GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – One hundred and thirty-seven athletes and coaches with ties to current Atlantic Coast Conference schools punched tickets to Rio for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games.
Each of the ACC’s 15 member schools is represented at the Games, led by Florida State with 21 individuals. Virginia boasts 18 Olympic representatives, followed by 17 from North Carolina, 13 each from Notre Dame and Louisville, and 12 from Duke.
A total of 38 Olympians with ACC ties (athletes, alternates and coaches) will compete in men’s and women’s track & field. The United States Field Hockey Team includes 10 athletes from ACC schools on the 16-member squad, plus one alternate.
Seven former conference student-athletes have been named to the 18-woman U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, along with three alternates. The United States will open Group G play on Wednesday – two days before Friday’s Olympic Opening Ceremony – against New Zealand.
Men’s and women’s swimming include a total of 19 ACC athletes and coaches. Six divers and coaches – four men and two women – will also be part of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad.
The United States men’s basketball team – led by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski – features seven total with ACC ties (three players, four coaches). Women’s basketball features six total ACC alumni representing five countries.
The list of Atlantic Coast Conference athletes, coaches and alternates participating in the Summer Olympic Games as of August 2, as submitted by the league’s member schools: