Arizona is home to several Olympic athletes going for Gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Phoenix Mercury has scored three WNBA championship titles with the help of Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi and now the two are going for gold on the basketball court for Team USA. 

Archer Brady Ellison has already taken home a silver in the team competition.  The 27-year-old was born in Glendale and now lives in Globe.  Competing in his third Olympics, Ellison has his sights set on Gold for for the individual Archery event. 

Tempe resident Sam Dorman is taking a dive for Team USA.  The six-time national champion is on board to do synchronized diving on August 10.  Dorman is set for the individual 3m springboard on August 16. Mykala Skinner of Gilbert, tumbled her way into an alternate spot on the women’s gymnastic team. 

Phoenix tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands holds the number three spot in the world and hopes to go for Gold in Rio.

Sharp Shooter Jay Shi of Phoenix has his eye on a medal as he whips out his air pistol for his first Olympics. Shi, who works for the Arizona government as a computer programmer, will compete in the 50 m pistol on August 10.  Corben Sharrah is from Tucson and he’s got BMX Gold on his his.

Gilbert gymnast Alex Naddour is hoping to land a medal in the floor exercise, pommel hors, still rings and vault.  Devon Allen of Phoenix will hurdle his way to the top of the podium as a track and field star.  The former Brophy Football play will race to gold in the 110-meter hurdles on August 15. 

Reid Priddy serves up a spot on Team USA’s Volleyball Team.

Mesa’s Julie Johnston is hanging with Olympian Goalie Hope Solo for Team USA Soccer. 

Tempe’s Helen Maroulis is one strong woman who competes for Gold in wrestling.

Tucson’s Ben Kanute and is a tri-athlete. who has to bike, run and swim his way to victory.

Slow your roll! Mountain biker Chloe Woodruff graduated from the University of Arizona and lives in Tucson.

Living in the desert, you spend your days in the pool nearly year-round which gives our swimmers who train in Arizona an edge.  Kevin Cordes, along with Chase Kalisz and Allison Schmitt, all train at ASU with swimming phenom Michael Phelps.  Phelps, who is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals is lapping his fifth Olympics and going for eight more medals.  


Kris Dugan

 

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