TOKYO — It is the travel version of a weight lifting attempt: months of preparation, a few moments to set oneself, a brief burst of all-out effort and, hopefully, a winning result.
The Tokyo Games have been a logistical nightmare for athletes and their coaches from around the world. In a typical year, Olympic teams and athletes show up in the host country weeks in advance to become acclimated. This year, the coronavirus — and Japanese health regulations — created an array of hurdles.
Overcoming them became its own Olympic sport. Come a few weeks early, or arrive at the