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35 UCLA Athletes and Coaches Are Headed To Rio

Since 1920, there has been a Bruin in every Olympiad except 1924. This year, 35 individuals with UCLA affiliations will participate in the Rio Olympics.

Marathon runner Meb Keflezighi is one of the 19 Bruin athletes who will compete for Team USA in the Rio Olympic Games.
Marathon runner Meb Keflezighi is one of the 19 Bruin athletes who will compete for Team USA in the Rio Olympic Games.
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In a little under two weeks, the world will descend upon Rio for this year’s Olympic Games and, while there may be reports of problems with plumbing and electrical wiring in the Olympic Village, a total of 35 individuals with UCLA affiliations continue to prepare for the Games.

Of the thirty athletes affiliated with UCLA, three are current students and four are incoming freshmen while nine more have graduated since the London Games four years ago. Courtney Mathewson, a water polo player who graduated in 2008, is the only previous gold medalist.

In all, eleven countries will have Bruins representing them, but only the US with 19 and Canada with 2 will have more than one Bruin on their team.

Here's the complete list of Bruin athletes participating in this year's Olympic Games.

Athlete Country Sport/Event UCLA Affiliation
Meaghan Volker Australia Rowing 2014 graduate
Aline Reis Brazil Soccer Coach
Nirra Fields Canada Basketball 2016 graduate
Jessie Fleming Canada Soccer Student (incoming)
Maria Jose Uribe Colombia Golf Attended
Nicholas Scarvelis Greece Shot put Attended
Tori Peña Ireland Pole vault 2010 graduate
Giulia Sergas Italy Golf Attended
Jean-Julien Rojer Netherlands Tennis Attended
Rosie White New Zealand Soccer 2014 graduate
Marcin Matkowski Poland Tennis Attended
Ting Wen Quah Singapore Swimming 2014 graduate
Brittany Borman U.S. Javelin Attended
KK Clark U.S. Water polo 2012 graduate
Rachel Fattal U.S. Water polo Student
Lauren Fendrick U.S. Beach volleyball 2004 graduate
Kelly Griffin U.S. Rugby 2008 graduate
Sami Hill U.S. Water polo 2015 graduate
Meb Keflezighi U.S. Marathon 1998 graduate
Madison Kocian U.S. Gymnastics Student (incoming)
Karsta Lowe U.S. Volleyball 2015 graduate
Courtney Mathewson U.S. Water polo 2008 graduate
Samantha Mewis U.S. Soccer 2013 graduate
Maddie Musselman U.S. Water polo Student (incoming)
Mallory Pugh U.S. Soccer Student (incoming)
Alex Roelse U.S. Water polo Student
Josh Samuels U.S. Water polo 2013 graduate
Howard Shu U.S. Badminton 2013 graduate
Jamie Subandhi U.S. Badminton 2011 graduate
Erik Sullivan U.S. Volleyball 2015 graduate
Iris Wang U.S. Badminton Student

Source: UCLA Newsroom

Additionally, four coaches and one other team members have UCLA ties. They are US Women's Soccer coach Jill Ellis who coached the UCLA Women's Soccer team, US Women's Volleyball Coach Karch Kiraly, US Women's Water Polo Coach Adam Krikorian, US Men's Volleyball Coach John Speraw and former UCLA assistant coach Andrea Becker who is a sports psychologist for the US Men's Volleyball team.

Good luck to all the Bruins going to Rio!

Go Bruins!!!

UPDATE (7/31/2016): The chart of UCLA Olympic athletes has been updated to include the addition of Meaghan Volker to the Australian Olympic team.