The Athletes on the US Olympic Team So Far, an Early Look at the Field

By Jim Liao, Epoch Times
July 4, 2016 Updated: July 4, 2016    

As of July 4, names of 373 athletes have been confirmed to be heading to Rio to represent the United States in the 2016 Olympics. When all is said and done, Team USA is expected to be comprised of over 500 athletes.

USA Basketball

The official 12-man 2016 USA basketball roster was revealed a week ago. Faces of the NBA Stephen Curry and Lebron James will not be participating, but the team is still expected to be heavy favorites for the gold medal. 9 of the 12 members of the roster were NBA all stars this past season.

From the 2016 NBA Finals, Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and three Warrior players—Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, and Draymond Green—will be participating. Barnes and Green will be first time participants. Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls is also another notable first time participant. 

Another notable appearance is Paul George, who is making a comeback after suffering a compound fracture in his right leg in the 2014 USA basketball scrimmage that caused him to miss nearly all of the following 2014-15 NBA season.

Carmelo Anthony is the most seasoned international player on the roster, having participated in the past three Olympics in 2004, 2008, and 2012. Kevin Durant—the star of the 2010 gold medal-winning FIBA championship team and the leading scorer on the 2012 Olympic team—may be expected to carry the load for this team as well.

Rounding out the roster are guards Kyle Lowry and Demar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors and centers DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan.

USA Swimming

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, will be participating in a record fifth Olympics for a male swimmer.

Predictions from a month ago from the Baltimore Sun, Phelp’s hometown, suggest the swimmer will win five golds, which would bring his total gold medal haul to 23.

Along with medals, Phelps leads the pack of U.S. swimmers in age. Phelps (31) and fellow Olympic veteran Ryan Lochte (31) are the only members of the swim team older than 30.

Twenty two of the 42 swimmers on the team are Olympic first timers, with seven of them aged 19, the youngest in the team.

The women first timers are Hali Flickinger, Molly Hanis, Lilly King, Simone Manuel, Katie Meili, Olivia Smoliga, Leah Smith, Abby Weitzeil, Kelsi Worrell. The men first timers are Jack Conger, Kevin Cordes, Caeleb Dressel, Townley Has, Chase Kalisz, Jay Litherland, Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller, Jacob Pebley, Josh Prenot, Tom Shileds, Clark Smith, Jordan Wilimovksky.

USA Track and Field

The Olympic trials for track and field are currently underway. 

Allyson Felix celebrates after placing first in the Women's 400 Meters Final during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on July 3, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Allyson Felix celebrates after placing first in the Women’s 400 Meters Final during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on July 3, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Notable is Allyson Felix, who erased all questions on fitness and form with a victory in the 400m Olympic trials. She posted a time of 49.68, the fastest time in the world this year.

The men’s long jump field was also noted as one of the best in history, with seven contestants jumping over 27-feet (5 wind assisted). The winner was Jeffery Henderson (8.59m/28’2.25″), who beat Jarrion Lawson by half an inch (8.58m/28’1.75″).

Two-time Olympic medalist LaShawn Merritt also impressed with a world-best time of 43.97 in the men’s 400m.

All in all, seven athletes posted world leading efforts.

Gymnastics

Simone Biles competes in the floor exercise during the U.S. women’s gymnastics championship, June 26, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Simone Biles, a four-time world U.S. all-around gymnastics champion, is favored to win gold at the Rio Games.

The 4-foot-8 gymnast was recently the first woman to win four consecutive national championships in the all-around competition in 42 years.  

The last time was in 1974, when Joan Moore Gnat took home her fourth national title. 

Beach Volleyball

Kerry Walsh Jennings is set to participate in her fifth olympics (fourth on the beach), but her first with partner April Ross after the retirement of Misty-May Treanor in 2012. Jennings (37), would not confirm to Sports Illustrated in an interview if will be her last Olympics.

The full list of the 373 athletes can be viewed on the Team USA website.