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.
|Meaghan Volker||Australia||Rowing||2014 graduate|
|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|
|Rosie White||New Zealand||Soccer||2014 graduate|
|Ting Wen Quah||Singapore||Swimming||2014 graduate|
|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|
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!
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.