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U.S. athletes qualified for Rio 2016 Olympics

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The 2016 U.S. Olympic team is complete.

A total of 554 athletes have already earned their places in Rio de Janeiro. More athletes could be added based on the possible reallocation of quota spots, plus three fencing replacement athletes, if they compete in Rio.

The Rio Olympic Opening Ceremony is Aug. 5 at the historic Maracanã, and the Games run through Aug. 21.

Here’s the complete roster of 2016 U.S. Olympic athletes:

Archery (4)
Mackenzie Brown — @MackBrown14
Brady Ellison — @Brady_Ellison
Zach Garrett — @Zach_Garrett7
Jake Kaminski — @JakeKaminski

Badminton (7)
Phillip Chew
Eva Lee
Paula Lynn Obanana
Sattawat Pongnairat
Howard Shu — @HowardShu
Jamie Subandhi
Iris Wang

Basketball (24)
Seimone Augustus — @SeimoneAugustus
Sue Bird — @S10Bird
Tamika Catchings — @Catchin24
Tina Charles — @TinaCharles31
Elene Delle Donne — @De11eDonne
Sylvia Fowles — @SylviaFowles
Brittney Griner — @BrittneyGriner
Angel McCoughtry — @Angel_35
Maya Moore — @MooreMaya
Breanna Stewart — @Bre_Stewart30
Diana Taurasi — @DianaTaurasi
Lindsay Whalen — @Lindsay_13

Carmelo Anthony — @CarmeloAnthony
Harrison Barnes — @HBarnes
Jimmy Butler — @JimmyButler
DeMarcus Cousins — @BoogieCousins
DeMar DeRozan — @DeMar_DeRozan
Kevin Durant — @KDTrey5
Paul George — @YG_Trece
Draymond Green — @Money23Green
Kyrie Irving — @KyrieIrving
DeAndre Jordan — @DeAndreJordan6
Kyle Lowry — @KLow7
Klay Thompson — @KlayThompson

Beach Volleyball (8)
Phil Dalhausser — @PhilDalhausser
Lauren Fendrick — @LaurenFendrick
Jake Gibb — @JakeGibb
Nick Lucena — @NickLucenaFSU
Casey Patterson — @CaseyPatt
April Ross — @AprilRossBeach
Brooke Sweat — @BASweat
Kerri Walsh Jennings — @KerriLeeWalsh

Boxing (8)
Carlos Balderas
Charles Conwell — @CharlesConwell
Nico Hernandez — @NicoTheBoxer
Mikaela Mayer — @MikaelaMayer1
Gary Russell — @AntuanneRussell
Claressa Shields — @ClaressaShields
Shakur Stevenson — @ShakurStevenson
Antonio Vargas

Canoe/Kayak (5)
Casey Eichfeld — @kckanu
Maggie Hogan — @Maggs1179
Devan McEwan
Ashley Nee — @TheLifeOfNee
Michal Smolen — @MichalSmolen

Cycling (21)
Mara Abbott — @CosunshineMKA
Kristin Armstrong — @K_Armstrong
Matt Baranoski — @MattBaranoski
Brent Bookwalter — @BrentBookwalter
Kelly Catlin — @Kelly_Catlin
Brooke Crain — @BrookeCrain32
Lea Davison — @LeaDavisonBikes
Chloe Dygert — @ChloeDygert30
Connor Fields — @CFields
Howard Grotts — @HowardGrotts
Megan Guarnier — @MeganGuarnier
Sarah Hammer — @SarahHammer
Bobby Lea — @B_Lea1
Nic Long — @NicLong64
Taylor Phinney — @TaylorPhinney
Alise Post — @AlisePost11 
Corben Sharrah — @CorbenSharrah
Evelyn Stevens — @Evelyn_Stevens
Jennifer Valente — @ValenteJennifer
Ruth Winder — @RuthWinder
Chloe Woodruff — @ChloeWoodruff

