A document 12 former, present and future NC State student-athletes will compete on the 2020 Olympic Video games when the COVID-delayed quadrennial competitors begins later this week in Tokyo, Japan.
That’s greater than one-third of all Olympians produced in class historical past, relationship again to 1968 when swimmer and NC State Athletic Corridor of Fame inductee Steve Reyrich received two gold medals in swimming relays on the 1968 Mexico Metropolis Video games as NC State’s preliminary Olympian. A Wolfpack alum has certified for all however one Olympics since.
This yr’s whole is double the earlier document of six contributors within the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics.
Success within the Pool
Swimming has been NC State’s most profitable sport on the worldwide stage, now with a complete of twenty-two Olympic swimmers and a complete thus far of six gold medals. Most lately, Ryan Held (2016), Cullen Jones (2012) and David Fox (1996) have all received Olympic gold medals.
9 of this yr’s NC State Olympians are merchandise of head coach Braden Holloway’s nationally distinguished males’s and ladies’s packages, each of which completed within the prime 10 on the NCAA Championships this spring. They are going to compete for eight completely different nations, although none for Staff USA.
Even with Olympic success within the pool, this yr’s whole consists of the primary two NC State ladies’s swimmers heading to the Tokyo Video games, 17-time All-America and four-time NCAA champion Sophie Hansson of Sweden and Andrea Podmanikova of Slovakia. (Diver Agnes Gerlach of Hungary competed within the 1988 and ’92 Olympics, however not as a swimmer and Hansson competed within the 2016 Olympics earlier than she arrived at NC State.)
Medley swimmer Andreas Vazaios will compete in his third Olympics for his native Greece, whereas alumni Simonas Bilis of Lithuania and Anton Ipsen of Denmark will signify their nations for the second time on the Olympics. Vazaios joins former fashionable pentathlon and fencer Rob Stull as NC State’s solely three-time Olympians.
Males’s swimmers Nyls Korstanje of the Netherlands and Kacper Stokowski of Poland will signify their nations for the primary time on the Tokyo Olympics.
Two incoming swimmers, Alexander Norgaard of Denmark and Noe Ponti of Switzerland will enroll at NC State after they full their Olympic competitors.
Additionally for the primary time, a former Wolfpack softball participant will take part when outfielder Tatyana Forbes of Redmond, Washington, competes for Mexico’s Olympic staff. That is the primary Olympics since 2008 through which softball can be contested. Forbes and her teammates started pool play on Wednesday, previous to Friday’s Opening Ceremonies.
2 Signify Staff USA
Cunningham will compete within the 100-meter hurdles, turning into the primary ladies’s hurdler from NC State to compete within the Olympics. Joan Benoit, winner of the primary Olympic ladies’s marathon on the 1984 Video games in Los Angeles, and Auguston Younger, a sprinter for the Jamaican males’s monitor and discipline staff in Los Angeles, are the one former monitor and discipline contributors from NC State.
Kozeniesky is competing in his second Olympics, after ending twenty first within the 10-meter air rifle in Rio.
In its historical past, NC State has despatched representatives of 15 nations and U.S.-territory Puerto Rico, which has its personal Olympic staff, to compete within the fashionable Olympics, which started in 1896.
NC State head volleyball coach Luka Slabe, a profitable worldwide participant and coach for Staff USA, is an assistant for this yr’s Staff USA volleyball squad. He joins a profitable assortment of NC State alumni and coaches who’ve guided Olympic groups.
Late males’s basketball coach and NC State alumnus Norm Sloan was head coach of Nice Britain’s 1980 males’s basketball staff that didn’t advance from European qualifying to the U.S.-boycotted Moscow Olympics. NC State ladies’s basketball head coach Kay Yow led Staff USA to gold medals as an assistant in 1984 in Los Angeles and as head coach in 1988 on the Seoul Video games. Her sister and former NC State All-American Susan Yow served as an assistant in 1988.
Former baseball coach and NC State alum Ray Tanner was an assistant baseball coach for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and former basketball standout and Raleigh native Nate McMillan was an assistant coach for Mike Krzyzewski and the Dream Staff in 2008 and 2012.
Two broadcasters with NC State ties are additionally contributing to NBC’s protection of the Olympics. Former basketball participant Terry Gannon will supply commentary on gymnastics from Tokyo, whereas Patrick Kinas, the play-by-play announcer for NC State ladies’s basketball and the Durham Bulls, will do play-by-play saying for swimming from broadcast studios in Connecticut.
