Do you like your sports with high stakes, tons of drama and surprises galore? Good news. Team USA's Olympic Trials for swimming, track and field and gymnastics start this weekend.
Swimming’s Olympic Trials begin Sunday at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Neb. While Michael Phelps has retired — for good, this time — you will see familiar faces like Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky. In each race, the top two finishers will go to the Olympics, with a few other spots open in the freestyle relays.
It’s that simple. Swimmers can’t have a bad day. They absolutely have to perform well in this moment or their Olympic dream is over.
Track and field is no different. The top three competitors in most events make the team. The events begin June 18 and run through June 27 in Eugene, Ore.
The marathon had its trial event in February of 2020, so those competitors are already chosen. In some events that have relays, like the 4x100 meters, more competitors will be named to the team. Again, these athletes have to perform perfectly on the day of their competition or their Tokyo Games dreams will be over.
Gymnastics trials start June 24 in St. Louis. This will be the final competition in a series of events used to choose the U.S. Olympic team.
In the women’s competition, the top two will automatically become part of a four-person team. Jade Carey has already qualified to compete as an individual, separate from the team. Outside of the automatic qualifiers, a committee will choose the final two team members and one individual spot. The men’s team is chosen by results from not just the trials but also the U.S. championships that were held June 3-5.
Like the Olympics, all of the trials will be broadcast on NBC or one of its many networks. Check the full schedule here.
What you’ll be watching at trials is athletes who have worked their entire lives to become Olympians — or not. You’ll be watching older athletes giving it one more shot before hanging up. You’ll be watching someone who is going to be a star before everyone knows their name.
|Swimming||June 13-20||Omaha, Neb.|
|Track and Field||June 18-27||Eugene, Ore.|
|Gymnastics||June 24-27||St. Louis|