With only one year to go until the Tokyo Olympics are in progress, athletes from all over the world already have gold medals in place.
Many are well on their way to creating a strong challenge for glory, while others may consider themselves far from where they need to be.
With 12 months left until the opening ceremony, the excitement is built and over 3.2 million tickets have been sold.
We take a shape check on five of the stars that could prove the major draws in Japan.
Superstar Biles will retire from gymnastics after trying to add his medal in Tokyo.
Fitness permitting, it would be a surprise if the 22-year-old does not increase his draw of four Olympic golds and one bronze medal.
The American declared that she will quit as "I feel my body is kind of falling apart".
Biles put on another champion class to win women's all-around title at the GK US Classic last Saturday and her eyebrows will rise if she does not achieve more success in the podium in her tail singing game.
Exceptional British swimmer Peaty continues to beat new heights, smashed world records and winning gold medals in mass.
It was the mission accomplished in the 24-year-old's quest to achieve & # 39; Project 56 & # 39; at the World Cup in Gwangju this month when he became the first person to dip under the 57-second barrier for the 1
That record sim of $ 56.88 has been encrypted by one of Peaty's biggest goals and he has not completed it yet.
The Englishman has raised his total World Cup titles to six and the 100m Olympic champion will be expected to be at the top of the podium at least once in Tokyo.
The Olympics may not be at the forefront of the surpassing South African athlete Semenya at present.
Semenya has endured a complicated, drawn-out story in a case involving the world governing body IAAF which has raised concerns about her career.
The 800 meters double Olympic champion is awaiting a judgment in Switzerland in court if she can continue to run against women over two laps on the track.  Semenya has long challenged the IAAF's decision to impose restrictions on testosterone levels in women competing at a distance of 400 m to a mile. The Swiss court has temporarily lifted this restriction.
Semenya's testosterone levels are high but naturally occurring. It could see her on the side if she refuses to take medication to reduce the level, unless the courts come down on her side.
The 28-year-old has not let the ongoing case affect her performances, putting the fastest 800m time a woman on American soil in one minute and 55.70 seconds at the Diamond League meeting in Stanford last month.
What is certain about next year's games is that the men's 100m athletics gold is in order, in the absence of Usain Bolt.
The bolt went off after the World Cup in London two years ago with eight Olympic gold medals to his name.
It is not Jamaican legend's old rival Justin Gatlin – 2004 Olympic champion – who is ranked as the favorite to take Bolt's crown next year.
World champion Gatlin's fellow American Christian Coleman seems to be the man to beat, leading the Diamond League and establishing himself as the highest ranked male sprint on the planet.
McIlroy was criticized for claiming he would not see golf's return to the Olympic calendar three years ago in Rio, after opting out of the competition.
The four-time major champions cited the Zika virus as their reason for not releasing in Brazil, where Justin Rose won the first Olympic golf event in 112 years.
However, Northern Irishman McIlroy stated that he could not surrender the opportunity to become Olympic next time.
The former world number one hopes it's a case of "what a difference a year makes" when it comes to his summer form, after failing to make the cut at The Open in his home country at Royal Portrush last week.