Don't miss a single event with this handy guide!

After being postponed in 2020, the Tokyo Olympics are set to take place this summer, without international visitors.

Now, let's get this out of the way first; despite the Olympic Games taking place in 2021, they'll actually be referred to as the 2020 Olympic Games. (Confusing, we know.)

You know what else can be confusing? Trying to follow the schedule of events, especially with a 13-hour time difference ahead of Eastern time. Never fear, though! We've worked long and hard to simplify the Olympic event schedule, and everything is broken down by sport and listed in EDT for your viewing ease. This, my friends, is our Olympic gift to you.

*Please note: there are many Olympic sporting events in 2021, so we're not going to list all of them—honestly, we just don't have the time. So, we're just going to include some of our favorite events in our list, but fear not. Because we've listed the rest of the events at the end of this article, so if your favorite sport isn't listed, you can still find the schedule.

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Toyko 2020 Olympics Schedule for Summer 2021:

*Events are subject to change.

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony is planned for Friday, July 23, in the evening, Tokyo time. The ceremony will begin at 7 a.m. EDT.

In addition, various outlets will be covering the opening ceremonies:

  • NBC on Friday, July 23, from 6:55 a.m. to 11 a.m. EDT.
  • A special-edition of TODAY airs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT.
  • NBC's daytime show runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.
  • Primetime coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT and runs until midnight.

Gymnastics:

Olympic gymnastics will be held from July 24 to August 3, 2021; however, with the time difference, they'll actually begin on July 23 in the United States.

  • Friday, July 23, at 9 p.m. EDT: 12 men's teams compete for a spot in the final; gymnasts also compete for spots in the all-around and apparatus finals.
  • Saturday, July 24, at 8:30 p.m. EDT12 women's teams compete for a spot in the final; gymnasts also compete for spots in the all-around and apparatus finals.
  • Monday, July 26, at 6 a.m. EDT: Top 8 teams compete in the men's gymnastics team final at Ariake Gymnastics Center.
  • Tuesday, July 27, at 6:45 a.m. EDTTop 8 teams compete in the women's gymnastics team final at Ariake Gymnastics Center.
  • Wednesday, July 28, at 6:15 a.m. EDT: Top 24 gymnasts compete in the men's individual all-around final at Ariake Gymnastics Center.
  • Thursday, July 29, at 6:50 a.m. EDTTop 24 gymnasts compete in the women's individual all-around final at Ariake Gymnastics Center.
  • Sunday, August 1, at 4 a.m. EDT: The women compete on vault and uneven bars, while the men compete on floor exercise and pommel horse.
  • Monday, August 2, at 4 a.m. EDT: The women compete on floor exercise, while men compete on rings and vault.
  • Tuesday, August 3, at 4 a.m. EDTThe women compete on the balance beam, while the men compete on parallel bars and high bar.

Swimming:

Olympic swimming will be held from July 24 to August 1, 2021. Most days, swimming events will happen at 6 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. EDT.

  • Saturday, July 24: Heats in the men's and women's 400m IM, women's 100m butterfly, women's 4x100m freestyle, and more.
  • Sunday, July 25: Finals session and heats session; medals awarded in the men's and women's 400m IM, men's 400m freestyle, and women's 4x100 freestyle relay.
  • Monday, July 26: Finals session and heats session; medals awarded in the women's 100m butterfly, men's 100m breaststroke, women's 400m freestyle, and men's 4x100m freestyle relay.
  • Tuesday, July 27: Finals session and heats session; medals awarded in the men's and women's 100m backstroke, men's 200m freestyle, and women's 100m breaststroke.
  • Wednesday, July 28: Finals session and heats session; medals awarded in the women's 200m freestyle, men's 200m butterfly, women's 200m IM, women's 1500m freestyle, and men's 4x200m freestyle relay.
  • Thursday, July 29: Finals session and heats session; medals awarded in the men's 100m freestyle, men's 800m freestyle, men's 200m breaststroke, women's 200m butterfly, and women's 4x200m freestyle relay.
  • Friday, July 30: Finals session and heats session; medals awarded in the women's 100m freestyle, women's 200m breaststroke, men's 200m backstroke, and men's 200m IM.
  • Saturday, July 31: Finals session; medals awarded in the men's 100m butterfly, women's 200m backstroke, women's 800m freestyle, and mixed 4x100m medley relay.
  • Sunday, August 1: Finals session; medals awarded in the men's and women's 50m freestyle, men's 1500m freestyle, women's 4x100m medley relay, and men's 4x100m medley relay.

Track and Field:

Olympic track and field events will take place from July 30 to August 8, 2021.

  • Friday, July 30: The men's 10,000m final; 1st rounds in the men's 400m hurdles, women's 100m, mixed 4x400m relay, women's 800m, women's 5000m; and more.
  • Saturday, July 31: Finals in the women's 100m, mixed 4x400m relay and men's discus; 1st rounds in the women's 100m hurdles and 400mH and men's 800m; and more.
  • Sunday, August 1: Finals in the men's 100m, women's triple jump, women's shot put and men's high jump; women's 100m hurdles and 400mH semifinals; and more.
  • Monday, August 2: Finals in the women's 100m hurdles, men's steeplechase, women's 5000m, men's long jump, and women's discus; semifinals, 1st rounds, and more.
  • Tuesday, August 3: Finals in men's 400m hurdles, men's pole vault, women's long jump, women's 200m, women's hammer, and women's 800; semis, 1st rounds, and more.
  • Wednesday, August 4: Finals in the men's 200m, women's 400m hurdles, men's 800m, women's steeplechase, and men's hammer; semifinals, 1st rounds, and more.
  • Thursday, August 5: Finals in the men's shot put, men's triple jump, women's pole vault, men's 110mH and men's 400m; heptathlon 800m and decathlon 1500m; and more.
  • Friday, August 6: Finals in both 4x100m relays, the men's 5K, women's 1500m, women's 400m, women's javelin, women's 20km walk, and men's 50km walk; and more.
  • Saturday, August 7: The women's marathon and finals in the men's and women's 4x400m relays, women's high jump, men's 1500m, women's 10,000m, and men's javelin.
  • Sunday, August 8: The men's marathon.

Closing Ceremony:

The closing ceremony will take place on Sunday, August 8, at 7 a.m. EDT.

Other Olympic Sports:

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