Tokyo 2020 Prep: News Updates and Watchlist 1

The weather might be cold outside for those of us in the northern hemisphere, but the preparation for the Olympic Games are heating up!

(Get it? Heat? Tokyo will be hot? All the news media is talking about it? Never mind.)

This week brought up a few Tokyo 2020 items for which we can get excited! First of all, the design for the Olympic and Paralympic tickets were unveiled. The pictogram for the specific event is at the front, and the background colors are based on the Japanese color scheme kasane no irome, which was used for fabrication of kimonos  in the eighth through twelfth centuries. 

I personally really like the color scheme, and appreciate that the pictograms are found on there. After all, pictograms didn’t exist at the Olympics until Tokyo 1964!

Yesterday, the large Olympic rings (famous for highlight reels) were floated to their resting spot in Odaiba, a man-made island in Tokyo. Next Friday Tokyo plans to do a fireworks show to celebrate the rings and also get everyone excited that it will be six months to the Olympics!

On Thursday a major drop of tickets occurred on CoSport, but the random queue process put me behind 9,000 other people. Alas, when I got to the front, there wasn’t anything left that I really wanted. 

However, last Wednesday I was able to get tickets for karate and - a sport I was really hoping to see in person - badminton! While badminton isn’t popular in the United States, it is insanely popular in the Asian countries. I cannot wait to witness the insanity and dedication of those countries’ fans in person! (Plus I really love badminton, y’all.)

Over the next few weeks, here are some exciting events that will get you in the Olympic spirit:

Now through January 22: Youth Winter Olympics

If you want to kind of see the Olympic happening, you could go to the Olympic Channel (online and the television channel) to watch teenagers prepare for their impending climb to Beijing 2022. 

January 23-26 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Remember how much fun I had last year when the championships were in Detroit? This year the championships are in Greensboro, North Carolina. All the American stars will be there, including defending champions Nathan Chen and Alysa Liu (who, once again, is still too young to compete in the World Championshps in March).

January 23-26 Winter X Games

Even though Chloe Kim is sitting out the season, there are a lot of tight competitions to be had in Aspen, Colorado. 

January 27/February 2 USA Women’s Basketball vs. UConn, vs. Louisville

While the Team USA men’s team is busy playing in the NBA, the ladies’ squad is playing some exhibitions against some pretty hefty collegiate competition. Both UConn and Louisville are consistently atop the rankings in the NCAA polls and should provide great competition to keep Team USA in shape.

February 8, 2020 NYRR Millrose Games

There are a few track and field events before this, but the Millrose Games are always my signal that track and field is back, baby! There’s only a small percentage of athletes that attend, but a few high profile runners come to get back into shape before the 

February 14-15 USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships

Yes, this year is an even year, which means there are indeed the Indoor World Championships. However, it’s also an Olympic year. Some athletes might use the indoor championships to build up to their peak physique, but others might sit out the indoor season to focus completely on the outdoor season. However, it does provide an opportunity for some younger athletes to compete with the big boys!

February 13-16 World Single Distance (?) Speed Skating Championships

The major speed skaters from all over the world descend upon Salt Lake City, Utah, to try to break some world records at a place where world records have been known to fall!

Weekly Cauldron Check

Is the cauldron lit????

...No. But it will be in less than seven months!

I'm Claire Nat and you're reading Light The CauldronFollow me on Twitter and Facebook @CauldronLight and read my past Olympic articles! Look back on previous posts to hear about my trips to the US Curling National Championships, the US Figure Skating Championships, and my very successful quest to acquire tickets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics!


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