8 Olympic superstars reveal which athletes, teams, and sports they’re looking forward to watching in Tokyo

Summary List PlacementDiana Taurasi — USA Women's Basketball "I always follow the soccer really closely — I'm a huge Argentina fan, and I'll be following them," Taurasi told Insider. "As far as the Olympians, I would love to watch some of the women's gymnasts. They're just amazing. When you watch what...

Usain Bolt, Allyson Felix, and Kevin Durant in front of the Olympic rings.

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Diana Taurasi — USA Women’s Basketball

“I always follow the soccer really closely — I’m a huge Argentina fan, and I’ll be following them,” Taurasi told Insider. “As far as the Olympians, I would love to watch some of the women’s gymnasts. They’re just amazing. When you watch what Simone can do on those different apparatuses — it’s just amazing, really. I mean, she’s superhuman.”

“So if I’d have a chance to meet her or go watch her, if that’s an option, I would love to.”

Rose Lavelle — USA Women’s Soccer

“I am obsessed with Simone Biles. I think she’s so cool,” Lavelle told Insider. “What she’s doing like in her sport and outside of it, too, is incredible and so inspiring. I’m excited to watch her just run the show at the Olympics. That’ll be incredible.”

“Swimming’s always so fun. And so Katie Ledecky — I’m rooting for her. She’s crushing it too. I love tennis. Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka. I think it’s so cool. I hope that all of the incredible female athletes get all the attention that they deserve during the Olympics.”

Allyson Felix — USA Track & Field

“As far as seeing other athletes and stuff, for sure, I’m a fan of sport in general,” Felix told Insider. “I was just speaking with [Simone Biles] today. And so I’m definitely really looking forward to being able to, like, watch her. Well, I would love to, but I don’t know if that’s going to be a thing. We probably won’t be allowed to like go to other venues, but I’ll definitely be supporting and cheering her on.”

“She’s definitely one of the people that I will be fangirling over.” 

Kevin Durant — USA Men’s Basketball

“Sha’Carri Richardson* — she just won; I forget which race that she won, but I’d love to see her,” Durant told Insider. “Katie Ledecky — I [saw] her in 2016. She’s so dominant. Looking forward to seeing her. I want to support the boxing team. I just want to go support as many Team USA athletes as I can.”

*Richardson has since been suspended from Team USA for marijuana use and will miss the Tokyo Games as a result.

Lindsey Vonn — USA Alpine Skiing

“I can’t wait to see Simone — I think she’s gonna do some incredible things and break even more records, and she already has,” Vonn told Insider. “And of course swimming and track and field. There are so many crazy, incredible American athletes that are doing so well right now.”

“I feel like there’s always inspiring stories,” she added. “There’s always some form of adversity that they’ve all overcome that always kind of gives me goosebumps. So I’m sure this year is going to be nothing different.”

Sam Mewis — USA Women’s Soccer

“I would love to see gymnastics — Simone Biles,” Mewis told Insider.

Kristie Mewis — USA Women’s Soccer

“I was going to say the same exact thing,” Mewis told Insider after her sister, Sam, said she’d want to watch Simone Biles compete. “I would love that — she’s incredible.”

Usain Bolt — Jamaica Track & Field

“Swimming is always my biggest thing,” Bolt told Insider. And basketball. I’m excited to see basketball.”

“I just wish all the Olympians all the best,” he added. “I’m excited to watch them because I’ve never had the chance to really watch the Olympics. So I’m looking forward to that.”

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