Olympic hopeful Zane Grothe discusses Tokyo postponement

Swimmer was training for his fourth Olympic trials

VICTORIA, Texas — With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics officially postponed, athletes around the world have weighed in on the International Olympic Committee’s decision to push the event to 2021.

Twelve-time All-American Zane Grothe is one of those directly impacted by the decision. The 27-year old swimmer broke the American and US Open records in the 500 yard and 1650 yard freestyle events in 2017, and has been training for what would be have been his fourth Olympic Swim Trials. The trials have since been postponed by USA Swimming.

“We all pretty much thought the games should have been postponed,” said Grothe on Wednesday. “Not just for fair play, for training purposes and competing purposes, but just for the health and safety of the whole planet.”

Grothe attended Auburn University and his parents are Crossroads residents.