COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Department of Athletics will host a welcome back event for the current Buckeyes who participated this summer at the Olympic Games in Rio on Monday, August 29 at 6 p.m. in the West Plaza at the Ohio Union. Parking is available in the garages surrounding the Union. The program will include remarks by President Michael V. Drake, Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director Gene Smith and each returning Olympian.
Slated to participate in event are Mona Shaito (fencing), Dustin Tynes (swimming), Eleanor Harvey (fencing), Aina Cid I Centelles (rowing), Lou Rosselli (coach, wrestling), bronze medalist Nichelle Prince (soccer) and gold medalist Kyle Snyder (wrestling).
Snyder became the youngest wrestler to win an Olympic title when he defeated Khetag Goziumov of Azerbaijani in the gold medal match. He’s also the first current Ohio State student-athlete to win a gold since Jerry Lucas (basketball) in 1960 and added to a resume that includes last September’s World championship. Rosselli, beginning his 10th year at Ohio State this fall, was an assistant coach for USA Wrestling at the Games.
Prince was named to the Canadian Olympic team this past summer, becoming the first women’s soccer Buckeye to compete in the Olympics when she came off the bench in Canada’s 3-1 win over Zimbabwe Aug. 6. The senior played 21 minutes in a 2-1 win over Germany Aug. 9 and again came off the bench in the 85th minute of a 2-0 loss to the Germans in the semifinals. Canada topped host Brazil, 2-1, to earn the bronze medal.
Harvey, a fencer on the Canadian Olympic team, advanced to the quarterfinals after upsetting word No. 1 Arriana Errigo (Italy), 15-11, in the round of 16. It marked the first time a Canadian fencer has advanced to the final eight in the Olympics in women’s foil.
Tynes made his Olympic debut for the Bahamian National team, swimming in heat two of the 100 breaststroke and posting a time of 1:03.71. Shaito is a two-time Olympian representing Lebanon. She competes in the foil and advanced to the round of 32. Cid-Centelles, a three-time NCAA champion for the Scarlet and Gray, secured her ticket to Rio with a first-place finish at the 2016 Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland. She competed in the women’s pair.
For a full list of both current and former student-athletes and coaches who participated in the Rio Games, click here.