COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Department of Athletics celebrated the Ohio State Buckeyes who competed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday evening at the Schumaker Complex. The occasion was one of two recognitions planned for Buckeye Olympians, as they will also be honored on the field during Saturday’s football game against Maryland.
Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director Gene Smith opened the night by addressing the Olympians and their guests. Each of the 17 honorees present were then invited to introduce themselves and share a memory of their Olympic experience. Those in attendance also had the opportunity to have their photos taken in front of the the Olympian Wall, which is housed in the student-athlete gathering area of the Schumaker Complex and displays the names of all Ohio State student-athletes who have competed at the Olympic games.
A record 26 Buckeyes competed at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo this past summer. Four Buckeyes earned medals, including Team USA swimmer Hunter Armstrong (gold) and wrestler Kyle Snyder (silver), Team Canada soccer player Nichelle Prince (gold) and Team Netherlands rower Ilse Paulis (bronze). The contingent of Buckeyes at the summer games included 12 current student-athletes representing the rowing, fencing, swimming, synchronized swimming, pistol and track and field teams. Overall, the Buckeyes represented 12 countries in nine different sports.