Present and previous Utah school athletes became Olympians


The Summer Olympic Games are proper across the nook.

Over 11,000 athletes representing 206 countries will compete within the Games in Tokyo, Japan, from July 23 to Aug. 8, together with 15 athletes with Utah school ties.

University of Utah

Utahs Hannah Flippen performs towards UCLA on May 6, 2016, in Salt Lake City.
Steve C. Wilson, Deseret News

Hannah Flippen (Softball, USA)

Hannah Flippen attended Utah from 2014 to 2017, starring at the Utes softball group. She used to be the Pac-12 Player of the Year two times in a row in 2016 and 2017 and ranks first all-time for Utah in batting moderate (.392), hits (263) and runs (197).

The infielder can be a alternative participant at the 2020 Olympic squad as softball returns to the Summer Games for the primary time since 2008.

Flippen has represented america 4 occasions: 2018 USA Softball International Cup (bronze medalist); 2017 Pan American Championship (gold medalist); 2017 World Cup of Softball (silver medalist); and 2016 World Cup of Softball.

University of Utah participant Anissa Urtez swings at a pitch all over a recreation towards Brigham Young University at Miller Park in Provo on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. BYU defeated Utah 4-3.
Alex Goodlett, Deseret News

Anissa Urtez (Softball, Mexico)

Anissa Urtez performed at Utah from 2014 to 2017. Urtez used to be named first-team All-Pac-12 in 2016 and second-team All-Pac-12 in 2016 in 2017. She holds a .358 all-time batting moderate at Utah.

After her Utes profession, Urtez performed professionally and coached at Utah Valley University in 2018.

Urtez began at shortstop as Mexico certified for the Olympics in 2019. It is the primary time that Mexico softball has certified for the Games.

Leilani Mitchell of the University of Utah seems for an open teammate all over a matchup towards Stanford on the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007.
Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

Leilani Mitchell (Womens basketball, Australia)

Leilani Mitchell performed one season, her senior yr, at Utah in 2007-08, averaging 17 issues, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and two steals according to recreation. She used to be named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year.

After being drafted in the second one spherical of the 2008 WNBA draft, Mitchell has carved out a 13-year profession within the WNBA. She additionally performs within the WNBL, Australias womens skilled league, the place she has received the championship 3 times and has been Finals MVP two times.

Mitchell represented Australia closing within the 2016 Summer Games, as Australia complicated to the quarterfinals.

Utahs Kim Smith (4) pushes the ball up courtroom on March 27, 2006, within the Albuquerque Regional Championship recreation of the NCAA Tournament in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Keith Johnson, Deseret News

Kim Gaucher (Womens basketball, Canada)

Kim Gaucher (ne Smith) had a wonderful profession at Utah, averaging 18 issues, 8 rebounds and two assists over her four-year stint as a Ute from 2002 to 2006. She used to be named MWC Player of the Year 3 years in a row and is the one womens basketball participant to have her quantity putting within the Huntsman Center rafters.

She performed 3 years within the WNBA and carved out an intensive skilled profession in another country.

This would be the 3rd Olympics look for Gaucher, who used to be at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic groups.

MyKayla Skinner flashes her U as she plays her flooring regimen as Utah and Michigan combat it out in gymnastics on the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 2, 2019.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

MyKayla Skinner (Gymnastics, USA)

MyKayla Skinner used to be extraordinary for the Red Rocks from 2017 to 2019. She used to be the NCAA flooring champion in 2017 and the NCAA vault champion in 2018, whilst main Utah to 2 Super Six appearances and 3 consecutive NCAA Championships appearances. She gained 23 All-American honors over her profession.

Skinner, who used to be an alternative on america Olympic group in 2016, will compete for america as a person.

Grace McCallum after competing at the asymmetric bars all over the womens U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials on Sunday, June 27, 2021, in St. Louis.
Jeff Roberson, Associated Press

Grace McCallum (Gymnastics, USA)

Grace McCallum can be an incoming freshman to the Red Rocks program in 2021-22, and she’s going to arrive as an Olympian.

McCallum will constitute america as a member of the four-person major group, having certified for the fourth spot at the squad because of a her efficiency at america gymnastics Olympic trials.

McCallum has represented america earlier than, competing at the 2018 and 2019 World Championships groups.

Kara Eaker competes within the flooring workout all over the womens U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials on Friday, June 25, 2021, in St. Louis.
Jeff Roberson, Associated Press

Kara Eaker (Gymnastics, USA)

Kara Eaker is some other incoming Red Rock freshman who will arrive on campus contemporary off of an Olympic enjoy.

Eaker used to be decided on to be an alternative for the United States in Tokyo.

She used to be a member of the 2018 and 2019 World Championships squads for america.


