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Gainesville's Morgan House heading to Japan to make connections for 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo
House working as high performance and competition coach for American Canoe Association
Gainesville’s Morgan House poses for a 2015 picture at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park in Gainesville. - photo by Time file photo

Morgan House is working vigorously toward 2020.

This week, that means a trip to Japan to meet Japanese officials and scope out the venues for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games and 2020 Paralympic Games.

“This is the biggest trip I’ve had so far,” said House, who took over as director of high performance and competition for the American Canoe 

Association in late 2017.

House, who is from Gainesville and won 50 national championships as a member of the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club, leaves Monday on a 13-hour flight halfway around the globe. 

After a dramatic time change, House hits the ground running Tuesday afternoon — with assistance of a translator. His goal is to make working relationships with those associated with the 2020 Summer Games, learn his way around Tokyo, and get a first-hand view of the course for sprint and slalom events for both the Summer Games and Paralympics.

House, who also coaches the masters team (30-and-older) at the LCKC, said zigzagging the world brings back strong memories of his own competitive career, which began around the time rowing and padding events of the 1996 Summer Games were held at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park.

Now, the recent addition to the Northeast Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is an ambassador for the US with a suit and tie, rather than getting out on the water.

Making this trip challenging logistically is that there’s only three days to accomplish everything that needs to be done in Tokyo.

That means there’s no time to catch up on sleep.

“You don’t adjust to the time change,” said House. “You just sleep when you can.”

The 2020 Summer Games will take place July 24-Aug. 9 in Tokyo, followed by the Paralympic Games Aug. 29-Sept. 16 in Tokyo.

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