The Tokyo Summer Olympics Are Over. Here Are The 10 Coloradans Who Won Medals
The Tokyo Summer Games officially ended Sunday. Team USA topped the medal charts, with athletes bringing 113 medals home. Of the 32 self-identified Coloradans representing the state, 10 won medals.
The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee named 613 athletes to its roster. Colorado has the third most people on Team USA, narrowly beating out Texas’ 31 athletes. Olympians are asked to self-identify by hometown, which could be different from their birthplace or where they grew up.
Coloradans on the national team won 10 Olympic medals. This page was continually updated until the Summer Games ended on Sunday, Aug. 8. Note that there were no medal events before Day 2 of the Olympics.
Will Shaner, Gold Medal, Air Rifle
Will Shaner, a Colorado Springs native, won gold in the 10m Air Rifle men’s event on day 2. The 20-year-old finished with a score of 251.6, setting a new Olympic record. Shaner, a first-time Olympian, is the second youngest gold medalist in the history of the event. Fellow Colorado Springs native Lucas Kozeniesky also competed in the event, finishing sixth.
Anastasija Zolotic, Gold Medal, Taekwondo
Anastasija Zolotic of Colorado Springs made history when she became the first American woman to win a taekwondo gold medal on day 2. At just 18 years old, she pulled off an upset, beating fifth-seeded Tatiana Minina of Russia 25-17 in the 57 kilogram final. In the lead-up to the final, seventh-ranked Zolotic beat second-ranked Kubra Ilgun of Turkey 17-9.
Amber English, Gold Medal, Skeet Shoot
Amber English of Colorado Springs won her first Olympic gold medal while setting a new Olympic record in the women’s skeet shoot on day 3. She beat Italy’s Diana Bacosi, who won the gold medal in 2016. With a score of 56, English became the second American to win the women’s skeet shooting event.
Lucas Kozeniesky, Silver Medal, Mixed Team Air Rifle
Lucas Kozeniesky of Colorado Springs won silver in the first ever 10m air rifle mixed team event. He, along with his shooting partner Mary Tucker, lost to China in the finals 17 to 13. Despite scoring the seventh-highest score in the first qualification round, the duo was able to beat out its six other teams to earn a spot in the final round.
Kevin McDowell, Silver Medal, Mixed Triathlon
Kevin McDowell of Colorado Springs was part of the silver medal-winning team in the first ever mixed triathlon. The team made up of Morgan Pearson, Katie Zaferes, Taylor Knibb and McDowell finished behind Great Britain and ahead of France. The event featured a 300 meter swim, cycling for 6.8 kilometers, and 2-kilometer run. McDowell completed the swimming leg of the event.
Adeline Gray, Silver Medal, Wrestling
Adeline Gray, 30, of Denver, won an Olympic medal for the first time in her career. She claimed the silver medal after beating Germany's Aline Rotter-Focken. Gray, a five-time world champion, is a 76 kg freestyle wrestler and the sixth woman overall to medal in wrestling for the U.S at the Tokyo Olympics. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Gray finished seventh.
Valarie Allman, Gold Medal, Discus
Valarie Allman, 26, of Longmont, won a gold medal when she threw for 68.96 meters — the best throw in American Olympic history — on her first attempt. It was Team USA's first gold in track and field at the Tokyo Olympics. Allman beat out Germany's Kristin Prudenz by 2.12. It took Prudenz five attempts to reach that distance.
Allman is just the third U.S. woman to achieve a throw of that distance.
Lindsey Horan, Bronze Medal, Soccer
Lindsey Horan, of Golden, started in the USWNT's bronze medal match against Australia. She assisted Carli Lloyd's first goal in the 45th minute. Team USA won the match 4-3. This is Horan's first Olympic medal. The 27-year-old scored one goal in her Olympic campaign, against New Zealand in their 6-1 group stage victory.
Jordyn Poulter and Haleigh Washington, Gold Medal, Volleyball
Team USA's women's volleyball team claimed its first ever Olympic gold medal in the sport on the final day of the Summer Games. Two Coloradans, 24-year-old Jordyn Poulter of Aurora and 25-year-old Haleigh Washington of Colorado Springs, were on the winning team. Both made their Olympic debuts this year. The team beat Brazil in the final, winning all three sets.
This list was last updated Aug. 8 at 10:30 a.m.
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