2020 Tokyo Olympics: Watch 18-Year-Old Make History for Team USA in Taekwondo With Intense Kick Move

by Joe Rutland

Using a quick kick move to her advantage, an 18-year-old Taekwondo athlete from Florida wins gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Outsiders love their sports and, while these are the Olympics, watching and cheering for Team USA is fun, too. Anastasija Zolotic was in the final seconds of her match when, as you can see below, she connected with a kick. It was in the nick of time, too.

Her victory is important, too, as she is the first women’s gold medal winner in Taekwondo for the United States in Olympics history. She beat Russian athlete Tatiana Minina 25-17 to secure Olympic gold in the women’s 57kg final.

Take a look at Zolotic in action and celebrating afterward with her Team USA coach. It will bring tears to an Outsider’s eyes from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Zolotic was born in Colorado Springs, Colo., and has quite a resume’ of past victories in the world and other Taekwondo competitions.

In 2018, at the Junior World Championships, she won gold in the 52kg group. Also that year, at the Youth Olympic Games, she won a silver medal in the 49kg class.

Zolotic has been a part of other competitions this year prior to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She won gold at the 2021 Mexico Open in the 62kg category, while also winning silver at the 2021 Pan Am Championships. Zolotic captured gold at the 2021 Sofia Open in the 57kg class, too.

But she’s bringing home Olympic gold from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

2020 Tokyo Olympics Had to Deal With Slippage in TV Ratings

While the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony drew a solid rating number on Friday night, it didn’t match numbers from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Why? Well, there are a number of different options to watch the Games this year. Fans can, obviously, watch them on NBC but they also can catch them on NBCOlympics.com and the Peacock streaming service.

Those eyeballs that usually would have been on NBC alone now have additional options. While NBC can count on ratings’ numbers to improve during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the network also will keep a close eye on its main network ratings.

Additionally, “The Hollywood Reporter” noted that there is another smaller issue that may cause lower ratings. Japan’s COVID protocols prohibit large gatherings. So, there will be no roaring crowds. This led to lower ratings for TV sports.

Crowds not being at events is concerning. But it has to be added into the full effect of the NBC rating number from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Viewers will keep tuning into their favorite sports throughout the Games in Tokyo, though. Especially to see Gold Medal victories like the one in Taekwondo.