Stanford at the Olympics

Photo: Yuichi Yamazaki/IOC/2021

The Tokyo Summer Olympics begin on July 23. More than four dozen Stanford athletes have qualified, along with five delegates. At the 2016 Rio Games, 39 Stanford athletes collected a school-record 27 medals. This year’s group could break that record. Here are the athletes to look for:

Jeremy Bleich, ’09, Israel
Andrew Lorraine, ’94, Israel, assistant coach (pitching)

Men's Basketball
KZ Okpala, ’21, Nigeria

Women’s Basketball
Alanna Smith, ’19, Australia

Women’s Beach Volleyball
Alix Klineman, ’11, USA

Women’s Cycling
Kate Courtney, ’17, USA, mountain bike

Nayel Nassar, ’13, Egypt

Men’s Fencing
Alex Massialas, ’16, USA, foil

Women’s Fencing
Vivian Kong, ’16, Hong Kong, China, epee

Women’s Golf
Albane Valenzuela, ’20, Switzerland

Photo of Brody Malone on the ringsMalone (Photo: 2021 Karen Hickey/ISI Photos)


Men’s Gymnastics
David Jessen, ’20, Czech Republic
Brody Malone, ’22, USA
Brandon Briones, ’23, USA, alternate
Akash Modi, ’17, MS ’19, USA, alternate

Men's gymnastics head coach Thom Glielmi, head coach, USA

Women’s Gymnastics
Sze En Tan, ’24, Singapore

Tabitha Yim, ’08, head coach, Singapore

Men’s Rowing
Austin Hack, ’14, USA, men’s eight

Women’s Rowing
Stephanie Grauer, ’19, Canada, women’s four
Grace Luczak, ’11, USA, women’s four
Alie Rusher, ’18, USA, quadruple sculls
Veronica Toro Arana, graduate student in the School of Medicine, Puerto Rico, single sculls

Men’s Sailing
Luke Muller, ’18, USA, finn

Women’s Soccer
Tierna Davidson, ’20, USA
Kelley O’Hara, ’10, USA
Christen Press, ’11, USA
Ali Riley, ’10, New Zealand
Jane Campbell, ’17, USA, alternate
Catarina Macario, ’21, USA, alternate

Men’s Swimming
Shane Cadogan, ’23, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 50M free
Alberto Mestre, ’21, Venezuela, 50M free
Andrei Minakov, ’24, Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), 100M fly, 100M free
Ron Polonsky, ’25, Israel, 200M individual medley

Photo of Simone Manuel swimming freestyleManuel (Photo: Hector Garcia-Molina/Stanford Athletics)


Women’s Swimming
Brooke Forde, ’21, USA, 4x200M free relay
Torri Huske, ’25, USA, 100M fly
Katie Ledecky, ’20, USA, 200M free, 4x200M relay, 400M free, 800M free, 1,500M­­ free
Simone Manuel, ’18, USA, 50M free
Andrea Murez, ’13, Israel, 100M free
Taylor Ruck, ’22, Canada, 100M back, 100M free
Regan Smith, ’25, USA, 100M back, 200M fly
Stanford director of women’s swimming Greg Meehan, USA, head coach

Synchronized Swimming
Lindi Schroeder, ’25, USA, duet

Valarie Allman throwing the discusAllman (Photo: Bob Drebin/Stanford Athletics)


Men’s Track & Field
Grant Fisher, ’19, USA, 5,000M, 10,000M
Jacob Riley, ’11, USA, marathon
Steven Solomon, ’16, Australia, 400M

Women’s Track & Field
Valarie Allman, ’17, USA, discus
Elise Cranny, ’18, USA, 5,000M
Malindi Elmore, ’02, Canada, marathon
Mackenzie Little, ’19, Australia, javelin
Katerina Stefanidi, ’12, Greece, pole vault

Erik Shoji digging for the volleyballErik Shoji (Photo: Zach Sanderson)


Men’s Volleyball
Erik Shoji, ’12, USA
Kawika Shoji, ’10, USA
Matt Fuerbringer, ’97, USA, assistant coach

Women’s Volleyball
Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson, ’09, USA
Kathryn Plummer, ’20, USA, alternate

Men’s Water Polo
Alex Bowen, ’15, USA
Ben Hallock, ’20, USA
Drew Holland, ’17, USA
Dylan Woodhead, ’20, USA

Women’s Water Polo
Aria Fischer, ’21, USA
Makenzie Fischer, ’20, USA
Melissa Seidemann, ’12, USA
Gurpreet Sohi, ’16, Canada
Maggie Steffens, ’16, MS ’18, USA
Jamie Neushul, ’17, USA, alternate

Paralympics Wheelchair Rugby
Jeff Butler, incoming student at the Graduate School of Business, USA

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