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Team USA and the Tokyo Olympics: By the numbers

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From the youngest and oldest Olympians to the cost of COVID-19 testing, a look at the numbers behind the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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With less than a week until the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, the United States’ roster is being finalized. Over 600 U.S. athletes will travel to Japan in hopes of clinching a medal, but there are more to those numbers than meets the eye.

One U.S. Olympian is appearing in his seventh Games. Over 400 other athletes are competing in their first Olympics, including nearly a dozen who are high-school-aged.

At least 14 Olympians are traveling to Tokyo with a sibling while several athletes will compete in the Games alongside their partner – like married cyclists Laura and Jason Kenny, who have won a combined 10 gold medals, and engaged power couple Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird, who have five Olympic golds.

Women lead the way for all returning Olympians in medals won, and they have the numbers to have continued success, with women making up over half of the U.S. Olympic roster.

From medalists to money spent, take a look at some of the numbers surrounding the Tokyo Games: 

While nearly half of the United States’ population is fully vaccinated, coronavirus cases have surged to a six-month high in Tokyo a week before the Olympics. On average, there are 757 new COVID-19 cases daily as of July 12, and 80% of people in Japan want the Tokyo Games canceled or postponed until the threat of the virus subsides.

It looks like the Olympics will continue as planned but without at least one country – North Korea, which pulled out of Tokyo citing coronavirus concerns. It is estimated that Japan will spend nearly $900 million on COVID-19 countermeasures, including daily tests for over 11,000 athletes. Still, Japan could suffer catastrophic economic losses – $22 billion by one estimate – by not allowing spectators at the Games in an attempt to keep infection rates from rising even more.

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As Tokyo prepares to host its second-ever Olympics, the city committed to minimizing the environmental impact of the Games. In total, 5,000 medals – for three places in 50 disciplines across 33 sports – were made out of 79,000 tons of recycled electronics. The donated devices produced 32 kg of gold, 3,500 kg of silver and 2,200 kg of bronze.

All 42 of this year’s Olympic and Paralympic venues will run on 100% renewable energy.

The United States is sending 621 athletes to Tokyo, which includes the alternates for women’s soccer, men’s and women’s rugby and water polo.

Team USA returns 193 prior Olympians to this year's Games. Equestrian Phillip Dutton leads all returning Olympians with his seventh appearance at the Games. Behind Dutton are seven five-time Olympians: equestrian Steffen Peters, basketball players Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, track athletes Abdi Abdirahman and Allyson Felix, fencer Mariel Zagunis and water polo’s Jesse Smith. 

The U.S. roster boasts 100 medalists, including 54 gold medalists. 

Hutton is also the United States’ oldest athlete at age 57, while swimmer Katie Grimes is the youngest at age 15. Swimming has the two youngest Olympians, with Bella Sims turning 16 on May 25.

There are 11 athletes younger than 18 on Team USA’s roster, including Grimes and Sims, archer Casey Kaufhold, canoe/kayaker Evy Leibfarth, swimmer Lydia Jacoby, rower Claire Curzan, tennis player Coco Gauff, track and field’s Erriyon Knighton, climber Colin Duffy, and skateboarders Brighton Zeuner and Bryce Wettstein. Four 18-year-olds – divers Tyler Downs and Hailey Hernandez, gymnast Sunisa Lee and table tennis player Nikhil Kumar – round out the youngsters.

This is the third straight Olympics where Team USA has more women on the roster (329) than men (284).

Of all 621 athletes on Team USA, the top nine leading medalists are all women. Felix leads the way with nine medals, including six golds. Swimmer Allison Schmitt is close behind with eight medals, including four gold. Rounding out the remaining seven leading women are swimmer Katie Ledecky (six medals), gymnast Simone Biles (five medals), and four-time medalists Bird and Taurasi, fencer Zagunis and swimming’s Simone Manuel.

For those that can stand their sibling in small doses, imagine competing on an Olympic team together? There are at least six sets of siblings representing the United States in Tokyo, including Jessica and Nelly Korda (golf), Henry Leverett and Jack Leverett III (shooting), Phillip and Ryan Chew (badminton), Kristie and Samantha Mewis (soccer), Erik and Kawika Shoji (volleyball), and Aria and Makenzie Fischer (water polo).

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There is also one unofficial bonus set of siblings: fencer Alexander Massialas’ sister, Sabrina, joins the fencing team as an alternate.

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Tokyo Olympics Committee Announces 1st Positive Case of COVID-19 in Olympic Village

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The Tokyo Olympics' organizing committee announced Saturday the Olympic Village has recorded its first positive COVID-19 test result.

"We are sparing no efforts [to keep the Olympic Village safe]," committee president Seiko Hashimoto told reporters.

CNN's Junko Ogura reported organizers said the person was a "non-resident of Japan who is involved in organizing the Games" but provided no further information, citing privacy concerns.

The positive test comes after a week in which several athletes and staff members either tested positive for COVID-19 or were deemed a close contact of someone who did before entering the Olympic Village ahead of Friday's opening ceremony, per Julian Ryall of the South China Morning Post.

"This is extremely troubling because I am fairly sure that these cases are just the tip of the iceberg," Kazuhiro Tateda, the president of the Japan Association of Infectious Diseases, said.

A recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Tokyo led Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to declare a state of emergency until at least Aug. 22. The Olympics run through Aug. 8, followed by the Paralympics from Aug. 24 through Sept. 5.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said the Games would be run safely and promised "not to bring any risk" to the country, per Ryall.

Yet, between Japan's already rising case numbers and athletes from around the globe traveling to the country amid the increasing prevalence of the Delta variant, experts who spoke with Time Magazine said there's "no zero-risk scenarios" for holding the Games.

"As far as I know, there is no risk-assessment report or result," virologist Hitoshi Oshitani, who helped create Japan's COVID-19 strategy, said. "So we do not have any concrete material to judge if the risk is acceptable for Japan and for other countries."

After the Olympics, the athletes will return to their over 200 different home countries, which could extend the impact beyond the two-week international sporting event.

The Games were previously delayed from last year because of the pandemic.

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