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Crystal Dunn, Kristine O'Brien, Andrew Capobianco, and Sue Bird. (Photos courtesy NBC Olympics, USA TODAY Sports, Reuters)

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, delayed a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, officially kick off on Friday, with some events beginning Wednesday. Here are the four Long Island natives to look out for as they compete for Team USA.

CRYSTAL DUNN

Mar 5, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Team USA defender Crystal Dunn (19) passes the ball in the second half against Team England during the She Believes Cup soccer series at Exploria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Rockville Centre native Crystal Dunn will make her second Olympics appearance on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT). The 29-year-old was a star athlete at South Side High School and won five Player of the Year awards during her senior year. 

Dunn previously helped bring home the World Cup with USWNT in 2019 and scored a goal in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She’s listed as number 2 and a defender for the upcoming Tokyo Games, so look out for her during the first soccer match against Sweden on Wednesday.

KRISTINE O’BRIEN

Courtesy NBC Olympics

Twenty-nine-year-old rowing star Kristine O’Brien grew up in Massapequa Park and graduated from St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip. Though this will be her first Olympics appearance, she’s already earned several accolades in rowing, including four gold medals in the World Rowing Championships.

O’Brien will be among seven other first-time U.S. Olympians and two returning Olympic athletes competing in the Women’s Eight and going for a fourth straight title in rowing. The first rowing event is this Saturday.

ANDREW CAPOBIANCO

XVIII Pan American Games – Lima 2019 – Men’s 3m Springboard Diving Final – Aquatic Center, Lima, Peru – August 4, 2019 – Andrew Capobianco of the U.S. competes in the Men’s 3m Springboard Diving Final. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Andrew Capobianco, 21, from Wantagh, will compete in men’s diving for his first time participating in the Olympics. The diving champ won a Nassau County diving title with Wantagh High School when he was just in seventh grade.

Capobianco previously won a bronze medal in the men’s 1-meter springboard diving final of the XVIII Pan American Games in 2019. Now he will appear in the Tokyo Olympics’ men’s 3-meter synchronized springboard event on July 28 and men’s 3-meter, individual springboard dive on Aug. 3.

SUE BIRD

Jul 14, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Team USA guard Sue Bird (6) shoots against WNBA All Star guard Courtney Williams (10) during the second quarter of the WNBA All Star Game at Michelob Ultra Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Syosset native Sue Bird, 40, is an Olympics veteran and WNBA legend who holds four Olympic gold medals. She’s earned a combined nine Olympics and World Cup medals, the most of any basketball player in two major international competitions. 

Bird will play as a guard wearing number 6 during the Tokyo Olympic Games, which Team USA enters in a match against Nigeria on July 27.

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