Because it stands now, Alabama has 13 present or former athletes headed to Tokyo for the Summer season Olympic Video games.
Justin Thomas added to the record Tuesday when he turned the primary Crimson Tide golfer to make it to the Olympics He’s the fifth to make a crew representing the USA whereas athletes from eight different international locations have additionally certified.
There’s nonetheless time for others to affix them in Tokyo with precisely one month left earlier than the opening ceremonies, set for July 23. The present record of 13 is down from the 16 with Alabama expertise who participated within the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The Tide contingent has been between 10-16 previously six summer season video games after 20 went to Barcelona in 1992. Essentially the most, nevertheless, got here in 1984 when 33 Alabama athletes competed within the Los Angeles video games. Swimmer Jon Sieben received a gold medal within the 200-meter butterfly for his dwelling nation of Australia in these video games.
A couple of extra golds may come dwelling, in a way, to Alabama this summer season.
Former softball star Haylie McCleney is a member of the US softball crew favored to win after the game was not a part of the video games in 2012 and 2016. Baseball can be again and former Tide pitcher David Robertson is on the US crew that doesn’t embody present Main League gamers.
Observe star Kirani James of Grenada goes for a 3rd medal within the 400 meters after successful gold in London and silver in Rio. At 28-years outdated, he’s among the many older rivals within the pace occasion.
The present record of former/present Alabama athletes at present set to compete within the Olympics (with an help from @BamaProUpdates on Twitter)
- Justin Thomas, golf
- Rhyan White, swimming
- Haylie McCleney, softball
- David Robertson, baseball
- Daniel Haugh, observe and area
- Shallon Olsen, gymnastics (Canada)
- Merel van Dongen, soccer (Netherlands)
- Kristian Gkolomeev, swimming (Greece)
- Anton McKee, swimming (Iceland)
- Abbas Qali, swimming (Kuwait)
- Diana Petkova, swimming (Bulgaria)
- Kirani James, observe and area (Grenada)
- Jereem Richards, observe and area (Trinidad and Tobago)