Maryland athletes at the Rio Olympics

There should be some Maryland pride down in Rio this week — 24 athletes competing in the 2016 Olympics this August in 14 different sports have ties to the state. Whether you love swimming, basketball, field hockey, or sailing, use this schedule to follow athletes with ties to Maryland as they compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics. This page will continue to be updated as the games progress.

Check out the schedule to follow the athletes through the Olympics events for their respective sports and scroll down the page to find out more about the athletes.

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Michael Phelps

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Katie Ledecky

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Jack Conger

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Matthew Centrowitz

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Christina Epps

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Kyle Snyder

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Helen Maroulis

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Katie Bam

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Jill Witmer

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Katie Zaferes

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Gary Antuanne Russell

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Joe Morris

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Carmen Farmer

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Ashley Nee

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Aaron Russell

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Bobby Lea

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Donnell Whittenburg (alternate)

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Athletes


Michael Phelps

Age: 31 (June 30, 1985)

Ties to Maryland: Born in Baltimore. Graduated from Towson High School in 2003. Trained at the North Baltimore Aquatic Center before moving to Arizona to train with longtime coach Bob Bowman. Won The Baltimore Sun’s High School Athlete of the Year award in 2001.

Career highlights: Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, having won 22 career medals (18 gold) across four previous Olympics. He won two bronze and six gold medals at the 2004 Athens Games, eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games and two silver and four gold at the 2012 London Games. … Phelps, whose best stroke is the butterfly, has won three straight medals in six different events — 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley, 4x100-meter medley relay, 4x200-meter freestyle relay, 200-meter butterfly and 4x100-meter freestyle relay — including three straight gold medals in the first four. If he wins a fourth straight gold in any of them, he’ll be the first swimmer ever to do so. … He’s set to swim the 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley and perhaps a relay at the Rio Olympics.

Did you know? At his first Olympics, at age 15, Phelps was the youngest male Olympian since 1932. At his last, this year, he will be the first American male swimmer to swim in five Olympics. … His eight gold medals in 2008 earned him Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year honors. … He and his fiancee, Nicole Johnson, had their first child, Boomer, in May.

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Katie Ledecky

Age: 19 (March 17, 1997)

Ties to Maryland: Grew up in Bethesda, where she attended Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart.

Career highlights: Ledecky burst onto the scene at the 2012 London Games with a lopsided victory in the 800-meter freestyle. She beat second-place finisher Mireia Belmonte Garcia by 4.13 seconds. … The 19-year-old is the most dominant freestyle swimmer in the world right now, and perhaps ever. She holds the world record in the 400-meter, 800-meter and 1,500-meter and won world championships in those three events, the 200-meter and the 4x200-meter relay in Kazan, Russia, last summer. … After comfortable victories at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200-meter freestyle (by 1.30 seconds), 400-meter freestyle (by 0.67 seconds) and 800-meter freestyle (by 9.86 seconds), she’ll swim all three events at the Rio Olympics.

Did you know? Ledecky’s best event is actually the 1,500-meter freestyle, which isn’t part of the women’s program at the Olympics. She swam it in 15:25.48 at the world championships last year, shattering her own previous world record by more than two seconds and beating second-place finisher Lauren Boyle by 14.66 seconds. … If she wins her three individual events plus the 4x200-meter freestyle relay in Rio, she will become the third American woman to win four gold medals in a single Olympics, joining Amy Van Dyken (1996) and Missy Franklin (2012). If she wins those four and swims and wins the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, she’ll break that record.

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Jack Conger

Age: 21 (Sept. 26, 1994)

Ties to Maryland: Grew up in Rockville. Graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney in 2013. Set a national high school record in the 100-yard butterfly. Was named Swimming World Magazine’s national high school swimmer of the year in 2013.

Career highlights: He made the Olympic team with a third-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle at the Olympic trials, securing a spot in the 4x200-meter relay. He also had two other top-four finishes, fourth in the 100-meter butterfly and third in the 200-meter butterfly, both of which Michael Phelps won. In all three events, he just missed an individual qualification despite swimming the second-fastest 200-meter freestyle team in the preliminaries and semifinals. … As a junior at Texas this past year, Conger swam on 4x100-yard medley, 4x50-yard freestyle and 4x200-yard freestyle relay teams that each won national titles. … Won three medals, one of each, at the 2015 World University Games.

