Pac-12 represented by 321 Olympians at Tokyo Games
[Last updated July 22 at 5:19 p.m. PT]
SAN FRANCISCO – Building upon its unparalleled Olympic history, the Pac-12 will be represented by 321 past, present and future students and current coaches competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The total number of Olympic athletes, which includes representatives from every Pac-12 institution, leads all conferences.
The Pac-12’s current total of 321 competing athletes is more than all but 11 of the National Olympic Committee delegations participating in the Games (United States, Japan, Australia, Germany, China, France, Great Britain, Italy, Canada, Russian Olympic Committee, Spain). In all, Conference-affiliated athletes will represent 54 National Olympic Committees in 30 sports. When including alternate athletes and coaching staffs, the size of the Pac-12 delegation grows to 367.
More Conference athletes will compete for the United States in Tokyo than any other National Olympic Committee. Of the 613 athletes on the U.S. Olympic Team, 125 are past, present or future students of Pac-12 member institutions, making up 20 percent of the Team USA roster. Those 125 students include 113 who competed or are slated to compete at the varsity level while an undergraduate and six club-sport athletes.
In addition to the United States, the Pac-12 will have at least 10 competing athletes on the rosters of three other National Olympic Committees in Canada (30), Australia (25) and Italy (10).
Of the 321 Pac-12 Olympians across 29 sports, 53 will compete in track and field, 51 in swimming, 41 in water polo, 39 in rowing, 21 in basketball, 20 in softball, 16 in golf and 11 in soccer. Among a number of notable storylines, softball is back at the Olympics for the first time since 2008 and features six teams with 15-person rosters, making the Conference responsible for 22.2 percent of all softball Olympians in Tokyo. In fact, of the Pac-12’s 321 total Olympians, 194 are women (60.4 percent).
Every Pac-12 institution is sending at least four Olympic athletes to Tokyo, not including alternates. USC has the most Olympians competing with 65, followed by STANFORD (53), CALIFORNIA (47), UCLA (39), WASHINGTON (31), ARIZONA STATE (23), ARIZONA (21), OREGON (21), UTAH (8), COLORADO (5), OREGON STATE (4) and WASHINGTON STATE (4). When it comes to the U.S. Olympic Team, there are ten schools that have 10 or more student-athletes competing in Tokyo and half are from the Pac-12 in Stanford, UCLA, California, USC and Oregon.
Adding in alternate athletes and members of coaching staffs, USC has the largest delegation among Pac-12 schools with 67, followed by Stanford (63), California (55), UCLA (49) and Washington (35). The Pac-12 will be represented by 24 former athletes and current coaches who will serve as coaches for teams and individual Olympians at the Games. Eight current coaches and former student-athletes at Pac-12 institutions will be head coaches in Tokyo, including six for Team USA in California’s Dave Durden (men’s swimming), Stanford’s Thom Glielmi (men’s gymnastics), UCLA's Karch Kiraly (women's volleyball), UCLA’s Adam Krikorian (women’s water polo), Stanford’s Greg Meehan (women’s swimming) and UCLA’s John Speraw (men’s volleyball).
While the Opening Ceremony will take place Friday, July 23, competition for the Pac-12 begins this evening with softball and women’s soccer getting underway. The Conference will have representatives in each of the three softball games on tap starting with Australia and Japan at 5 p.m. PT, followed by the United States against Italy at 8 p.m. PT and Mexico against Canada at 11 p.m. PT. Pac-12 athletes will be on the field in three of the six women’s soccer games scheduled on the first day of Olympic competition. The United States faces Sweden at 1:30 a.m. PT, Canada takes on Japan at 3:30 a.m. PT and Australia and New Zealand match up at 4:30 a.m. PT.
Three Pac-12 Olympians are currently scheduled to carry their delegation’s flag during the Parade of Nations in Friday’s Opening Ceremony: USC swimmers Robert Glinta of Romania and Yakov Toumarkin of Israel, and Arizona swimmer Felicity Passon for the Seychelles.
The Pac-12 is coming off an immensely successful Summer Games five years ago in Rio. Counting medals won as part of the same relay, boat or team as one collective medal, athletes with Pac-12 ties won 55 medals in 12 sports in Rio, including 25 golds. If the Conference was a country, it would have finished fifth in the overall medal count behind Russia (56) and fourth in gold medals after Great Britain (27) and China (26).