(Cover photo: Chinwe Okoro. Credit: Making of Champions)
Get ready as we prepare to bring you details for the 2016 Women In Sports Honors (WISH) happening on Sept. 20, well as our #40and4 campaign!
But for now, here’s today’s update from the 2016 Olympic Games on women from the city of Louisville or the University of Louisville who are competing in Rio:
Angel McCoughtry – Team USA Basketball
Team USA’s crushed Japan in the quarterfinals round on Aug. 16 with a 110-64 victory. McCoughtry and her American squad will face France on Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. in the semifinals.
Kelsi Worrell – Team USA Swimming
University of Louisville senior Kelsi Worrell finished her Olympic debut on Aug. 13 with a gold medal for her performance in the 4×100-meter medley relay to set up the Team USA to take 1st place in the finals. Worrell swam the butterfly leg with a split of 56.47 seconds; the prelim team swam a 3:54.67 minutes.
Chinwe Okoro – Team Nigeria Track and Field
A 2011 graduate of U of L, Okoro is an All-American who also set the Nigerian national record in the discus throw with a distance of 59.79m. This past April, she threw a personal best 61.58 in Athens, Ohio. Okoro finished 14th in the qualifying round with a distance of 58.85m. Although she didn’t advance to the finals, her finish ranks her among the top 15 throwers in the world.
Coming up next…
Oksana Masters – Team USA Paralympics Road Cycling
Among the 4,000 most talented Paralympic athletes across the globe, Louisville’s Oksana Masters is a three-sport athlete who will be competing in her second Paralympics. She is a graduate of Atherton High and holds an amazing story of growing up in an orphanage in Ukraine and later being adopted by a U of L professor Gay Masters. She was nominated for the 2016 ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete with a Disability.
This go-around, Masters will be competing for a medal in road cycling, which is scheduled for Sept. 14-17 (exact times TBA).
To see the list of the eight women from either the city of Louisville or the University of Louisville competing in the 2016 Olympics, click here.