Did you know? Conger has competed alongside and received advice from Phelps. Last year at the U.S. National Championships in San Antonio, Conger finished as runner-up to Phelps in the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly finals and is sometimes regarded as a possible heir to Phelps’ dominance in the events. Phelps out-touched him by 0.88 seconds in the 100-meter and 1.6 seconds in the 200-meter.

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Cierra Runge

Age: 20 (March 7, 1996)

Ties to Maryland: Grew up in Cochranville, Pa., just north of the Maryland-Pennsylvania border. Trained at North Baltimore Aquatic Club before moving to Arizona last year to work with coach Bob Bowman.

Career highlights: Runge qualified for her first Olympics on the 4x200-meter freestyle relay team. She swam a 1:57.16 in the event final to finish fifth at the Olympic trials. … She also swam on the U.S. team in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the 2015 world championships, where the Americans won gold. At that event, Runge also swam individually in the 400-meter freestyle, finishing ninth. … Runge won a team national championship in her freshman season at California in 2014-15 before redshirting this past year to train at Arizona State. … Before starting college, Runge was the runner-up in the 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle events at the U.S. National Championships in 2014.

Did you know? After the Olympics, Runge will transfer from California to Wisconsin to swim for the Badgers starting this fall. … Her younger sister, 17-year-old Maddie, also swam for the NBAC at the Olympic trials. Maddie’s time of 8:57.18 in the 800-meter freestyle was 65th-fastest at the trials.

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Allison Schmitt

Age: 26 (June 7, 1990)

Ties to Maryland: Trained at North Baltimore Aquatic Club with coach Bob Bowman after graduating from Georgia. Remained at NBAC until she moved with Bowman to Arizona State last year.

Career highlights: Schmitt owns six Olympic medals and will appear in her third Games this summer. In 2012 in London, she medaled in all five events she swam — gold in the 200-meter freestyle, gold in the 4x100-meter medley relay, gold in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay, silver in the 400-meter freestyle and bronze in the 4x-100-meter freestyle relay. She also has a bronze from the 4x200-meter freestyle relay in her first appearance. … The freestyle specialist failed to qualify as an individual for the 100-meter, 200-meter or 400-meter races, but she secured a relay spot for her third straight 4x200-meter relay. … She holds the American record in the 200-meter freestyle at 1:53.61.

Did you know? In the four years since the 2012 Olympics, Schmitt has struggled in and mostly out of the pool, battling depression and hiding it for years. Last year, Schmitt’s cousin committed suicide at age 17, and Schmitt began speaking openly about her depression last May to serve as an example for others. “She felt she was trapped, and I realized that if I could save one life by telling people that’s not the case, I would love to do that,” Schmitt said.

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Chase Kalisz

Age: 22 (March 7, 1994)

Ties to Maryland: Grew up in Bel Air. Graduated from Fallston in 2012. Trained at North Baltimore Aquatic Club under coach Bob Bowman. While at Fallston, swam for the USA Junior National Team from 2010-2012.

Career highlights: A victory in the 400-meter individual medley at the U.S. Olympic Trials punched his ticket to Rio. He outdueled Ryan Lochte in the preliminaries and finals (though Lochte suffered a pulled groin in the preliminaries) with times of 4:11.86 and 4:09.54, respectively. … He won a bronze medal in the same event at the world championships in Kazan, Russia, last year. … He won the national championship in the 400-yard IM as a freshman in 2013 and as a sophomore in 2014 before having a down year in 2014-15 and finishing second.

Did you know? Kalisz’s mentor is Michael Phelps. Both Baltimore-area natives trained at North Baltimore Aquatic Center, and Kalisz moved to Arizona to train with Phelps and coach Bob Bowman last year. “I just see potential, and I want him to be the best he can be,” Phelps said after Kalisz’s Olympic trials win. Phelps won the Olympic gold in the 400-meter IM in 2004 and 2008. … At age 8, Kalisz was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, which caused debilitating muscle weakness. He spent a week in a medically induced coma but returned to swimming after a long rehabilitation process. … Chase’s sister, Cassie, and brother, Connor, also swam the Olympic trials but did not qualify for Rio.

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Carmelo Anthony

Age: 32 (May 29, 1984)

Ties to Maryland: Moved from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Baltimore at age 8. Played three years at Towson Catholic before transferring to Oak Hill (Va.) Academy. Was The Baltimore Sun’s All-Metro Player of the Year and Baltimore Catholic League’s Player of the Year in 2001. … Founded the Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center in East Baltimore in 2006 to help support disadvantaged youths.

