Four years ago, Gwen Jorgensen’s gold medal dreams were crushed after suffering a flat tire in the bike portion of the triathlon at the 2012 Olympics in London. In the four years since, Jorgensen, a former track and field runner and swimmer for Wisconsin vowed for redemption, and in the process became the most dominant triathlete in the world.
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Evan Jager turned heads in the distance-running world on Wednesday, posting the best finish for the United States in the men’s steeplechase since 1952 with a silver medal run at the 2016 Olympics.
Twenty-four hundredths of a second. For most people, that’s the time it takes to blink your eye, but for UW alumna and Team Canada runner Hilary Stellingwerff, that’s how much time it took for her to be on the outside looking in to the women’s 1500-meter run semifinal at the 2016 Olympics.
Grace Latz and her teammates had to wait an extra day to compete in the women’s quadruple sculls final at the 2016 Olympics, but that wait was worth it when they ended up placing fifth overall.
On Wednesday morning, redshirt sophomore swimmer Cierra Runge had the biggest race of her life, swimming the anchor leg in the prelims of the 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the 2016 Olympic Games. Mere hours later, her contribution in the preliminaries did not go unnoticed in the final, where four of her United States teammates, building on the solid race Runge swam in prelims, charged to victory with a time of 7:43.03.
On the first day of Olympic competition Saturday, three of the eleven athletes with UW ties got things heated up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Four years after narrowly missing the final of the 1500 meter run at the London Olympics, Hilary Stellingwerff is getting a second chance in Rio.
Every four years, the University of Wisconsin becomes known for producing Olympians in a multitude of sports, and this year is no different. There will be 10 current or former UW athletes representing four different countries in five different sports in Rio de Janeiro coming August.
Somewhere in Michael Weiss’ childhood home in Reno, Nevada, is a child-size kickboard and a pull buoy, worn and faded from both age and wear and tear. A set of hastily drawn Olympic rings adorns the pull buoy, sparking Weiss’ mother to snap a picture to send to her now 25-year-old son, who is less than a week away from being so close to his Olympic dream that he can taste it.
As the month of June winds down, the excitement of the 29 swimmers with UW ties who are going to Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, is at an all-time high. From Beata Nelson, the 17-year-old freshman phenom who has qualified in five events, to 32-year-old Badger alum and 2004 Olympian Adam Mania, UW will be well-represented in the pool in Omaha.
Eric Geunes will become a Badger this fall but he has a lot more on his mind than just SOAR and whether his roommate will steal his laptop or not.
It was a year of overachievement for the Wisconsin softball team (11-11-1 Big Ten, 28-24-1 overall), as they won at least one game against every conference opponent they played in the regular season. The team also qualified for the Big Ten tournament, which was a major season-long goal according to head coach Yvette Healy.
As Rio looms just around the corner, over 50 current and former Badgers across seven sports have qualified for the Olympic Trials, and in some cases have already made the team. Here are just some of the stories of the Badger athletes that have a chance to compete in Brazil.
Abby Jagdfeld took a leap of faith last summer, and it paid off big time almost a year later.
After a close game against Illinois Friday that resulted in a loss, the Badgers (9-6-1 Big Ten, 24-17-1 overall) were looking to come back with a vengeance Saturday afternoon in the second game of a three-game series. They did just that, beating the Illini (6-10, 27-19) by the score of 4-1.
The Wisconsin Badgers (8-5-1 Big Ten, 23-17-1 overall) will finally get to return to Goodman Diamond this weekend for an extended period of time, as their series against Illinois is the beginning of an eight-game home stand.
At the annual Buckinghams, the Student-Athlete Showcase of Excellence Tuesday night, there were many awards and honors given out, and many student-athletes who showcased their talents, to much applause. That night, no one got more applause than freshman track and field athlete Tiffany Ike.
One of the biggest honors one can receive as a student athlete at the University of Wisconsin is the Student Athlete of the Year award. A combination of excellence in academics, athletics and character, the winners of this award must be the total package. This year’s award winners were no exception.
To say Matt Hutchins has had a whirlwind of a last few weeks is a major understatement. The junior swimmer nabbed three top-10 finishes at Big Tens, two top-six finishes at NCAAs, and was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year. The icing on the cake came last week when he learned he qualified to represent New Zealand at the Olympic Games this summer in Rio de Janeiro.
The Badgers (8-5-1 Big Ten, 23-17-1 overall) had a weekend of ups and downs when they faced Iowa (2-12, 12-28) in Iowa City Friday through Sunday. Fortunately for them, the weekend ended in Wisconsin’s favor when it took the series 2-1, building on a strong week that ended with four conference wins.