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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Media Hub: Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Media Hub: Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

This page will be the hub for all media information, news and resources surrounding the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The USA Swimming communications team will update information as it comes in, as well as at the conclusion of each night of racing.

Immediate Resources:

General Information

Swimming 101 - Courtesy of

Pool swimming at the Olympic Games takes place inside a 50-meter-long swimming pool divided into eight lanes. Swimmers race each other at varying distances using one (or all, for medley events) of four strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. All swimmers competing in a given race start simultaneously at the sound of a tone. The winner is the first to touch the wall of the pool after swimming the set distance, which can be as short as 50m (one lap) or as long as 1500m (30 laps).

There are 17 total Olympic swimming events per gender. New to the Olympic program for Tokyo is a mixed medley relay, which will include teams of two male and two female swimmers per country. 

Learn more about swimming in the Olympics by visiting the Swimming 101 section at

Learn more about the official qualifying procedures for the U.S. Olympic Team at

Competition Information:
Pool Competition: July 24 - August 1
Open Water Competition: August 4 - 5 
Competition Schedule: Click here
Prelims start time: 7 p.m. (Japan) / 6 a.m. ET
Finals start time: 10:30 a.m. (Japan) / 7:30 p.m. ET
Broadcast information & replays:
Hashtag: #TokyoOlympics / #Tokyo2020
USA Swimming Media Guide: Click Here

Athlete Information

U.S. Olympic Team Roster & Information: Click here
U.S. Olympic Team Headshots: Click here (credit Mike Lewis/USA Swimming when using)
Times, records and past results:
U.S. Olympic Team bios & news:
USA Swimming National Team bios:
2020-21 USA Swimming National Team media roster: Click here
2020-21 USA Swimming National Junior Team media roster: Click here

Daily Resources

July 8 Media Day Press Conferences
Press conference recording: Click here (contact for passcode)
19:22 – U.S. Olympic Team Men’s Head Coach Dave Durden and Women’s Head Coach Greg Meehan 
1:05:00 – U.S. Olympic Swim Team Captains (from left to right): Olympians Simone Manuel, Allison Schmitt, Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Murphy
1:37:15 – Olympians (from left to right): Regan Smith, Katie Ledecky and Lilly King 
2:16:30 – Olympians (from left to right): Michael Andrew and Chase Kalisz 

Day One Information
Prelims notes: Click here
Finals media recap: Click here

Day Two Information
Prelim notes: Click here
Finals media recap: Click here

Day Three Information
Prelim notes: Click here
Finals media recap: Click here

Day Four Information
Prelim notes: Click here

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