Career highlights: After winning a national championship in his only collegiate season at Syracuse, he became a No. 3 overall pick and has now played 13 seasons in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks. He holds a career scoring average of 24.9 points, scoring more than 20 points per game each season with a league-leading 28.7 in 2012-13. He has made nine All-Star teams and reached the playoffs in each of his first 10 seasons in the league, the first seven with Denver.

Did you know? In 72 games with USA Basketball, Anthony has averaged 15.3 points and four rebounds. He has played on 12 different U.S. teams, and this year, he became the first American basketball player ever to make four Olympic teams. In his three prior appearances, he has won three medals (two gold, one bronze). A fourth would also set a U.S. record — Anthony is currently tied with LeBron James and David Robinson, who also have three each.

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Kevin Durant

Age: 27 (Sept. 29, 1988)

Ties to Maryland: Born in Suitland. Eventually graduated from Montrose Christian in Rockville after spending his first two years of high school at National Christian in Fort Washington and his third at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. Played in the McDonald’s All-American Game as a senior.

Career highlights: Durant has been the story of the NBA offseason, signing a two-year, $54.3 million contract with the Golden State Warriors and leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder after nine seasons. This coming year, the 2013-14 NBA MVP will team up with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in Oakland, Calif. … With the Thunder, he made the All-Star team in his last seven seasons and led the team to the playoffs in six of those. He has four career scoring titles, and only LeBron James has more points in that span. … The Thunder made four Western Conference Finals and one NBA Finals with Durant. They lost to the Miami Heat, 4-1, in 2011-12 and almost made it back this past season before squandering a 3-1 season lead to the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

Did you know? Durant also made the U.S. Olympic team in 2012, when the Americans won gold in London. That year, he led the Olympics in points with 156 in eight games and 3-pointers with 34. He is one of only two returning Olympians, along with Carmelo Anthony, on this year’s squad.

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Angel McCoughtry

Age: 29 (Sept. 10, 1986)

Ties to Maryland: Born and raised in Baltimore. Played basketball at St. Frances for four years before spending a year at Patterson Prep in Lenoir, N.C. Was named The Baltimore Sun’s Metro Player of the Year in 2003. Averaged a double-double and won a Baltimore Catholic League title as a senior at St. Frances.

Career highlights: Made her second Olympic team under coach Geno Auriemma. In her first Olympics in 2012, she played in all eight games, averaging 10.9 points and 4.6 rebounds as Team USA won all eight on its way to the gold medal. She set a U.S. Olympic record by going 8-for-8 in her Olympic debut, a 114-66 win against China on Aug. 5, 2012. … McCoughtry also played for Team USA in two FIBA world championships, winning gold in 2010 and 2014. … McCoughtry is in the middle of her eighth WNBA season, all with the Atlanta Dream. She has scored more than 20 points per game in five of them and made four All-Star Games. … At Louisville, McCoughtry was a three-time All-American and helped the Cardinals reach the National Championship Game as a senior.

Did you know? In 2010, McCoughtry founded the Angel McCoughtry Dream Foundation for youth development. Her organization has a wide range of initiatives, from educating children about healthy lifestyles to holding an annual girls’ basketball camp to alleviating cervical cancer in Haiti. … McCoughtry’s father, Roi, played basketball at Coppin State.

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Matthew Centrowitz

Age: 26 (Oct. 18, 1989)

Ties to Maryland: Annapolis native graduated from Broadneck High School in 2007. Won three state championships in cross country and two in track and field. Won 3,200-meter run as a junior in 9:13.68 and 1,500-meter run as a senior in 4:04.09. Was named Annapolis Capital’s Athlete of the Year.

Career highlights: He won the national title in the 1,500-meter run (3:42.23) as a senior at Oregon, then earned a bronze medal at the World Outdoor Championships in the same event later that year. … He won the same race in 2013 and 2015 at the world championships. … At the London Olympics in 2012, Centrowitz advanced with a semifinal time of 3:34.90 but just missed a medal. He finished fourth, just four hundredths of a second behind Morocco’s Abdalaati Iguider. … In July, he secured a berth in this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics by winning the Olympic trials run in 3:34.09.

