Media Watch: 'Miracle on Ice' Olympian Against Boycott

Also: Usain Bolt on what it's like not to be competing; Monica Abbott prepares for her first Olympics since 2008.

(ATR) The man who scored the winning goal for the United States in the "Miracle on Ice" hockey game against the Soviet Union at Lake Placid 1980 speaks out against a Beijing 2022 boycott.

Mike Eruzione, in an OpEd in USA Today, says that if the U.S. pulls out "we will ruin the dreams of hundreds of Olympic and Paralympic athletes, and we will hand China and other countries victories we could win in competition".

Eruzione, who captained the team that went on to win the gold medal at the 1980 Winter Games, wrote "To this day, it upsets me and many other Olympians that, only months after our Winter Games victory, our Summer Olympic brethren didn’t get their chance to compete" at Moscow 1980.

Click here to read the rest of the OpEd.

Usain Bolt in the Role of Olympic Spectator

Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt tellsUSA Today that the pandemic makes it harder to predict what might happen at the delayed Tokyo Olympics.

Tokyo 2020 will mark the first time since 2000 that Bolt will not appear on the Olympic track.

Following the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, Bolt announced his retirement.

Click here to read USA Today’s profile on Bolt.

USA Weightlifter Aims for Tokyo Gold

At the age of 16, Katherine Nye discovered her passion for weightlifting.

"It kind of reignited that original dream so I feel like I’m fulfilling, you know, my childhood dream in a completely different way than I would have expected. But that’s life, right?" Nye tells WDIV-TV.

Nye also shares with WDIV-TV her journey training to reach the Olympic podium. Next month, Nye will compete in her first competition since the beginning of the pandemic.

Monica Abbott Preps for Olympic Return

Team USA’s Monica Abbott is due to make a return to the Olympic circuit after a 13-year hiatus.

Tokyo 2020 will mark the first time since 2008 that softball is featured on the Olympic program.

At Beijing 2008, Abbott secured a silver medal with Team USA. Abbott also discusses the postponement of the Olympic Games with The Monterey Herald.

Click here to read more on Abbott’s thoughts returning to the Olympic fold.

Momota Kento Shares Tokyo 2020 Pressure

Following 14 months off the court, two-time world badminton champion Momota Kento shares with The Olympic Channel thepressure he is under to win gold at his home Olympics in Tokyo.

Momota is returning to the World Tour circuit this week after testing positive for Covid-19 in January. He spent most of 2020 recovering from a serious car accident.

Click here to read Kento’s interview with the Olympic Channel.

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