Savannah Guthrie Details 'Locked Down' Life In Tokyo Ahead Of Olympics

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Is the Today show going to the Olympics?

NBC News unveiled its plans for coverage of the upcoming Olympics, with Today and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt planning to broadcast from Tokyo. ... The show will broadcast at its regular time — 7 a.m. ET — but it will be 8 p.m. in Tokyo. Deadline‘Today,’ ‘NBC Nightly News’ To Broadcast From Tokyo As Part Of NBC News’ Olympics Coverage

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Today's Savannah Guthrie shares the most heartwarming family photos during Tokyo trip

HELLO! 20 July, 2021 - 01:25pm

The journalist left the lofty studios of the Today show to make for Japan over the past weekend and take on the role of an Olympic correspondent.

However, like all mothers, she's not immune to missing her family, especially her kids, dearly and takes every opportunity possible to see them.

She shared pictures on Instagram of her Facetime sessions with her children, Vale and Charles, including screenshots of them making funny faces and their mom just happily smiling at them.

"The many faces of facetime with my babies," she wrote in the caption. "Saying good morning to them as Tokyo says goodnight with another stunner of a sunset."

Savannah also added pictures of the Tokyo skyline and the beautiful sunset near the majestic Olympic stadium.

The journalist earlier sparked a massive fan reaction when she shared photos of her arrival, with fans wondering whether she'd followed the requisite quarantine protocols. She later clarified that she did and was permitted to go to work venues.

The host also spoke on Today about quarantine protocols in Tokyo and how they differed from what they'd become in the United States.

"They have very strict protocols here," Savannah said. "In a way it's like stepping back in time. "At least for those of us in (the United States), at the height of the pandemic, we remember the washing of the hands, the mask-wearing, all of that. It's just like that here. It's really locked down here in Tokyo."

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Savannah Guthrie FaceTimes Her Kids While in Japan for Tokyo Olympics — See the Silly Pics!

PEOPLE 20 July, 2021 - 01:15pm

On Tuesday, the NBC News journalist, 49, posted an adorable series of screenshots to Instagram that she snapped while FaceTiming her two kids, son Charles "Charley" Max, 4, and daughter Vale, 6½, while in Japan ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

Guthrie took turns chatting with both her son and daughter, as seen in the photos, with both kids making silly faces while their mom smiles in the corner of the screen.

"The many faces of facetime with my babies," Guthrie writes.

Alluding to the 13 hour time difference between Japan and her home state of New York, Guthrie adds, "Saying good morning to them as Tokyo says goodnight with another stunner of a sunset."

Over the weekend, the journalist celebrated reaching her destination with a quick Instagram update on her epic journey.

"It was worth every minute, every hour and every mile. This is Tokyo. It's after midnight, and we're here!" Guthrie said before showing off the city's incredible skyline from her balcony.

"1.5 hour commute to airport / 3 hours at JFK / 14 hour flight / 2.5 hours at Tokyo airport for COVID test/customs/immigration / 30 min ride to hotel / Worth. Every. Minute. / I ❤️ Tokyo," she revealed.

Prior to her trip to Tokyo, Guthrie enjoyed several summertime activities with her family.

Earlier this month, Guthrie, who shares her two kids with husband Michael Feldman, shared photos from a delicious s'mores party as well as her Fourth of July celebration.

In June, Guthrie and her family celebrated Feldman on Father's Day.

The journalist paid tribute to her husband and the father of her two kids with a sweet social media post.

Guthrie shared a series of family snaps of her husband and their kids spending time together.

One snap showed the father of two taking a snap of their son at a recent graduation, while another shot showed him posing for a photo as his kids cuddled up to him.

"Happy Father's Day to @feldmike who is always game!!" she captioned the post.

Savannah Guthrie shares 'very strict protocols' at Tokyo Olympics

Daily Mail 20 July, 2021 - 10:31am

By Carly Stern For Dailymail.com

Today show host Savannah Guthrie has offered a peek inside the Tokyo Olympics ahead of the opening ceremony on Friday, revealing some of the 'very strict' COVID-19 protocols in place to keep the athletes and press healthy.

The Olympics committee is certainly playing it safe as thousands of international visitors pour in for the event, and Savannah, 49, opened up about the frequent testing, firm rules, and rigid lockdown in place. 

'They have very strict protocols here. In a way it's like stepping back in time,' she told her co-hosts this morning. 