Did you know? His father, Matt, was also a two-time Olympian in the 1,500-meter run. He did not qualify for the final in 1976, and then didn’t get to compete in 1980 because of the boycott from the Moscow Games. … His coach is Alberto Salazar, the 1982 Boston Marathon winner and former American marathon record holder who also coaches world champion Mo Farah and U.S. champion Galen Rupp.

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Christina Epps

Age: 25 (June 20, 1991)

Ties to Maryland: Competed in the triple jump at Coppin State. Graduated in 2013, but still had a year of eligibility remaining after tearing her ACL as a junior and missing a full season. Took graduate classes while finishing career in 2014. Still trains full-time at Coppin State with coach Alecia Shields-Gadson and works as an academic adviser in the athletic department.

Career highlights: She qualified for the Olympics on July 7 at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore. With a jump of 14.17 meters in the finals, she met the qualifying standard of 14.15 and finished second to Keturah Orji. … Last year, she won the triple jump at the 2015 USA Track and Field Championships with a distance of 14.09 meters, then a career high. … Her college career best was 13.40 meters at the regional meet her senior year. She went on to finish 14th at the NCAA Championships.

Did you know? Epps was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and grew up in Morristown, N.J. … She is the first U.S. Olympian in Coppin State history. … It took her until the fifth jump in six tries to qualify for the Olympics. She committed fouls on her first two, then jumped 13.48 and 13.38 meters on the third and fourth, respectively, before breaking through.

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Kyle Snyder

Age: 20 (Nov. 20, 1995)

Ties to Maryland: Grew up in Woodbine. Spent his first three years of high school at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney, then moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., to train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. While in high school, he went 179-0 and won a junior world championship.

Career highlights: Last September, Snyder won the world championship in the 97-kilogram (214-pound) division in Las Vegas, beating Abdusalam Gadisov in the final. As of April, Snyder was ranked No. 2 in the world in his weight class, between top-ranked Khadshimurat Gatsalov and Gadisov, putting him among the medal favorites in Rio. … In his freshman year at Ohio State, he finished 30-4 and was the runner up at both the Big Ten and NCAA Championships. He returned as a sophomore and won both titles in the heavyweight division. … Qualified for the Olympics by winning the Olympic Team Trials, defeating 2012 gold medalist Jake Varner along the way.

Did you know? In his 179 high school matches, he allowed only one takedown. … At age 19, he was the youngest American wrestler in history to win the world championship. … He planned on redshirting during the 2015-16 college wrestling season to focus on training for the Olympics, but he decided to return to competition at Ohio State in January after realizing he could do both.

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Helen Maroulis

Age: 24 (Sept. 19, 1991)

Ties to Maryland: Grew up in Rockville. Attended Magruder for three years before she moved to Marquette, Mich., and trained at the U.S. Olympic Education Center.

Career highlights: Maroulis is an international veteran by this point, in her ninth year on Team USA. This will be her first Olympics appearance, though. She finally broke through at last year’s world championships, when she won the title in the 55-kilogram division. She had won silver in 2012 and bronze in 2013, in addition to World Cup titles in 2013 and 2015 and a Pan-American Games gold medal in 2011. … Her official Olympic berth came in April, when she won a qualifying tournament in Mongolia, and she’ll be among the favorites in Rio. … She was a four-time Women’s College Wrestling Association national champion at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.

Did you know? The Olympics do not feature the 55-kilogram division, so Maroulis will drop down to compete in the 53-kilogram (117-pound) class. … Maroulis started wrestling at age 7 at her mother’s request, because her brother needed a partner. “After two weeks of all this hard training, I went to my parents and said, ‘This isn’t fair. I’m doing what the boys are doing, but they get to compete and I don’t,’” she told NBC Olympics. She swung a deal with her dad that if she won her first match, she could continue. She did.

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Katie Bam

Age: 27 (Dec. 6, 1988)

Ties to Maryland: Formerly Katie O’Donnell, she played field hockey for the Terps from 2007-10 and became the most decorated player in program history. She won a national championship in 2010 as a senior, and received the Honda Sport Award as well as the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year Award. She also earned ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors four times.

Career highlights: Bam became the youngest player ever to make the U.S. National Team when she did so at age 16 in 2005. Since then, she has helped the Americans win gold at the Pan American Games in 2011 and 2015 and finish fourth in the 2014 World Cup. Bam also played in the 2012 London Olympics, when Team USA finished 12th. Bam scored once in five games as the U.S. went 1-4 and finished at the bottom of its group. … Her 99 career collegiate goals, 108 assists and 306 points are each Maryland records, and the latter two rank third in NCAA history.

