Scott's View: Summer Olympics 2021 & Post-War Reflections on the Last Tokyo Games

Scott's View

We continue our Summer Olympics coverage today with a moving article from our own advisory board member, and two-time Olympic gold medalist Donna de Varona. 

The last time the summer games were in Tokyo was in 1964, when Donna was a young champion swimmer from California. She was already an Olympian when she competed in the 1960 Rome Games at only 13 years of age, the youngest member of Team USA. At the Tokyo Games, she claimed the gold twice. Soon after, she appeared on ABC’s Wide World of Sports to become the youngest and one of the first women sportscasters for a national network.

Donna’s perspective as an athlete, broadcaster and sports advocate is  invaluable. Now, she offers her thoughts through the lens of the post-COVID world and how much Tokyo has changed since World War II. We hope you enjoy the piece and the summer games, which start one week from today!

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Military & Veterans Life Cover Story: 57 Years Later, Reflections on the Olympics and Post-War Tokyo The global pandemic that reshaped how we function and interact as humans left no corner of the world untouched. Every aspect of our lives changed on the personal level, but the cancellation or disruption of seemingly invincible cultural touchstones like the Olympics served as stunning reminders of the uncertain times we all endured. An event that intertwines and invigorates the world once every four years is needed now more than ever after a period of such isolating international disconnect and despair. After countless fits and starts threatened to condemn the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as collateral damage of the pandemic, we will soon get to enjoy what the Japanese refer to as the “Recovery Games” After all, Japan won the right to host the Olympics on July 16, 2011 just months after 18,000 Japanese lost their lives during the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

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