The Olympics are a lot of fun. There are lots of people who help each other. A surfer jumped into the water when someone beat him. They became friends. The people who were jumping high had to share a medal. Two people were running, and they fell down together. Then they helped each other finish the race.
In an Olympic Games where mental health has been important, people have been kind. The world’s most competitive athletes have shown kindness to one another. They celebrate with each other, talk to each other, and wipe away tears when someone is upset.
Kanoa Igarashi is from Japan. He just lost to Brazilian Italo Ferreira in his sport’s Olympic debut. He was disappointed because he missed out on a gold medal and also because Brazilian trolls were making racist comments about him online.
The surfer could have been mad and said nothing. But instead, he used his knowledge of Portuguese to help a reporter who was asking Ferreira questions from another country.
When the crowd heard a translation that had a cross-rival team, they giggled. The silver medalist thanked the speaker for this.
“Yes, thank you, Kanoa,” said a beaming Ferreira, who is learning English.
Days later, both Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Barshim had their Olympic Stadium. They were in a situation they had talked about but never experienced. Both of them were tied.
Both high jumpers were perfect until the bar was set to the Olympic record height of 2.39 meters (7 feet, 10 inches). Each missed three times.
They could have gone to a high spot, but instead, they shared the gold.
“I know for a fact that I deserved the gold medal. He did the same thing. So he deserved it, too. This is not just about sports; this is about what we say to kids.”
After they decided, Tamberi gave Barshim a high five. Then she jumped into his arms.
“I found a way to become even more beautiful by sharing with my friends,” Tamberi said. “It was just magical.”
Earlier on the same track, Isaiah Jewett from the U.S. and Nijel Amos from Botswana got tangled up and fell during the 800-meter race. Instead of getting angry at each other, they helped each other up and finished together.
Many top athletes come to know each other when they are on the road. They do this for a long time, and it can be intense because you might have a really good or bad day.
People who are sad sometimes feel better when they see other people. This is especially true for the people in Tokyo who have been waiting a long time for the Olympics and have seen many familiar faces.
These days, Olympians cannot do what they used to. This is because there are restrictions on how close they can be to other people who have COVID-19.
People who are sad sometimes feel better when they see other people. This is especially true for the people in Tokyo who have been waiting a long time for the Olympics and have seen lots of familiar faces.
The U.S. team won, but they did not worry about it. They are friends with Brazil, so they just laughed off the win and said that everything is ok.
Sarah Sponcil, Claes’ teammate, said that she is excited to have quarantine over. It will be good to be able to sit at the same table with them and go out for dinner. But it can also be hard because they are always apart.
American Carissa Moore had to surf with other people because of the pandemic and restrictions were there.
The reigning world champion said that she usually travels to surfing competitions with her husband and father. But this year, all fans were banned from coming to the games. The reigning world champion admitted that it was challenging in the first few days because she couldn’t see them there.
Moore flew to Japan with the U.S. team 10 days before the first heat. It was tough living with other surfers, but Caroline Marks was another lady who Moore thought would do well in this contest.
“I feel that I have a whole other family now because of the US Surf team,” said Moore. “It has been so great to bond with them.”
After a women’s triathlon in Tokyo, the Norwegian Lotte Miller told Belgium’s Claire Michel to stop crying and be happy.
Michel came in last, but she finished the race. There were 54 people in the race, but 20 of them were either lapped or dropped out.
Miller said to Michel, “You are a fighter. I can see you have the spirit of an Olympic athlete.”