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From Skateboarding To Soccer: New England's Hometown Olympians

Austin Hack, Olympic rower, sits in a Team USA white jersey uniform that is a tank top on a boat, on a placid body of water. One half of his head is shaved.
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U.S. Olympic rower Austin Hack of Old Lyme, Connecticut, shown here in 2016.

The Tokyo Olympics begin this week, with the opening ceremonies scheduled for Friday.

Thirty-three members of Team USA list communities in New England as their hometowns. That includes almost a dozen rowers, a half-dozen runners and three rugby players.

Along with the full 600-plus members of the American team and athletes from around the world, they're navigating an array of safety measures designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — but even those haven't stopped all infections.  

For now, athletes are preparing for their events, reporters are traveling (and quarantining), and you can start mapping out your Olympics viewing schedule. As you plan, keep these New Englanders in mind:

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