Several Central Texans will we be competing in Rio this year for the 2016 Olympics. In fact, there will be 25 University of Texas students joining the fight for the gold. They include Longhorn teammates Jack Conger and Clark Smith who will be on the 800 relay, along with alumni Townley Haas.
“I don’t know when it will sink in, I don’t know if it ever will,” Conger said. “I’m really trying to enjoy everything, not really focus on the disappointing things in trials, just get ready for Rio.”
On the run, Longhorn Ashley Spencer will be competing the 400 hurdles, along with local competitor Byron Robinson. Byron missed the 2016 NCAA Championship with a hamstring injury and barely made the 400 hurdle final. This alone proves he’s a fighter and a force to be reckoned with.
Morolake Akinosun will be another USA teammate in the track and field category.
“Every person that’s ever run track and field before in their life has in the back of their mind had an Olympic goal or an Olympic dream and to actually be able to stand here and say I fulfilled that and call myself an Olympian is still kind of unbelievable to me,” Akinosun said
Other Team USA Texans come from San Antonio like fencing athletes Courtney Hurley and Kelley Hurley, as well as from Houston such as gymnast, Chris Brooks.
You can check out the entire list of Team USA competitors here. The opening ceremony will begin tomorrow, August 5 at 6:00pm.