Today marks the beginning of the 2020 Olympic Games with Opening Ceremonies taking place at 8:00pm in Tokyo and 7:00 am EDT. However, the celebration will be broadcast on NBC at 7:30 p.m. EDT/4:30 p.m. PDT in the US.
The Olympic journey, however, is already well underway for Ridgefield native, Kieran Smith, who has been in Japan for several days now preparing for his international career debut as a USA Olympian.
In June, Kieran qualified for both the 200 and 400 meter freestyle races – finishing in first place for both races.
The final for the Men’s 400 meter freestyle will take place first, airing live in the US on NBC at 9:52pm EDT on Saturday, July 24th. The finals for the Men’s 200 meter freestyle will be aired live in the US on Monday, July 26th at 9:43pm.
Olympians will undergo semifinal races for their events in order to eliminate swimmers before the final, medaling race. Kieran will be racing in the 5th heat of the Men’s 400 meter freestyle semi final races, taking place 8:00 pm Saturday, July 24th in Japan which is 7:00am EDT in the US. He was also competing in the quarter finals for the 200 meter freestyle at 7:30pm on Sunday, July 25th in Japan which is 6:30am EDT in the US. If Kieran places in the top 16 athletes he will continue to the semi finals which will take place in two parts and occur at 10:37 and 10:43am on July 26th.
Other Connecticut athletes include rowers Liam Corrigan and Austin Hack from Old Lyme who will be competing in the Men’s Eight rowing event. The two will compete together in Heat 1 of the event on July 24th at 12pm which is July 23rd at 11:00pm in EDT.
Additionally, Alyssa Naeher from Stratford will be competing for Team USA on the Women’s soccer team. Team USA began their Olympic journey this past Wednesday losing to Sweden 3-0. However, they are still in the “race” for gold and will be competing against New Zealand this Saturday, July 24th at 8:30pm – 7:30am in EDT.
Competing in the new Skateboarding events of the 2020 Olympics, Alexis Sablone from Old Saybrook will be partaking in the Women’s Skateboard Street event. This will be taking place in 4 preliminary Heats before the Final at 12:25pm on Monday, July 26th – Sunday, July 25th at 11:25pm EDT.
U.S. Paralympian and swimmer Matthew Torres from Ansonia, CT will be competing in Tokyo in the 100m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, and 200m IM events. The Paralympics will be taking place later next month.