Athletes with NC ties competing in Tokyo Olympics

The list of competitors, representing U.S. and several other countries, will be going for gold over the next three weeks is a long one

NC State's Tatyana Forbes makes a catch in left field while playing for Mexico in the preliminary round of the Tokyo Olympic softball tournament (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

North Carolina will be well represented at the Tokyo Olympics, which officially began with opening ceremonies on Friday.

So as you watch the Games unfold over the next three weeks, keep an eye out for these participating athletes with ties to the state, representing the United States and several other countries:

Keni Harrison (Clayton HS) track, 100 hurdles 

Quanera Hayes (Hope Mills/Grays Creek HS/Livingstone College) track, 400 meters 

Randolph Ross (Garner/NC A&T) track, 400 meters 

Trevor Stewart (NC A&T) track, 4 x 400 relay 

Kenny Selmon (UNC) track, 400 hurdles 

Danny Kendziera (UNC volunteer asst coach) track, 400 hurdles 

Gabbi Cunningham (Mallard Creek HS/NC State) track, 100 hurdles 

Anna Cockrell (Charlotte/Providence Day School) track, 400 hurdles 

Paul Chelimo (UNCG) track, 5,000 meters

Tynita Butts-Townsend (ECU) track, high jump 

Sandi Morris (UNC) track, pole vault 

Jayson Tatum (Duke) basketball 

Bam Adabayo (High Point Christian) basketball 

Chelsea Gray (Duke) women’s basketball 

Allisha Gray (UNC) women’s 3 on 3 basketball

Kara Lawson (Duke) coach, women’s 3 on 3 basketball 

Claire Curzan (Cary/Cardinal Gibbons HS) swimming, 100 butterfly 

Erika Brown (Charlotte/Hough HS) swimming, 100 freestyle 

Ashley Twitchell (Cary/Duke) open water swimming 

SSgt. Naomi Graham (Fayetteville/Pine Forest HS/Fort Bragg) boxing, middleweight 

Evy Leibfarth (Bryson City/Davidson) Kayak slalom, canoe slalom 

Michael Smolen (Charlotte/Belmont Abbey) Canoe slalom 

Adrian Hegyvary (Asheville) cycling 

Andrew Capobianco (Holly Springs) diving, springboard, synchronized springboard 

Jordan Windle (Morrisville) diving, 3-meter, 10-meter

Camilla Feeley (UNC) rhythmic gymanastics 

Lucas Kozeniesky (NC State) shooting, 10 meter air rifle 

Crystal Dunn (Courage) soccer 

Sam Mewis (Courage) soccer 

Lynn Williams (Courage) soccer 

Tobin Heath (UNC) soccer 

Tommy Paul (Greenville) tennis 

Summer Rappaport (Durham) triathlon 

Katie Zaferes (Cary) triathlon 

Caine Wilkes (Indian Trail) weightlifting, 100-plus kg 

Ssgt. John Stefanowicz (Jacksonville/Camp Leujune) Greco-Roman wrestling, 87 kg 

Naya Tapper (Charlotte/UNC) rugby 

Jessica Springsteen (Duke) equestrian 

Hannah Roberts (Holly Springs) BMX freestyle 

Justin Dowell (Holly Springs) BMX freestyle 

Perris Bengas (Holly Springs) BMX freestyle 

Tim Federowicz (Apex HS/UNC) baseball 

Ryder Ryan (North Mecklenburg HS/UNC) baseball 


Katie Bowen (UNC) soccer, New Zealand

Lucy Bronze (UNC) soccer, England

Lotte Wubben-Moy (UNC) soccer, England

Debhina (Courage) soccer, Brazil 

Abby Erceg (Courage) soccer, New Zealand 

Quinn (Duke) soccer, Canada 

Shawn Rowe (St. Augustine’s) track, springs, Bahamas 

Akeem Sirleaf (A&T) track, sprints, Liberia 

Daniel Stokes (A&T) track, sprints, Mexico 

Maddy Price (Duke) track, Canada 

Stephen Solomon (Duke) track, New Zealand 

Anabel Knoll (Queens) triathlon, Germany

Tatyana Forbes (NC State) softball, Mexico 

Jahlil Okafor (Duke) basketball, Nigeria 

Elizabeth Balogun (Duke) women’s basketball, Nigeria 

Oderah Chidom (Duke) women’s basketball, Nigeria

Ivana Raca (Wake Forest) women’s basketball, Serbia 

Leona Maguire (Duke) golf, Ireland 

Andrea Podmanikova (NC State) swimming, Slovakia 

Sophie Hansson (NC State) swimming, Sweden 

Nyls Korstanje (NC State) swimming, Netherlands 

Kacper Stokowski (NC State) swimming, Poland 

Simonas Bilis (NC State) swimming, Lithuania 

Anton Ipsen (NC State) swimming, Denmark 

Andreas Vazaios (NC State) swimming Greece 

Alexander Norgaard (NC State, incoming) swimming, Denmark 

Noe Ponti (NC State incoming) swimming, Switzerland 

Aranza Vazquez (UNC) diving, Mexico

Anton Down-Jenkins (UNC) diving, New Zealand

Alfredo Campo (Huntersville) BMX racing, Ecuador

Daniel Dhers (Holly Springs) BMX freestyle, Venezuela 

Nikita DuCarroz (Holly Springs) BMX freestyle, Switzerland