curious, I did not spend more than $1000.)

You can only buy tickets with your Visa card, but that wasn't a problem for me. And now I have over a year to pay off these tickets!

And when they're paid off and I'm in Tokyo, I'll get to see people like Sam Kendricks, Sandi Morriss, Katerina Stefanidi, Tom Walsh, Ryan Crouser, Sydney McLaughlin, Christian Taylor, Omar McLeod, Mondo Duplantis, Luvo Manyonga, Kevin Mayer, Alyson Felix (maybe??), and way, way more.

Unbelievable. I am so happy.

Now I gotta actually get to Tokyo!

Weekly Cauldron Check

Is the cauldron lit????

...No. Thankfully! I'm so not ready yet!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm Claire Nat and you're reading Light The CauldronFollow me on Twitter and Facebook @CauldronLight and read my past Olympic articles! You can start with my daily recap of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics HERE!


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