In total, 627 athletes have qualified for the U.S. Olympic team for the Games being played in Tokyo, Japan from last Friday, July 23 through Sunday, August 8, 2021. We wish them all well, and once again present our exclusive two-part feature on the African Americans who are competing for Team USA; this week, the gentlemen athletes.
Baseball —- Baseball is part of the Olympics for the first time in 13 years, and the United States is one of the top contenders for a gold medal. Most of the U.S. players have spent time in MLB, making up a roster that features a couple of World Series champions and multiple former All-Stars, including Nashville Sounds Infielder Jamie Westbrook, Pitchers Edwin Jackson (2009 MLB All-Star; 2011 World Champion with the Cardinals), and Simeon Woods-Richardson, along with Team USA Hitting / First base Coach Ernie Young.
Basketball —- This year, the men’s basketball program look to bring home medals with Bam Adebayo, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Jerami Grant, Draymond Green, Jrue Holiday, Keldon Johnson Zach LaVine, Damian Lillard, JaVale McGee Khris Middleton, Jayson Tatum competing. Bradley Beal and Kevin Love will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics. Former Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce is an assistant coach for Team USA.
Boxing —- For the second time, the Summer Olympic Games will allow professional boxers to compete. As a result, Keyshawn Davis and Troy Isley made the decision to take a detour from their professional careers to represent the United States in the upcoming Olympic Games. Together, Davis and Isley represent the country’s best opportunity to win a gold medal in boxing in more than a decade, along with Delante Johnson and Duke Ragan.
Fencing —- Team USA features Curtis McDowald in Épée and Team Épée, Daryl Homer in Sabre and Team Sabre, and Khalil Thompson in Team Sabre.
Judo —- Colton Brown competes in Men’s 90 kg class.
Rugby —- Team USA looks to bring home gold, with Perry Baker, Back; Maceo Brown, Forward; Carlin Isles, Back; and Kevon Williams, Back. Perry Baker is a two-time World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year and two-time Olympian, undeniably one of the best in the game.
Skateboarding —- Nyjah Imani Huston is the highest paid skateboarder in the world. The Rastafarian Puerto Rican competed in Men’s Street on July 25, while teammate Zion Wright competes in Men’s Park on Thursday, August 5.
Track & Field —- The men’s track and field roster includes Abdi Abdirahman, Ronnie Baker, Kenny Bednarek, Chris Benard, Rai Benjamin, Hillary Bor, Trayvon Bromell, Paul Chelimo, Michael Cherry, Will Claye, Bryce Deadmon, Marquis Dendy, Cravon Gillespie, Elija Godwin, Grant Holloway, JuVaughn Harrison, Reggie Jagers, Isaiah Jewett, Fred Kerley, Benard Keter, Erriyon Knighton, Wil London, Noah Lyles, Sam Mattis, Steffen McCarter, Shelby McEwen, Michael Norman, Vernon Norwood, Yared Nuguse, Daniel Roberts, Randolph Ross, Garrett Scantling, Donald Scott, Kenny Selmon, Trevor Stewart, Darryl Sullivan, Micah Williams, and Alex Young.
Weightlifting —- Men’s Roster includes CJ Cummings in the 73 kg class and Harrison Maurus in the 81 kg class.
Wrestling —- G’Angelo Hancock competes in mens’s Greco-Roman − 97 kg and Gable Steveson competes in mens’s freestyle −125 kg.