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Quarantine, confusion and a made-for-TV affair: Early observations from mid-pandemic Tokyo Olympics

The Dallas Morning News 21 July, 2021 - 10:29pm

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She and the U.S. women’s gymnastics team were minutes from walking into their first qualification competition of the 2008 Games. Through the Beijing arena’s tunnel, Liukin could hear the raucous 19,000-fan crowd eager to root against the Americans, though Liukin tried to convince herself otherwise.

Locking eyes with her teammates, Liukin felt her adrenaline pulse with the noise. She felt the Olympic dream she’d worked toward since she was a young girl in her family’s Plano gym become tangible.

This week, Liukin is back at the Olympics, and her role in Tokyo as a gymnastics commentator for NBC might be almost as important as her presence as an Olympic champion in 2008.

That’s because this mid-pandemic Olympics will be a two-week, made-for-TV event.

The Games have been rescheduled, restricted, regulated and rife with confusion. Ahead of Friday’s opening ceremonies, there have already been logistical hurdles, ethical debates, and daily updates about rising COVID-19 case counts, athlete withdrawals and quarantine limitations.

Over the next two weeks, settle in to watch more than 70 athletes with Texas ties compete throughout Japan, but know that at-home comforts and excitement while cheering for the best in the world won’t reflect the delicate, tenuous operations behind the scenes of this sporting spectacle.

“I have nothing but so much admiration and respect for every year, every Olympian, every athlete, but especially this year,” Liukin said in a recent interview. “I can’t imagine thinking you’re literally about to be at the peak of your career and all of the sudden, it’s like, ‘Nope. One more year.’

“I’m so excited it’s still going to be able to happen for them, and they’ll be part of an Olympics like no other. Yeah, it’ll be in the history books, for sure.”

This is where my editors wanted me to describe the scene in Tokyo about two days before the Opening Ceremonies of the only postponed Games in history.

And I would — but I’m not sure any Dallas Morning News readers are interested in a detailed account of two hotel rooms, each less than 100 square feet, where photographer Vernon Bryant and I have remained quarantined since arriving Sunday afternoon.

We took off from DFW International Airport on Saturday morning for a 13-hour direct flight — only to spend seven more hours at the Tokyo Haneda Airport after we landed. We waited for health-screening-related permissions from the Japanese government and organizing committees, took COVID-19 tests and navigated media credential and customs processes.

A few things nobody warns reporters who are covering their first Olympics during a once-in-a-century global health crisis about:

— You might feel like you’re going to run out of spit when required to take daily COVID-19 saliva tests, especially after you couldn’t eat or drink for five hours and when your body clock thinks it’s 4 a.m.

— You’ll order dinners while in quarantine based only on pictures because you won’t have access to restaurants as an Olympic visitor during Tokyo’s state of emergency and the UberEats app lists options only in Japanese characters.

But don’t worry: Very nice locals who strap coolers to their backs to make deliveries on bikes will keep you nourished with these mystery meals.

— And when you have nowhere you’re allowed to be, Zoom is an effective way to communicate with editors who are 14 time zones away and to rig a stream-within-a-stream technology hack to watch American TV shows that are inaccessible abroad.

Insights from athletes, coaches and others who’ve already started to explore the so-called Olympic bubble show more of the same wacky, unprecedented variables loom after quarantine.

Athletes can only enter the village a couple of days before their competitions begin. They must leave almost immediately afterward.

So, Luka Doncic and his Slovenia national team started practices in Fukui, Japan, where the Mavericks’ All-Star has been draining trick shots in a cavernous practice gym ahead of his country’s Olympic basketball debut.

Wylie native Jourdan Delacruz — who competes Saturday, the afternoon after Opening Ceremonies — is the only American weightlifter who’s arrived in Tokyo so far.

The others who perform later remain in Honolulu, Hawaii, where USA Weightlifting has established a pseudo-homebase to help athletes acclimate to time changes and cut back on travel while remaining outside Japan’s state-of-emergency areas.

Before traveling to Inzai, Japan, for USA Gymnastics’ pre-Olympics training camp, Kim Zmeskal Burdette — a 1992 Olympian who coaches U.S. alternate Emma Malabuyo at Texas Dreams Gymnastics in Coppell — wondered whether Malabuyo should practice in silence. There won’t be music, applause and much background noise with most Olympic venues prohibiting spectators.

If Zmeskal Burdette and Malabuyo needed a reminder about potential for last-minute availability changes during these Games, it came Monday, when fellow alternate Kara Eaker tested positive for COVID-19 just before the team moved into the Olympic Village.

If American broadcast rightsholder NBC has its way, though, viewers at home won’t recognize much difference, especially after a year of watching limited capacity sports on TV.

The Olympic Broadcast Service, which controls the world feed for most events, is planning to pipe ambient noise through sound systems in empty arenas to mimic crowd murmur.

But NBC has no plans to use artificial crowd noise during competitions or the Opening Ceremonies.

“As you can imagine, the Olympics, there’s 339 distinct events, all of which have a really different cadence and pace,” NBC Olympics executive producer Molly Solomon said on a recent conference call. “[That] nearly makes it impossible to be authentic and reflect the spirit and sound of what’s happening now.”

Twitter: @CallieCaplan

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