, Here’s Which U.S. States Sent The Most Athletes To The Tokyo Olympics, The Nzuchi News Forbes

Here’s Which U.S. States Sent The Most Athletes To The Tokyo Olympics

, Here’s Which U.S. States Sent The Most Athletes To The Tokyo Olympics, The Nzuchi News Forbes

Topline

There are 613 athletes from 46 states representing the U.S. in the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer, but some states produce far more elite athletes than others.

Key Facts

California is home to 126 athletes on the team roster, or nearly one in five, according to a breakdown released by the U.S. Census Bureau ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony.

It’s more than double the state with the second-most Olympians, Florida (51), which is followed by Colorado (34), Texas (31) and New York (27). 

But the state with the most representation per capita is Colorado, a popular place for athletes to train, which boasts 5.9 Olympians per million residents.

Four athletes call Washington, D.C., home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, while baseball player Jack Lopez is from Puerto Rico and water polo player Luca Cupido was born in Italy.

Surprising Fact

Four members of Team USA have competed at previous Olympic Games for other countries. Australian-born equestrian Phillip Dutton, Egyptian-born pentathlete Amro El-Geziry and Kenyan-born runner Sally Kipyego competed for their home countries before gaining U.S. citizenship and switching teams. Ildar Hafizov wrestled for Uzbekistan before joining the U.S. military, which makes him eligible to compete for Team USA this summer.

Key Background

With 613 athletes in Tokyo, the U.S. team is almost 10% bigger than the one that competed in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. At least five U.S. athletes have tested positive for coronavirus since arriving in Tokyo: tennis player Coco Gauff, beach volleyballer Taylor Crabb, gymnastics alternate Kara Eaker and basketball player Katie Lou Samuelson. Olympics organizers have refused to rule out the possibility of canceling the games at the last minute over rising coronavirus infections. Olympians were not mandated to be  vaccinated by the International Olympics Committee or by Team USA.

Further Reading

Did Olympic Athletes Need To Be Vaccinated? No — And Now More Are Testing Positive For Covid-19. (Forbes)

, Here’s Which U.S. States Sent The Most Athletes To The Tokyo Olympics, The Nzuchi News Forbes

Czech Athletes Latest To Pull Out Of Tokyo Olympics Due To Covid — Here’s The Full List (Forbes)

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