Meet the team: Wisconsin athletes competing in Tokyo Olympics
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - As we gear up for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, check out all the athletes who are connected to Wisconsin.
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3×3 Basketball: (begins July 24)
- Rae Lin D’alie of UW-Madison is from Waterford and played in Italy - FIBA 3x3. Before that, she played for UW Basketball (2006-10) where she started 131 of 132 games, setting a university record for consecutive games played and started.
- Instagram: @rmdalie11
Basketball: (begins July 25)
- Jrue Holiday of the Milwaukee Bucks is perhaps best known for playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. The UCLA grad has also played for the Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Pelicans. Holiday is a two-time player for the NBA All-Defensive First Team and won the NBA Sportsmanship Award this eyer.
- Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks finished his Milwaukee Bucks 2017-18 season ranked third all-time in Bucks history with 563 career 3-pointers made and eighth in career 3-pointers made with 417. He was also selected for the 2018-20 USA Men’s National Team Roster.
Rowing: (begins July 23)
- Megan Kalmoe of UW-Madison, originally from St. Croix Falls, is a three-time Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016). She received gold in quadruple skills in the 2015 World Championships.
- Jessica Thoennes of Madison won the silver in the women’s eight at the 2017 World Rowing Under-23 Championships. She also earned the Academic All-Pac-12 honorable mention.
- Alie Rusher of West Bend attended Stanford for undergrad. Rusher finished fourth in the varsity eight at the 2018 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships and finished second in the varsity eight in 2017.
- Instagram: @alierusher
- Maddie Wanamaker of UW-Madison started rowing in 2013 as a walk-on at UW-Madison, where she led the team to a pair of top 10 NCAA finishes in 2016 and 2017. Wanamaker also finished sixth in the four at the 2019 World Rowing Championships.
Rugby: (begins July 26)
- Alev Kelter of UW-Madison played both hockey and soccer during undergrad, transitioning to rugby after college. In 2016 she was selected to Team USA’s 12 player roster for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Later that year, she transitioned to 15s where she earned her first cap with the Women’s National Team against France.
Sailing: (begins July 25)
- Stephanie Roble of East Troy won a bronze in 2020 during the World Championship and participated in the event in 2014, 2017 and 2018. She also received the silver in the Pan American Game Lima in 2019.
- Instagram: @stephanieroble
Shooting: (begins July 24)
- Madelynn Bernau of Waterford started shooting clay targets when she was 12 and began shooting in the USA Shooting sanctioned competition in 2016. This year, she was the World Cup Lonato Gold Medalist.
- Instagram: @maddy_bernau
Soccer: (begins July 24)
- Rose Lavelle of UW-Madison played for UW Women’s Soccer (2013-16) and won the gold in the 2018 World Championship. She was the number one overall draft pick at the 2017 NWSL College Draft by the Boston Breakers.
Softball: (begins July 23)
- Kelsey Harshman of UW-Madison is on Team Canada. While at UW, she ranked third in the school’s history batting average with a .369 career clip. Her .527 on-base percentage ranks second at UW.
- Instagram: @kelseyharshman
Swimming: (begins July 24)
- Yigit Aslan of UW-Madison will begin at the school in fall. For now, he’s playing for Team Turkey. In 2020, he swam 24.84 minutes for the Men 50 Freestyle in the Turkish National Championships.
- Instagram: @yigit_aslann
- Phoebe Bacon of UW-Madison is a two-time Pan American Games medalist (100m Back, 4x100m medley relay) and received the gold in the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships (100-meter backstroke, 400 mixed medley relay, 400 medley relay).
- Instagram: @baconswim
Track and Field: (begins July 24)
- Mohammed Ahmed of UW-Madison is playing for Team Canada and was on the UW Cross Country Team (2009-12) as well as the UW Track & Field Team (2010-14).
- Kenny Bednarek of Rice Lake became the first American athlete to break 20 seconds in the 200-meter and 45 seconds in the 400-meter on the same day during the 2019 NJCAA Championships. He received the gold in the 2019 World Championships.
- Kelsey Card of UW-Madison threw in the 2016 Olympics and placed 25th in the discus. She also placed 7th in the 2015 Pan American Games.
- Georgia Ellenwood of UW-Madison is playing for Team Canada and ran UW Track & Field (2014-18). Ellenwood went on to win the heptathlon at the Canadian National Championships
- Ollie Hoare of UW-Madison will be running for Team Australia. He was the 2018 NCAA Outdoor 1500 Meter Champion and the Big Ten and UW record holder for the indoor mile (3:54.83).
- Morgan McDonald of UW-Madison is also on Team Australia. He is a four-time NCAA champion and the UW record-holder for the indoor 3000 meter (7:42.76).
- Alicia Monson of UW-Madison is a five-time All American for 3000 and 5000 meters as well as cross country. She also is UW’s record-holder in the 3000 meters (8:45.97).
- Molly Seidel of Brookfield volunteers with Girls Gotta Run in Ethiopia. She also received the silver in the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials (marathon).
- Emily Sisson of Milwaukee attended Providence College and most recently got 9th place in the 2017 World Championship (10,000).
- Zack Ziemek of UW-Madison participated in the 2016 Olympics and is a four-time NCAA All-American. He also placed 15th in the World Championship.
- Instagram: @zachziemek
Volleyball: (begins July 24)
- Lauren Carlini of UW-Madison was chosen MVP and Best Setter at the 2018 Pan American Cup where she started all six matches, ultimately leading the U.S. to gold.
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