We're less than a month away from the 2016 Olympics in Rio and the final competitors lists are starting to be made known. More than 10, 000 athletes are expected to compete in the games, and so far 7 of them have connections to Purdue:
Paula Reto - South Africa - This week it was announced that Paula Reto, a member of Purdue's 2010 National championship team, will represent her native South Africa as golf returns to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years. Reto is one of 60 women competing for an individual title in a traditional 72-hole format. She has been on the LPGA Tour since finishing her eligibility at Purdue in 2013.
Carmeisha Cox - Bahamas - Cox has qualified as a member of the 4x400 meter relay team in Track & Field for the Bahamas. Here team met the automatic qualifying standard this past weekend in the Bahamas. She was an All-American for Purdue at the NCAA Outdoor meet a few weeks ago.
Kara Winger - United States - Winger (formerly Patterson) qualified for her third straight Olympics this past weekend at the U.S. Track & Field Olympic trials with a third place finish. She is the current American Record holder with a throw of over 66.67 meters in 2010. If she found a way to match that throw she would be in contention for a medal, as it would have taken silver in London. She has a good chance to compete considering she competed in London on a torn ACL.
Amanda Elmore - United States - Elmore will compete as a member of the eight crew rowing team that is going for a third straight gold medal.
Jinq En Phee - Malaysia - Phee will be an incoming freshman in the fall but has qualified in the 100 meter breaststroke for the Malaysian team. Her time of 1:08.65 established a Malaysian National record and she is the only female swimmer that will represent her country.
David Boudia and Steele Johnson - United States - Boudia will defend his 10-meter platform gold he won in London with Johnson as one of his top competitors. Both will compete as a team in the Synchronized 10-meter event, and Purdue coach Adam Soldati will be there with them.
UPDATE: Christel Boeljon - Netherlands - Today it was announced that Boeljon, who played at Purdue for three years before turning pro in 2009, would compete for the Dutch in Rio:
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi - Enekwechi came very, very close to meeting the minimum qualifying standard in the shot put with a throw of 20.37 meters this spring at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The standard is 20.50 and he could compete for Nigeria, but I don't know if he could receive an invitational place or still qualify in another meet.
Brian Cardinal - I mean Draymond Green is busy getting in fights in EL and USA basketball DOES need a glue guy...
Purdue now has more Olympians this summer than Purdue football has wins the past 3 years— Mitchell Lively (@mitchell_lively) July 12, 2016