'At least for those of us in our country [the United States], at the height of the pandemic, we remember the washing of the hands, the mask-wearing, all of that. It's just like that here. It's really locked down here in Tokyo.'

Today show host Savannah Guthrie has offered a peek inside the Tokyo Olympics ahead of the opening ceremony on Friday

'They have very strict protocols here. In a way it's like stepping back in time,' she told her co-hosts this morning

She had to be tested twice prior to departure, 96 hours and 72 hours before the trip — and again at the airport, where she spent hours in immigration

She also had to test daily for the first three days and submit status to a health app

Another app tells her whether she has been exposed to someone who had tested positive 

Savannah arrived in Tokyo on July 17 after over 21 hours of travel from New York City — and three COVID-19 tests.

'Before you even come you have to take two tests, about 96 hours and 72 hours before you go,' she explained.

After traveling around the world — including a 1.5 hour commute to the airport, a 14 hour flight, and 2.5 hours at customs and immigration — she got another test.   

'You land, you're tested again at the airport,' she said. 

The tests continue on the ground in Tokyo, since anyone could catch the virus at any time.

'Then you have to test the first three days — every single day you have to submit a test, you have to submit your health status on an app,' she went on.

She has been in Japan for several days — and has a great view from her balcony, where she filmed her segment

But she admitted that she hasn't actually been able to see any of the city

'The biggest part about the quarantine: You can't leave the hotel. You can go to your workspace or you can go to the hotel,' she said

'You can walk outside, 15 minutes a day, that is it,' she said, revealing that colleague Natalie Morales started a walking club in the hotel

'And then there's another app, it's a tracking app. It'll tell you whether or not you've been exposed to anybody in your vicinity who has COVID, and it's also watching you. You have to install it to enter the country, so it's super strict and very locked down,' she said.

But while she has been in Japan for several days — and has a great view from her balcony, where she filmed her segment — she admitted that she hasn't actually been able to see any of the city. 

'The biggest part about the quarantine: You can't leave the hotel. You can go to your workspace or you can go to the hotel. You can walk outside, 15 minutes a day, that is it,' she said, revealing that colleague Natalie Morales started a walking club in the hotel.

But she did share that the city is 'so immaculate, the stadium [and] the venues are gorgeous.'

'You do get that feeling that Tokyo threw a party and everyone's all dressed up,' she said.

Athletes appear to have a bit more room to move around so far than the press, with some competitors sharing snaps since their arrival in Tokyo

Members of Team USA's women's gymnastics team including Simone Biles, Jordan Chiles, Sunisa Lee, and MyKayla Skinner have shared snaps around the Olympic Village

Athletes appear to have a bit more room to move around so far than the press, with some competitors sharing snaps since their arrival in Tokyo.

Members of Team USA's women's gymnastics team including Simone Biles, Jordan Chiles, Sunisa Lee, and MyKayla Skinner have shared snaps around the Olympic Village — wearing masks, of course — as well as on the mat at practice.

US Softball's Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott have also shared shots with their teammates, as has surfer Carissa Moore.

But while everyone appears to be following the rules and safety protocols, there have been some unfortunate developments.

Several athletes have tested positive for the virus, including Czech beach volleyball player Ondřej Perušič, South African soccer players Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi, and US gymnast alternate Kara Eaker.

In fact, Olympics committee chief Toshiro Muto said Tuesday that it is still possible the games could be canceled at the last minute.

US Softball's Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott have also shared shots with their teammates

The athletes have masks, though have pulled them down to eat and drink

Surfer Carissa Moore also shared a shot of her team in Tokyo being greeted by locals

'We can't predict what will happen with the number of coronavirus cases,' Muto said. 'So we will continue discussions if there is a spike in cases. We have agreed that based on the coronavirus situation, we will convene five-party talks again. 

'At this point, the coronavirus cases may rise or fall, so we will think about what we should do when the situation arises.'

It comes as the number of cases linked to the Games rose to 71 with infections in Athletes' Village, and three more sponsors announced they will not be sending representatives to the Opening Ceremony due to anger at the event going ahead.

At least one of those cases — a member of the Ugandan weightlifting team — is the highly-infectious Delta variant, and Japan has also warned about the variant's spread among the general population.

A spokesman for Tokyo 2020 later said organizers were 'concentrating 100% on delivering successful Games.'

COVID-19 cases are rising in Tokyo rising and the Games, postponed last year because of the pandemic, will be held without spectators. 

