It’s (almost) Tokyo time.
The opening ceremonies for the 2020 Olympics are scheduled for Friday and the games will run through August 8. Fourteen different Blue Devils qualified for six different countries, so here’s a breakdown of who to watch in Tokyo.
Quinn, women’s soccer, Canada
Quinn has had an accolades filled five-year Duke career and in the midst of it all, they landed their first Olympic appearance in 2016. It happened during their senior year, and now they’re back for another. Olympic race with Canada. Quinn is originally from Toronto and is on the Canadian roster as a midfielder. Prior to the Olympics, they had been playing in the National Women’s Football League since graduating from Duke after their senior All-American season. -Piazza
Chelsea Gray, women’s basketball, United States
Gray went on to build on an already impressive resume. After four years with Duke from 2010 to 2014, she was drafted by the Connecticut Suns and then traded to the Los Angeles Sparks. Gray is now a WNBA, three-time All-Star champion and will be able to add an Olympian to the roster after this year. She already set the single-season school record for assists (201) at Duke in her sophomore year, and before the 2021 WNBA season she was 15th on the all-time assists list. . This will be the first time that a Duke women’s basketball player has played for the United States at the Olympics. -Piazza
Kara Lawson, women’s basketball, United States
Lawson has been doing double duty lately. She continued her work as the head coach of the Duke women’s basketball team and will travel to Tokyo as the head coach of the US women’s 3×3 basketball team. Lawson and his team qualified for the Olympics in May after going 6-0 at the FIBA qualifying tournament in Graz, Austria. The former Celtics assistant coach will also be on NBC’s broadcast team as a basketball analyst. -Piazza
Elizabeth Balogun, women’s basketball, Nigeria
Balogun will be one of the new faces on the Duke campus this year, and the 20-year-old will be the youngest player on the field for Nigeria at the Olympics. She previously won the ACC Freshman of the Year award in 2018-19 at Georgia Tech, then moved to Louisville before ending up at Duke in the last offseason. Balogun spends most of her time at 3, although she has proven she can slide to 4 in smaller lineups. -Piazza
Oderah Chidom, women’s basketball, Nigeria
Chidom was captain in the final season of her four-year-old Duke career and was taken by the Atlanta Dream in the 2017 NBA Draft. She thrived under the rim and finished with the sixth most blocks. of all time in Duke’s record books. Duke appeared in three NCAA tournaments during his time in Durham and Chidom registered 12.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in four games. She is one of three 6-foot-4 players in the Nigerian squad. -Piazza
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Maddy Price, women’s athletics, Canada
Price is one of the most decorated sprinters in Blue Devil history, winning accolades from across America in the 4x400m indoor relay, indoor medley relay and 4x400m outdoor relay. She also holds school records in the indoor 4x200m relay, indoor 4x400m relay and outdoor 4x200m relay, in addition to placing in the top five in several individual events. The 2018 Duke graduate, who is currently a volunteer assistant coach for the Blue Devil track and field program, will compete in the 4x400m relay for Team Canada, her first Olympic Games appearance. -Evan Kolin
Kate Van Buskirk, women’s athletics, Canada
Van Buskirk left Duke in 2011 as one of the best long distance runners in the history of the program. She won All-America honors in the indoor mile (for which she placed second overall at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships) and the 1,500m outdoor race. The Ontario native holds school records in the indoor and outdoor 4x800m relays, the outdoor medley relay and the individual mile and 1,000m indoor races. Van Buskirk will compete in the 5000m race for Team Canada, which will mark his first Olympic appearance. -Kolin
Ashley Twichell, Women’s Swimming and Diving, United States
Twichell has been at international events for years, but now she can tick the Olympics off her to-do list. She will swim in the open water event and at 30, she will be the longest-serving Olympic swimmer for the first time the United States has on their list since 1908. The native of Fayetteville, NY, has spent most of her time. Duke days competing in the 1,650-yard freestyle and ended his career with a fifth-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships in that event. -Piazza
Jahlil Okafor, men’s basketball, Nigeria
Okafor played Duke during the 2014-15 championship season en route to becoming the third pick in the NBA Draft. In freshman, Okafor averaged 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. One of the greatest men of Duke’s single era, the Chicago native has become a bit of a companion to the NBA. He first suffered a meniscus injury and rebounded between Philadelphia, Brooklyn, New Orleans and Detroit. Okafor will look to show his game in Tokyo during his first Olympic experience for the Nigeria team. -Nithin Ragunathan
Jayson Tatum, men’s basketball, United States
After a great 2016-17 season in Durham, Tatum has become a true NBA star. After being selected as the third pick in the NBA Draft, the then Celtics rookie managed to pit his team against a Game 7 against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals without the star. from the Kyrie Irving team. In his fourth year, Tatum scored 26.4 points per game and enjoyed his iconic playoff moment, scoring 50 playoff points against the loaded Brooklyn Nets. Tatum aims to return home gold after a rocky start in an exhibition match, in which the United States lost to Nigeria and Australia. -Ragounathan
Steven Solomon, men’s athletics, Australia
Solomon spent a season racing for the Blue Devils after coming to Duke as a transfer from Stanford in 2017-18. In that campaign alone, he achieved All-America status in the 400m indoor and outdoor races, setting school records still in place in each. He also holds a third school record in the outdoor medley sprint relay. In 2012, Solomon represented Australia at the age of 19 at the London Games, placing eighth in the 400m. He missed qualifying for the Rio 2016 Games by a tenth of a second, but will represent Australia again in the 400m at the Olympics this summer. -Kolin
Leona Maguire, women’s golf, Ireland
Maguire graduated from Duke in 2018, but made sure to leave a legacy behind. While at Duke, the native of Cavan, Ireland, recorded the three lowest averages in the program in a single season. His lowest average was 70.29 in the 2016-17 season. Not only did she break records at Duke, but Maguire made NCAA history as well. The golfer had the second-lowest stroke average (70.29) in the 2016-17 season and her 32 rounds in the ’60s and 87 equal or below par were the highest in history of the NCAA. Maguire is no rookie in the prestigious world championship, as she represented her home country, Ireland, at the Rio 2016 Olympics. She tied for 21st overall with a total of 282 and will have the opportunity to exceed its ranking this summer. –Naseri
Céline Boutier, women’s golf, France
Boutier finished at Duke in 2016, placing fifth in even or below par rounds, fifth in stroke average and fourth in rounds in the ’60s. While at Duke, Boutier also competed in competitions. performance during his summers, finishing tied for 56th in the British Open in the summer of 2013 and qualifying for the US Open in the summers of 2014 and 2015. Since graduating, Boutier has placed in the top 10 at the US Open in 2019 and was ranked in the Rolex Top 75 Rankings. This will be Boutier’s first Olympic appearance and she will represent her home country, France. –Naseri
Jessica Springsteen, equestrian, United States
Springsteen graduated from Duke in 2014 and although the University does not have a formal equestrian team, Springsteen has been training and competing regularly since the age of four. The daughter of musicians Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa has an impressive racing history, winning the 2014 American Gold Cup and a five-star Grand Prix in 2016. Springsteen did not qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics, but will represent the United States in Tokyo. this summer. –Naseri
Jake Piazza is a junior and sports editor for Trinity’s 117th volume of The Chronicle.