We’re Talking to Local Olympians About Their Summer Without Olympics

Here’s how local professional athletes are spending their summer.

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Athletes from around the world had been expected to gather in Japan from July 22 through August 9 for the Summer Olympics.

In March, the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government announced that the Games would be postponed by one year amid ongoing concerns and uncertainty about the coronavirus pandemic.

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Several Milwaukee area athletes had either qualified for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo or were expected to have had a strong chance of competing in the Games until the pandemic forced an unprecedented delay.

A Milwaukee Magazine series will feature local athletes with Olympic dreams, beginning with Waukesha native Gwen Jorgensen, who captured a gold medal in the triathlon in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. She is training to land a spot on the U.S track and field team for the Tokyo Olympics.

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Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.