Toshiro Muto, head of the Tokyo organizing committee, was asked at a press conference whether the Games could still be called off and said meetings will take place later this week

Japan is seeing a spike amid rapid spread of the Delta variant, with at least one confirmed case among the 71 COVID-19 cases linked to the Olympics so far

Japan this month decided that participants would compete in empty venues to minimize the risk of further infections.  

Speaking at a closed-door meeting of the International Olympics Committee in Tokyo on Tuesday, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga acknowledged that there are 'great difficulties' facing the world and the Games but said he is determined for the event to be a 'success.'

'Such fact has to be communicated from Japan to the rest of the world,' Suga said through an interpreter. 'We will protect the health and security of the Japanese public.'

He acknowledged Japan's path through the pandemic toward the Olympics had gone 'sometimes backward at times.'

'But vaccination has started and after a long tunnel an exit is now in our sight,' Suga said.  

In Mexico, two members of the country's baseball team tested positive before their departure, the country's baseball federation said on Tuesday.

The athletes, Hector Velazquez and Sammy Solis, who tested positive on July 18, have been isolated, as have all team members pending results of more tests, it said. 

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Savannah shares details of 'locked down' life in Tokyo ahead of Olympics

TODAY 20 July, 2021 - 08:12am

The international sporting event has made major changes due to the coronavirus pandemic, including delaying the Games an entire year. Fans will not be present in the stands, and athletes have not been able to bring family members with them. Strict social distancing and quarantine protocols are in effect for athletes, as well as everyone else.

"They have very strict protocols here," Savannah said. "In a way it's like stepping back in time. At least for those of us in (the United States), at the height of the pandemic, we remember the washing of the hands, the mask-wearing, all of that. It's just like that here. It's really locked down here in Tokyo."

Savannah said that the protocols began before she even left the United States. International visitors to Japan have to take two coronavirus tests before they get on a plane. The first has to be taken about 96 hours before travel, the second 72 hours before.

After landing in Tokyo, visitors have to test again at the airport, and then take a daily test for the first three days in the country.

"Every day you have to submit a test, you have to submit your health status on an app," Savannah said.

A second app works as a contact tracer and informs you if you've been exposed to coronavirus.

"It's a tracking app that'll tell you whether or not you've been exposed to anybody in your vicinity who has COVID, and it's also watching you," Savannah said. "You have to install it to enter the country, so it's super strict and locked down."

Even with all of the testing, international visitors are subject to a strict two-week quarantine.

"You can't leave the hotel," Savannah said. "You can go to your workspace or you can go to the hotel. You can walk outside, 15 minutes a day, that is it."

To cope with the time spent in the hotel, TODAY's Natalie Morales started a walking club inside the hotel.

"Natalie Morales is power walking us through," Savannah said. "We went on a little walk, (and) all you do is run into people you know. It's NBC everywhere."

Savannah said that she's also been enjoying her time in the "tremendous" city.

"It's so immaculate; the stadium, the venues are gorgeous," she said. "The opening ceremony, everybody’s getting ready for that three days from now. so there’s still a lot of excitement. You do get that feeling like Tokyo threw a party and is all dressed up, but not everybody’s going to be able to come to the party."

Amid Olympic excitement, concerns about COVID-19 grow

Today.com 20 July, 2021 - 06:24am

‘Today,’ ‘NBC Nightly News’ To Broadcast From Tokyo As Part Of NBC News’ Olympics Coverage

Yahoo Entertainment 19 July, 2021 - 04:56pm

Starting on July 26, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker and Craig Melvin will join Guthrie to anchor Today from NBC’s outdoor set overlooking Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge. The show will broadcast at its regular time — 7 a.m. ET — but it will be 8 p.m. in Tokyo.

Starting on Thursday, Holt will anchor NBC Nightly News from Tokyo and the network’s waterfront set, with plans for profiles of members of Team USA, along with breaking news from the Summer Games, with Japan’s ongoing struggle against Covid front and center. Holt also will anchor a special edition of NBC Nightly News: Kids Edition from the city.

Joining Holt in Tokyo will be reporters and correspondents Tom Llamas, Keir Simmons and Stephanie Gosk. NBC News Digital will feature reporting from Corky Siemaszko. The streaming channel Today All Day will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the Today broadcast on July 29., and Savannah Sellers will host a one-hour streaming special of Olympics coverage for NBC News Now on July 26.

