Super Bowl champion players yell “I’m going to Disneyland.” What does a gold medal-winning discus thrower yell at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?
Swedish discus thrower Daniel Stahl had his own celebratory rebel yell. He’s hugged by a teammate after his discus throw, then yells “I’m a Swedish Viking!” while taking a victory lap.
It’s all part of the action you can see below in this clip from NBC’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics coverage thanks to Twitter.
Stahl, 28, had a 68.9-meter throw that secured his gold medal. Teammate Simon Pettersson captured the silver medal with a 67.39-meter effort. Stahl made his proclamation while he and Pettersson took a victory lap raising the Swedish flag behind them.
It marked the first time Sweden took the gold and silver medals in the same event since 1948, according to NBC Sports. Also, Stahl is the reigning world champion in the men’s discus and was favored coming into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
So he not only proved his prowess as a Swedish discus thrower but as a Swedish Viking, too. This victory is a bit of redemption for Stahl, who also competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics but he didn’t qualify for the final.
At the 2019 World Championships held in Qatar, Stahl captured first place with a 67.59-meter throw.
Not a bad day at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for Stahl and his Swedish teammate.
2020 Tokyo Olympics Might Lose $30 Billion After All Is Said and Done
It’s no secret that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been hurt by not having people in the stands. TV ratings, at least from the perspective of NBC, have been off earlier Olympics’ numbers.
But some experts are now saying the Tokyo Games might end up losing $30 billion.
That’s according to a story in The New York Post. Economist Andrew Zimbalist of Smith College is an expert when it comes to events like the Olympics cost host cities. His book, “Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup,” goes into great detail. Economist Victor Matheson of College of the Holy Cross agrees with Zimbalist’s assessment of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Now the Tokyo Organizing Committee’s original budget was $7.3 billion. Zimbalist’s predictions, however, put the committee’s expenditures at $35 billion. There is simply no chance, according to Zimbalist and Matheson, that the Organizing Committee can make up that spending gap. Even with fans at the Olympic events, they say it would not have made up the difference.
“They’re going to get back somewhere in the neighborhood of $4.5 or $5 billion,” Zimbalist said. “So there’s a tremendous deficit there.”
That’s one big deficit indeed. Here’s hoping the Tokyo Organizing Committee can do something to make up that financial spread in some way.