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All San Diego athletes competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The San Diego space has a powerful variety of athletes representing the United States in the Tokyo Olympics.

SAN DIEGO — With gentle climate and a 155-acre US Olympic Training Center, San Diego County is a base for a lot of superb athletes to dwell and practice. Here’s an inventory of each athlete on Team USA with ties to the San Diego space in Tokyo for the Olympics that started on July 23. 

Track and Field

Erica Bougard – Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field 

Bougard was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, however has moved to San Diego to coach. Bougard wore rainbow-colored spikes whereas competing in the heptathlon excessive leap at the 2019 World Championships in Doha. She is one in every of a number of publicly “out” athletes in the sport and is an energetic LGBTQ+ advocate. 

Will Claye – Triple Jump 

Claye was born in Tucson, Arizona, and moved to Chula Vista to coach at the Olympic Training Center. The two-time Arizona state champion in the triple leap was additionally the first Arizona highschool athlete to triple leap greater than 50 ft. He received a number of medals at the 2012 Olympic Games and turned the first man since 1936 and the first American since 1904 to win Olympic medals in each the lengthy and triple jumps. 

Michael Norman – 400-meter, 4×400-meter relay 

Michael Norman was born in San Diego and moved to Murrieta, California to attend Vista Murrieta High School. He graduated in 2016. led his crew to the California state title his junior and senior seasons. He was named the 2016 National Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year. He has bests of 10.27 in the 100m, 20.14 in the 200m and 45.19 in the 400m. Norman positioned fifth at the Olympic Trials and first at the Junior Outdoor Championships for the 200m in 2016. He additionally completed first in the World Junior Championships for the 200m and 4x100m relay. 

Brittney Reese – Long jump 

Brittney Reese was born in Inglewood, California and trains in San Diego. The lengthy jumper is a four-time Olympian and has a gold and silver medal. Only two ladies have jumped farther in American historical past in the lengthy leap, together with Jackie Joyner-Kersee.  

Raven Saunders – Shotput 

Raven Saunders was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina and trains in San Diego. The shot-putter is a two-time Olympian. She broke the ladies’s NCAA indoor report in February 2015, recording the longest throw by a feminine collegian ever, indoor or outside. Saunders has been open about her psychological well being, battling melancholy and suicidal ideas since the 2016 Rio Olympics. 


The ladies’s crew has fairly a number of members who have been born or practice in San Diego. Players with ties to the area embrace: Kayla Canett-OcaLauren DoyleJordan MatyasAbby GustaitisNicole HeavirlandLeyla Kelter and Kristi Kirshe. The ladies’s rugby event begins on July 28. 

Similar to the ladies’s rugby crew, the males’s crew additionally has quite a few gamers who dwell or practice in America’s Finest City. The males with ties to the area embrace: Perry Baker, Martin losefo and Stephen Tomasin. The males start their event on July 25. 


Perris Benegas – BMX Freestyle 

Perris acquired her begin in freestyle BMX whereas rising up in Reno, Nevada. In 2018, Perris received the gold medal in BMX freestyle park at the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships in Chengdu, China, with two different American ladies, Angie Marino and Hannah Roberts, taking second and third. 

Felicia Stancil – BMX Racing 

Felicia Stancil lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, however spends a while coaching in San Diego. Felicia’s father was an expert BMX racer in his youth and confirmed Felicia the sport at the age of 4. With solely specializing in BMX, 2019 has been her greatest year racing Elite Women. In 2019, she completed each USABMX and World Cup collection total 2nd in the World. She additionally turned the 2019 US Elite Women’s National title and Pro of the year. 

Jennifer Valente – Track Cycling 

Jennifer Valente was born and raised in San Diego. She graduated from San Diego’s Fusion Academy in 2013 and is a two-time Olympian with a silver medal. She started biking when she was fifteen years outdated and has received 9 World Championship medals.  

Alise Willoughby – BMX Racing 

Alise Willoughby is a three-time Olympian who has introduced residence one silver medal. She trains in San Diego and has a number of World Championship medals. In 2006, Willoughby turned the first lady ever voted Rookie Pro of the Year by BMXer Magazine, in addition to the youngest to win the American Bicycle Association nationwide title, at age 15. Oh, and he or she is a former state champion gymnast! 


Jordyn Barratt – Women’s Skateboard Park 

Jordyn Barratt was born in Hawaii however has spent a while dwelling in Oceanside. The 22-year-old is taking part in her first Olympic Games after competing in World Championships twice. She was additionally the first feminine to compete as a professional in each US Open skate and surf in the similar year. 

Bryce Wettstein – Women’s Skateboard Park 

Wettstein is as Encinitas as they arrive. The 17-year-old attends San Dieguito Academy and is taking part in her first Olympic video games. Wettstein began her skateboarding career at the YMCA Encinitas at the age of 5. She was the 2019 USA National Champion for Women’s Park format. News 8 sat down together with her to speak about her Olympic aspirations and her love for the ukulele.  

