How athletes with Texas ties fared in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

One athlete has spent plenty of time in Kerrville


Valerie Allman, track and field, discus, Team USA, won the women's discus. A Stanford graduate, Allman resides in Austin, where she trains at the University of Texas. She was raised in Colorado.

Vincent Hancock, 32, shooting sports, Team USA, is now a three-time gold medalist in skeet shooting — winning previous titles in 2008 and 2012. This was his fourth Olympics. Originally from Florida, Hancock now calls Fort Worth home. He's also spent plenty of time training in Kerrville.


Tamyra Mensah-Stock, 28, wrestling, Team USA, became the first Black woman to win a gold medal in wrestling. She won the world championship in 2019 and earned a bronze in 2018. She competed for Wayland Baptist in Plainview.

Athing Mu, 19, track and field, Team USA, won the gold in the 800 meters with an American-record performance. She anchored the women's 4×400-meter relay team to a victory. She spent one season at Texas A&M before turning pro.

Ryan Crouser, 28, track and field, Team USA, won his second consecutive Olympic gold medal in the shot put. Crouser's throw of 76-feet, 8-1⁄4-inches, is awaiting ratification as a world record. A graduate of Texas, Crouser is originally from Oregon.

Lydia Jacoby, 17, swimming, Team USA, earned a gold in the 100-meter breaststroke in an upset victory. She also helped the U.S. team to a silver medal in the 400-meter medley relay. She is the second Alaskan to make a summer team. She will attend Texas in 2022.

Khris Middleton, 29, basketball, Team USA, is coming off helping the Milwaukee Bucks win an NBA title. A standout at Texas A&M, Middleton is a shooting guard for Team USA.

Chiaka Ogbogu, 26, volleyball, Team USA, will be making her first Olympics appearance for legendary volleyball star and coach Karch Kiraly. A middle blocker, Ogbogu was a star at Texas. She's from Coppell, Texas.

Brittney Griner, 30, basketball, Team USA, is competing in her second Olympics. A star at Baylor, Griner has helped her teams win gold medals in the Olympics, World Championships, an NCAA title, and a 2014 WNBA title. A Houston native, Griner is a seven-time WNBA all-star.

Kevin Durant, 32, basketball, Team USA, is looking to lead the U.S. to a third consecutive gold medal. Durant, who played a season for Texas, led Team USA in scoring in 2012 and 2016. Durant is originally from Washington, D.C. and now plays for the Brooklyn Nets.

Khris Middleton, 29, basketball, Team USA, is coming off helping the Milwaukee Bucks win an NBA title. A standout at Texas A&M, Middleton is a shooting guard for Team USA.

Keldon Johnson, 21, basketball, Team USA, is a key member of the San Antonio Spurs. He was a late replacement member of Team USA. He scored 15 points against Spain.

Rachel Adams, 30, volleyball Team USA, was a member of the U.S's first gold-medal winning volleyball team. She was a standout for the University of Texas. This is her second Olympic medal.


Kendra Harrison, track and field, Team USA, is the world record holder in the 100-meter hurdles. A graduate of Kentucky, she is a volunteer assistant coach at Texas.

Erica Sullivan, 21, swimming, Team USA, earned silver in the 1,500-meter freestyle behind fellow American Katie Ledecky. Originally from Nevada, Sullivan attends Texas. She is of Japanese descent and her late grandfather was an architect who helped design some of Tokyo's venues. Sullivan has garnered attention from the gay community for her medal. In an interview with Vulture, Sullivan said: "So many people have asked me if I'm single. I'm like, I am still the same gay girl I was before all this. I've had a crush on the same girl for three years now. The yearning gets you every time."

Jordan Chiles, 20, gymnastics, Team USA, helped the U.S. team earn a silver medal in the team artistic gymnastic competition. Chiles trains in Spring, Texas and will compete in her first Olympics. She's originally from Washington and attends UCLA.

Cat Osterman, 38, softball, Team USA, is coming out of retirement to pitch in softball's return to the Olympic schedule. Osterman helped Team USA earn a gold medal in 2004 and a silver medal in 2008. She's No. 2 all-time in NCAA strikeouts during her storied career at Texas. She's a former coach at Texas State and current assistant coach at Texas. Osterman is from Houston.

Scott Kazmir, 37, baseball, Team USA, came back to help the U.S. earn silver. The former Major League player provided some solid pitching for the U.S., a 2-0 loser in the gold medal game against Japan. Kazmir grew up in Harris County and also pitched for the Houston Astros.

Teahna Daniels, 24, track and field, Team USA, will run the 100 meters in Tokyo and be a member of the 400-meter relay. She competed at Texas collegiately.

Simeon Woods Richardson, 20, baseball, Team USA, is a pitcher from Sugar Land, Texas. He's part of the Toronto Blue Jays organization and was drafted in 2018 by the New York Mets.

Ryder Ryan, 26, baseball, Team USA, is a pitcher in the Texas Rangers organization.


Natalie Hinds, 27, swimming, Team USA, is from Midland, Texas and helped the women earn a bronze in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. She was a standout at Florida.

Fred Kerley, 26, track and field, Team USA, made a surprise switch before the U.S. Trials by moving from his 400-meter specialty to the 100 meters. It paid off with a silver medal in the 100 meters. Kerley is a former NCAA champion at 400 meters for Texas A&M, where he still trains. Kerley is from Taylor, Texas.

Simone Biles, 24, gymnastics, Team USA, earned plenty of attention when she withdrew from several events because of mental health issues. She has been lauded, especially in the wake of many athletes' difficulty during an Olympics devoid of fans. She returned to the competition to earn bronze in the vault.

Sarah Robles, 32, weightlifting, Team USA, earned her second consecutive bronze medal. She won a world championship in 2017. Originally from California, where she graduated from San Jacinto High School, Robles has trained in Houston for several years.

Gabby Thomas, 24, track and field, Team USA, earned a bronze in a thrilling 200-meter final. She ran the second-fastest time ever to win the 200 meters at the U.S. Trials last month. Thomas is a Harvard grad and is now pursuing post-graduate work in epidemiology at Texas.

Raevyn Rogers, 24, track and field, Team USA, earned a bronze in the 800 meters. She grew up in Houston and was as a star at the University of Oregon.

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