Lilly King issues statement on 2020 Olympics postponement


United States’ Lilly King swims in the women’s 100m breaststroke final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Tuesday, July 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Lilly King, issued a statement following the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games being postponed.

The Evansville native says, “I was happy that the International Olympic Committee came to a quick decision regarding the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. I was especially pleased that USOPC and USA Swimming listened to the input of the athletes to make a choice that was in everyone’s best interests—the athletes, their families, as well as the officials and fans from around the world.”

Later in King’s statement, she explains that the extra time gives her an opportunity to sharpen her craft.

“I’m taking this postponement as an opportunity to spend the next year on getting better. My hope is that this short delay will result in an Olympics that will be the pinnacle of sport. See you in Tokyo, 2021!”

King won two gold medals in the 4x100m medley & 100m breaststroke. She graduated from Reitz High School and swam at Indiana University.

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(This story was originally published on March 24, 2020)

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