Diving (10)
David Boudia — @DavidBoudia
Kassidy Cook — @KassidyCook1
Amy Cozad — @Amy_D_Cozad
Sam Dorman — @Sam_Dorman
Michael Hixon
Kristian Ipsen — @KristianIpsen
Steele Johnson — @Steele_Johnson
Abby Johnston — @AbbyLJohnston
Jessica Parratto — @JessicaParratto
Katrina Young — @KatrinaDiver

Equestrian (12)
Allison Brock
Lucy Davis — @GooseyDavis
Phillip Dutton — @DuttonEventing
Kent Farrington — @KentFarrington
Laura Graves — @LGravesDressage
Lauren Kieffer — @LaurenKieffer
Beezie Madden — @JohnMaddenSales
Boyd Martin — @WindurraUSA
Clark Montgomery — @MontgomeryEques
Kasey Perry-Glass — @KaseyPDressage
Steffen Peters
McLain Ward

Fencing (14)
Miles Chamley-Watson — @MChamleyWatson
Eli Dershwitz
Katherine Holmes
Daryl Homer — @DarylDHomer
Courtney Hurley
Kelley Hurley — @ThisHurleyGurrl
Lee Kiefer — @LeetotheKiefer
Alexander Massialas — @AMassialas
Gerek Meinhardt — @GerekMeinhardt
Ibtihaj Muhammad — @IbtihajMuhammad
Nzingha Prescod — @zingzang14
Jason Pryor — @JasonPryor5
Dagmara Wozniak — @DagaUSAFencing
Mariel Zagunis — @MarielZagunis

Field Hockey (16)
Katie Bam — @KatieODonnelFH
Jackie Briggs
Lauren Crandall — @LaurenCrandall
Rachel Dawson — @RachelDawson8
Katelyn Falgowski — @Falgo23
Stefanie Fee — @SteFee2
Melissa Gonzalez — @MellyGee123
Michelle Kasold — @MKasold18
Kelsey Kolojejchick
Alyssa Manley — @AlyssaManley5
Julia Reinprecht — @JReinpre
Katie Reinprecht — @KReinp
Kathleen Sharkey — @KSharkeyy
Caitlin Van Sickle — @Poppatweett
Michelle Vitesse — @MichelleVitt55
Jill Witmer — @JillWitmerFH

Golf (7)
Stacy Lewis — @Stacy_Lewis
Gerina Piller — @GerinaPiller
Lexi Thompson — @Lexi
Rickie Fowler — @RickieFowlerPGA
Matt Kuchar
Patrick Reed — @PReedGolf
Bubba Watson — @BubbaWatson

Gymnastics (18)
Nicole Ahsinger — @NicoleAhsinger
Simone Biles — @Simone_Biles
Chris Brooks — @CBrooks_wpr
Jacob Dalton — @Jake_Dalton
Logan Dooley — @DooleyLogan
Gabby Douglas — @GabrielleDoug
Kiana Eide
Laurie Hernandez — LzHernandez02
Alisa Kano
Madison Kocian — @MadisonKocian
Danell Leyva — @DanellJLeyva
Natalie McGiffert — @NatMcGiffert
Sam Mikulak — @SamuelMikulak
Alex Naddour — @Alex_Naddour
Aly Raisman — @Aly_Raisman
Monica Rokhman — @MonicaRokhman
Kristen Shaldybin — @Krishald97
Laura Zeng

Judo (6)
Colton Brown — @Colt_Forty_5
Angelica Delgado — @AngieDelgado52
Nick Delpopolo — @NickForGold
Kayla Harrison — @Judo_Kayla
Marti Malloy — @Martidamus
Travis Stevens — @JudoSilencer

Modern Pentathlon (3)
Isabella Isaksen — @IsabellaIsaksen
Margaux Isaksen — @MargauxIsaksen
Nathan Schrimsher — @pentnate5

