2016 Olympics: Daily Pac-12 guide to the Rio Olympics
USA's duo of Kerri Walsh Jennings (Stanford) and April Ross (USC) look to bounce back from a tough loss in the semifinals and go for a bronze medal on Tuesday. World record holder and defending Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton (Oregon) begins his two-day decathlon competition and USA's Bernard Lagat (Washington State/Arizona) embarks on his fifth Olympics when he runs the 5,000 meters. Also, women's golf is back in the Olympics after an over 100 year absence. The Pac-12 claims 11 participants in the sport. Below is a daily Pac-12 guide to the Rio Olympics.
Daily Pac-12 guide to the Rio Olympics (Aug. 16, 2016)
The quarterfinal round of the basketball tournament gets underway, Team USA looking to reach the gold-medal game for a chance to defend its title. Olympic teammate Klay Thompson (Washington State) and DeMar DeRozan (USC) take on Argentina, a team that also boasts NBA players.
Also in the quarterfinals, Andrew Bogut (Utah), Aron Baynes (Washington State) and Brock Motum (Washington State) look to lead Australia against Lithuania. The Aussies’ only loss was a 10-point setback to the USA.
Kim Tillie (Utah) and France also play in the quarterfinal, taking on Spain.
Beach Volleyball (W)
USA's Kerri Walsh Jennings (Stanford) had never lost in the Olympic beach volleyball tournament until Tuesday night when she faced a formidable Brazilian team. A five-time Olympian and three-time gold medalist, Walsh Jennings, along with her partner April Ross (USC), go for a bronze medal on Wednesday. Ross was a silver medalist in London.
Lucy Davis (Stanford) and her horse Barron helped Team USA advance to the medal round of the team jumping competition. Davis is also on to the second round of the individual jumping event.
Wednesday starts the first round of the women’s golf competition. Ten Pac-12-affiliates from four different schools and eight different countries compete at the Olympics, which brought back golf for the first time in a over a century. Arizona State has the most number of representative, as Anna Nordqvist (Sweden), Miriam Nagl (Brazil), Azahara Munoz (Spain), Carlota Ciganda (Spain) and Giulia Molinaro (Italy) tee off.
Track & Field (M/W)
USA World record holder Ashton Eaton (Oregon) looks to defend his gold medal from London in the decathlon. He begins defense of that title on Wednesday with the 100-meter sprint. He competes in five events on day one. Also looking to get on the podium are Spain’s Pau Tonnesen (Arizona) and Eaton’s USA teammate Jeremy Taiwo (Washington).
After competing in the 10,000-meter race in London, USA’s Bernard Lagat (Washington State/Arizona) competes at the short distance of 5,000 meters looking to qualify for the finals. At 41 years old and competing in his fifth Olympics, he made history becoming the oldest American track athlete to qualify for the Olympics.
Current Oregon Duck, Deajah Stevens is in the finals of the women’s 200-meter race and will wear the Team USA uniform. USA’s Nia Ali (USC) looks to claim a spot in the 100-meter hurdles finals when she runs in the semifinals earlier in the day.
After starting the Games with a pair of losses, head coach John Speraw (UCLA) has turned things around for Team USA, winning three in a row and earning a spot in the knock out round. The Americans face Poland in the quarterfinals.
Water Polo (W)
A total of 20 Pac-12 affiliates will be in the water over three different matches. The highlight will be Team USA, with 11 of 13 Pac-12 representatives, entering the semifinals unbeaten versus Dora Antal (California) and Anna Illes (California) of Hungry. In game for 5th-8th place, Australia’s Rowie Webster (Arizona State) and Hannah Buckling (USC) play against host Brazil with Vivianna Bahia (Arizona State), Izabella Chiappini (Arizona State) and Victoria Chamorro (USC). Spain’s Roser Tarrago (California) and Anni Espar (USC) see action versus China.