After a year’s delay due to the pandemic, athletes and avid spectators alike are eagerly anticipating the start of the summer Olympics in Tokyo on July 23rd. These awe-inspiring events often motivate us to get off the couch and start, or continue, training for our favorite sport. So, if you’re ready to go out and achieve your personal best, these brands, part of Klarna’s growing network of retail partners, will outfit you with the gear you need to reach the top of your game.
Finding your footing.
Regardless of which sport you pursue, having the right footwear can make all the difference. Nike, Adidas, and Reebok are just a few of the brands where you’ll find the athletic shoes you need to tackle track, turf, and everything in between.
Believe it or not, tennis was on the program at the very first Olympic games held in Athens in 1896. If you want to elevate your game, Tennis Racquets.com offers a wide selection of racquets, accessories, and apparel for men, women and children.
All decked out.
Extreme sports are turning heads and upping the wow factor at the Olympics. While snowboarding has been a popular event at the winter games, skateboarding will make its debut in Tokyo this year. If you’re looking to roll like Tony Hawk, head over to Pizza Skateboards for decks, tees, outerwear and accessories.
Just add water.
Whether you enjoy freestyle, backstroke or the elegant but arduous butterfly, SwimZip has a suit that combines style with function while keeping UV protection front and center. Founder and mom Betsy Johnson turned her skin cancer diagnosis into an opportunity to start a business and created UPF 50+ swimwear products for the whole family.
Before you bounce on over to the court, consider getting a little extra coaching courtesy of Hoops King. Featuring dribbling and shooting training aids as well as equipment, the company makes improving the game a slam dunk for ballers of all ages.
Hit the fairways.
Golf returned to the Olympic Games in 2016 after a century-long absence. If it’s been a while since you’ve hit the links or you just need to upgrade your equipment, Taylor Made and Golf Clubs.com carry an array of irons, apparel and accessories.
In 2016, the International Olympic Committee unanimously decided to include surfing in the Olympic games for the first time. If you’re up for riding the waves like a legend, Dewey Weber has boards in stock and ready to go. Started by surfing’s first star, Dewey himself, the company also offers customized creations that subscribe to the philosophy, “If you can dream it, we can build it.” Catch Surf can outfit you in a wetsuit that’ll remove the chill. Boards and bathing suits are also available in a wide range of styles and aesthetics.
Set, spike, play.
24 volleyball teams and 48 beach volleyball teams will compete in Tokyo this summer. If you’ve joined a league and needed some protective gear, Rip It has what you need to get off the sidelines safely.
Cross the finish line in style.
No matter which sport you favor, having fashionable and functional performance wear can enhance your comfort and ability. Gymshark, founded in 2012 by teenager Ben Francis and a group of his high-school friends, has grown into a go-to brand for attractive activewear. Lululemon, too, is a leader in athletic apparel that features buttery soft stretch fabric and built-in storage.