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Exciting Athletes Your Kids Will Enjoy Following at the 2021 Olympics

Kids and adults alike carry anticipation for this summer’s XXXII Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan—not only because we had to wait an extra year, but because a number of new sports have been added, including surfing, skating, climbing and karate!

If your young athlete has a sport of choice, they’ll definitely have no problem following their favorite athletes and events, but the Olympic Games as a whole have a monumental degree of excitement no matter how much experience or knowledge you have. It’s undeniably exciting to watch the highest-caliber athletes from all over the globe compete against one another in the same place, no matter how old you are.

From classic Olympic sports like swimming and track to the newer events like climbing and surfing, we’ve gathered up a number of male and female American athletes who are both new and returning Olympic competitors that your kids will be excited to learn about and watch compete.

Of course, the list of exciting, inspiring athletes could just go on and on—read more about team USA’s 2021 Olympic hopefuls here!

Allyson Felix
There’s fast and then there’s Allyson Felix fast. Her personal bests include a 10.98-second 100-meter sprint and a 21.69-second 200-meter sprint. You and your kids will probably recognize her name from her previous Olympic showings, with two gold medals and one silver medal just from the 2016 games in Rio. She holds a total of six gold and three silver medals from all of her Olympic competitions, but this summer she’s back for her fourth showing, and she’s ready to prove herself once again as a U.S. favorite for the track and field team in the 400-meter and 4×100-meter races.

Katie Ledecky
Fast-paced and long-established, swimming is one of the most-watched events in the summer Olympic games and a highly accessible sport for kids to enjoy. Katie Ledecky is one of the most well-known names in the sport after her breakthrough performance at the 2016 games. With five gold and silver silver medals, along with many World Championship titles, she’s recognized as one of the most dominant athletes in the sport. Back this summer to prove that her success in Rio five years ago was no fluke, she will no doubt be an exciting athlete to follow.

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