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Your Guide To Penn Staters At The 2020 Olympic Games

After a pandemic-induced delay, the 2020 Olympic Games are finally set to kick off on Wednesday, July 21, in Tokyo. While many coronavirus-related issues still loom over the long-awaited competition, Penn State is set to have an impressive presence in Japan this time around.

If you’re having trouble keeping track of which Nittany Lions will be representing their respective countries at the Summer Games, we don’t blame you. To make things a bit easier, we compiled TV schedules (in EST) and some key stats before most of the action kicks off this week.

By The Numbers

According to Penn State Athletics, 21 Penn Staters will represent five different countries at this year’s Olympic Games:

  • 13 former student-athletes competing (9 USA, 1 Mexico, 1 Japan, 1 Egypt, 1 Ireland)
  • 1 current student-athlete competing (Mexico)
  • 1 former student-athlete coaching (Japan)
  • 4 current coaches coaching (USA)
  • 1 former club student competing (USA)
  • 1 former student-athlete serving as team physician (USA)

Penn State has representatives across 10 sports at the 2020 Summer Games. If you don’t count the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, Penn State has sent athletes to every Summer Olympic Games since 1948. Penn State will send 10 first-time Olympians to Japan, raising the university’s all-time total to 118 athletes and coaches. Penn Staters have brought home a total of 33 medals, including five gold medals, over the years.

Wednesday, July 21

  • 4:30 a.m.: USA women’s soccer vs. Sweden
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Naeher, Dambach)

Alyssa Naeher is set to make her second Olympic Games appearance for the United States. Penn State women’s soccer head coach Erica Dambach will also serve as an assistant coach. If you aren’t too keen on waking up in the wee hours of the morning to watch Naeher and Dambach, the match will replay at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on NBC.

Friday, July 23

  • 8 p.m.: Fencing Sabre (Mackiewicz, USA)
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Streets, Japan)

Mohamed Hassan, Andrew Mackiewicz, and Kaito Streets will all compete in fencing at the 2020 Olympic Games. Mackiewicz, representing the United States, and Streets, representing Japan, will compete in fencing sabre. Hassan will represent Egypt in foil.

Saturday, July 24

  • 7:30 a.m.: USA women’s soccer vs. New Zealand
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Naeher, Dambach)
  • 8:45 a.m.: USA men’s volleyball vs. France
    • Penn Staters To Watch:(Anderson, Holt)
  • 10:05 p.m.: USA women’s volleyball vs. Argentina
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Hancock, Washington)

Matt Anderson and Max Holt, respective Penn State graduates of 2008 and 2009, will represent the United States in men’s volleyball.

Sunday, July 25

  • 7 a.m.: 100m backstroke (Shane Ryan, Ireland)
  • 8 p.m.: Fencing Foil (Hassan, Egypt)
  • 10:05 p.m.: USA men’s volleyball vs. Russian Olympic Committee (Anderson, Holt)

Monday, July 26

  • 9 p.m.: Japan women’s basketball vs. France
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Hovasse)
  • 10:05 p.m.: USA women’s volleyball vs. China
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Hancock, Washington)

Nittany Lions Micha Hancock and Haleigh Washington are set to play for the United States’ women’s volleyball team at this year’s Summer Games.

Tom Hovasse, a 1989 Penn State grad, will lead Japan’s women’s basketball team.

Tuesday, July 27

  • 4 a.m.: USA women’s soccer vs. Australia
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Naeher, Dambach)
  • 7 a.m.: 800 freestyle relay
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Shane Ryan, Ireland)
  • 10:05 p.m.: USA men’s volleyball vs. Tunisia
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Anderson, Holt)

Wednesday, July 28

  • 7 a.m.: 200 breastroke
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Melissa Rodriguez, Mexico)
  • 9 p.m.: USA women’s rugby vs. China
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Canett-Oca)

Kayla Canett-Oca will represent Penn State and the United States in Rugby.

Thursday, July 29

  • 5 a.m.: USA women’s rugby vs. Japan
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Canett-Oca)
  • 7 a.m.: 100m butterfly
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Shane Ryan, Ireland)
  • 8:45 a.m.: USA women’s volleyball vs. Turkey
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Hancock, Washington)
  • 9:30 p.m.: USA women’s rugby vs. Australia
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Canett-Oca)
  • 10:05 p.m.: USA men’s volleyball vs. Brazil
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Anderson, Holt)

Friday, July 30

  • 12:40 a.m.: Japan women’s basketball vs. USA
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Hovasse)
  • 6 a.m.: 50m freestyle
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Gabe Castaño, Mexico)
  • 10:05 p.m.: USA women’s volleyball vs. Russian Olympic Committee
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Hancock, Washington)

Sunday, August 1

  • 7 a.m.: 100m breastroke
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Melissa Rodriguez, Mexico)
  • 8:45 a.m.: USA men’s volleyball vs. Argentina
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Anderson, Holt)
  • 9 p.m.: Japan women’s basketball vs. Nigeria
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Hovasse)
  • 10:05 p.m.: USA women’s volleyball vs. Italy
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Hancock, Washington)

Tuesday, August 3

  • 6:15 a.m.: Shot put
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Kovacs, USA)
  • 8:05 a.m.: Javelin Penn Staters To Watch: (Shuey, USA)

Joe Kovacs and Michael Shuey are representing the United States in the track and field competitions this time around.

Wednesday, August 4

  • 5:35 a.m.: Wrestling
    • Penn Staters To Watch: (Taylor, 86kg)

David Taylor will be Penn State’s lone representative on the United States’ wrestling team, although he’s one of four Nittany Lion Wrestling Club members. Cael and Cody Sanderson will also travel as personal wrestling coaches.

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