Sunday at the Olympics saw the first swimming medals of Tokyo 2020 awarded, and skateboarding make its debut.

For Stats Perform's journalist on the ground in the Japanese capital, Peter Hanson, it also marked the first day out of quarantine!

There was additionally some good news to be had in terms of getting out and about to some events for the week.

Here's a glimpse behind the curtain of day two at the Olympics...



Yes, after three long (and sweaty) days quarantining in a hotel room, today was the day I could finally get out and about to the media centre (MPC) and venues.

And the first viewing of the MPC is pretty impressive...


Over the next couple of weeks I'll largely be splitting my time between the aquatics centre, the Olympic Stadium and partly the Gymnastics Centre.

But for a significant portion of the stay, as with many of the world's media, I will be stationed in the MPC.

It has hundreds of hot desks, private offices galore (for the IOC, British Olympics Association etc.), TV screens showing various events taking place, food courts, medical centres, help desks... it is a monumental setup.

To get here, you have to take media-specific transport from your hotel, but the complex (which adjoins to the broadcast centre) is so large that you have to take another shuttle bus when you reach the transport terminal.

It is without doubt a pretty cool place to be working...


So, a quick explanation of how the process works for getting to events at Tokyo 2020.

At every Olympics, even with a media accreditation, there are high-demand events whereby you need to get a physical ticket to be in attendance.

This year, because social-distancing measures mean there is less capacity than at previous Games, more events are labelled high demand.

Fortunately, I've managed to land tickets to four swimming sessions and one to the gymnastics. On Monday, there is likely to be a first-hand view of Adam Peaty and Katie Ledecky - two of the biggest stars in the pool.


Norwegian rower Kjetil Borch has two world titles to his name and is a bronze medallist from Rio 2016 in the double skulls.

But apparently some TV commentators still have a few issues when it comes to pronouncing his name.

The 31-year-old offered a solution when asked about the struggles on Sunday.

"Just call me Skills," he said.

I like this guy.