Cory Juneau – Men’s Skateboard Park 

Juneau was born in San Diego in 1999 and has been shredding ever since. Cory has rapidly turn out to be a fan favourite at the Vans Park Series, successful over skaters and spectators together with his sarcastic wit, fluid fashion, and lofty frontside flips in the deep finish. When he is not nose-grinding 10 blocks of pool coping, you could find Cory including to his assortment of gold chains, or constructing customized bikes together with his father in North County, San Diego. 

Brighton Zeuner – Women’s Skateboard Park 

Brighton Zeuner was born in Scottsdale. Arizona in 2004, however now lives in Encinitas. The 17-year-old is competing in her first Olympic video games. Brighton certified for Team USA forward of the Tokyo Olympics, when she was only a year older than the minimal required age to compete. Zeuner received back-to-back X Games Gold medals in 2017-2018.  

Water Polo

Alex Bowen was born in Santee and attended Santana High School in 2010. According to his bio, he’s considered one in every of the greatest shooters on Team USA, he scored over 200 targets whereas at Stanford and was named a 1stTeam All-American all 4 years. He presently performs professionally in Croatia. 

Jesse Smith was born in Hawaii however moved to Coronado and graduated from Coronado High School in 2000. The 2021 video games can be the fifth he has participated in. Smith introduced residence a silver medal from the 2008 video games in Beijing. The All-American performed professionally for a number of groups in Europe and for seven years competing in the European Champions League. Attempting to tie the USA Water Polo report for many Olympic Games performed at 5. 

Jack Turner was born in Mountain View, California, however presently performs goalkeeper for UC San Diego the place he was named 2018 Division II Player of the Year. He made his Senior Team debut at the 2018 FINA World Cup. 


Zach Garrett – Recurve Archery 

Zach Garrett presently lives and trains in Chula Vista after rising up in Missouri. The two-time Olympian is seeking to convey extra {hardware} residence after incomes a silver medal in the 2016 video games. He stated he has been capturing archery since his grandpa made him a bow when he was 4 years outdated. 

Jack Williams – Recurve Archery 

Jack Williams has been a Southern California child his total life. He grew up in Irvine, however in 2016 moved to Chula Vista to coach. Williams is a two-time medalist at World Championship tournaments and is presently ranked quantity 11 in the world.  


Karsta Lowe is a two-time Olympian who was born in Rancho Santa Fe. Lowe performed for La Costa Canyon High School and UCLA earlier than becoming a member of the nationwide crew in 2015. Lowe’s main nationwide crew accomplishments embrace successful a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and being chosen most dear participant of the 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix. 

Garrett Muagututia is an outdoor hitter for Team USA’s volleyball crew. Born in Oceanside, Garrett comes from a household of athletes. His mom performed volleyball at UC Riverside and his youthful brother competed in the sport at Stanford. Garrett’s father Faauuga Muagututia additionally performed volleyball on the Navy crew and competed in the 1994 Winter Olympics as a bobsledder for American Samoa. 

Garrett attended Francis Parker High School in San Diego and nonetheless resides in Oceanside together with his spouse Keisha and their daughter Teahi.


Xander Schauffele is San Diego by and thru. He was born in La Jolla and attended Scripps Ranch High School earlier than attending San Diego State. The 2021 video games can be Xander’s first. Some of his career accomplishments embrace: 2019 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions Winner, 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions Winner, 2017 The Greenbrier Classic Winner and 2017 TOUR Championship Winner. 


Michael Andrew was born in Minnesota, however presently lives in Encinitas. He has a number of medals from completely different World Championships tournaments. Andrew is a five-time choice for the U.S.A. National Swim Team. 


Hannah Flippen was born in San Diego and attended Bonita Vista High School. Flippen led her high college crew to the CIF title in her final season and so they have been finalists in 2011 and 2013. She was a career .441 hitter with 181 hits, 143 runs and 68 RBI at Bonita Vista. During her senior season, she hit .532 with 50 hits (together with 11 doubles, 4 triples and three residence runs) for 26 RBI and 38 runs scored. 


Taylor Fritz was born in Rancho Santa Fe and has been enjoying tennis since he was two! He became the quantity one American in 2021 lower than two years after turning into the youngest American in the high 25 at age 21. 


Sarah Robles is a three-time Olympian who has one medal from the 2016 video games. She was born in San Diego, however now lives in Texas. She holds two American information, two Pan American information and was the 2017 IWF World Champion.  


Matt McElroy was born in Huntington Beach and presently lives in Poway. McElroy earned his first ITU Triathlon World Cup medal in 2016, and has remained one in every of the high U.S. males on the ITU circuit ever since. In June 2019, he made historical past by turning into the first U.S. man to medal in an ITU World Triathlon Series race since 2009 — and the second ever to take action — by successful silver in Leeds, England. 

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