Rowing (41)
Kate Bertko — @KBertko
Andrew Campbell — @TheAndyCamps
Charlie Cole
Mike DiSanto — @MADiSanto
Sam Dommer — @SamDommer
Tracy Eisser
Amanda Elmore — @AElm22
Anthony Fahden
Tessa Gobbo
Nareg Guregian — @Nareg_G
Austin Hack
Megan Kalmoe — @MeganKalmoe
Alex Karwoski — @AKarwoski4
Devery Karz — @DeveryKarz
Steve Kasprzyk
Edward King
Joshua Konieczny
Grace Latz — @GraceLatz
Eleanor Logan — @EDavisLogan
Grace Luczak — @RowGrace
Adrienne Martelli — @HammerMartelli
Matt Miller — @MattGuyMiller
Felice Mueller — @Feliced23
Rob Munn — @BobbyCGunn
Meghan Musnicki — @MegMus
Tyler Nase — @The_Sy5tem
Meghan O’Leary — @MeghanOLeary1
Glenn Ochal — @GlennOchal
Sam Ojserkis
Amanda Polk — @ARPolk
Robin Prendes — @RobinPrendes
Emily Regan — @EmilyRegan1
Henrik Rummel — @HenrikRummel
Lauren Schmetterling — @DasSchmett
Kerry Simmonds — @Simmonds_Kerry
Katelin Snyder — @KatelinS
Gevvie Stone — @GevGevs
Hans Struzyna — @hcgs89
Ellen Tomek — @EllenTomek
Seth Weil
Anders Weiss

Rugby (24)
Perry Baker — @SpeedStick11
Danny Barrett — @BookEmShaaarkie
Garrett Bender — @RugbyBender
Andrew Durutalo — @Durutalo_8
Nate Ebner — @NatEbner34
Madison Hughes — @MadisonHughes15
Carlin Isles — @Carlin_Isles
Folau Niua — @FNiua
Ben Pinkelman
Zack Test — @ZTesty5
Maka Unufe — @MakaUnufe
Chris Wyles — @ChrisWyles

Bui Baravilala — @Boolalahh
Ryan Carlyle — @Ryy_Car
Lauren Doyle — @LDoyle2009
Joanne Fa’avesi — @NanaFaavesi
Carmen Farmer
Victoria Folayan — @VixFly
Kelly Griffin — @KGrif1
Jessica Javelet — @JJavelet
Kathryn Johnson
Alev Kelter — @KelterAlev
Jillion Potter — @JillPPotts
Richelle Stephens — @RicRacRichelle

Sailing (15)
Thomas Barrows — @BM49er
Charlie Buckingham — @Char_Buck_
Louisa Chafee
Bora Gulari — @BGulari
Annie Haeger — @AnnieKateH
Paris Henken
Dave Hughes — @HughesSailing
Marion Lepert
Stuart McNay
Joe Morris — @BM49er
Caleb Paine — @CPaine_Sailing
Pedro Pascual — @Pedro11Pascual
Briana Provancha
Paige Railey — @PaigeSailor
Helena Scutt — @HelenaScutt

Shooting (20)
Will Brown — @WillsGotGuns
Corey Cogdell-Unrein — @CoreyCogdell
Morgan Craft — @MorganCraft25
Glenn Eller — @WGEller3
Matthew Emmons — @MattEmmonsUSA
Vincent Hancock — @Vincent_Hancock
David Higgins
Lucas Kozeniesky — @ButActually13
Dan Lowe
Michael McPhail
Emil Milev — @EmilMilev
Lydia Paterson
Kim Rhode — @KimRhode
Joshua Richmond — @JoshuaRichmond4
Keith Sanderson
Sarah Scherer — @Sarah_Scherer
Enkelejda Shehaj
Jay Shi
Frank Thompson — @F_Thompson15
Virginia Thrasher

