OLYMPIC CENTER: Flights to Tokyo
The University of Tennessee has always been well represented at the Summer Games, and the Tokyo Olympics will be no different as 19 Vols and Lady Vols past, present and future will compete on behalf of 13 countries in seven sports.
Tennessee’s Olympic list is highlighted by athletes who have won National and Conference Player of the Year awards, earned All-America recognition, broken national and world records in events, hoisted the banners of championship at UT and left a lasting legacy on Rocky Top. Some were Olympians before they came to Rocky Top, while others took their talents to the next level with the help of world-class coaching and training like Vols and Lady Vols.
With representatives in 15 consecutive Olympics, UT’s 117 all-time Olympians have won 63 medals, including 39 gold, while competing as both athletes and coaches. This year 17 people will compete as athletes at the Olympics, while two former Lady Vols will transition to training after winning medals as athletes during their respective careers.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics officially kick off on Wednesday, July 21, with soccer and softball competitions kicking off. The opening ceremony will take place on Friday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on NBC, the official television channel of the Olympics.