1 year out: Excitement builds for 2020 Olympics

IU swimmer Lilly King raises the American flag during to 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazi. (Photo: Leonard Zhukovsky)
King has sights set on Olympics
Potential Olympians with Indiana ties
Olympic hopeful Piper Kelly
One year until Tokyo Olympics
Changes coming to 2020 Olympics
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The excitement is building for Team USA. In just one year, Tokyo will welcome the world's greatest athletes to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.


The qualifying process for some U.S. Olympic Teams has already begun, and there are a number of Hoosier athletes who are training now to live out their Olympic dream next July. WTHR is sending an Olympic crew to Tokyo to cover the Games. But before they begin, we'll be following Indiana athletes through their training process. Athletes will learn if they make the cut over the next several of months as we get closer to the games.

In Rio, WTHR followed 18 athletes with Hoosier ties. At this point, it looks like Tokyo may be no different.

IU swimmer Lilly King, who won two gold medals in Rio, is still a powerhouse in the pool. Four-time Olympic diver and Purdue alum David Boudia is vowing to make the Tokyo team.

Boudia won his first gold medal in the 2012 London games. He's now 30 years old, married and a father of three.

Diver David Boudia is a father of three, but he's still training to further his Olympic legacy. (Photo courtesy David Boudia)
Diver David Boudia is a father of three, but he's still training to further his Olympic legacy. (Photo courtesy David Boudia)

Piper Kelly is a 19-year-old rock climber. She's racing to make Team USA.

Sport Climbing is one of the new Olympic sports that debuts in Tokyo. Sport climbing combines the three climbing disciplines: lead climbing, speed climbing, and bouldering.

Piper is one of top sport climbers in the world. She's a graduate of Irvington Preparatory High School, and she although trains at Hoosier Heights, competitions train her around the world.

Like most Olympic cities, this coming year is one in where the only gear is high. The entire city is getting ready for hundreds of thousands of athletes and visitors. Tokyo is stepping up its preparation of sporting venues, transportation and service industries. Tokyo last hosted a Summer Games in 1964. Japan hosted winter games in 1998 and 1972.

Many of those venues where athletes will go for gold are already the site of dress rehearsal competitions. Workers and volunteers want to make sure everything is in top shape when the competition begins. Over the next 11 months, those venues will host other games and tournaments to work out any kinks in the system.

Tokyo 2020 is the first Olympics where we'll see several first-time Olympic sports. Others sports, like baseball and softball, are making a return after some time off.

Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing are aimed at the up-and-coming athletes who are at the forefront of some relatively newer mainstream sports. The Olympic committee wants the games grow and adjust with sporting trends. It takes many years to get a sport the okay to become part of the Olympic competition, some of these sports are only new to the Olympics, not necessarily other competitions.