Soccer (18)
Morgan Brian — @MoeeBrian
Crystal Dunn — @CrysDunn_19
Whitney Engen — @WhitneyEngen
Tobin Heath — @TobinHeath
Lindsey Horan — @LindseyHoran11
Julie Johnston — @_JulieJohnston_
Meghan Klingenberg — @MeghanKling
Ali Krieger — @AliKrieger
Allie Long — @Allie_Long
Carli Lloyd — @CarliLloyd
Alex Morgan — @AlexMorgan13
Alyssa Naeher — @AlyssaNaeher
Kelley O’Hara — @KOhara19
Christen Press — @ChristenPress
Mallory Pugh — @MPugh
Megan Rapinoe — @MPinoe
Becky Sauerbrunn — @BeckySauerbrunn
Hope Solo — @HopeSolo

Swimming (47)
Cammile Adams — @CammileAdams
Nathan Adrian — @NathanGAdrian
Haley Anderson — @SwimHaley
Kathleen Baker — @KathleenBaker2
Elizabeth Beisel — @EBeisel34
Gunnar Bentz — @TheGunnyBunny
Jack Conger
Kevin Cordes — @KWCordes
Maya DiRado — @MayaDiRado
Caeleb Dressel — @CaelebDressel
Conor Dwyer — @ConorJDwyer
Anthony Ervin — @AnthonyErvin
Jimmy Feigen — @JimmyFeigen
Hali Flickinger — @Hali_Flickinger
Missy Franklin — @MissyFranklin
Townley Haas — @TownleyH
Molly Hannis — @MollyHannis
Ryan Held — @Heldilox
Connor Jaeger — @ConJaeg
Chase Kalisz — @ChaseKalisz
Lilly King — @_King_Lil
Katie Ledecky — @KatieLedecky
Jay Litherland — @J_Litherland
Ryan Lochte — @RyanLochte
Simone Manuel — @Simone_Manuel
Melanie Margalis — @MelMargalis
Katie Meili — @Katie_Meili
Cody Miller — @Swimiller
Ryan Murphy — @Ryan_F_Murphy
Lia Neal — @LiaNeal
Jacob Pebley — @Jacob_Pebley
Michael Phelps — @MichaelPhelps
Blake Pieroni — @BPieroniGold
David Plummer — @DavidEPlummer
Josh Prenot — @JoshPrenot
Cierra Runge — @CierraRunge
Sean Ryan — @SeanRyan92
Allison Schmitt — @ARSchmitty
Tom Shields — @BeefyTShields
Clark Smith
Leah Smith — @LGSmith19
Olivia Smoliga — @OliviaSmoliga
Dana Vollmer — @DanaVollmer
Amanda Weir — @AmandaJoWeir
Abbey Weitzeil — @AbbeyWeitzeil
Jordan Wilimovsky — @J_Wilimovsky
Kelsi Worrell — @KelsiWhirl

Synchronized Swimming (2)
Anita Alvarez — @AnitaaAlvarez12
Mariya Koroleva — @MKoroleva

Table Tennis (6)
Yijun Feng
Kanak Jha
Timothy Wang
Jennifer Wu
Lily Zhang — @LilyAnnZhang
Jiaqi Zheng — @JQZ520

Taekwondo (4)
Jackie Galloway — @ikick_urface
Stephen Lambdin — @StephenLambdin
Steven Lopez — @StevenLopeztkd
Paige McPherson — @Mcfierce2012

Tennis (11)
Brian Baker — @BBakesTennis
Steve Johnson — @SJohnson_89
Madison Keys — @Madison_Keys
Denis Kudla — @DenisKudla
Bethanie Mattek-Sands — @BMattek
Rajeev Ram — @RajeevRam
Jack Sock — @JackSock
Sloane Stephens — @SloaneStephens
CoCo Vandeweghe — @CocoVandey
Serena Williams — @SerenaWilliams
Venus Williams — @VenusESWilliams

