Six Cornelliens in contention for the Olympic Games in Tokyo


Six Cornellians are set to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo in July. Athletes will look to add to Cornell’s total of 61 Olympic medals, including 43 at the Summer Games and 18 at the Winter Games.

Six Cornellians won medals at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, but no Cornellians have won a summer Games medal since 1992. Here’s a look at the athletes who will compete in Tokyo.

Kyle Dake ’13 – Wrestling

Four-time Division I national champion Kyle Dake ’13 is expected to represent the wrestling United States. Dake secured his spot on Team USA in the Wrestling Team Trials on April 3.

Asked about his goal for the Olympics, Dake replied, “Gold medal. Go out and play, make it happen. I’m going to have to go out and compete at a high level and every time I step on the mat that’s what I’m going to have to do so I’m excited for this opportunity.

Tracy Eisser ’12 – Rowing

Tracy Eisser ’12 will row for the United States at her second consecutive Olympics. Eisser competed in the couples quadruple in Rio in 2016. In Tokyo, she will compete in couples with Megan Kalmoe. The duo won a silver medal together at the 2017 World Rowing Championships and finished fourth at the 2019 World Rowing Championships.

Michael Grady ’19 – Rowing

Michael Grady will join Eisser on the United States Olympic rowing team. He will compete in the four men. Grady will row in an All-Ivy League boat with Harvard’s Clark Dean and Andrew Reed and Brown’s Anders Weiss.

Taylor Knibb ’20 – Triathlon

Taylor Knibb ’20 will go down in history as the youngest female triathlete to represent the United States at the Olympics. Knibb secured his place at the Olympics after winning the Yokohama race of the triathlon world championship series in May.

At Cornell, Knibb was a member of the swim and cross country teams. In 2018, Knibb told The Sun about his busy schedule which included waking up before dawn for swimming, going to class, and then running the 10-mile cross-country run.

Rudy Winkler ’17 – Hammer Throw

Rudy Winkler ’17 will compete for the US team in the hammer throw. On June 20, Winkler broke the US hammer throw record with a throw of 82.71 meters in the track and field team trials.

This will be Winkler’s second Olympic appearance. In 2016, between his junior and senior years at Cornell, Winkler represented the United States in the hammer throw after winning the United States Olympic Trials in 2016. He will look to improve on his 18th place in Rio in 2016.

Winkler was a highly decorated athlete at Cornell. He was named First-Team All-American in the hammer throw in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and was First-Team All-American in the shot put in 2017. He was the NCAA Division I champion in the throw hammer in its final year in 2017.


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