The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are underway, and a few Oregon State Athletes have made the trip to Japan to compete. The group includes former Beavers, current athletes, and a few future OSU stars, representing a variety of nations across different sports. Here’s how things have shaken up so far.
Tarni Stepto - Softball (Australia)
Stepto is a signee for Oregon State after playing for Salt Lake Community College, and plays for the Australian National Team. Australia took on the U.S. this weekend, and while they didn’t pull off the upset, the Aussies pushed the Americans to the brink. Stepto pitched an excellent game, throwing for 7.1 innings during which she struck out three batters and allowed one earned run. Australia fell to the U.S. 2-1, and with an overall record of 1-4 finished out of the medals in fifth overall. Still, Stepto put in an impressive performance and it’ll be great to see her in orange next season.
Jade Carey - Gymnastics (United States)
The U.S. Gymnastics team had some struggles in qualification, but future Oregon State gymnast performed very well. Carey finished second overall in the vault, with a score of 15.166, and third overall in floor exercises with a score of 14.100. That qualifies her for the final in both events, and Carey just missed qualifying for the all around final. Although Jade finished ninth overall with a 56.265 score, only two members of each country’s team can advance to the finals. Americans Simone Biles and Sunisa Lee finished first and third overall, leaving Carey just outside.
Since Jade won’t be competing as part of the team final, there are two more chances to see her in Tokyo. The finals for the vault are scheduled for Sunday August 1st, at 1:00 AM Pacific time. The floor exercise finals are set for Monday, August 2nd, at 1:45 Pacific.
Amar Dhesi - Wrestling (Canada)
Olympic Wrestling doesn’t get started until Sunday, August 1st, and Oregon State’s Amar Dhesi won’t be competing until August 5th, when the Men’s Freestyle 125 kg event begins. That event is part of a block along with the Men’s Freestyle 74 kg and the Women’s Freestyle 53 kg, and will start at 7:30 Pacific Time.
Ali Gibson - Women’s Basketball (Puerto Rico)
Gibson, who played for Oregon State from 2011 to 2015, and Team Puerto Rico struggled in their first game Monday evening. Puerto Rico lost to China 97-55, with Gibson scoring just 1 point. The team will have a chance to rebound when they take on Belgium Thursday night at 6:00 PM Pacific.
A few Oregon State coaches have also made the trip to Tokyo. Laura Berg, OSU’s head softball coach, just took Silver with Team USA in Softball as an assistant coach. Berg has previously won four Olympic Medals (three golds and a silver) as a player with Team USA. Wrestling Assistant Coach Nate Engel is also coaching for the Olympics as a personal coach for American Adeline Gray. Gray competes in the 76 kg Freestyle event, and is expected to be one of the top competitors for the gold at Tokyo.
That’s all for now. We’ll check back in with our Beaver Olympians as more events wrap up. Its already been a great showing in Tokyo for Oregon State fans.