The Tokyo Olympics begin on July 23, and when they do, there will be plenty of Orange represented. Four former Syracuse athletes will represent their country in Tokyo. They are as follows:
Kayla Alexandre: Syracuse’s all-time top scorer in women’s basketball, Alexander will make her Olympic debut for Canada. Canada is ranked fourth in the world by FIBA ââand is considered a legitimate contender for a medal. Alexander graduated from Syracuse in 2013. She averaged 15.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for her career at Orange. She was selected in the first round of the 2013 WNBA Draft and spent eight seasons in the league.
Jerami Grant: Grant will play for the Team USA men’s basketball team in Tokyo. He had the 12-man roster after a great season for the Detroit Pistons in which he set a career-high in points per game (22.3), assists per game (2.8) and minutes. (33.9). This follows a three-year, $ 60 million free agent contract with the Pistons. Grant played for Syracuse two seasons from 2012 to 2014. He averaged 7.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game over his career.
Justin Chevalier: Knight, a former cross-country and track and field star from Syracuse, is one of the most decorated athletes in ACC history. Knight is 16 times ACC champion including 11 times individually. He also won two national championships while in the League. Knight won the Canadian Olympics in the 5,000-meter event.
Katie Zaferes: Zaferes will compete for the United States team in the triathlon in Tokyo. She is one of five triathletes selected to represent the United States. Zaferes won the 2019 International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championship and will now try to add an Olympic medal to his resume.
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Syracuse already claims the most accomplished Olympic men’s basketball athlete of all time along with Carmelo Anthony. Anthony is a quadruple Olympian who won three gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Anthony is the career leader of men’s Olympic basketball in the United States in terms of games played, points, baskets scored, successful baskets, rebounds and free throws.
âMost athletes don’t get the chance to say they’ve won a gold medal, better yet three gold medals,â Anthony said via Olympics.com. “I would be very happy to leave the game knowing that I gave it all I have to play, knowing that I played at a high level at all levels: high school, college, won in college and three gold medals. I can come back to that when my career is over – if I don’t have an NBA ring championship – and say I had a great career.
âIt was a special moment for me. I know it’s the end (the 2016 games). That’s it for me. I got into somethingâ¦ I saw the best. And I stayed with. We stayed with. And I’m here today, three gold medals later. We fought. It wasn’t always nice. “