The Ohio State University Department of Athletics will feature a record representation of student-athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in July with 26 current, former or incoming student-athletes set to compete for their respective country’s Olympic Team.
Nine current Buckeyes will compete in Tokyo. Track and field performers Adelaide Aquilla and Anavia Battle, swimmer Hunter Armstrong and pistol shooters Henry and Jackson Leverett will compete for Team USA. In addition to those five, current Buckeyes competing at this Olympic Games include fencer Diego Cervantes (Mexico), sprinter Eric Harrison (Trinidad & Tobago), swimmer Ruslan Gaziev (Canada) and rower Alessandra Montesano (Italy).
Many of these Buckeyes have spoken to the media to discuss their Olympic journey thus far.
United States thrower Adelaide Aquilla
U.S. Olympian, 2-time national champ and 3-time Big Ten champ Adelaide Aquilla, @aaquilla39, from Rocky River, had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the Cleveland Indians game Thurs. against Kansas City at Progressive Field.
Photo credit: Dan Mendlik/Cleveland Indians pic.twitter.com/CCopS7n0WP
— Ohio State T&F/XC (@OhioStateTFXC) July 9, 2021
– Trinidad & Tobago Olympic team sprinter Eric Harrison
United States gymnast Alec Yoder
an athletic director who does things the right way. with the athletes, for the athletes. have always been so thankful for my relationship with @OSU_AD & the effort he gives to his student-athletes. was also a pleasure seeing @aaquilla39 – best of luck in Tokyo🇺🇸 @OhioStAthletics pic.twitter.com/ZzwdrDFLDo
— Alec Yoder (@AlecYoder) July 13, 2021
– United States Olympic sprinter Anavia Battle
– Mexico Olympic team fencer Diego Cervantes
– United States Olympic pistol shooter Henry Leverett
United States coach Ashley Kovacs on coaching Olympians
The Olympic Games are officially branded as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, even though they are taking place in 2021 because of last year’s postponement. The Tokyo Olympics begin Friday, July 23, with the opening ceremony at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium. The opening ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. local time in Japan, which is 7 a.m. EDT in the United States.
Work that captain ✨magic✨
— USA Swimming (@USASwimming) July 5, 2021