Did you know? Bam and the seventh-seeded Americans begin Olympic play Aug. 6 at 4 p.m. against second-seeded Argentina. … Bam began her coaching career in 2012 as a student assistant for the Terps. She is now an assistant coach at Harvard, along with her husband, Marvin Bam. Marvin is also a former Olympic field hockey player, competing for South Africa, which finished 12th in the 2008 Beijing Games.

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Jill Witmer

Age: 24 (Oct. 1, 1991)

Ties to Maryland: Played for the Terps from 2010-2013.

Career highlights: Witmer has been on track for the Olympics since just after her Maryland career started. After a stellar freshman season in which she was named ACC Freshman of the Year, she trained in the summer of 2011 for the U.S. Field Hockey Development Team in Germany. She moved up to the national team in 2013, and three years later, she’s headed to Rio for the seventh-seeded Americans. In between, she played on U.S. teams that won silver at the Pan-American Games in 2013, gold at the Champions Challenge in 2014 and gold at the Pan-American Games in 2015. … At Maryland, she was a four-time All-American and ACC Offensive Player of the Year as a senior. The Terps won the national title in 2010 and 2011, her first two seasons, and Witmer made the All-Tournament team the second year.

Did you know? Soon after the U.S. called Witmer up to the national team in January 2013, it moved its Olympic training program from Chula Vista, Calif., to Lancaster, Pa., Witmer’s hometown about 80 miles northeast of Baltimore. “The news was unbelievable, almost too good to be true,” Witmer told Team USA’s website. “I grew up in Lancaster. My parents are here. My family is here. My friends are here. And now I get the chance to train here.”

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Katie Zaferes

Age: 27 (June 9, 1989)

Ties to Maryland: Grew up in Hampstead. Graduated from North Carroll, where she competed in track and field, cross country, lacrosse, soccer and swimming. Won three state championships in track and field, one in the 3,200-meter run and two in the 1,600-meter.

Career highlights: Zaferes secured the third and final spot on the U.S. triathlon team on May 24. Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah True earned two automatic bids to the team last August, and Zaferes snagged the last ticket by virtue of the U.S. ranking system. … Zaferes’ sixth-place showing at a World Triathlon Series event in Yokohama in May sealed the deal, keeping her ahead of the rest of the Americans. … She finished 2015 ranked fifth in the World Triathlon Series standings, behind top-ranked Jorgensen and third-ranked True. … Zaferes set school records at Syracuse in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and indoor 5,000-meter run. She ran track and cross country for the Orange from 2007-2012 and earned All-American honors twice.

Did you know? Zaferes won her first World Triathlon Series event July 16 in Hamburg, Germany. “The beginning of the year wasn’t what I wanted it to be, and I wasn’t racing like the Katie that I know I am,” Zaferes told Team USA’s website. “Today I raced like me and I got the reward, and it was awesome.” … Zaferes didn’t start competing in international triathlons until 2013, after she graduated from Syracuse.

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Gary Antuanne Russell

Age: 20 (June 14, 1996)

Ties to Maryland: Grew up in Capitol Heights, just outside Washington. Lives in the area and has five brothers, all of whom are named Gary and three of whom also box. Gary Antuanne was the valedictorian of his high school class at Croom High School.

Career highlights: Russell won the National Golden Gloves award in 2014, joining his three brothers who did so in 2005, 2010 and 2013. Together, they are the first quartet of brothers to win a Golden Gloves award apiece. Gary Antuanne qualified for the Olympics with a quarterfinal victory against Jordan’s Obada Alkasbeh in the Olympic qualifying tournament last month in Azerbaijan.

Did you know? Gary Russell Sr. trains each of his four boxing sons — Gary Jr., Gary III, Gary Antonio and Gary Antoine — at his gym, Enigma. The Russell family’s first shot at the Olympics ended in sadly. Gary Sr.’s oldest son, Gary Jr., qualified for the 2008 Beijing Games. But while trying to make his 119-pound weight limit, he became dehydrated and collapsed in his room. He missed the weigh-in the next day, couldn’t compete in the Olympics and hasn’t been back since to go for his dream. “I’ve just always thought winning a gold medal would mean more than being a world champion, or winning all that money, or anything,” he told the Associated Press.

