After a year of postponing, the Summer Olympics in Tokyo begin this summer on July 23. While you watch these much anticipated events unfold, keep your eyes peeled for some of our very own amazing Alabamians who will be competing.
Who is going?
Alabama is currently contributing 24 athletes to this year’s Summer Olympics. However, there is still time for more Alabamian athletes to be added to the Game’s roster. Check out who you can see on the big screen next month.
- Justin Thomas, golf (Team USA)
- Rhyan White, swimming (Team USA)
- Haylie McCleney, softball (Team USA)
- David Robertson, baseball (Team USA)
- Daniel Haugh, track and field (Team USA)
- Quanesha Burks, Long Jump (Team USA)
- Shelby Mcewen High Jump (Team USA)
- Sarah Robles, Weightlifting (Team USA)
- Sunisa Lee, Gymnastics (Team USA)
- Annie Lazor, Swimming (Team USA)
- Zach Apple, Swimming (Team USA)
- Rachel Dincoff, Discus (Team USA)
- Vincent Hancock Shooting (Team USA)
- Sandra Uptagrafft, Shooting (Team USA)
- James Hall, Shooting (Team USA)
- JuVaughn Harrison, Track and Field (Team USA)
- Shallon Olsen, gymnastics (Team Canada)
- Merel van Dongen, soccer (Team Netherlands)
- Kristian Gkolomeev, swimming (Team Greece)
- Anton McKee, swimming (Team Iceland)
- Abbas Qali, swimming (Team Kuwait)
- Diana Petkova, swimming (Team Bulgaria)
- Kirani James, track and field (Team Grenada)
- Jereem Richards, track and field (Team Trinidad and Tobago)
Alabama will be represented across nations as several of the student athletes will be competing for their home country teams. Here are a few of the outstanding athletes that will be on Team USA.
Golf officially became a part of the Olympics during the 2016 Games and Justin Thomas will soon prove his skills in an Olympic setting as he goes for Gold. University of Alabama grad and professional PGA star, Justin, will be the first Alabamian male golfer to compete in the Games.
There are 60 golfers competing, and he stands as one of four American golfers that will be present.
University of Alabama Junior Rhyan White placed second in the preliminaries for the 100-meter backstroke, and earned herself a spot on USA’s Olympic Swimming Team. She went a step farther by placing first in the 200-meter backstroke and beating her personal best time.
White is now the first Crimson Tide woman to win an event at the USA Olympic Swimming Trials and to place on the USA Olympic Swimming Team.
Former University of Alabama softball player, Haylie McCleney hails from Morris, Alabama. She is continuing her impressive track record by representing our state on Team USA’s softball team in the Summer Olympics.
Softball is included once again in the Olympics for the first time in twelve years. It is uncertain when it will return after this year. Haylie and other members of the USA team are even more determined to bring back Gold because of this.
Auburn University gymnast Sunisa Lee will be joining Team USA for the Summer Olympics. After finishing second in the two- day trial event, she has secured her spot on the team as the first Hmong American gymnast to ever make the USA Olympic Gymnastic Team.
Sunisa also became the first gymnast to beat Simone Biles in any phase since 2013, and we can be sure to expect more great things from this Auburn Tiger.