Track and Field (129)
Bradley Adkins — @Bradley_Adkins
Morolake Akinosun — @MsFastTwitch
Nia Ali — @ItsPooda
Devon Allen — @DevonAllen13
Robby Andrews — @RA_Andrews
Ronnie Ash
Whitney Ashley — @WJaShLeyLUVSU
Tavis Bailey — @VolThrower215
Tianna Bartoletta — @HensleyTiana
Chris Benard — @FlyyLikeChrisB
Boris Berian — @BorisGump800
Gwen Berry — @Berry_Edible
Ben Blankenship — @BenFBlankenship
Hillary Bor
Brittany Borman — @BrittBorman
Tori Bowie — @Bowie_Tori
Marvin Bracy — @_BraceYaself
Trayvon Bromell — @TrayvonBromell
Donn Cabral — @DonnCabral
Amber Campbell — @USAHammerHottie
Kelsey Card — @KelseyCard27
Michelle Carter — @ShotDiva
Kristi Castlin — @KristiHollywood
Matthew Centrowitz — @MattCentrowitz
Paul Chelimo — @PaulChelimo
Will Claye — @WilliamClaye
Kerron Clement
Kyle Clemons — @KC_Quik
Emma Coburn — @EmmaJCoburn
Christian Coleman — @__Coleman
Kim Conley — @KimConley
Amy Cragg — @HastyHastings
Ryan Crouser — @RCrouserThrows
Sam Crouser
Logan Cunningham
Vashti Cunningham — @VashTizzle_
Abbey D’Agostino — @Abbey_Dags
Janay DeLoach — @JanayDeLoach
Ashton Eaton — @AshtonJEaton
Taylor Ellis-Watson
Christina Epps — @Ms_Hop_St3pps
Andrew Evans — @MAndrew_91
Allyson Felix — @AllysonFelix
Mason Finley
Shalane Flanagan — @ShalaneFlanagan
Phyllis Francis — @PhyllisCFrancis
Courtney Frerichs — @CourtFrerichs8
Sean Furey
English Gardner — @UghlyDucklin
Justin Gatlin — @JustinGatlin
Tyson Gay — @TysonLGay
Andrea Geubelle — @AGeubelle05
Kate Grace — @FastK8
Arman Hall — @Arman_Hall
Marielle Hall
Mike Hartfield — @FlightHartfield
Natasha Hastings — @NatashaHastings
Jeff Henderson
Darrell Hill — @B1GHomie
Cyrus Hostetler — @CHostetler15
Shelby Houlihan — @Shelbo800
Molly Huddle — @MollyHuddle
Emily Infeld — @Emily_Infeld
Evan Jager — @EvanJager
Charles Jock — @CharlesJock
Felisha Johnson — @Fefe_J247
Kibwe Johnson — @KibweJohnson
Meb Keflezighi — @RunMeb
Sam Kendricks — @SamKendricks
Shadrack Kipchirchir — @ShadrackKipch16
Leonard Korir
Joe Kovacs — @JoeKovacsUSA
Erik Kynard — @Erik_Kynard
Bernard Lagat — @Lagat1500
Jarrion Lawson — @J_Lawson_
Desi Linden — @Des_Linden
Chaunté Lowe — @ChaunteLowe
Maggie Malone — @MaggieMalone93
Brenda Martinez — @BMartRun
Francena McCorory — @TheRealMcCorory
Conor McCullough — @CoMcCullough
Sydney McLaughlin
Inika McPherson — @HighJumpQueen
Tony McQuay — @Tmq400
Hassan Mead — @HassyHass35
Miranda Melville — @MirandaRaceWalk
LaShawn Merritt — @LaShawn Merritt
Maria Michta-Coffey — @MariaMichta
Heather Miller-Koch — @HMillerKoch
Sandi Morris — @SandiCheeksPV
Dalilah Muhammad
Clayton Murphy — @Clayton_Murph
John Nunn — @Johnnywalker04
Barbara Nwaba — @TrackBarbie7
Courtney Okolo — @CourtneyOkolo
Keturah Orji — @KeturahOrji
Jeff Porter — @JeffPorter1
Jenna Prandini — @J_Prandini
DeAnna Price — @DeAnnaPrice32
Colleen Quigley — @Steeple_Squigs
Brittney Reese — @DaLJBeast
Gil Roberts — @Gil_Roberts
Ricky Robertson — @Jump_Aholic
Byron Robinson — @TheRealBSwagg
Mike Rodgers — @Mr_Rodgers_DAT
Brianna Rollins — @Bri_Rollin
Shannon Rowbury — @ShannonRowbury
Galen Rupp — @G_Rupp
Raven Saunders — @GiveMe1Shot
Cale Simmons
Jenny Simpson — @TrackJenny
Ashley Spencer — @TheTrackQueen
Deajah Stevens — @ButDeajahSaid
Jenn Suhr — @JennSuhr
Jeremy Taiwo — @JeremyATaiwo
Christian Taylor — @Taylored2Jump
Michael Tinsley — @Mr400Hurdles
Shelbi Vaughan — @Throw_Princess 
David Verburg — @AdiVerb
Jared Ward — @JWardy21
Ariana Washington — @ImJustAri
Ameer Webb — @FastLikeWebb
Lexi Weeks — @LexiWeeks
Chrishuna Williams — @shuna_lashay
Kendell Williams — @Kendell61495
Ajee’ Wilson — @AjeeW
Kara Winger — @KaraThrowsJav
Rudy Winkler — @ThrowRW
Zach Ziemek — @TheOnlyDoubleZ

