Tokyo 2020; Triathlon, Mixed Relay and Paratriathlon Courses

Press release by the International Triathlon Union;

 

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today announced the courses for the Tokyo 2020 individual triathlon, mixed relay and Paratriathlon events.

The races will start and finish in Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Bay, an urban resort with white sandy beaches overlooked by Tokyo’s high-rise waterfront buildings which has been used as the venue for Japan’s National Triathlon Championships for more than 20 years. Triathlon swimming legs will take place in Odaiba Bay. The bike riding and running courses will wind their way in and around the park, and will incorporate a number of technical features. The course for individual events will also pass through the West Promenade district of Odaiba, featuring waterfalls and greenery. With shopping complexes and other attractions in the area, the races will be sure to draw thousands of spectators along every stretch of the course catching Olympic and Paralympic action and cheering on the athletes in the heart of the city.

Triathletes will complete the 1.5km swim leg in two laps of Odaiba Marine Park, with the 40km bike section split into eight laps and the 10km run comprising four laps of 2.5km. The mixed relay—added to the Olympic programme for the first time—involves teams of two men and two women completing a short-course triathlon; each team member completes a 300m swim, a 7.4km bike ride and a 2km run before handing off to a teammate to take over. The Paratriathlon will consist of a 750m swim, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run.

The men’s Olympic triathlon will take place on 27 July 2020, with the women’s event being staged on the following day. The mixed relay will be staged on “Super Saturday”, 1 August, an action-packed day featuring 23 sports on which a number of medal events are scheduled to be held. The mixed relay, a dynamic event that sees non-stop action until the last second, promotes gender-balance, and fully addresses the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations in this respect.

Marisol Casado, President of the ITU and IOC Member, commented, “I am extremely proud of the courses that will stage the Tokyo 2020 Olympic individual Triathlon races, the mixed relay and the Paratriathlon races. We have been working hard with Tokyo 2020 to develop courses that will be exciting for the athletes and spectators alike. The location is perfect and it is incredibly exciting to be right in the heart of Tokyo at the Odaiba Bay. It is a great opportunity to showcase this amazing city to the whole world as the best triathletes and Paratriathletes on the planet compete among Tokyo’s iconic landmarks.”

“For ITU, it is key to provide courses that allow the best possible conditions for the athletes, the best viewing scenarios for spectators on site as well as watching on television, and that consider the sustainability and legacy after the Games, so we work closely with Tokyo 2020 to provide the best environment for the athletes, both now and in the near future. As it is always the case, we are extremely satisfied with the stages we have designed on which our athletes can shine in the summer of 2020, and we will work with Tokyo 2020 to improve those conditions further, where necessary and possible”, added the ITU president. “Tokyo 2020 will be unforgettable for triathlon with our new event added to the calendar. As the thrill and excitement of the mixed relay adds to that of the individual races, we are sure that, on these great circuits, we will all be able enjoy our best Olympic and Paralympic Games to date.”

Triathlete Hirokatsu Tayama, who has competed at every Olympic Games since Athens 2004, commented, “Triathlon is one of the world’s most popular sports; the men’s individual event at previous Games attracted up to 700,000 spectators. When I imagine the cheering crowds at Odaiba Marine Park and along public roads in the city centre, I really envy the athletes who’ll be competing and feeling that excitement. I am sure that the course will be a showcase for the Tokyo 2020 Games, with panoramic views of tourist attractions such as Tokyo Tower, the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Skytree.

“I am confident that the initiatives underway to improve water quality at Odaiba will be effective and leave a positive legacy for the future, and that the Tokyo 2020 Games will be a sustainable Games; one where athletes will be able to compete in absolute safety.”

 

Maps after the break.

 

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Tokyo 2020; Cycling – Road Race – Course Maps and Route Summary

 

The UCI has published the course maps and route summary for the Tokyo 2020 cycling road races:

PyeongChang 2018; Map PyeongChang Olympic Plaza

Map: The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG)

 

The PyeongChang Olympic Plaza has the pentagonal Olympic Stadium as an eye-catcher. This stadium is the first temporary Olympic Stadium in history. Next to the stadium is Medal Plaza. On this square the medals will be awarded daily. Besides, cultural activities will also be organised here.

 

 

PyeongChang 2018; Map Gangneung Olympic Park

Map: The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG)

 

Next to the existing Curling Centre and Gangneung Stadium three new permanent stadiums have been built for ice hockey, speed skating, short track speed skating and figure skating. Together, these venues constitute Gangneung Olympic Park.

During the Olympic Games, a number of temporary facilities and pavilions will be placed for the visitors, including a megastore, restaurants and several sponsor pavilions. Images of sports events will be alternated with cultural activities on the live site.

 

 

Barcelona 1992; 25 Years later – Circuit de Catalunya

The Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games are widely regarded as one of the most successful ever. Throughout 2017, 25 years later, we look back at the Games that forever changed Barcelona. (see all posts in this series)

 

Part 8 – Circuit de Catalunya

 

Facts

  • Start and finish for the 100km Team Time Trial (Cycling)
  • 2,000 Spectators at the circuit, 105,000 in total
  • Constructed in 1991
  • Length: 4.655 km
  • Turns: 16
  • Nowadays still a motorsport race track. Major events include the ‘Formula One Spanish Grand Prix’ and the ‘MotoGP Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix’

 

Venue map

Entrances
1 Competitors, officials, organisation and RTV
2 Spectators and VIPs

OF stand
3 VIPs
4 RTV commentators and observers
5 Press desks
6 Competitors and organisation

Competitors’ services
7 Participants’ services
8 Competitors’ clinic, doping control and spectators’ medical care

Team sheds
9 IF services
10 Appeals Jury room

RTV
11 Mobile units park
12 Commentators’ control

Press
13 Press centre
14 Interview room

VIPs
15 Rest area

Spectators
16 Stand
17 Souvenirs
18 Food and drinks

Organisation
19 Offices
20 Ceremonies preparation
21 Logistics store
22 Lounge and restaurant area and drivers’ reception centre
23 Olympic fleet car park

Technology
24 CATV room
25 Telephone room
16 Radio control
27 Sound and PA room
28 Time-keeping and Scoreboard control room
29 Results management room
30 Results publishing room

Security
31 Internal security room

Source: Barcelona Olympic Organising Committee (COOB’92)

 

Circuit de Catalunya nowadays

Beijing 2022; Olympic venues in Google Maps

 

Not on the map

Yanqing

Venue Sports
National Sliding Centre Bobsleigh, Skeleton
National Alpine Ski Centre Alpine Skiing

 

Zhangjiakou

Venue Sports
Biathlon Centre Biathlon
Nordic Centre Cross Country Venue Cross Country Skiing
Nordic Centre Ski Jumping Venue Ski Jumping
Nordic Centre Nordic Combined
Genting Snow Park A Freestyle Skiing
Genting Snow Park B Snowboard