Local interest athletes participating in the Olympics in Tokyo

Compiled by Staff 

Updated Aug. 7, 2021:

For more information on the local athletes check out KSDK’s Olympic Coverage.

For those confused by seeing some logos that say Tokyo 2021 and Tokyo 2020– both are right– in a way. While they are taking place in 2021, the are officially referred to as the 2020 Olympic Games because they were delayed a year from 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is a little additional information on some of the athletes of interest to Cardinals fans, meaning they are from the Greater St. Louis Area or have times to there.

Bradley Beal (basketball) –Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.– Did not participate due to COVID-19 postive test.

Jayson Tatum (basketball). Hometown: St. Louis, Mo. —Team USA won the gold. To read about it: CLICK HERE.

Napheesa Collier (basketball) Hometown: O’Fallon, Mo.  Napheesa Collier went to Incarnate Word High School.  Team USA Womens basketball won the gold 

Tyler Downs (diving)Hometown: Ballwin, Mo.–This is Tyler Downs’ first Olympics. According to the Indianapolis Star newspaper, the 18-year-old, sho was born in St. Louis and lists Ballwin as his hometown, currently lives Fishers, Indiana which is about  a half hour from Indianapolis. Downs plans to attend Purdue University.  Downs did not medal.

Becky Sauerbrunn (soccer) Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.- The U.S. women’s Soccer beat Australia to win the Bronze Medal.

Gwen Berry (track and field- hammer throw)- Hometown: St. Louis, Mo. Did not medal.

DeAnna Price (track and field- hammer throw) Hometown: Moscow Mills, Mo.  Did not medal.

Kelsey Card (track and field- discus) – Hometown: Carlinville (To read more about Card: Click Here)   – UPDATE- She threw well in her competition on Friday and each throw was better than the previous but she did not make the cut.

Michelle Bartsch-Hackley (volleyball) Hometown: Collinsville, IL (Went to Collinsville High School- class of 2008); Birthplace: Maryville, Ill. Currently lives in: Champaign, Ill. Michelle Bartsch-Hackley has been instrumental in the success of the USA Women’s Volleyball team– they got the gold medal. KSDK.com 

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Original Story:

The opening ceremony for the Tokyo Summer Olympics  is scheduled for July 23 at 6 a.m. CT.  The competitions begin on Friday, July 23, and to until Sunday, Aug. 8.

Locally in St. Louis, the Olympics will be shown on KSDK– the NBC affiliate. For more information CLICK HERE.

Here are a few athletes that might be of interest to our readers. If you know of any others we should add, please email us at STLSportsPage@gmail.com 

Bradley Beal (basketball) –Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.– UPDATE: Beal will not be participating due to positive COVID-1 9 test.

Jayson Tatum (basketball). Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.

Napheesa Collier (basketball) Hometown: O’Fallon, Mo.

Tyler Downs (diving)Hometown: Ballwin, Mo.

Becky Sauerbrunn (soccer) Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.

Gwen Berry (track and field- hammer throw)- Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.

DeAnna Price (track and field- hammer throw) Hometown: Moscow Mills, Mo.

Kelsey Card (track and field- discus) – Hometown: Carlinville (To read more about Card: Click Here)

Michelle Bartsch (volleyball) Hometown: Collinsville, IL  (Michelle played volleyball at University of Illinois. Incredibly, Kelsey Card and Michelle are related.  Fun fact: She is the daughter in law of Julie and Michael Bartsch, whose daughter Michelle Bartsch- Hackley made the Women’s Olympic Volleyball team. Michelle is a former Kahok and Illini. Julie and Mike won’t lack for something to watch.– thanks to Steve Porter for that info)

KSDK Article about local athletes in the Olympics: CLICK HERE

 

Watch the Olympics on KSDK- Channel 5 in St. Louis

KSDK in St. Louis will be carrying the Olympics as part of the NBC coverage. For more information on KSDK’s coverage CLICK HERE.

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