Triathlon (6)
Greg Billington — @Grillington
Gwen Jorgensen – @GwenJorgensen
Ben Kanute — @BenKanute
Joe Maloy — @JoeTriathlon
Sarah True — @SGroffy
Katie Zaferes — @KZaferes6

Volleyball (24)
Matt Anderson — @MattAnderson_1
Micah Christenson — @MChristenson5
Max Holt — @MaxwellHolt
Thomas Jaeschke — @T_Jaeschke
David Lee — @D_Lee_Dreams
Reid Priddy — @ReidPriddy
Aaron Russell — @FatRonRussell
Taylor Sander — @TaylorSander15
Erik Shoji — @Shojinator
Kawika Shoji — @KShoji7
David Smith — @DavidMSmith15
Murphy Troy — @MurphDogg_

Rachael Adams — @RAdamss
Foluke Akinradewo — @FAkinradewo
Kayla Banwarth — @KaylaBanwarth2
Christa Dietzen — @ChristaDietzen
Alisha Glass — @AGlass6
Kim Hill — @KimJayeHill
Jordan Larson — @JordanLarson10
Carli Lloyd
Karsta Lowe — @KFLoweUCLA
Kelly Murphy — @KellyMurph12
Kelsey Robinson — @KRobin32
Courtney Thompson — @CourtLThompson

Water Polo (26)
KK Clark — @KKClarkUSA
Kami Craig — @KamiCraigUSA
Rachel Fattal
Aria Fischer — @AriaFischer_
Makenzie Fischer — @MakenzieFishy
Kaleigh Gilchrist — @KGilchrist15
Sami Hill — @SamiHillUSA
Ashleigh Johnson — @TheAshJohnson
Courtney Mathewson — @CLKMathewson
Maddie Musselman — @MaddieMusselman
Kiley Neushul
Melissa Seidemann — @MelSeidemann
Maggie Steffens — @MaggieSteffens

Tony Azevedo — @WaterPoloTony
McQuin Baron — @McQuinBaron
Bret Bonanni — @BretBonanni
Alex Bowen — @Amazing_Brick
Luca Cupido
Thomas Dunstan
Ben Hallock — @Ben_Hallock
John Mann — @JohnMannUSA
Merrill Moses — @MerrillMoses
Alex Obert — @AObert18
Alex Roelse — @AlexRoelse
Josh Samuels — @JSamuels7
Jesse Smith — @GoSmithNow