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Michael Phelps will be part of NBC's Olympics coverage as a correspondent and swimming commentator, the network announced Monday. Phelps — who has won the most medals (28) and gold medals (23) in Olympic history — will call selected swimming events with Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines and contribute features as a correspondent during primetime coverage. Phelps, who swam in five Games from 2000-16, did some work for NBC during its coverage of last month's U.S. swimming trials.

"Saying good morning to them as Tokyo says goodnight," Savannah Guthrie said, alluding to the 13 hour time difference between New York and Japan

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TVNewser 19 July, 2021 - 04:00pm

NBC News formally announced its 2020 Tokyo Olympics coverage plans on Monday, and here’s how it will be covering this year’s festivities.

Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie will kick off coverage, broadcasting the morning show live from Tokyo all this week. She will also co-host the Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 23 alongside NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico. The event marks NBC’s first-ever live morning broadcast of an opening ceremony, and it will be followed by a special edition of Today show with reaction and athlete interviews.

Beginning the following Monday, July 26, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker and Craig Melvin will join Guthrie to anchor Today live from NBC’s outdoor Olympics set overlooking Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge. Each day, the NBC morning show will feature live exclusive interviews with the world’s biggest athletes, and give viewers behind-the-scenes access to the Olympic events. The show will broadcast at 8 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET).

Lester Holt is heading to Tokyo to cover what will be his 10th Olympics for NBC News. He’ll anchor NBC Nightly News live from Japan’s capital city beginning Thursday (and through the opening weekend) from NBC’s Olympics Headquarters at the waterfront overlooking Tokyo Bay and Rainbow Bridge.

When we spoke with Holt in 2018 leading up to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, he told us “every Olympics seems to have a major news story in the background.”

At that time in 2018, it was tensions between the U.S., Russia and North Korea. At Rio 2016, it was Zika. At Sochi 2014, it was Chechen terrorists. At Tokyo 2020 (well, 2021), it’s, of course, the coronavirus pandemic.

Also contributing to NBC News’ on-the-ground coverage are NBC News correspondents and reporters Tom Llamas, Keir Simmons and Stephanie Gosk who will report on news-of-day stories and culture features throughout the Games.

NBC Sports announced last month that NBC News correspondents Natalie Morales, Anne Thompson, Sam Brock, Dr. John Torres will join the NBC Olympics roster of reporters in Tokyo.

Additionally, NBC News Digital will feature key reporting on NBCNews.com/Olympics with Corky Siemaszko from Tokyo. Throughout the Games, a medal-count widget on the NBC News homepage will give users the most up-to-date country wins. Additionally, Today show’s streaming channel on Peacock, Today All Day will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Today’s Tokyo broadcast on Thursday, July 29.  Plus, Savannah Sellers will host a one-hour streaming special of Olympics coverage that will air on the streaming news channel NBC News Now Monday, July 26.

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Savannah Guthrie speaks out after sparking debate with Tokyo travel photos

HELLO! 19 July, 2021 - 09:36am

The TV journalist has taken a temporary break from the Today studio in order to fulfil her dream job as an Olympic host, and arrived in Tokyo over the weekend.

The mother-of-two has since shared photos of her posing outside the Olympic stadium in the Japanese capital – but it has divided fans.

While many of the TV personality's followers were excited to see her outside the iconic building, others questioned why she wasn't quarantining.

"Looks awesome! You didn't have to quarantine when you got there?" one asked, while another responded: "What about quarantine?" A third added: "Don't you have the quarantine?"

However, there was a perfectly good reason behind Savannah's photos – which she cleared up in the comments.

Responding to one fan who had asked her why she didn't have to quarantine, she replied: "I do! You’re permitted to go to work venues - I was there to cover the rehearsal for opening ceremonies."

Savannah previously shared her plans for the 23 July ceremony and revealed how she was preparing. "I'm trying to prepare for the Olympics like an athlete," she said at an NBC preview.

"There are 206 countries represented, so there are a lot of facts to memorize." The TV star missed the opportunity to host in 2016 because she was pregnant and concerned about the Zika virus.

Now though, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Savannah said she's ready and hopes it will unite the people. "This is going to be hectic and I really do think it's going to be meaningful," she added.

"The world all getting together." Savannah continued: "People want to feel good and they want to root for the home team and they want to be inspired and they want to watch that moment when someone's life changes before your eyes.

"So I'm excited, and I think people are going to really catch the fever. We've all been binge-watching, but at this point how many crime shows can you watch? 'Tiger King' is great, but this is the Olympics. I think people are going to really want to see something special."

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