All-Time NC State Olympic Athletes
- 1968 Mexico Metropolis Olympics: Steve Reyrich (USA, males’s swimming), 2 gold medals.
- 1972 Munich Olympics: Tom Burleson (USA, males’s basketball), silver medal (not accepted).
- 1976 Montreal Olympics: Kenny Carr (USA, males’s basketball, gold medal); Duncan Goodhew (Nice Britain, males’s swimming); Dan Harrigan (USA, males’s swimming), bronze medal; Steve Gregg (USA, males’s swimming), silver medal.
- 1980 Moscow Olympics: Duncan Goodhew (Nice Britain, males’s swimming) gold, bronze medals.
- 1984 Los Angeles Olympics: Joan Benoit (USA, ladies’s monitor and discipline – marathon), gold medal; Rob Stull (USA, fashionable pentathlon – non-competing alternate); Auguston Younger (Jamaica, monitor and discipline).
- 1988 Seoul Olympics: Tab Ramos (USA, males’s soccer); Rob Stull (USA, fashionable pentathlon, males’s fencing); Kay Yow (USA, ladies’s basketball coach), gold medal; Nikos Fokianos (Greece, males’s swimming); Agnes Gerlach (Hungary, diving).
- 1992 Barcelona Olympics: Tom Gugliotta (males’s basketball, injured—didn’t compete), Dario Brose (USA, males’s soccer); Agnes Gerlach (Hungary, diving); Nick Paleocrassass (Greece, males’s swimming).
- 1996 Atlanta Olympics: David Fox (males’s swimming), gold medal; Carlos Santander (Venezuela, males’s swimming), Financial institution Intharapichai (Thailand, males’s swimming).
- 2000 Sydney Olympics: Tom Gugliotta (USA, males’s basketball, injured—didn’t compete).
- 2008 Beijing Olympics: Cullen Jones (USA, males’s swimming), gold medal; Dan Velez (Puerto Rico, males’s swimming).
- 2012 London: Cullen Jones (USA, males’s swimming), 1, gold medal, 2 silver medals; Andreas Vazaios (Greece, males’s swimming).
- 2016 Rio De Janiero Olympics: Ryan Held (USA, males’s swimming) gold medal, Lucas Kozeniesky (USA, capturing); Soren Dahl (Denmark, males’s swimming), Anton Ipsen, (Denmark, males’s swimming); Simonas Bilis (Lithuania, males’s swimming); Andreas Vazaios (Greece, males’s swimming).
- 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Lucas Kozeniesky (USA, capturing), Gabrielle Cunningham (USA, ladies’s monitor and discipline); Anton Ipsen (Denmark, males’s swimming), Alexander Norgaard (Denmark, males’s swimming); Andreas Vazaios (Greece, males’s swimming); Simonas Bilis (Lithuania, males’s swimming); Tatyana Forbes (Mexico, ladies’s softball); Nyls Korstanje (Netherlands, males’s swimming); Kacper Stowowski (Poland, males’s swimming); Andreas Podmanikova (Slovakia, males’s swimming); Sophie Hansson (Sweden, ladies’s swimming); Noe Ponti (Switzerland, males’s swimming).
NC State Olympic coaches
- Norm Sloan (1980, England, males’s basketball, staff didn’t advance from European qualifier).
- Kay Yow (USA, 1984 ladies’s basketball assistant coach; 1988 ladies’s basketball head coach), 2 gold medals.
- Susan Yow (USA, 1988 ladies’s basketball assistant coach), gold medal.
- Ray Tanner (USA, 1996, USA, assistant baseball coach).
- Nate McMillan (USA, 2008, 2012 males’s basketball), 2 gold medals.
- Luka Slabe (USA, ladies’s volleyball).
2020 Olympians and Their Majors
- Alexander Norgaard, enrolling fall 2021
Faculty of Engineering
- Anton Ipsen, industrial engineering
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Andreas Vazaios, psychology
- Kacper Stowowski, communication
- Simonas Bilis, science, expertise and society
Faculty of Pure Assets
- Gabriele Cunningham, sports activities administration
- Tatyana Forbes, parks, recreation and tourism
- Nyls Korstanje, sustainable supplies and expertise
- Lucas Kozeniesky, sports activities administration
- Andreas Podmanikova, sports activities administration
Poole Faculty of Administration
- Sophie Hansson, enterprise administration
- Noe Ponti, administration
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