Weightlifting (4)
Jenny Arthur — @JlArthur2016
Kendrick Farris — @KendrickJFarris
Morghan King — @KingMorghan
Sarah Robles — @Roblympian

Wrestling (14)
Haley Augello — @HayAugello
Andy Bisek — @Biseks_Stache
Jordan Burroughs — @alliseeisgold
J’Den Cox — @superstarw14t
Daniel Dennis
Tervel Dlagnev — @TervelDlagnev
Adeline Gray — @AdelineGray
Helen Maroulis — @Helen_Maroulis
Frank Molinaro — @GorillaHulk149
Elena Pirozhkova — @E_Pirozhkova
Ben Provisor — @B_Provisor74
Robby Smith — @RTDSmith
Kyle Snyder — @Snyder_Man45
Jesse Thielke — @Thielke_Smooth

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Jordan Thompson, U.S. volleyball’s new weapon, took unique route to NCAA history

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It was about this time last year that Jordan Thompson first appeared on the radar of U.S. women’s volleyball coach Karch Kiraly. Since, Thompson emerged as the youngest starter, and arguably a star, for the national team.

She goes into what could be her final weekend of college volleyball as one of the most dominant athletes in any sport. And one of the most unique stories in NCAA history.

Thompson plays not for a Big Ten or Pac-12 powerhouse, but for Cincinnati, a school that, before she arrived, never made it past the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The unranked Bearcats upset second-ranked Pittsburgh in the second round last Saturday. They play Penn State, winner of six of the last 12 NCAA titles, in the Sweet 16 on Friday.

In 33 games this season, Thompson has registered a Division I-leading 768 kills, which is 143 more than the next most prolific attacker. That margin of 143 is the same number that separates No. 2 from No. 31.

Last season, she had 827 kills, which was 240 more than anybody else and a single-season record (by 112 kills) since NCAA match formats shifted from 30-point to 25-point sets in 2008.

She is a contender, if not a favorite, to be AVCA National Player of the Year. All of the previous winners dating to 1985 came from schools that reached at least one Final Four.

On Oct. 4, a UCF player’s face caught the wrong end of a Thompson attack. Cincinnati teammates watching from the bench dropped to the floor in astonishment.

Thompson tallied 50 kills in one match alone on Nov. 3, becoming the first D-I player to do so in 20 years.

That happened on Senior Day. Before that match, Thompson received a plaqued No. 23 jersey and flowers.

She posed for a photo standing with her husband, former Cincinnati offensive lineman Blake Yager, her mother, Mary, whose bribes helped Thompson develop into an attacker, and her father, 1990s Harlem Globetrotter Tyrone Doleman (and brother of Pro Football Hall of Famer Chris Doleman).

Mary has been most instrumental, raising Thompson as a single mom in Minnesota. Thompson, who is 6 feet, 4 inches now, was always tall for her age.

She played youth basketball against older girls and grew frustrated by the physical contact. Kneepads weren’t comfort enough. She decided to give volleyball a try in middle school.

“She was very timid,” Mary said of her daughter, who has since gotten 10 tattoos, including one of a hummingbird. “She would tell me she didn’t want to hurt anyone on the other side of the net. I told her I would give her a dollar for every time she would whack it. And I would give her $10 if she would actually hit someone on the other end of the court.”

It took a while, but Thompson was motivated by her love of horses. The payouts from her mom went toward a saddle and a bridal. A box with horse equipment remains in the family garage back home.

“She was trying to build up her supplies to be able to one day say to me, look, I’ve got a saddle, I’ve got all of my tack, I’ve got stuff to clean the hooves, can we get a horse now?” Mary said. 

After just two years of club volleyball, Thompson received her first Division-I scholarship offer. It came from Syracuse. Thompson was a high school sophomore.

“In the back of my head, I’m thinking, I’m never going to get another offer, so I better take this one,” she said.

