Take a look at the locals competing today in the Olympics, as well as some of the other major events.
With the Olympic Opening Ceremonies completed, it’s a busy day of competition getting underway on Saturday. Here’s a look at the local Olympians who will be in competition, as well as some other notable Olympic events (all times Pacific):
Soccer: Richland-native and former UW star Hope Solo will become the first goalkeeper to play in 200 games for the U.S. Women’s National Team when they play France at 1 pm. Fellow Seattle Reign star Megan Rapinoe is also on the American squad.
Basketball: Former WSU standout Klay Thompson will lead the U.S. men’s team in their opener against China at 3 pm. Another pair of former Cougars, Aron Baynes and Brock Motum, will also be in action as the Australian men’s team plays France at 10:15 am. Elsewhere, former Kennewick High star Leilani Mitchell and Australia take on host nation Brazil in the women’s basketball preliminary round at 1:30 pm.
Weightlifting: A medal is on the line early for Morghan King, the Seattle native who will go for gold in the women’s 48kg class at 3 pm. King only took up weightlifting four years ago, but she learned quickly to make the U.S. Olympic team.
Rowing: There are a number of former UW rowers competing on Saturday. First, at 8:30 am, Rob Gibson and Canada will compete in the heats of the men’s quadruple sculls. Then, at 8:50, Adrienne Martelli and Megan Kalmoe will lead the United States in the heats of the women’s quadruple sculls.
Volleyball: Kent native and former UW star Courtney Thompson will lead the United States in their opener against Puerto Rico at 1:05 pm. Fellow UW alum Krista Vansant is an alternate on the team.
Swimming: The first day of swimming competition will see four medal events in the evening. After prelims in the morning, both the men’s and women’s 400 meter individual medley finals will take place, with the men’s starting at 6 pm. The men’s 400 meter freestyle and the women’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay will also see medals handed out.
Tennis: There are a number of big names competing throughout the day, including Americans Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens on the women’s side. On the men’s side, Marin Cilic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are among the big names competing.