Athletes around the world have been busily preparing themselves with just eight months until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Tokyo 2020 has been speaking to several athletes whose journey to the Olympic and Paralympic Games is slowly gathering pace.
Melissa Humana-Paredes: Gearing up for an Olympic gold medal performance
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I think from a young age, I knew I wanted to go to the Olympics. I wanted to be there. I wanted to become an Olympian.
Melissa Humana-Paredes and her partner Sarah Pavan are bound for Tokyo 2020 to compete in beach volleyball - one of the most anticipated events in the Olympic Games. After spending most of 2020 in hiatus, the beach volleyball duo are back training - hoping to give an all out-performance that will land them their first gold medal in their Olympic debut.
Sara Hall: Part of the fun is the pursuit
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That's the biggest take away I'll take from running, that resilience you build in yourself of being able to pull yourself back up and hope again, dream again.
After dropping out of the Olympic Trials for the USA marathon team, Sara Hall wasn't letting the disappointment get to her and finished the year by running the second-fastest marathon ever by an American woman. Her sights are now set on becoming an Olympian for the time and on the track no less.
Canada’s Nathan Riech following in family’s footsteps
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It’s a small failure if you don’t reach the pinnacle.
It’s a huge failure if you don’t try.
After shattering two world records and wining the 1,500m at the 2019 World Championship, Canada's Nathan Riech is a gold medal favourite at the upcoming Paralympic Games. With a bloodline of athletes within his family, could he have what it takes to take the gold medal at Tokyo 2020?
Vincent Luis: "We need to know which horse to bet on"
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I feel less pressure than before... I competed at the Games twice already and I realised that it's a race like the other ones.
France's Vincent Luis is a favourite for the men's individual triathlon gold medal at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. His rise to being world No.1 hasn't be without is difficulties - even contemplating giving up the sport. Now with two world championship titles under is belt, he's ready more than ever for his third Olympic Games.
Aaron Heading: Back in form ahead of Tokyo 2020
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It has been an incredible journey and it’s still not over.
It has been a rollercoaster to get to this point and I am so happy that it is something off my list.
After almost losing his leg and spending two months in a wheelchair, which saw him miss out on qualifying for the Rio 2016 Games, Aaron Heading is set to make his Olympic debut. This week he was one of the first four shooters named by Team GB in their Tokyo 2020 squad.
KAWAMOTO Shota pedals beyond limits in pursuit of Paralympic glory
When I rode a bicycle for the first time in my life, I fell, but my parents let me keep riding.
If they hadn’t, I wouldn’t be where I am now, so I’m truly grateful to them.
Kawamoto isn't one to ever give up when the going gets tough. From baseball to Para cycling, he gives 100 per cent to be the best he can which even led him to competing at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games just eight months after taking up track cycling. Now with Tokyo 2020 around the corner, the world no 4 is hoping to win gold for everyone who has supported him.
Tony Gustavsson: Always looking at possibilities
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It's not the strongest that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives, it's the ones that are most adaptable to change.
His tenure as the head coach of Australia's women's football team begun this month, Tony Gustavsson got stuck into business with just six months to prepare the squad. In an ever changing world, the former United States assistant coach is hoping to give the Matildas the best chance possible despite travel restrictions.