Thompson was intent on Syracuse for a year before a coaching change led her to decommit. She wasn’t sure if many schools knew she had reopened her recruiting. A Minnesota club teammate had committed to Cincinnati and suggested Thompson take a visit.

The Bearcats went 3-29 the season before she committed.

“I said, Jordan, you can play D-I at Texas. You can go to Nebraska,” Mary said. “She was like, no, no, I want to play all four years. I actually want to get playing time, mom. She really struggled believing how good she could be.”

The biggest obstacle came junior year. In a preseason training session, Thompson collided with that Minnesota club teammate, Jade Tingelhoff, and tore the UCL in her dominant, right arm. She was in an armpit-to-wrist brace for two months post-Tommy John surgery, including three weeks with her arm locked in place.

She couldn’t brush her hair, had a hard time brushing her teeth and found it difficult showering and getting dressed.

She still went to every Bearcats game and traveled with the team. Cincinnati went from 22-10 her sophomore season to 13-19 that year without her on the court.

“It ended up being OK,” Tingelhoff said. “She came back that next season — I’m not kidding — 10 times as better than she was even the previous year.”

As a redshirt junior, Thompson and her 827 kills helped Cincinnati to a 26-8 record and its first NCAA Tournament win in seven years. She also caught the eye of Kiraly by the end of that 2018 season.

“She was one of the elite players in all of college volleyball,” he said. “Probably the only one who came from a conference other than the ones known for producing the most NCAA champions, like the Big Ten and the Pac-12.”

By last spring break, Thompson had become a favorite of U.S coaches at a camp to help select teams for summer international tournaments.

She had a one-on-one conversation with Kiraly, the only person to own Olympic indoor and beach gold medals. The legend told her she had potential to play at the Pan American Games. Later, he upped the praise to say she was ready for the top-level Nations League, a precursor to Olympic qualifying.

Thompson made her national team debut in May. By August, she came off the bench to help spur a comeback in a crucial Olympic qualifying match. The next day, she was in the starting lineup for the U.S.’ final Olympic qualifier, where the Americans clinched a Tokyo 2020 berth.

“I think a lot people don’t know she is still in college,” two-time U.S. Olympic outside hitter Jordan Larson said then. “She still has one more year left.”

Agents reached out, but Thompson had no intention of giving up her final year of NCAA eligibility. She wanted to make history at Cincinnati. That was secured with the Sweet 16 berth.

With the new year, she will trade the Cincinnati red and black for Team USA colors. She will keep in mind what the U.S. coaching staff told the team during Olympic qualifying and what she called a dream summer.

“My big goal in life was I just wanted to be in the USA gym,” said Thompson, who is working on her master’s in criminal justice. “To hear that we’re all working towards this goal of trying to make this roster, and we are being looked as potential players to make that roster, my jaw dropped. To know that it’s even a remote possibility is mind-blowing.”

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Tahiti chosen for Olympic surfing competition at 2024 Paris Games

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Paris 2024 Olympic organizers want the surfing competition to be held in Tahiti, an island in French Polynesia that is about 9,800 miles from Paris.

It would break the record for the farthest Olympic medal competition to be held outside the host. In 1956, equestrian events were moved out of Melbourne due to quarantine laws and held five months earlier in Stockholm, some 9,700 miles away.

The Paris 2024 executive board approved the site Thursday — specifically, the village of Teahupo’o — and will propose it to the IOC. It beat out other applicants Biarritz, Lacanau, Les Landes and La Torche, all part of mainland France.

“If, ever, we have two alternatives, and where one alternative gives the athletes of a particular sport more closeness to the heart of the Games and allows them to enjoy the magic and the spirit of the Games better, then in the interest of the athletes, we prefer this solution,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in June when asked about Tahiti’s interest in hosting surfing.

Surfing will debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games but is not on the permanent Olympic program. Surfing was among sports added to the Paris 2024 program in June and could be added for the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

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