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Joe Morris

Age: 26 (Aug. 17, 1989)

Ties to Maryland: Grew up in Annapolis. Graduated from Severn School in 2008. Began sailing at Severn Sailing Association. Won a single-handed national championship as a junior at Severn and a double-handed national championship as a senior.

Career highlights: Morris will compete in the 49er championship along with partner Thomas Barrows. The two earned the U.S. spot by edging out two other pairs with their combined score at the Sailing World Cup and the 49er world championships. Morris and Barrows finished 13th and 23rd, beating Judge Ryan and Hans Henken (who finished 21st in both) and Brad Funk and Trevor Burd (who placed 18th and then 46th). … Morris was also a four-time All-American skipper at Yale, where he graduated with a degree in history.

Did you know? Morris and Barrows met at Yale on the sailing team in 2008. They both became team captains. Barrows will make his second Olympic appearance, his first coming in Beijing in 2008 with the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Laser class. … Before he joined Barrows in training for the Olympics, Morris was working for Thin Ply Technology in Switzerland. … Morris and Barrows’ coach is Evan Aras, who also attended Severn and earned All-American sailing honors at Georgetown. … In London in 2012, the first year the 49er was part of the Olympics, the U.S. placed 15th.

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Carmen Farmer

Age: 35 (Dec. 4, 1980)

Ties to Maryland: Attended law school at the University of Maryland, Baltimore after graduating from Virginia Tech for undergrad. … Plays club rugby for the Severn River Rugby Football Club in Severna Park.

Career highlights: In 2014, Farmer played for the U.S. rugby union team in the Women’s Rugby World Cup. After that tournament, she returned and shifted her focus to rugby sevens, the version that will be played in the Olympics. … Farmer made her first appearance for the rugby sevens team after U.S. coach Pete Steinberg saw her help Severn River to the final in the national championships in 2012. Steinberg invited Farmer to a tryout, and Farmer made the team, playing for the Americans at the World Rugby Nations Cup in July 2013. … The Richmond, Va., native played softball at Virginia Tech from 2000-03. In school history, she ranks 10th in at-bats, ninth in doubles, tied for second in triples and fifth in runs. She hit .290 in her career.

Did you know? Farmer didn’t start playing rugby until 2012, when she took it up to compete in a team sport outside of practicing law. Early in 2015, Farmer moved to Chula Vista, Calif., to join the U.S. Olympic Training Center. … As one of the taller members of the team at 6-foot-1, Farmer specializes in winning possession off of restarts.

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Ashley Nee

Age: 27 (June 15, 1989)

Ties to Maryland: Grew up in Darnestown. Graduated from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville. Attends college at Maryland. First kayaked at Valley Mill Camp at Montgomery County. Trains at NRG’s Dickerson Whitewater Course.

Career highlights: Nee just edged out Dana Mann for the U.S. spot in the women’s single kayak competition this summer. The two each earned one first-place and one second-place finish in the two Olympic trials events in the spring, one in Oklahoma City and one in North Carolina, but Nee won the tiebreaker because her bronze medal at the 2015 Pan-American Games helped secure the U.S. spot in the race in Rio. … She has competed in each of the last three world championships, finishing 43rd, 38th and then 44th.

Did you know? Nee’s Olympics berth comes after two heartbreaking misses. In 2008, Nee had qualified for the Beijing Games, but she injured her shoulder in the test event and couldn’t compete. She tried again in 2012 but lost a tiebreaker to Caroline Queen. … The Dickerson Whitewater Course in Montgomery County, where Nee trains, is run through an NRG Energy plant. The water goes from the Potomac River to the plant in order to cool the generators, then back out to the river. … Before she trained for the Olympics, Nee used to be an EMT in Montgomery County.

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Aaron Russell

Age: 23 (June 4, 1993)

Ties to Maryland: Grew up in Ellicott City. Graduated from Centennial in 2011. Trained at the Maryland Volleyball Program in Rockville. Played for the U.S. Youth national team in 2010 and 2011 while in high school. He also lettered in soccer at Centennial.

Career highlights: Russell made the U.S. national team in 2014, and he locked up a trip to the Olympics when the Americans qualified by winning the World Cup last year. In that tournament, Russell served as one of the breakout players, leading the U.S. in scoring in each of the last three matches. … In his first tournament for team USA—the 2014 world championship qualifier—Russell was the youngest member of the team, earned a gold medal and won the tournament’s award for Best Spiker. … He played for Penn State from 2012 to 2015 and amassed 1,519 kills in his career, good for fourth in school history. The Nittany Lions reached the Final Four in three of his four seasons.

