Jul 23, 2021 - Sports

The Olympic athletes with Minnesota ties to watch for this year

Photo illustration of numerous Olympic athletes from Minnesota set against the state's shape

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela. Photos: Andy Bao, Carmen Mandato, Maddie Meyer, Tom Pennington, Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Minnesota is well represented on Team USA as the the Tokyo Olympics kick off today.

Driving the news: More than a dozen athletes with ties to the state are set to compete in events ranging from shot put to rifle shooting.

Why it matters: It's fun to cheer for our hometown heroes as they go for the gold!

What to watch: It turns out we're a gymnastics powerhouse. Minnesota natives Sunisa Lee, Grace McCallum and Shane Wiskus are all competing in the fan-favorite event.

Here are a few more local athletes to keep on your radar:

  • Two Hopkins alums β€” Team USA's Joe Klecker and Liberia's Joseph Fahnbulleh β€” will compete in the track and field events.

How to watch: The Games air on NBC, channel 11 here in the Twin Cities, and its streaming service, Peacock.

  • And keep your eye out for local watch parties and events. Vertical Endeavors, for example, plans to show events featuring Shoreview native Kyra Condie at its area climbing gyms.

A full schedule of events is available here.

Go deeper with Axios' full Olympics coverage.

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