A Complete Guide to LSU in the 2016 Summer Olympics

Aug 5, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Arthur Kanowski, from Germany, kicks back on one of the Olympic rings in Olympic Park on the day of opening ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kryger-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 5, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Arthur Kanowski, from Germany, kicks back on one of the Olympic rings in Olympic Park on the day of opening ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kryger-USA TODAY Sports /

The 2016 Summer Olympics are here, and fifteen current, former and incoming LSU athletes are representing seven different countries in Río de Janiero.

From basketball to track, and everything in between, LSU athletes have a long and storied history of professional success once they’ve left Baton Rouge.

Starting today, 15 Tigers will showcase their athletic talents on an international stage, as they each pursue the elusive and illustrious gold medal. Representing your university in a tremendous honor, but representing your country is the highest honor.

Here’s a complete guide to catching current, former and future LSU Tigers in the 2016 Olympics:

Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles, the first Olympic gold medalists in the history of LSU women’s basketball, are searching for their third consecutive gold medal for the United States. Both hold medals from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London.

Former LSU soccer player Allysha Chapman makes her Olympic debut for the Canadian Women’s National Team. Chapman is the first LSU soccer Olympian.

Five track and field competitors will compete in their inaugural games, including current student-athletes Canadian Chanice Chase, Jamaican Fitzroy Dunkley and Great Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake. Former Tiger Kelly-Ann Baptiste will compete in her fourth Olympic Games for Trinidad & Tobago.

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Other LSU track and field Olympians include a host of NCAA Champions and All-Americans, including Damar Forbes, Natoya Goule and Nickiesha Wilson of Jamaica, Richard Thompson of Trinidad & Tobago, and Gabriel Mvumvure of Zimbabwe.

Sophomore Lizzie Cui becomes the second diver in school history and the 14th swimmer or diver to make an Olympic team as the New Zealand representative will compete on the three-meter springboard.

Former men’s tennis player Michael Venus was selected to compete in the doubles competition with Marcus Daniell for New Zealand. They qualified by being the highest-ranked New Zealand players and are the second pair to compete for New Zealand in the Olympics.

Incoming gymnast Ruby Harrold was selected to the Great Britain Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Olympic Team. She is a two-time member of the Great Britain Olympic squad, as she served as an alternate in the 2012 Summer Games in London.

Complete list of all LSU athletes competing in the 2016 Olympics:

Women’s Basketball:
Seimone Augustus, USA
Sylvia Fowles, USA

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Lizzie Cui, New Zealand

Ruby Harrold, Great Britain

Allysha Chapman, Canada

Men’s Tennis:
Michael Venus, New Zealand

Track & Field:
Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Trinidad & Tobago
Chanice Chase, Canada
Fitzroy Dunkley, Jamaica
Damar Forbes, Jamaica
Natoya Goule, Jamaica
Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Great Britain
Gabriel Mvumvure, Zimbabwe
Richard Thompson, Trinidad & Tobago
Nickiesha Wilson, Jamaica

Olympic Games Schedule (in progress)
Wednesday, Aug. 3
1 p.m.WSOCCanada def. Australia, 2-0Allysha Chapman
Saturday, Aug. 6
1 p.m.WSOCCanada vs. Zimbabwe (Group F)Allysha Chapman
Sunday, Aug. 7
10 a.m.WBBUSA vs. Senegal (Group B)Seimone Augustus
Sylvia Fowles
Monday, Aug. 8
10 a.m.WBBUSA vs. Spain (Group B)Seimone Augustus
Sylvia Fowles
Tuesday, Aug. 9
2 p.m.WSOCCanada vs. Germany (Group F)Allysha Chapman
Wednesday, Aug. 10
1:30 p.m.WBBUSA vs. Serbia (Group B)Seimone Augustus
Sylvia Fowles
Friday, Aug. 12
7:05 p.m.T&FMen’s 400 Meters First RoundFitzroy Dunkley
7:20 p.m.T&FMen’s Long Jump QualificationDamar Forbes
8:40 p.m.T&FWomen’s 100 Meters PrelimsKelly-Ann Baptiste
TBDWSOCQuarterfinal Round (if nec.)Allysha Chapman
1:30 p.m.WBBUSA vs. Canada (Group B)Seimone Augustus
Sylvia Fowles
Saturday, Aug. 13
10 a.m.T&FMen’s 100 Meters PrelimsGabriel Mvumvure
Richard Thompson
6:30 p.m.T&FMen’s 400 Meters SemifinalsFitzroy Dunkley
6:50 p.m.T&FMen’s Long Jump FinalDamar Forbes
7 p.m.T&FWomen’s 100 Meters SemifinalsKelly-Ann Baptiste
8:35 p.m.T&FWomen’s 100 Meters FinalKelly-Ann Baptiste
Sunday, Aug. 14
7 p.m.T&FMen’s 100 Meters SemifinalsGabriel Mvumvure
Richard Thompson
8 p.m.T&FMen’s 400 Meters FinalFitzroy Dunkley
8:25 p.m.T&FMen’s 100 Meters FinalGabriel Mvumvure
Richard Thompson
10:15 a.m.WBBUSA vs. China (Group B)Seimone Augustus
Sylvia Fowles
Monday, Aug. 15
7:30 p.m.T&FWomen’s 400 Hurdles PrelimsChanice Chase
Tuesday, Aug. 16
9:05 a.m.T&FWomen’s 100 Hurdles PrelimsNickiesha Wilson
9:50 a.m.T&FMen’s 200 Meters PrelimsNethaneel Mitchell-Blake
7:10 p.m.T&FWomen’s 400 Hurdles SemifinalsChanice Chase
TBDWSOCSemifinal Round (if nec.)Allysha Chapman
Wednesday, Aug. 17
8:55 a.m.T&FWomen’s 800 Meters PrelimsNatoya Goule
6:45 p.m.T&FWomen’s 100 Hurdles SemifinalsNickiesha Wilson
8 p.m.T&FMen’s 200 Meters SemifinalsNethaneel Mitchell-Blake
8:55 p.m.T&FWomen’s 100 Hurdles FinalNickiesha Wilson
Thursday, Aug. 18
9:20 a.m.T&FWomen’s 4×100 Relay PrelimsKelly-Ann Baptiste
9:40 a.m.T&FMen’s 4×100 Relay PrelimsNethaneel Mitchell-Blake
Richard Thompson
7:15 p.m.T&FWomen’s 800 Meters SemifinalsNatoya Goule
8:15 p.m.T&FWomen’s 400 Hurdles FinalChanice Chase
8:30 p.m.T&FMen’s 200 Meters FinalNethaneel Mitchell-Blake
Friday, Aug. 19
7:10 p.m.T&FMen’s 4×400 Relay PrelimsFitzroy Dunkley
8:15 p.m.T&FWomen’s 4×100 Relay FinalKelly-Ann Baptiste
8:35 p.m.T&FMen’s 4×100 Relay FinalNethaneel Mitchell-Blake
Richard Thompson
TBDWSOCGold & Bronze Media Games (if nec.)Allysha Chapman
Saturday, Aug. 20
7:15 p.m.T&FWomen’s 800 Meters FinalNatoya Goule
8:35 p.m.T&FMen’s 4×400 Relay FinalFitzroy Dunkley

The opening ceremony is slated for Friday at 6 p.m.  CT and will be broadcast on NBC.

For up-to-date information on the Tigers in the Olympics go to www.LSUsports.net/Olympics and follow @LSUsports on Twitter.

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