As the Summer Olympics play out over the next three weeks in Tokyo, the state of Utah will be well represented. In all, nearly 30 athletes with ties to the Beehive State are expected to compete, spanning 14 different sports and representing 10 different nations.
Here are the local athletes to watch and a rundown of when they will be competing. The competition schedule will be updated throughout the games.
OLYMPIANS FROM UTAH
Haley Batten (mountain biking, USA) – Growing up in Park City, Batten started riding in the Utah mountains at the age of 9.
Amanda Chidester (softball, USA) — Originally from Michigan, the Team USA catcher now lives in Salt Lake. She is engaged to Mexico infielder and former Ute Anissa Urtez.
Nathaniel Coleman (climbing, USA) — The Murray native is the first American male to qualify in rock climbing at an Olympics.
Kyra Condie (climbing, USA) — The 25-year-old sport climber moved to Salt Lake City from Minnesota in 2019 to train with USA Climbing.
Nathan Ikon Crumpton (track, American Samoa) — The multi-sport athlete lives in Park City and will run the 100 meters in Tokyo.
Kathleen Noble (rowing, Uganda) — Noble was born in Uganda but now calls Salt Lake home. She trains on the Jordan River and the Great Salt Lake, among other spots around Utah.
Rhyan White (swimming, USA) — The Herriman native is a medal contender who will compete in the 100m and 200m backstroke and possibly some relays.
Josue Dominguez (swimming, Dominican Republic) — Dominguez has been on BYU’s swim team since 2018. He will compete in the breaststroke for his native Dominican Republic.
Jake Gibb (beach volleyball, USA) — The Bountiful native made his Olympic debut in 2008. At 45, would become the oldest Olympic volleyball player ever to compete at the games. Gibb’s latest Olympic run appears to be in jeopardy, however, after news that his teammate has tested positive for COVID-19.
Jordan Matyas (rugby, USA) — Matyas, a native of Canada, was a standout on the BYU rugby team. Her sister, Alexa Gray, played volleyball for BYU.
Ben Patch (volleyball, USA) — The Provo native and former BYU standout is an alternate for Team USA in Tokyo.
Brenden Sander (volleyball, USA) — The former Cougar and alternate for Team USA starred on the BYU volleyball team from 2015-18. His brother Taylor Sander is also on the team.
Taylor Sander (volleyball, USA) — An outside hitter who played for BYU from 2011-14, Sander helped lead the Cougars to two Final Four appearances.
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH OLYMPIANS
Kara Eaker (gymnastics, USA) — The Utah commit was named an alternate to the USA gymnastics squad. Earlier this week, however, Eaker became the first American athlete to test positive for COVID-19 at the Olympics.
Hannah Flippen (softball, USA) — The former Ute infielder was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year twice, in 2016 and 2017. She later became an assistant coach for the Utes. Flippen was named a replacement player on the Olympic squad.
Kim Gaucher (basketball, Canada) — Gaucher played at Utah from 2002-06, becoming the first female player to have her jersey number retired by the university.
Lexi Lagan (shooting, USA) — Lagan began shooting competitively while studying pre-law and physics at the University of Utah.
Grace McCallum (gymnastics, USA) — A Red Rocks gymnastics commit who is expected start her freshman year at Utah in the fall. She placed fourth in the all-around at the Olympic Trials.
MyKayla Skinner (gymnastics, USA) — One of the most decorated gymnasts to compete for Utah, the former Red Rock star will compete as an individual in Tokyo.
Leilani Mitchell (basketball, Australia) — The Washington Mystics point guard played for the University of Utah from 2007-08.
Anissa Urtez (softball, Mexico) — A former All-Pac-12 shortstop for the University of Utah, Urtez played for the Utes from 2014-17. She currently lives in Salt Lake with her fiancee, Team USA catcher Amanda Chidester.
WEBER STATE OLYMPIANS
Damian Lillard (basketball, USA) — The former Weber State star is looking to lead Team USA to a gold medal in Tokyo.
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OLYMPIANS
Eddy Alvarez (baseball, USA) — After winning a silver medal in the 5000m men’s speedskating relay in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Alvarez decided to concentrate on his other passion. In 2011, he walked on to the Salt Lake Community College baseball team and became its starting shortstop.
UTAH JAZZ OLYMPIANS
Rudy Gobert (basketball, France) — The Utah Jazz center just won his third Defensive Player of the Year award and is now searching for his first Olympic medal.
Joe Ingles (basketball, Australia) — The veteran Ingles is one of the leaders on the court for the Boomers, who are searching for their first medal after a series of fourths.
Miye Oni (basketball, Nigeria) — The Utah Jazz forward is one of eight players with NBA experience on a Nigerian team looking to surprise some people in Tokyo.
REAL SALT LAKE OLYMPIANS
Douglas Martinez (soccer, Honduras) — The Real Salt Lake forward has appeared in 25 games and scored two goals for the Major League Soccer team since 2019.
John Farra (triathlon, USA) — The Heber City native serves as Team USA triathlon’s high-performance general manager.
Luka Slabe (women’s indoor volleyball, USA) — The former Cougar is an assistant coach for Team USA.