Day 1 Roundup: What are the Fans Saying on Social Media?

by Madeleine Lepesant 4

July 24th, 2021 News, Tokyo 2020


We took to social media on Day 1 of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games to see what the world had to say about swimming.

The American men opened the finals session by going 1-2 in the 400 IM. Chase Kalisz won gold and Jay Litherland came in right behind to pick up the silver medal. Needless to say, Sports Illustrated journalist Pat Forde was impressed. He is also the father of Team USA member Brooke Forde.

Rowdy Gaines shared his excitement on social media, sending out a photo of the commentators for the first finals session of the meet. He was joined by NBC’s Dan Hicks and 400 IM record-holder Michael Phelps.

Zach Harting is going into the meet with a positive mindset. He lets his Twitter followers know that he is ready to get in the water and blast some fast times.

First Lady Jill Biden has been making her rounds at various sporting events. She made sure to stop at the Olympic Aquatic Centre and joined Team USA in a cheer across the pool.

Some fans such as Sean Clements pointed out that swimming is a unique sport that makes little to no sense to the rest of the population.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a high-level meet without at least one joke about the level of difficulty to put a tech suit on.

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1 year ago

I call shenanigans. Most of these tweets are from the establishment, not fans. The fans were busy complaining about NBC.

1 year ago

That Australians are a bunch of chokers

who knows
1 year ago

michael phelps is slow

Peter Healy
1 year ago

Be nice if NBC actually showed the races!