Local Runner Looks to Defend Gold Medal; Four-Time Sitting Volleyball Medalist Returns for Fifth Games; America’s First Female Taekwondo Athlete Ready to Make History.
When U.S. runner Sydney McLaughlin crossed the finish line to win the gold in the 400-meter hurdles on Aug. 3 in Tokyo, she had the cheers of fans supporting her from the New Jersey Catholic high school where she graduated four years ago.
“Golden is thy fame, indeed,” the University of Notre Dame in Indiana tweeted July 25 after Lee Kiefer, class of 2017, won the gold medal in women’s foil fencing at the Tokyo Games.
The Tokyo 2020 iteration of the Refugee Olympic Team (EOR) has 29 athletes, compared to 10 athletes at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016. They hail from 11 countries: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Congo, Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Venezuela.
As thousands of athletes gathered for the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Pope Francis gave them his blessing and extended it to those organizing and supporting the events.
The Olympics are a “once in a lifetime experience” for Bushwick native Juan Carlos “J.C.” Obregón Jr., who is soaking in every minute of his journey to Japan.
Boling, who plans to major in Business at the University of Georgia in Athens, said the attention taught him “to stay humble and give God the glory and to know who’s there for you.”