The Olympics last for a full 16 days, plus a couple preliminary events before the opening ceremonies, and former Louisville Cardinals have already been busy after three days.
In total, 12 former Cards and one U of L coach are in the Olympics. Besides the United States these athletes represent nine other countries. Kelsi Worrell, whose 2016 Olympic run has concluded, which you can read about here, is just one of the many UofL athletes that have already found some success.
Here is an update through the first three days of the 2016 Rio Olympics:
Kelsi Worrell (Swimming- United States) Kelsi's sole event was the women's 100m butterfly. She finished 9th in semifinals, just one spot short of qualifying for the finals. Her 2016 Olympic run has concluded.
Angel McCoughtry (Women’s Basketball- United States) Angel has seen playing time and has scored in both of the USA's games so far where they defeated Senegal 121-56 and Spain 103-63 in Group B Play. The team will face Serbia on August 10.
Jessica Javalet (Rugby- United States) Jessica played Field Hockey for Louisville, but has now found her calling in rugby. The United States women's rugby team lost to Fiji 12-7, defeated Colombia 48-0, tied with Australia 12-12, and lost to New Zealand 5-0. In the elimination rounds of the Olympics they have defeated Fiji 12-7 and France 19-5 to take 5th place overall. Her 2016 Olympic run has concluded.
Wesley Korir (Track & Field- Kenya) Wesley has one event, the men’s marathon, which will be held on August 21.
Joao De Lucca- (Swimming- Brazil) A former multiple-time national champion for the Cards, Joao is swimming for his home and this Olympics' host country, Brazil. In the men's 200m freestyle he finished 25th in prelims, but did not advance. The men's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team he was on finished 5th in finals. The United States claimed the gold in this event. Joao's last event is the men's 4 x 200m freestyle relay, which will be held on August 9.
Matt Hughes (Track & Field- Canada) A legend in the NCAA steeplechase when he was a Cardinal, Matt should pose a threat in his only event, the men's 3000m steeplechase, which will be held on August 15.
Marcelo Acosta (Swimming- El Salvador) Marcelo has his hands full this Olympics with his numerous events. In the men's 400m freestyle he finished 22nd in prelims, but did not advance. In the men's 200m freestyle Marcelo finished 43rd in prelims, but did not advance. HIs last event is the men's 1500m freestyle, which will be on August 12.
Carlos Claverie (Swimming- Venezuela) The Venezuelan competed in the men's 100m breaststroke where he finished 30th in prelims, but did not advance for his first event. Carlos' other event is the men's 200m breaststroke on August 9.
Andrea Kneppers (Swimming- Netherlands) This recent U of L graduate is only competing in one event, but should be an asset for her team in the women's 4 x 200m freestyle relay on August 10.
Tanja Kyllainen (Swimming- Finland) Tanja found herself in two events. The first was the women's 400m individual medley where she finished 25th in prelims, but did not advance. However, this was a new personal best and a new Finland national record! In the women's 200m individual medley the Finnish swimmer finshed 25th in prelims, but did not advance. Her 2016 Olympic run has concluded.
Grigory Tarasevich (Swimming- Russia) The Russian only competed in one event, the men's 100m backstroke, where he finished 9th in semifinals. This was one spot short of advancing to the finals. His 2016 Olympic run has concluded.
Chinwe Okoro (Track & Field- Nigeria) Chinwe will compete in the women’s discus throw on August 15.
Arthur Albiero (Swimming- Brazil) Coach Albiero has been the swimming and diving coach at Louisville for many years and has found himself in this position with the host country Brazil. The Brazilian swim team has fared well so far in the Olympics.
The United States leads the medal count with 19 (5 gold, 7 silver, 7 bronze). China is in second with 13 medals (5-3-5) and Japan and Russia round out the top tied at third with 10 medals apiece (3-0-7 and 2-5-3, respectively).