March 13-15, 2020: Pan American Olympic Games Qualifier (Ottawa, Ontario)
March 27-29 2020: Final U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualifier
April 4-5, 2020: U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling (State College, Pennsylvania)
April 30-May 3, 2020: World Olympic Qualification Tournament (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Can Olympic champions Burroughs, Snyder and Maroulis return to the podium in Tokyo? There are three past U.S. Olympic champions seeking another Olympic title in Tokyo: 2012 Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs at 74 kg. in men’s freestyle, 2016 Olympic champion Helen Maroulis at 57 kg. in women’s freestyle and 2016 Olympic champion Kyle Snyder at 97 kg. in men’s freestyle. Only three American wrestlers in history have won two Olympic gold medals – George Mehnert (1904, 1908), John Smith (1988, 1992) and Bruce Baumgartner (1984, 1992). Burroughs, Maroulis and Snyder have all won multiple senior world championship titles, and they are aiming to make history in 2020.
How will top U.S. stars in non-Olympic weight classes fare after changing divisions for Tokyo? In international wrestling, there are 10 weight classes in each of the three Olympic disciplines. However, at the Olympic Games, these athletes must fit into six Olympic weight classes in each discipline, forcing numerous athletes to change their weight class for the Olympic year. In 2018, two U.S. men’s freestyle wrestlers won world titles at non-Olympic weight classes: Kyle Dake at 79 kg. and J’den Cox at 92 kg. These athletes, among others on the U.S. team, will need to select a new weight class, moving either up in weight or down in weight.
The United States will have 14 athletes entered in the Pan American Olympic Qualifier (four in men’s freestyle, four in women’s freestyle and six in Greco-Roman). It will be a very strong U.S. team, including many past World medalists. Fans are encouraged to come up to Ottawa to support Team USA at the tournament.
2020 Pan-American Olympic Qualification Tournament Competition Days and Times
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*The Pan-American Championships is NOT a qualifier for the 2020 Olympics.
Representing the U.S. are multiple World and Olympic medalists, including Olympic champions Jordan Burroughs (2012) and Kyle Snyder (2016) at 74 kg and 97 kg in men’s freestyle. Burroughs is also a four-time World champion, while Snyder owns two World gold medals.
Dear Wrestling Community, With the recent outbreak of COVID-19 the worldwide wrestling community has been asked to accommodate a number of adjustments to their competition schedules, including changes to the dates and locations of important Olympic Qualification events.…
3x3 Basketball Preview
Fans will see the launch of a new basketball discipline with the inclusion of 3x3 at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. 3x3 is an exciting and fast-paced game that first was unveiled in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and has become a favorite event for basketball fans at events such as the FIBA 3x3 World Cup and FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup.
Each team consist of four players, three on the court and one substitute per game, and there are no coaches. The game is played on a half court with a 12-second shot clock and a 10-minute game clock. Shots inside the arc are worth one point, and baskets outside the arc are worth two points. The winner is the first team to 21 points, or the team in the lead at the end of regulation. In case of a tied score at the end of regulation, the winner is the first team to score two points in overtime.
Simone Biles – the first woman in a generation to capture four Olympic gold medals in a single Games – is once again looking to make her mark at the Olympic stage. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Biles won individual gold medals in all-around, vault and floor, bronze in balance beam, and gold as part of the U.S. team. Behind Biles, a new generation of American women have been making their mark in women’s team competition, including 2017 world all-around champion Morgan Hurd, 2019 American Cup winner Leanne Wong.
"The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, formerly set to begin on July 24, will now be pushed back to 2021 as the world continues efforts to slow the coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday, marking the first time in more than a century of the modern Olympic Games the event will fall outside the Olympic year."
"Neither organization provided alternate dates, though the IOC said the rescheduled Olympic Games would take place “no later than the summer of 2021.”