After a year-long postponement, the final countdown to the Tokyo Olympics has officially commenced. You’ve heard of gymnastics, swimming, and track, of course. But this year, the International Olympic Committee is introducing a new batch of sports, including skateboarding, surfing, karate, sport climbing (aka rock climbing), as well as the women’s canoe sprint.

Competing in these sports are a host of Olympians hungry for their long-awaited shot at gold. Below, asked five female first-timers what it was like to train during the pandemic—and what they’ll do if they take home a coveted medal. Read More