USA Golf has officially announced its roster for the Rio Games, which completes the 555-athlete U.S. delegation for the 2016 Olympics. View the entire roster here.
The golfers were already known, as the qualification period concluded a week ago, but the announcement didn’t come until Monday afternoon.
The 555 U.S. athletes are more than the 530 who competed in the 2012 London Games, according to sports-reference.com, but fewer than the all-time record 647 American athletes who participated in the 1996 Atlanta Games.
More athletes could be added based on the possible reallocation of quota spots, plus three fencing replacement athletes, if they compete in Rio. All athletes are pending until the U.S. Olympic Committee officially nominates the team, which should come in the next week.
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With a bronze medal in Lake Placid earlier today, Kendall Wesenberg became the first American to reach the World Cup podium in skeleton in two years.
Wesenberg, who finished 17th at her first Olympics in PyeongChang, had a combined time of 1:51.10 in Lake Placid. Prior to today, her last podium finish at the World Cup was in St. Moritz in January 2017.
“This has never been my strongest track, so we really broke it down piece by piece, and I think it paid off,” Wesenberg said, according to USA Bobsled and Skeleton. “The second run, I kind of tried to throw it away at the top there. By the time I made it to corner 10, I was just thinking ‘build speed, build speed.”
Wesenberg, 28, grew up in California’s Central Valley, but her interest in sliding sports piqued while watching the 2010 Vancouver Games. When the commentators discussed the athletic backgrounds of the athletes, Wesenberg realized she played some of the same sports growing up. A quick Google search brought her to the USA Bobsled and Skeleton page. She told her siblings she was thinking of trying skeleton. They said she’d never do it. Challenge accepted.
Wesenberg emailed a U.S. coach and signed up for a combine and driving training in January 2011. Seven years later, she was sliding on Olympic ice.
Sliding coverage continues today on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, with women’s bobsled live at 3:15 p.m. ET and men’s bobsled live at 4:15.