A look at the 613 athletes representing the United States at the Tokyo Olympics


Lakers star LeBron James.

(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)


Several high-profile American athletes, including former gold medalists, will not take part in the Tokyo Olympics. Among them are 23-time major tennis champion Serena Williams and Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, all of whom opted out from competing. Kerri Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in beach volleyball, missed out on a sixth Games after she and teammate Brooke Sweat failed to qualify.

Five-time Olympic medalist sprinter Justin Gatlin failed to make the cut for Tokyo. Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, who won the women’s 100 meters at the U.S. track and field trials last month, will not compete because of her 30-day suspension after a positive marijuana test. Men’s basketball player Bradley Beal was forced to leave the team after being placed in health and safety protocol last week, and 2012 gold medalist Kevin Love withdrew from the team as he continues to recover from a right calf injury.


Southern California native Kim Rhode, a six-time medal winner in shooting, didn’t qualify for her seventh Olympics. Laurie Hernandez, who won gold with the U.S. gymnastics team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, failed to qualify because of a knee injury.

In addition, the United States will not be competing in five sports — men’s soccer, men’s three-on-three basketball, women’s badminton, field hockey and handball.


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