2016 RIO Olympic Contenders that are Bucekeye's!
Kyle Snyder, Wrestling (USA)The Buckeye was setting records and winning a National Championship during his first two years at Ohio State, only to follow that up by being the youngest American ever to win a wrestling world championship at 19 years old. Snyder won the 97 kg (213 lbs) freestyle weight class at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials to secure his spot on the team headed to Brazil.
Nate Ebner, Rugby (USA) After signing a new contract with the New England Patriots early in the offseason, former Buckeye football player Nate Ebner took a leave of absence to chase his — and his late Father’s — dream of being an Olympic rugby player. Ebner has spent the past few months training in San Diego with USA Rugby and secured one of the 12 roster spots and is headed to Rio. Not only will Ebner be the only active NFL player to compete in the Olympics this year, but this is also the first time the U.S. Olympic men’s rugby team has competed at a Games since 1924, and will mark the first time Rugby Sevens, specifically, is played. The competition starts for Team USA Aug. 9-12 at Deodoro Stadium.
Jason Pryor Fencing (USA) After graduating from Ohio State in 2009, Pryor has been a full time resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center since April 2010. The Buckeye secured his spot at the Rio Games in March at the Westend Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary. Competing in the men’s epee, he finished the event as the second-highest ranked competitor for the PanAmerican zone -- having won team gold at the 2015 PanAm American Championships. "Ohio State is a collegian program, but it is a real Olympic center. We have everything to be the best. We have one of the best athletic departments and we have better facilities than any other team," Ohio State head coach Vladimir Nazlymov said.
Nichelle Prince, Women’s Soccer (Canada)The Ohio State senior forward will miss out on the beginning of the collegiate soccer season as she joins the Canadian National Women’s Soccer team in the Rio Olympics. Native of Ajax, Ontario, Prince was one of 19 players to make the final roster heading to the Games in August. As a Buckeye, Prince is tied for the lead in goals (6) and assists (7) during her collegiate career, and was named to both the Big Ten all-freshman team and the conference’s second team after her first season at Ohio State. She also helped lead the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament in 2015.
Dustin Tynes, Swimming (Bahamas) Tynes swimming success started back in high school at The Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn, where he set a national record as part of the Red Raider 4x50 medley relay team, won a state championship in the 100m breaststroke, and participated in the Commonwealth Games, Youth Olympic Games and FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. He also holds multiple Bahamian junior and senior breaststroke national records as a member of the Bahamas National Team. At Ohio State, he won his first collegiate event against Denison in 2015, winning the 100m breaststroke with a time of 57.10. He followed that with his first appearances at the Big Ten and NCAA Championship meets in 2015 — finishing 10th and 11th in the 100m and 200m breaststroke respectively at the Big Ten Championship, and finishing 25th in the 100m breaststroke at the NCAA Championship.
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