PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — With the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games officially over, here's a preview of 20 things to expect at the next Olympics, the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.
1. While this is the third time the Japanese capital has been awarded the games, Tokyo has hosted the Olympics only once — in 1964.
The city was originally scheduled to host the 1940 Summer Games, but they were moved to Helsinki after war broke out between Japan and China in 1937. Three years later, the games were canceled because of World War II.
7. Skateboarding will become an Olympic sport — meaning we could see Shaun White competing in Tokyo. After winning his third gold medal in snowboarding at PyeongChang, White says he’d “love to live out my dream of going to the Summer Olympics.”
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8. Organizers are calling on residents of Japan to turn in their old cellphones.
Precious metal from phones and other electronic devices is being salvaged and recycled to produce the gold, silver, and bronze medals that will be presented to winning athletes.
9. The Tokyo Games — which will run July 24 to Aug. 9, 2020 — will boast five more sports than Rio, taking the total number to 33.
Four new sports meant to draw a younger audience are surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing and karate.
Last seen at Beijing 2008, baseball and softball are due to return. Team USA won bronze in baseball during those games, finishing behind South Korea and Cuba.
Team Japan is the reigning softball gold medallist.
10. Work is underway on a new National Olympic Stadium, on the site of the original 1964 Olympic Stadium and at a cost estimated at more than $1 billion.
It will be home to the opening and closing ceremonies along with athletic events.
17 The U.S. women’s soccer team will come to Tokyo looking for redemption.
After taking the title in 2004, 2008 and 2012, the team failed to make the finals after suffering a stunning early defeat in Rio.
18. Tokyo 2020 organizers promise it will be the most futuristic Olympics yet, with plans for robots at the city’s Haneda Airport to help with language and luggage.
More hi-tech devices are expected to be unveiled for the Olympic Park leading up to the games.
19. Organizers want sports fans to come for the Olympics, but stay to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Tokyo.
They are marketing the city as safe and easy to navigate, with 760 train stations whisking people to historic locations and venues.
There’s also a push to remind visitors of the city’s ramen and homemade noodles, while highlighting the city's 3,620 sushi bars.
20. Designs for the new Olympic Stadium do not show where the cauldron will be. IOC requirements call for it to be placed in sight of “all spectators in the stadium” as well as “people outside the stadium as much as possible.” Where the cauldron will end up remains unclear.