July 9, 2021

Buckeyes Discuss Opportunity at 2020 Olympic Games


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.

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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.

“It’s a blessing being in this position…I never thought I’d be here four years ago. It’s funny. We talk about being in Oregon for 21 days and in that time, I became a national champion and an Olympian for life.”

United States thrower Adelaide Aquilla

“It’s been a long year, and it means a lot to get through the adversity with Covid and training situations. To turn around to make an Olympic team is an honor, and I’m blessed.”

– Trinidad & Tobago Olympic team sprinter Eric Harrison

“It’s amazing to be able to share this experience with other Buckeyes. I’m excited to reunite with the ones I know & get to know the ones I don’t. I think this shows how special Ohio State is—to be able to produce this many Olympians.”

United States gymnast Alec Yoder

“My dreams are coming true in becoming an Olympian. I was shocked more when I broke 22 at the trials than making the team, but I was extremely happy. Ohio State has helped me both athletically and academically to reach my goals.”

– United States Olympic sprinter Anavia Battle

“It’s a dream come true. It’s my first Olympics, and I can’t wait to get to Tokyo. The hard training and my positive mindset have taken me to the top foil competition in the world.”

– Mexico Olympic team fencer Diego Cervantes

“It’s a huge opportunity to go to Tokyo for my first Olympics. I take great pride on being a Buckeye, too. Ohio State has helped me develop to reach my goals and dreams of making an Olympics.”

– United States Olympic pistol shooter Henry Leverett

“Be at your best wherever you are. These Olympians are people [Adelaide] has seen and beat before. She’s seen high-level competition, and we’re focusing on the present moment and staying in her lane. That’s been the conversation.”

United States coach Ashley Kovacs on coaching Olympians

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics

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.

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