The Summer Olympics begins on July 26th in Paris, France and lasts through August 11th. This year's Games will be the 33rd edition of the legendary worldwide competition.

Over 10 thousand athletes from over 206 countries are expected at this year's Games according to the International Olympic Committee. There are more than 8.1 billion people on Earth and only 10 thousand qualify for the world's biggest event.

One of those 10 thousand plus athletes could be from Kalispell, Montana. Thrower Evan Todd out of the Flathead will compete for his spot on the United States of America Olympic Team this Friday (June 21) in Eugene, Oregon at Hayward Field.


Todd finished up his collegiate career at the NCAA D1 Track & Field Championships earlier this month in Eugene where he finished 22nd in the entire country in the javelin throw. It was the cherry on top of a brilliant collegiate career. Todd was a three-time Big Sky Conference champ, a record holder with a throw of 246-6 and owns seven of the top 10 best throws in University of Montana history.

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You can catch Todd attempting to reach the pinnacle of track and field this Friday on or streaming on Peacock. The Men's Javelin Throw Competition starts at 4:30 pm.

As I'm writing this on Tuesday, Missoula has a hometown girl vying for a spot in the Olympics tonight (June 18). NBC Montana reports that Hellgate alumnus Katharine Berkoff will swim the 100m Women's Backstroke final tonight. Berkoff will also swim the 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle this week.

Good luck to the Montanan athletes.

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