BYUs Taylor Sander serves to Hawaii all over NCAA volleyball in Provo on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Taylor Sander (Mens volleyball, USA)

Taylor Sander is one in every of BYU volleyballs greatest exports. He used to be AVCA All-American in all 4 years he performed for the Cougars (2011-14) and used to be named the 2014 AVCA Player of the Year. He holds faculty data for profession kills (1,743) and profession carrier aces (182). The Cougars seemed within the nationwide championship in 2013 and the Final Four in 2014 with Sander main them.

He has performed professionally in another country, profitable the Qatari Cup, with Al Arabi Doha, and the Brazilian Cup with Sada Cruzeiro.

This would be the moment Olympics for Sander, who received a bronze in 2016.

Ben Patch of BYU spikes the ball towards Scott Kevorken of UC Irvine all over NCAA volleyball in Provo on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.
Ravell Call, Deseret News

Ben Patch (Mens volleyball, USA)

Ben Patch performed for BYU in 2013 and from 2016-17, incomes 3 NCAA runner-up finishes. He used to be named an AVCA first-team All-American two times.

After leaving BYU, Patch performed professionally in Europe, profitable the German Championship.

He competed for america in 2018, when he received a bronze medal on the 2018 FIVB World Championship

He can be an alternative on america group.

BYUs Brenden Sander spikes the ball previous CBUs Enrique de Diego Garcia and Zachary Melcher as BYU and Cal Baptist University play on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at BYU within the Smith Field House in Provo.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Brenden Sander (Mens volleyball, USA)

Brenden Sander, who’s Taylor Sanders brother, performed at BYU from 2015 to 2018 and used to be a two-time first-team AVCA All-American. He helped BYU to 2 NCAA runner-up finishes and a Final Four look.

He has performed professionally in Italy and Poland. He can be an alternative on america group.

United Statess Jordan Gray, middle, runs towards Russia all over the Womens Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco on Friday, July 20, 2018.
Jeff Chiu, Associated Press

Jordan Matyas (Womens rugby, USA)

Jordan Matyas performed on BYUs womens rugby group.

She will get started for america womens rugby group. She performed for the 2018 World Championship group, which completed fourth.

Josue Dominguez swims all over a meet towards Utah on Feb. 1, 2020.

Josue Dominguez Ramos (Mens Swimming, Dominican Republic)

Josue Dominguez Ramos is a junior on BYUs swim group. He lately holds program data within the 100 breaststroke (51.81) and 200 breaststroke (1:55.97).

It can be his first time competing on the Olympics. He certified for the 2016 Olympics, however selected to move on a church venture as an alternative.

Weber State

Weber States Damian Lillard dribbles all over a mens basketball recreation towards the University of Utah on the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. The Utes received 90-75.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Damian Lillard (Mens basketball, USA)

Damian Lillard is the most productive basketball participant to ever pop out of Weber State and one of the crucial very best basketball avid gamers ever drafted from a Utah faculty. Lillard used to be a 2012 All-American and used to be a two-time Big Sky MVP.

The Portland Trail Blazers guard has carved out a stellar profession as one of the crucial NBAs very best avid gamers as a six-time All-Star and a six-time All-NBA variety, averaging 25 issues according to recreation over his profession.

It would be the first Olympic look for Lillard, who can be a key participant for Team USA.

Southern Utah University

Southern Utahs Cameron Levins reacts as he wins the mens 10,000-meter run on the NCAA out of doors monitor and box championships on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
Charlie Neibergall, Associated Press

Cameron Levins (Track and box, Canada)

Cameron Levins used to be at the SUU monitor and box group from 2007-12. He holds this system file for the three,000-meter (8:13.74). He received the 2012 Bowerman Award, which is given to the most productive monitor and box athlete within the NCAA.

Levins has represented Canada earlier than, on the 2012 Olympics, when he competed within the 10,000 meter and the 5,000 meter.

Salt Lake Community College

Miami Marlins shortstop Eddy Alvarez waits for a play all over the 7th inning of a spring coaching baseball (generic term) towards the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, March 22, 2021, in Jupiter, Fla.
Lynne Sladky, Associated Press

Eddy Alvarez (Baseball, USA)

Incredibly, Eddy Alvarez has already been an Olympian in a distinct recreation than baseball. At the 2014 Olympics, Alvarez received a silver medal for america as a part of the 5,000-meter relay group in speedskating.

He grew up each skating and taking part in baseball, however excited about skating extra to visit the Olympics. He performed baseball for Salt Lake Community College and used to be signed with the Chicago White Sox as an undrafted loose agent in 2014 loose agent. He now performs within the Miami Marlins group, his place of origin group. He made his MLB debut in 2020, taking part in 12 video games for Miami with a double, two RBIs and a .189 batting moderate.

Baseball returns to the Olympics for the primary time since 2008. No present MLB avid gamers on 40-man rosters are eligible to compete within the Olympics. Alvarez lately performs for the rookie-league FCL Marlins.

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