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The Olympic and Paralympic games bring a new host city to the world stage, and the chance to celebrate a country and its culture.
With Team USA in Tokyo, Japan, NBC asked the athletes to muster their focus, balance and grace for another purpose: poetry.
In Japan, the art of haiku poetry goes back centuries. The word “haiku” means "first verse," referring to its history as the opening part of a longer Japanese poem called renga. Today, haikus are penned all over the world and feature an unmistakable short-form structure of three lines: the first is five syllables, then seven, then five again.
Conveniently, "let me win this gold" is five syllables!
Use our interactive Haiku generator to mix and match athletes to create new haikus on the spot.
Tokyo 2020 Haiku Generator
Click a button to hear the Olympians and Paralympians make poetry about their favorite things, the games or whatever pops into their heads.
Were the poems any good?
How did the athletes do? NBC Sports columnist Peter King, who writes a haiku every week for his column, weighs in on the performances and doles out his own medals.
Guess who wrote the haiku!
We even had King guess which athletes wrote the lines!