2020 Tokyo Olympics: Watch Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Olympic Sailor Tyler Paige Compare Sailing to NASCAR

by Joe Rutland

Olympic sailor Tyler Paige, who works in motorsports when not at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, talked with a legend about his experience.

Not a sailing legend, but one from the world of NASCAR. Paige, who is part of Team American Samoa, chatted it up with NBC Sports motorsports analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. about what it’s like to sail in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

It’s a bit different than being involved with the engineering aspect of NASCAR motorsports. So, Tyler, who is an engineer for JR Motorsports, what is it like out there on the water? Listen to Paige talk with Earnhardt about his experience.

So the two motorsports guys could find something in connection with Olympic sailing.

Now Paige originally did represent the United States in sailing. But in 2019, he requested that US Sailing allow him to change nationality to American Samoa, according to Olympics.com. Paige felt like he had a better chance of securing a spot through the Oceania qualification events. He began racing for American Samoa in 2020.

Thus, he found himself at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in search of a gold medal.

It’s a far distance from Daytona and Talladega, but Paige is hoping to steer his boat in the right way for his own version of Victory Lane.

2020 Tokyo Olympics Became Place For Springsteen’s Daughter To Compete

Obviously, when someone hears the name Springsteen, then the first thought goes to rock music legend Bruce Springsteen. It makes sense as Outsiders love their rock and roll.

But we’re not talking about that Springsteen. Nope, we’re talking about his daughter, 2020 Tokyo Olympics equestrian competitor Jessica Springsteen.

Springsteen and her mount, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion called Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, are going to compete in show jumping. While the road has been long, Jessica Springsteen is admittedly quite excited.

“It’s the biggest honor,” she told People. “Throughout my career, representing my country has been my goal. And so to be doing so at the Olympics, it’s a huge honor. I couldn’t be more excited.”

Springsteen worked on taking advantage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics delay because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She said that she spent that time strengthening the bond between herself and Don Juan van de Donkhoeve ahead of their event.

Jessica Springsteen is going to see action between Aug. 2-7. That’s when she represents Team USA. It also will be the first time she competes for Olympic gold.

You better believe that her father will be one of the loudest voices cheering her on during the Olympics competition. He might even get E Street Band members involved in rooting for Jessica. But once Springsteen starts competing, it’ll be her, her horse, and all of her hard work at center stage.