2020 Tokyo Olympics: What’s the Time Difference Between the U.S. and the Host City?

by Joe Rutland

It might be a daunting task for Outsiders to figure out the time difference between the United States and Tokyo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Let’s see if we can help you out. So, if you live on the East Coast, then there’s a 13-hour time difference between, say, New York City and Tokyo. An article from USA Today points out that when an event might start at 5 p.m. Tokyo time, then it’s going to be 2 a.m. Eastern Time.

Times for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be different for other time zones in the United States. If an event starts at 5 p.m. Tokyo time, then it’s going to be 1 a.m. Central, midnight Mountain, and 11 p.m. Pacific time.

Then again, if all of that math becomes bothersome, you can go to worldtimebuddy.com and figure it all out for yourself.

Outsiders then can plan when they are going to watch specific events or even get the family around the TV set for Olympic action. NBC is the main network for 2020 Tokyo Olympics coverage, but you also have other options, too. Catch Olympic action on NBCOlympics.com, the Peacock streaming network, or even the NBC app.

Keep these time options in mind as the Olympics continue in Tokyo.

2020 Tokyo Olympics Athletes Are Dealing With Participation Minus Crowds

Now, this already is a rather unprecedented 2020 Tokyo Olympics because the Summer Games were moved back a year. Obviously, you look at a calendar and it says 2021. But Olympic officials moved these Olympics back a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s also why Olympic venues do not have people sitting in the stands. It’s been definitely something noticeable to athletes competing throughout different sports.

A couple of athletes spoke out about how much things just feel weird without international fans cheering them on from their seats. They are dealing with it for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“The atmosphere has been hard, definitely,” American skateboarder Nyjah Huston told People Magazine. “Even though I skate with headphones on out there, I normally feed off the energy of the crowd. It’s really unfortunate that there’s no fans here.”

After losing to Sweden in Game 1 of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, USWNT soccer player Christen Press said the game was quieter than she was used to when usually on the pitch.

“It’s been a while now that we’ve been competing without fans and we miss everybody so much,” Press said. “We could hear each other, we could hear our own breath a little bit, but we do feel the support from everyone from our family and fans back home, and honestly the support powers us through.”

But they are, like other athletes in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, dealing with the hand they’ve been dealt.