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Ashleigh Johnson, Maggie Steffens, Jesse Smith & Alex Bowen Set For 'Two Years Until Tokyo 2020' Event

July 23, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee joins the global Olympic Movement on July 24 in celebrating the two-year countdown to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. To commemorate the day, nearly a dozen Team USA athletes will join together with area youth in Los Angeles – host of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games – for a youth sport clinic and fan meet-and-greet.

In addition, the USOC is sharing thoughts from some of the top U.S. 2020 Olympic hopefuls, distributing sport storylines, launching a digital series tabbed “Tokyo 2020 Tuesday” and promoting #TokyoOlympics across all Team USA social platforms.

With the Opening Ceremony to be held at Tokyo National Stadium on July 24, 2020, Tokyo will be hosting the Summer Games for the first time in 56 years. More than 11,000 athletes from 206 nations are expected to participate in 33 sports and 50 disciplines, including the addition of four new sports and the reinstatement of baseball / softball.


Seven-time Olympic swimming medalist Dana Vollmer, Olympic water polo champions Ashleigh Johnson and Maggie Steffens, and 2016 rugby Olympian Carlin Isles will headline celebrations of the two-year countdown on July 24 in Los Angeles. Four-time Olympian and 2008 silver medalist Jesse Smith and 2016 Olympian Alex Bowen will join the celebration as well. The athletes will share their inspirational journeys with approximately 100 local youth before leading them through warmups, a basketball clinic and other games at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center Plaza in the Little Tokyo Historic District, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

The event – which runs from 3-5 p.m. – will feature a DJ and the Team USA Social Truck presented by OREO, along with several community leaders, including representatives from LA 2028. Following the clinic, Team USA athletes will partake in a fan meet-and-greet before attending the LA Sparks game.

Just south of Los Angeles, two-year countdown Olympic action is taking place in Anaheim as the U.S. women’s national volleyball team hosts the Japanese women’s team, and in Irvine, with USA Swimming’s Phillips 66 National Championships. The women’s volleyball team will welcome their counterparts from the 2020 Olympic host country for a joint training camp at the American Sports Centers from July 22-29. The two national teams will hold an informal scrimmage on July 24 at 10:30 a.m. PT that is open to the media, followed by a friendly exhibition match open to the public on July 27 with first serve at 7 p.m. PT at Tustin High School as part of the two-year out celebration.

The 2018 Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Xfinity, continues with USA Swimming’s Phillips 66 National Championships July 25-29. More than 900 athletes, including Olympic champions Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel and Caeleb Dressel will compete in the biggest U.S. swim meet of the season, which serves as a qualifier for the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo and the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. The Team USA Social Truck will be onsite throughout the event for more athlete meet-and-greets and autograph signings.


The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will jointly host a countdown event on July 24 in Tokyo at Tokyo Skytree Town. The celebration will be hosted by Fujio Mitarai, Honorary President of Tokyo 2020; Yoshiro Mori, President of Tokyo 2020; and Yuriko Koike, the Governor of Tokyo. Among the guests will be Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who led the successful bid to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games back to the United States, resulting in the 2028 Games in Los Angeles. Garcetti will join the Tokyo organizers, Japanese athletes, the 2020 mascots and other guests at a ceremony featuring guest speakers, presentations, a paper lantern parade, and celebration dances. For more information, visit




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