Canadian swimmer Tess Cieplucha, daughter of AGSI’s Creative Director, Janusz, will make her Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games
The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games are finally upon us. It’s one of the most exciting times of the year. The world’s best athletes converge on the host city to compete for Gold, and millions of spectators around the world will tune in to watch the excitement on TV. Especially this year, due to the pandemic there will be no spectators at the Games.
Team Canada’s 24-member swim team have been lodging and training together in preparation for these Games, wrapping up a two-week staging camp in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia Aquatic Centre, prior to heading out to Tokyo last Friday. Coaches and staff are getting to know and connect with each athlete as they prepare to take on the world.
Tess is part of the competitive Canadian Team and a force to be reckoned with in the world of swimming. She joins Olympic veterans such as Kyle Masse, Penny Oleksiak, Sydney Pickerm, Brent Hayden, Taylor Ruck, and Katerine Savard. Other notable swimmers are World Champion Margaret MacNeil, newcomers Summer McIntosh, Kelsey Wog, Cole Pratt, Finlay Knox, Joshua Liendo, and Gabe Mastromatteo are among the first-time Olympians.
Tess will be swimming her event, the 400m Individual Medley, this upcoming weekend Saturday, July 24. The Individual Medley consists of all four strokes - 100m each of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. This make the 400m IM a grueling and exciting event to watch because the lead often changes as swimmers progress through their strongest strokes. Tess is entered in 10th spot in a very tight field.
With a 13-hour time difference between Toronto and Tokyo, the preliminaries session starts at 6:00 AM Saturday morning, and finals session will begin at 9:30 PM Saturday evening, Toronto time. CBC will provide general Olympic coverage but, cbcsports.ca will live stream swimming events.
Join AGSI as we tune in to watch and cheer for our local hero, Tess. Being part of the Team Canada Olympic team has been a dream of hers for a long time, putting in countless hours and kilometers in the pool. 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, and the Olympics are an exciting opportunity for a distraction and to get behind your own favourite Olympics athletes and cheer for Team Canada!
Go TESS Go!! Go Team Canada!!
Follow Tess on Instagram: @tessciep
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