The Road to Tokyo: A week in quotes 

US Archer Brady Ellison looks ahead after a shot
US Archer Brady Ellison looks ahead after a shot

Athletes around the world have been busily preparing themselves with less than 90 days until the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2021.

Tokyo 2020 has been speaking to several athletes whose journey to the Olympic and Paralympic Games is gathering pace.

Brady Ellison: Bows, bullseyes and the expanses in between

Archer Brady Ellison of the United States poses for a photo with his bronze and silver medals (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Archer Brady Ellison of the United States poses for a photo with his bronze and silver medals (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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It’s a surreal feeling when there’s no doubt in your mind and you know, you just know, where it’s going to go

Global archery superstar Brady Ellison is every inch an American original. He sat down for an exclusive chat with Tokyo 2020 to discuss his Olympic tattoos, a brush with a career-ending injury and his life-long love of the hunt – on the competition stage and out in the wilderness.

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Joe Delagrave: Victory in court, victory in life

Joe Delagrave of the United Statesd in action  during the Bronze Medal match  of Mixed Wheelchair Rugby against Japan at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Joe Delagrave of the United Statesd in action during the Bronze Medal match of Mixed Wheelchair Rugby against Japan at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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I equate [this pandemic to] the Rocky Balboa movies.

I feel like it was just finding anything heavy and lift it like my kids.

The USA wheelchair rugby co-captain aims for another shot at Paralympic glory at the Tokyo Games this 2021, whilst inspiring others with his message of hope.

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The Borlee family: From Moscow 1980 to Tokyo 2020

BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 11:  Dylan Borlee, Jonathan Borlee, Kevin Borlee and Jonathan Sacoor of Belgium celebrate winning the gold medal in the Men's 4 x 400m Relay during the 24th European Athletics Championships at Olympiastadion on 11 August 2018 in Berlin, Germany. This event forms part of the first multi-sport European Championships.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 11: Dylan Borlee, Jonathan Borlee, Kevin Borlee and Jonathan Sacoor of Belgium celebrate winning the gold medal in the Men's 4 x 400m Relay during the 24th European Athletics Championships at Olympiastadion on 11 August 2018 in Berlin, Germany. This event forms part of the first multi-sport European Championships. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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Of course, there is a family history, but there’s something you can’t ignore - athletics is an individual sport.

That’s the story of life and I’m learning every day.

In the second of a new series about Olympic families, Tokyo 2020 take a look at Belgium's Borlee family, who are hoping to shine in the 400m and 4x400 relay at this summer’s Games.

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Para athletes Lang and Lalonde carry on winning ways in Alabama

Canada's Rosalie Lalonde helped her college team Alabama win the 2021 national title
Canada's Rosalie Lalonde helped her college team Alabama win the 2021 national title
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Training full-time is really hard back in our countries, so playing in the US was just the best option to be a full-time athlete and student

Find out how these two German and Canadian wheelchair basketball national team players balance athletics and studies on foreign soil.

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First USA skate crew taking shape

Heimana Reynolds of the United States in action during the finals of the 2019 World Skate Park Skateboarding World Championship (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)
Heimana Reynolds of the United States in action during the finals of the 2019 World Skate Park Skateboarding World Championship (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)
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I'm really excited for skateboarding to finally be a part of the Olympics and kind of… be kind of recognised as, like, a real sport…

USA Skateboarding has announced 32 finalists to decide the country’s four 2021 national champions on 10 May. Jake Ilardi, Heimana Reynolds and Dashawn Jordan will be among the men battling for titles at the Berrics in Los Angeles while Mariah Duran, Bryce Wettstein and Minna Stess compete on the women’s side.

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Jonathan Chan: Preparing for the performance of his life at the Tokyo Olympics

Jonathan Chan is the first diver from Singapore to qualify for the Games
Jonathan Chan is the first diver from Singapore to qualify for the Games
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Hardwork and a little bit of luck helped Jonathan Chan secure a quota spot at the Tokyo 2020. As the first diver from Singapore to make it to the Olympics, Chan is set to compete at the Asian Diving World Cup starting tomorrow (1 May) which will be held in Tokyo, where the Olympic Games will take place this coming July.

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Rapinoe and Co. eye history and revenge for Team USA

Megan Rapinoe of the USA celebrates with teammates after scoring her team's first goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Megan Rapinoe of the USA celebrates with teammates after scoring her team's first goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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As a team we ride on winning and getting to the finals of tournaments.

That’s not [meant] to sound arrogant, but that’s how it is and we’re a team of competitors – everyone still has that bitterness in their mouth.

The United States Women's National Football team will head into the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in 2021 looking to make history. While their campaign five years ago in Rio ended in disappointment, they hope this summer they can claim their fifth gold medal and become the first team to win back-to-back World Cup and Olympic titles. It won't be an easy task as Megan Rapinoe and Co need to battle past a group stage full of pitfalls, snares and old familiar foes.

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