Sunday night the 2016 Summer Olympic Games came to an end with a three-hour closing ceremony. The baton was officially handed off to Tokyo, Japan who will host the 2020 games.
The games concluded with the US taking a commanding lead in the medal count. The United States finished out the games with 121 medals, 46 of which were gold. Following behind were China and Great Britain, with 70 and 67 respectively.
Locally we were well represented in the games. Villanova’s Kyle Lowry playing on the U.S. men’s basketball team, while 4 locals represented our area in women’s basketball:
Tamika Catchings of Stratford, Ella Delle Donne of Wilmington, and coaches Dawn Staley of Philadelphia and Geno Auriemma of Morristown.
Maggie Hogan of Philadelphia and Matt Baranoski of Perkasie represented the US in canoeing/kayaking and cycling respectively. Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin are local equestrians, and Miles Chambray-Watson a PSU student, was representing the U.S. in fencing.
Field Hockey yielded the most local representatives in Rio:
Katie Bam of Blue Bell,
Lauren Crandall of Doylestown
Rachel Dawson of Berlin (who incidentally went to the same high school as my niece and nephew, Eastern H.S. in Voorhees, NJ)
Katelyn Falgowski of Landenberg
Julia Reinprecht of Philadelphia
Katie Reinprecht of Philadelphia
Caitlin Van Sickle of Wilmington)
and Michelle Vittese of Cherry Hill
Rowing saw these local athletes for the men:
Tyler Nase of Phoenixville
Steve Kasprzyk of Cinnaminson
Glenn Ochal of Philadelphia
Sam Ojserkis of Linwood, N.J.
And the women:
Kate Bertko of Philadelphia
Devery Karz of Moorestown
Lauren Schmetterling of Moorestown
Shooting was represented by Matthew Emmons of Browns Mills
Women’s Soccer favorite and local legend Carli Lloyd of Delran was in Rio.
Women’s Swimmers on team USA included Kelsi Worrell of Westhampton and Cierra Runge of West Chester.
Men’s Track and Field events:
High jumper Ricky Robertson of Mount Holly
Shot putters Darrell Hill of Darby and Joe Kovacs of Nazareth
Women’s Track and Field events:
English Gardner of Voorhees also of Eastern H.S.)
Nia Ali of Philadelphia
Taylor Ellis-Watson of Philadelphia
Ajee Wilson of Philadelphia
Marielle Hall of Haddonfield
Priscilla Frederick of Sicklerville competed in track and field on the team for Antigua and Barbuda.
Joe Maloy of Wildwood Crest competed in Triathlon. And rounding out our local Olympians were wrestlers Jordan Burroughs of Winslow and PSU student Frank Molinaro.
Congratulations to all of the amazingly talented local athletes for qualifying, competing, and representing in Rio this year!