Summer Games Winners and Losers

The Tokyo Games were a wake-up call for the mental health of Olympic athletes and a groundbreaking event for the LGBTQ community – but a great loss for NBC and anyone who wanted Russia to be truly punished for the doping scandal.

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Winners

Mental health awareness: Simone Biles’ removal from gymnastics events has sparked significant public interest in mental health, and other Olympians have also spoken openly about the subject. “Our understanding and empathy for athletes will never be the same again,” writes Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.

LGBTQ community: Tokyo 2020 featured a record 182 Olympians as LGBTQ. Among them, Laurel Hubbard, the first openly transgender woman to compete; Quinn, the first non-binary transgender gold medalist; and Tom Daley, who proudly said these words: “I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion.”

China: On the eve of the Games, the head of the Chinese Olympic Committee said, “We must resolutely make sure that we are the first to win gold medals. Mission accomplished.

Women: It was the most equal Games ever, with women making up a record 49% of all participants. The women won the majority of the US team’s medals, and the women’s events led 60% of bets, by PointsBet.

Kuo Hsing-chun: Countries pay varying amounts of money to athletes to win medals. No Tokyo Olympian has earned a higher salary than Taiwan’s Kuo, known as Chinese Taipei at the Games, who will receive around $ 760,000 for her gold medal in weightlifting.

Losers

NBC: It was largely out of the network’s control, but the broadcast of these Games was not exactly a home run. The big events whose results were wasted long before the prime-time airing, as well as the masked faces and fanless arenas, have been brutal on the audiences.

Olympic bans: If cheaters never thrive, how does the Russian Olympic Committee get the third-highest number of medals on Saturday? Either way, the only real penalties for a state-sponsored doping program were that Russian athletes did not have the opportunity to wear their flag during competition or hear their national anthem. .

Record holders: Olympic records fell at a record pace in Tokyo, wiping countless athletes from the history books. Technology has helped mainly in equipment-based sports (i.e. cycling), but other events are catching up, according to The Economist (subscription).

Belarus: Sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya came into the limelight after being taken away by the Belarusian government for criticizing her coaches. But with Timanovskaya safe after Poland offered him asylum, now it’s Belarus – and its authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko – who are on the scene.

Airbnb: The pandemic left sponsors in a difficult position, especially those who had planned large-scale campaigns on the ground in Tokyo. First example: Airbnb, which had great aspirations as an official sponsor of Olympic Games accommodation, only to see tourists banned.

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