How to Watch the 2021 Olympics


After a delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021  Olympics are finally set to kick off at the end of July. And they are going to be epic. 

After five years, we’re about to see game-changing athletes including Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky, Allyson Felix, Naomi Osaka, and Oksana Masters show up once again for the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. The women of the WNBA will also be back competing for USA Basketball in pursuit of their seventh consecutive gold medal, and the World Cup champions and equal pay heroes of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will also be back to prove their dominance…again. 

There are also some fresh faces ready to rep red, white, and blue on the world’s stage for the first time. You’re obviously not going to want to miss seeing America’s fastest woman, Sha’Carri Richardson, face off against Jamaican runner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, otherwise known as the fastest woman alive. And there’s also a slate of amazing women to watch in surfing and skateboarding, which are both making their Olympic debut. 

Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the Tokyo Games this summer. 

When are the 2021 Summer Olympics ? 

The Olympic Games will be held from July 23 through August 8. The Paralympics 2021 start on August 24 and run through September 5. 

How to watch the Summer Olympics 

NBC is home to the U.S. broadcast of the games. You can catch all the action by tuning into your local station, or by streaming the Olympics on, via the NBC Sports app, or on Peacock.

NBC will air its first-ever live broadcast of the opening ceremony on Friday, June 23, starting at 6:55 a.m. ET. (If you miss it live, don’t worry—the network will be airing a replay starting at 7:30 p.m. EST.)

It will also be easier than ever to watch the Paralympic Games this year, with over 1,200 hours of action broadcasting on NBC and the Olympics Channel and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. 

2021 Olympics Schedule

Once the competition starts, there will be plenty to watch: the Tokyo Olympics will feature a record 33 competitions and 339 events. 

For a full schedule of who is competing when, check out the official Olympics schedule and Paralympics schedule

Some highlights to add to your calendar: 

Follow all of Glamour’s 2021 Olympics and Paralympics coverage here. 


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