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Utah Olympians Heading To Tokyo For 2020 Games

(From L) USA's Taylor Sander, Aaron Russell and Maxwell Holt celebrate winning the 2018 FIVB World Championship bronze medal final 3-4 match Serbia vs USA on September 30, 2018 in Turin. (Photo Credit: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Multiple athletes will represent the state of Utah during the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The Tokyo 2020 Games will take place from July 23-August 8.

While some of the Olympians with ties to Utah will play for Team USA, others will represent their home countries.

Olympians with ties to Utah

Jake Gibb

Tie to Utah: Bountiful native/University of Utah

Sport: Beach Volleyball

Representing: USA

Jake Gibb grew up in Bountiful and attended the University of Utah. After picking up the sport of beach volleyball when he was in his early twenties, Gibb went on to play professionally on the AVP Tour. Tokyo 2020 will be Gibb’s fourth Olympic Games.

Nathaniel Coleman

Tie to Utah: Murray native

Sport: Sport Climbing

Representing: USA

A native of Murray and graduate of Murray High School, Nathaniel Coleman will be competing at Tokyo 2020 in sport climbing. Coleman’s specialty is bouldering. Tokyo 2020 will be sport climbing’s debut at the Summer Games.

Haley Batten

Tie to Utah: Park City native

Sport: Cycling

Representing: USA

Haley Batten is a native of Park City and a member of Team USA’s cycling team. Batten will compete in mountain biking.

Rhyan White

Tie to Utah: Herriman native

Sport: Swimming

Representing: USA

Rhyan White is a American swimmer from Herriman. She will compete in backstroke. White currently attends the University of Alabama and swims for the Crimson Tide.

Hannah Flippen

Tie to Utah: University of Utah

Sport: Softball

Representing: USA

Hannah Flippen is a softball player from Bonita, California. She attended and played for the University of Utah from 2014-17.

Eddy Alvarez

Tie to Utah: Salt Lake Community College

Sport: Baseball

Representing: USA

A native of Miami, Florida, Eddy Alvarez will play baseball for the USA in Tokyo 2020. In 2011, Alvarez began to play baseball at Salt Lake Community College. Before playing baseball, Alvarez competed in the Winter Olympics as a speed skater.

Jordan Matyas

Tie to Utah: BYU

Sport: Women’s Rugby

Representing: USA

A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Matyas was born in Alberta and grew up in Nevada. She attended and played college rugby at BYU.

Taylor Sander

Tie to Utah: BYU

Sport: Men’s Indoor Volleyball

Representing: USA

Taylor Sander is native of Huntington Beach, California and a current professional volleyball player. Before going pro, Sander was an All-America standout at BYU.

Brenden Sander

Tie to Utah: BYU

Sport: Men’s Indoor Volleyball

Representing: USA

Like his older brother Taylor, Brenden Sander is a native of Huntington Beach, California, former BYU standout, and a current professional volleyball player. Sander is an alternate for Team USA.

Ben Patch

Tie to Utah: BYU

Sport: Men’s Indoor Volleyball

Representing: USA

Ben Patch is a native of Utah, who was born in Layton and grew up in Provo. He played collegiate volleyball at BYU and is currently a professional player. Patch is an alternate for Team USA.

Luka Slabe

Tie to Utah: BYU

Sport: Women’s Indoor Volleyball

Representing: USA

Luka Slabe is a native of Slovenia. He played and coached at BYU. After his time as an assistant coach with the Cougars, Slabe joined Team USA as an assistant coach.

Joe Ingles

Tie to Utah: Utah Jazz

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Representing: Australia

Joe Ingles is a forward for the Utah Jazz. He is a native of Australia and has represented the Boomers in multiple Olympic Games.

Rudy Gobert

Tie to Utah: Utah Jazz

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Representing: France

Rudy Gobert is a center for the Utah Jazz. He is a native of France. Gobert has represented the French National Team in multiple international contests, including the 2016 Summer Games.

Damian Lillard

Tie to Utah: Weber State University

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Representing: USA

Damian Lillard is a native of Oakland, California. He played college basketball at Weber State University. Lillard currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers and Team USA.

Alexis Lagan

Tie to Utah: University of Utah

Sport: Pistol Shooting

Representing: USA

Alexis Lagan is a native of Nevada. She attended the University of Utah. She is the Utes’ first Olympic Markswoman.

 

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Leilani Mitchell

Tie to Utah: University of Utah

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Representing: Australia

Like Ingles, Leilani Mitchell is a native of Australia. She played college basketball at the University of Utah. She currently plays for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.

MyKayla Skinner

Tie to Utah: University of Utah

Sport: Women’s Gymnastics

Representing: USA

A member of the Red Rocks, Skinner made her Olympic dream come true qualifying as an individual.

Grace McCallum

Tie to Utah: University of Utah

Sport: Women’s Gymnastics

Representing: USA

A member of the Red Rocks, McCallum made her Olympic dream come true qualifying with the team of four.

Kara Eaker

Tie to Utah: University of Utah

Sport: Women’s Gymnastics

Representing: USA

A member of the Red Rocks, Eaker made her Olympic dream come true qualifying as an alternate.

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