Meet some of Oregon’s Olympic athletes
From July 21 to August 8, America will support its more than 500 athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympics.
But some will hold a special place in the heart of Oregon. They include Oregon natives, current and former University of Oregon ducks, and Oregon State University beavers, and those who like to call this state their home.
Here are some of the Olympic athletes with ties to Oregon to follow:
Sport: Female gymnastics
Oregon Connection: A future student at Oregon State University
The 21-year-old from Arizona landed his ticket to Tokyo ahead of the Olympic trials by winning both the floor exercise and vault in the individual events of the World Cup. She will compete as an individual in the games.
She only competed in two events on the second day of practice – bars and beam.
Carey started gymnastics at the age of 2. His parents owned a gym at the time and his father, Brian Carey, is now his head coach.
According to Oregon State University, Carey signed his letter of intent with the school in 2017, but postponed training for the Olympics. She signed up for classes in 2020 but did not compete for the Beavers as she continued to train for the Tokyo Games.
She has an aunt and uncle who attended OSU and chose the school âbecause of the positive team environment and the amazing coaching staff. I also fell in love with the beautiful campus, âaccording to OSU.
Sport: Athletics, 1,500 men
Oregon Connection: Graduated from the University of Oregon, works with the Bowerman Track Club
The 2016 Olympic champion proved he is still on top of his game when he finished second by a notch behind Oregon rookie Cole Hocker at the Olympic Trials last month in Eugene.
A master racing tactician with a formidable kick, the 31-year-old veteran will be a medal threat in Tokyo during his third Olympic Games.
“I knew where my physical condition was (at the Olympic trials) and I know where I need to go,” Centrowitz said on June 27.
He will have a lot of familiar faces around him.
Centrowitz is in its second summer as a member of the Portland-based Bowerman Track Club, a 10-member group representing four countries heading to Tokyo. That includes Americans Woody Kincaid, Grant Fisher, Karissa Schweizer, and Elise Cranny, all of whom double in the 10,000 and 5,000.
Sport: Athletics, men’s shot put
Oregon Connection: Raised in Boring and graduated from Barlow High in Gresham
The greatest male shot putter to ever enter the circle was raised in Boring and graduated from Barlow High in Gresham.
Ryan Crouser, 28, earned his Olympic qualification with flying colors on June 18 when he set the world record on the opening night of the Olympic Trials at Hayward Field. Crouser threw 76-8Â¼ to break the previous record of 75-10Â¼, set by Randy Barnes in 1990.
âIt has been such a difficult year, not only for me but for so many people around the world that it has been special to me,â said Crouser after setting the record. âWe’ve all worked so hard and having so much uncertaintyâ¦ it was really nice to be competing again with all of my friends and at such a high level. There was a lot of improvisation, adaptation and to overcome this year. “
The 6-foot-7, 320-pound former Texan will now try to win his second gold. He was the 2016 Summer Games champion when he set the Olympic record with a score of 72-6Â¼.
Sport: Women’s football
Oregon Connection: Lives in Portland and plays professionally for the Portland Thorns
Growing up, Crystal Dunn watched other girls play soccer and wondered if she belonged to them.
In a still predominantly white sport in the United States, no one looked like Dunn. No one encourages him to get more technical rather than making stereotypical assumptions about his speed and athleticism.
âI think it’s easy for me to get carried away by, ‘Oh, I’m just happy to be here. And I’m like no, no, no, no, I’m not here to survive. I am here to thrive in this environment, âshe said. âI try to let people know that I’m not just there to be in the background. I am here to be brought to light. I’m here to, you know, really make a splash.
Dunn, 29, plays as the left-back for the United States National Women’s Football Team.
She wants to make sure that all those other little girls and young women who are looking around and wondering if they belong know they most definitely do.
âRepresentation is so important. And I feel like if I had had more football players who looked like me growing up, I wouldn’t have had the hardships I faced at a younger age to get into the national team. Dunn said.
Oregon Connection: University of Oregon
The former OU pitcher will be in known territory when baseball makes its Olympic return on July 30 with the United States taking on Israel.
McGough has been a reliever for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the Nippon Professional Baseball League since 2019. In 153 games for the Swallows, he is 12-5, 27 saves and an average of 3.03 earned runs.
McGough, a 31-year-old right-hander, played in Oregon from 2008-2011 and was selected in the fifth round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2011 MLB Draft.
He made his MLB debut in 2016 with the Miami Marlins, then played in the Baltimore and Colorado minor leagues before traveling to Japan.
Janie (Takeda) Roseau
Sport: soft ball
Oregon Connection: University of Oregon
Softball’s return to the Olympics gives one of the best players to ever wear an Oregon uniform her first chance at the Summer Games.
Reed, 28, who was a duck from 2012 to 2015, is the school record holder for hits (309), runs (204), stolen bases (102) and beaters (788), and is second in doubles (42) and batting average (0.392).
The outfielder has been a member of the United States National Team since 2015 and was part of the WBSC World Championships teams in 2016 and 2018.
Oregon State Softball Coach Laura Berg is returning to the Olympics as an assistant. The former star outfielder of the United States National team was part of the gold medalist teams in 1996, 2000 and 2004. She also won silver at the 2008 Summer Games, the last time the softball was an Olympic sport.
The new Beaver Tarni Stepto, a transfer from Salt Lake Community College, is part of the Australian Olympic team.
Sport: Athletics, men’s marathon
Oregon Connection: Graduated from Central Catholic High School and University of Oregon
Rupp was a high school star at Central Catholic, an NCAA Champion and All-American with the Ducks and now a Portland-based four-time Olympian.
For the first time since 2008, however, he’s only competed in one event, and it’s not the 10,000.
“My goal in Tokyo has always been the marathon,” Rupp said on June 18 after finishing sixth in the 10,000 in the Olympic Trials at Hayward Field, a race he competed in because it gave him “a chance. to run and compete “.
Rupp has competed in three consecutive Olympic 10,000 races, winning a silver medal in 2012, the same year he also finished seventh in the 5,000.
In 2016, he doubled in the marathon and 10,000, winning a bronze medal on the road eight days after placing fifth on the track.
At 35, Rupp has completely switched to the marathon and will be in contention for a medal on August 8. He has won the last two trials of the US Olympic Marathon.
Jamie (Weisner) Scott
Sport: Women’s basketball
Oregon Connection: Oregon State University
The former Oregon State star and WNBA draft pick is a replacement for the Canadian Olympic team.
Scott played for the Beavers from 2012 to 2016 and was the 2016 Pac-12 Player of the Year. She helped lead the State of Oregon to the Final Four as a senior.
Scott was selected 17th overall by the Connecticut Sun and eventually played for the Washington Mystics.
She was a member of the Canadian national team at the 2018 World Cup.
Former OSU player Ali Gibson is also a member of the Puerto Rico women’s basketball team.
Sport: Women’s saber fencing
Oregon Connection: Raised in Oregon, graduated from Valley Catholic High School in Beaverton.
The most decorated American saber of all time is a 36-year-old married mother from Beaverton.
She is also going to the Olympics for the fifth time.
Zagunis won individual gold in 2004 and 2008 and won a team bronze medal in 2016. She also finished fourth in individual in 2012. Her victory in Athens came when she was just 19 years old and made her the first American Olympic fencing champion in 100 years.
She is still going strong on the world stage. Zuganis won World Cup gold in 2020 to secure his place in Tokyo.
USA Today Network reporters Nancy Armor and Emily Leiker contributed to this article.
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