Did you know? At 23, Russell is the second-youngest player on the U.S. men’s Olympic team. At 6-foot-9, he’s also tied with Matt Anderson and Max Holt for being the tallest. … As a senior in 2015, he received the inaugural national award for best outside hitter, named after U.S. women’s national team coach Karch Kiraly. … His father (Stew) and older brother (Peter) also played volleyball at Penn State.

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Edward King

Age: 27 (June 14, 1989)

Ties to Maryland: King graduated from the Naval Academy in 2011. Since then, he has raced at the world championships, then traveled to San Diego for Navy Special Warfare training. After three years away from the sport, he was transferred to Fort Meade for Navy Information Operations Command and could resume training while still on active duty.

Career highlights: King will make his Olympic debut with the men’s lightweight four crew, joining Robin Prendes, Tyler Nase and Anthony Fahden. King’s three world championships appearances came in 2011, 2014 and 2015. King’s crew improved from 10th in 2014 to seventh in 2015 to fourth in the first World Rowing Cup event this year, giving them hopes for a medal in Rio de Janeiro. … Before that, he made his Team USA debut with the U-23 squad in 2009. He raced with the men’s lightweight four, who finished 10th.

Did you know? King was born in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa, just outside Johannesburg. He moved to Ironton, Mo., as a child. … He came to Navy to run cross country but took up rowing soon after he arrived and will now become the first Navy alumnus to row in the Olympics since 1988. … In the 20-year Olympic history of the men’s lightweight fours race, the U.S. has only one medal, a bronze from the first edition in 1996. Denmark has won three of five gold medals.

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Bobby Lea

Age: 32 (Oct. 17, 1983)

Ties to Maryland: Born in Easton. Grew up in Topton, Pa., 120 miles northeast of Baltimore and graduated from Gunston Day School in Centreville in 2002.

Career highlights: This will be Lea’s third Olympics, after he finished 16th in the Madison in 2012 and 12th in the omnium in 2012. He has won 40 national titles, the first coming when he was 13. … Lea also won a bronze medal in the scratch race at the 2015 world championships. Then, last August, he tested positive for noroxycodone and initially was suspended for 18 months, which would have ruled him out of the Olympics. This past February, the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced Lea’s suspension to six months, allowing him to come back in time.

Did you know? Bobby’s older brother, Syd, suffered at birth from a lack of oxygen that led to brain damage. Syd won three gold medals in cycling at the 2011 Special Olympics. ... The multi-purpose omnium replaced the more complex Madison, which had been part of the program starting in 2000, in the 2012 Olympics. The omnium consists of six parts: a normal scratch race, a 4,000-meter individual pursuit (where two cyclists start on opposite sides of the track), an elimination round (where racers are eliminated along the way), a 1,000-meter time trial, a flying lap against the clock and a 40-kilometer points race (with points given every 10 laps).

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Donnell Whittenburg

Age: 21 (Aug. 18, 1994)

Ties to Maryland: Born and raised in Baltimore. Graduated from Edgewood High School in 2012. Moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 2013 to train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Career highlights: The U.S. Olympic selection committee left Whittenburg off this year’s five-man team for the Rio Games by the slimmest of margins. After the two events in consideration — the U.S. Championships on June 3 and 5, and the Olympic trials on June 23 and 25 — Whittenburg was in fourth place, behind Sam Mikulak, Chris Brooks and Jake Dalton and 1.1 points ahead of fifth-place Yul Moldauer. Despite that, Team USA selected Mikulak, Brooks, Dalton, Moldauer and John Orozco, who didn’t compete in the all-around, only on the pommel horse, still rings, parallel bars and high bar. Whittenburg was the champion in the still rings, but the committee might have believed the other gymnasts were more consistent. In the Olympics, three athletes compete on each apparatus, and all three scores count, leaving no room for error.

Did you know? Whittenburg could still compete as an alternate, though that’s unlikely. The Americans have already needed one alternate, Danell Leyva, to replace Orozco, who will miss the games with a knee injury, the team announced July 15. Whittenburg would need another injury to Mikulak, Brooks, Dalton, Moldauer or Leyva to make the team. … He tweeted two days after missing the team, “Had an unforgettable Olympic Trials, did everything I possibly could to get to this point.”

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