With tonight’s Opening Ceremonies, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad are officially underway. Rio de Janeiro is the site of the 2016 Olympics which will be well-stocked with Washington Huskies.
We’ll all be pulling for the good ol’ U-S-of-A over the course of the next 17 days. Particular attention will be paid to those athletes with ties to the good ol’ Purple-and-Gold, even if a few of them might be competing on behalf of their home nations.
When: Friday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT (here are some options if you want to watch live)
Where: Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Here is your official rooting guide for Huskies in Rio.
UW is boasting an incredible turnout of men’s and women’s rowers in the 2016 games. All tolled, the Huskies will have 12 athletes rowing across a variety of contests. Eight of those athletes will be competing for the U.S. while the other four will be rowing for Canada.
Among all of the athletes, six men (four for U.S., two for Canada) and two women (both U.S.) will row in Eights. The remaining four athletes will be spread across other events. The full lineup is:
Will Crothers, 2009 (Canada Men’s Four) *2nd Olympics
Rob Gibson, 2009 (Canada Quadruple Sculls) *2nd Olympics
Hans Struzyna, 2011 (U.S. Men’s Eight)
Conlin McCabe, 2011 (Canada Men’s Four) *2nd Olympics
Sam Ojserkis, 2012 (U.S. Men’s Eight),
Rob Munn, 2012 (U.S. Men’s Eight)
Sam Dommer, 2013 (U.S. Men’s Eight)
Megan Kalmoe, 2006 (U.S. Women’s Quaruple Sculls) *3rd Olympics
Katelin Snyder, 2009 (U.S. Women’s Eight - coxswain)
Adrienne Martelli, 2010 (U.S. Women’s Quadruple Sculls) *2nd Olympics
Kerry Simmonds, 2011 (U.S. Women’s Eight)
Patricia Obee, 2014 (Canada Lightweight Double Sculls)
Golf is back as an Olympic sport for the first time since 1904. Husky great C.T. Pan will represent Chinese Taipei in a 72 hole match play event taking place August 11-14.
C.T. Pan, 2015
Hope Solo is making her fourth appearance in the Olympics, third as an active roster player on the 18-person U.S. Women’s Soccer team. Solo has had a controversial career, but has showed remarkable longevity playing at the highest level of women’s soccer. She won a gold medal with the 2012 U.S. team.
Hope Solo, 2002 *4th Olympics
UW’s great Volleyball program will be represented by Courtney Thompson. Thompson, a former Washington State high school player of the year out of Kentlake, has been with Team USA since 2007 and won silver in the 2012 games.
Courtney Thompson, 2006 *2nd Olympics
Track and Field
Two Dawgs will be competing in track and field. Diamara Planell Cruz, an active student, will represent both UW and her home country of Puerto Rico while Husky legend Jeremy Taiwo, who missed the 2012 games due to an injury, will travel as an alternate.
Diamara Planell Cruz, Junior (Puerto Rico Women’s Pole Vault)
Jeremy Taiwo, 2014 (U.S. Men’s Decathlon)
I know I speak for all Husky fans when I say:
Go Purple, Win Gold!
This is your open thread. Let’s support our Dawgs.