There has never been an Olympic Games like this summer’s competition, which still has the words “Tokyo 2020” in its official name, despite being a year behind schedule. Postponed and ultimately staged during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, these Olympics presented an unprecedented set of challenges for athletes from Beijing to Berlin to Dallas, all of whom were forced to adapt to obstacles and conditions without previous to qualify. for the events they’ve trained themselves all their lives to achieve. Not all will succeed, but more than fifty sportsmen with ties to Texas will represent the United States this year, and Texas monthly has partnered with June Third Films to tell the stories of four Olympic hopefuls from our state as they travel from Texas to Tokyo.
Kelley and Courtney Hurley compete in épée, the only Olympic fencing event (of three; the others are foil and saber) in which the full body of competitors is eligible to score hits. The San Antonio sisters are members of the first and only women’s épée team in US history to win a medal, winning bronze at the London 2012 Games. Older sister Kelley, 33, will compete at his fourth Olympic Games this summer; this is the third trip for Courtney, who is three years younger. The Hurleys have trained together for as long as they can remember, and in Tokyo they will make one last run for Olympic glory before Kelley, a medical student, moves to the Caribbean to complete her studies at St. James School of Medicine.
Stay tuned for the fourth video, which will be posted on texasmonthly.com on Tuesday July 27th.