The most modern Olympic Games of the modern era

The most modern Olympic Games of the modern era

Technology, new generations of athletes, different thoughts and self-acceptance are the new symbol of Olympism

In 2013 it was announced that Tokyo would be the host city for the Olympic Games in 2020, and if we were sure of one thing, it was that Japan would excel in technology. From there rumors began to emerge of everything we could expect in the summer jousting, and many of them came true, from robots, easy recognition, special uniforms for athletes, etc.

The Japanese did not disappoint in this matter, on the contrary, one of the images that we will remember the most from the opening ceremony is the 1824 drones flying over the Tokyo Olympic Stadium forming different figures in the sky. However, this modernization in the summer fair has gone much further than the simple fact of technology, I am talking about sports, athletes, the way we see or talk about competitions, and of course, the same olympic spirit. He felt different, rejuvenated.

On August 4, 2016, the International Olympic Committee approved the inclusion of five new sports to Tokyo 2020. In addition to the return of baseball and softball, karate, surfing, rock climbing and skateboarding were added, all in order to attract a younger audience. Five years later we can say that the IOC’s bet was a winner.

The debut of skateboarding was not indifferent to anyone, least of all young people interested in urban sports. But what attracted the most attention was the youth of the winners, and it was no wonder. The podium of the park modality was made up of three athletes who, if we add their age, would give a total of 44 years: the locals Sakura yosozumi Y Kokona hiraki aged 19 and 12 respectively who won gold and silver, and the British Sky brown 13-year-old who took bronze. While in the Street modality we witness the youngest podium in Olympic history, with two 13-year-old athletes: the Japanese Momji nishiya, who took the gold, and the Brazilian Rayssa Leal who was left with the silver, while the podium was completed by the Japanese Funa Nakayama of 16. But, what is behind these young athletes?

Speaking specifically of Sky brown Y Rayssa Leal, their numbers go far beyond their age. The British has more than 1,200,000 followers on Instagram and 1,400,000 on TikTok, while the Brazilian has 6,700,000 on Instagram and 3,500,000 on TikTok. We are talking about two 13-year-old athletes who can reach more than twelve million people simply by uploading a photo or video.

This tells us how powerful these new generations of athletes can be, since these Olympic Games They came to revolutionize not only the way we see sport, but also how it is talked about. We saw a Simone biles confessing mental health problems, a Tom daley weaving to relax during competition and talking openly about their sexuality, history was also made with the first participation of transgender athletes with the New Zealander Laurel hubbard in weightlifting and Canada’s Quinn, a gold medal winner in women’s soccer.

The Tokyo Olympics they were governed under the motto of “United by emotion”, promoting that feeling that seeing a competition causes us, the happiness that sport can bring, and more after all the uncertainty that we live with the pandemic, having to move away from our loved ones and the whole world.

However, the message that remained at the end of the summer joust was much stronger than that, it was a stroke of reality, of diversity and inclusion, where the athletes through their social networks made us part of their day to day. We were able to feel close to them, from how they lived in the Olympic Village, to how they prepared for their competition, we were able to understand a little more about how they thought or their tastes, they even took away our doubts about the cardboard beds. In the end we could see them more human, more similar to us mortals, with emotions and fears, tears and laughter.

Of course, it is important to bear in mind that this technology can have its positive and negative side, but seeing the good side in a world in which we do not know when we will be able to return to our pre-pandemic life, it is comforting to know that we can feel close to one or the other. shape. And I think Japan represented it in the best possible way at the Closing Ceremony when the lights of the athletes’ phones began to flood the entire Tokyo Olympic Stadium, so that thousands of light particles ended up forming the Olympic rings.

Making it clear that today technology, new generations of athletes, different thoughts and self-acceptance are the new symbol of Olympism, making these Olympic Games of Tokyo the most modern in modern history.

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