Below is a schedule of notable events taking place in the 100 days leading up to the Tokyo Olympic Games. Many of these events will have a direct impact on determining which athletes qualify to compete in Tokyo.
Beach Volleyball “Cancun Hub” Tournaments (3 Events)
April 16-May 2, Cancun, Mexico
There are five major beach volleyball tournaments left before the end of the qualifying period, but three of them will take place in rapid succession when Cancun hosts back-to-back-to-back events in April. The pairing of April Ross and Alix Klineman has already locked up one of the U.S. spots, but the battle for the other women’s spot remains open. On the men’s side, there are three pairings in contention for two spots.
Olympic Soccer Tournament Draws
April 21, Zurich, Switzerland
These draws will determine all group pairings and matchups for the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments. After this the USWNT will know its opponents and match times for the group stage.
Wrestling World Qualification Tournament
May 6-9, Sofia, Bulgaria
This international tournament serves as wrestling’s last-chance qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics. The U.S. still has three weight classes (two in Greco-Roman, one in men’s freestyle) left to qualify. The U.S. Olympic Trials winners in those three divisions will be competing here and need to finish top two to earn a quota spot.
Basketball 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament
May 26-30, Graz, Austria
The top three teams for both men and women secure spots in Tokyo for the Olympic debut of basketball 3x3. The U.S. will attempt to qualify through this tournament.
French Open (Tennis)
May 30-June 13, Paris
The famous clay-court Grand Slam tournament will be the final qualifying event for men’s and women’s tennis. Afterward the ranking list will determine which athletes qualify for Tokyo. Up to four men and four women from the U.S. can qualify for the singles tournament in Tokyo, while two more selections per gender will be available for doubles-only spots.
World Skateboarding Championships (Street)
May 31-June 6, Rome
This will be one of the last opportunities for athletes to earn Olympic ranking points in skateboard street. Additionally, the top three athletes will directly qualify for the Tokyo Games. The qualification period officially ends June 30.
Americas Qualifying Tournament (Baseball)
Early June, Florida
The U.S. baseball team is still attempting to qualify for Tokyo. The next opportunity will be at this tournament (exact dates TBD). A win would get the U.S. into the Olympics, while a second or third-place finish would send them to a last-chance qualifier later that month.
U.S. Gymnastics Championships
June 3-6, Fort Worth, TX
The top eight finishers in the combined all-around rank order qualify for Olympic Trials later in June; any additional selections to Trials must have also competed at the national championships. The event could also see Simone Biles’ long-awaited 2021 debut and serves as the final Olympic qualifying opportunity for rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline.
U.S. Olympic Diving Trials
June 6-13, Indianapolis
Results from Olympic Trials will determine who makes the diving team for Tokyo. David Boudia, a four-time Olympic medalist in platform events, has switched to the springboard during this cycle.
U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials
June 13-20, Omaha
The top two finishers in each individual event will make the Olympic team, as will some extra swimmers for relay races. Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel and Caeleb Dressel are among the swimmers who could qualify for at least five races (when including relays).
U.S. Open (Golf)
June 17-20, Torrey Pines, CA
The third major of 2021 in men’s golf will also be the final qualifying event for the Olympics. After the U.S. Open, the ranking list will be finalized and Olympic spots will be allocated. The U.S. has a deep pool of golfers battling for four Olympic spots.
U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials
June 18-27, Eugene, OR
For most individual events, the top three finishers will make the Olympic team. Noah Lyles is attempting to make his first Olympic team and will enter Trials as the favorite to win the 100m and 200m sprints. Five years ago, he finished fourth at Trials in the 200m and narrowly missed out on going to Rio.
U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials
June 24-27, St. Louis
The U.S. men’s and women’s gymnastics teams for Tokyo will be named at the conclusion of Olympic Trials. The U.S. can take up to six gymnasts per gender. Four will compete in the team events, while the other two will be restricted to just individual competitions. Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles is the headliner for Trials.
Women’s PGA Championship (Golf)
June 24-27, Atlanta Athletic Club (Johns Creek, Ga.)
This major will be the final event before the end of the qualifying period for women’s golf. The top four U.S. women in the rankings will earn spots in the Olympic tournament.
Torch Relay Arrives in Tokyo
July 9, Tokyo
The Japanese leg of the Olympic torch relay, which was postponed for a year before finally starting up on March 25, is currently traveling through all 47 of the country’s prefectures. The final place it visits will be Tokyo, where it will spend two full weeks before the Opening Ceremony.
First Day of Olympic Competition
July 21, Japan
The first events of the Olympics take place two days before the Opening Ceremony with preliminary matches in softball and women’s soccer.
Opening Ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics
July 23, Tokyo
The Games of the XXXII Olympiad officially begin with the Opening Ceremony, and from there it’s 16 straight days of medal events from July 24 through August 8.
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