Potential New Faces & Extra Preparation: The Impact of Postponing the 2020 Olympic Games

When the official announcement was made to postpone the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, athletes from around the world had to head back to the drawing board. For some, the extra year brings the stress of aging, along with another year of strengthening, soundness management, and then intense competition after a seemingly long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We spoke with showjumpers, eventers, and dressage riders to learn what the postponement means for them and their hopes at competing at the now 2021 Olympic Games.