As the summer Olympics begin in Tokyo, Missouri Congressman Billy Long made the following statement congratulating the nine Missourians who will join Team USA in Japan.
“I am excited to see nine of our top athletes from Missouri join Team USA in Tokyo for the Summer Olympics,” said Congressman Long. “Competing in the Olympics is an incredible honor for you and your families, and an opportunity to represent the state of Missouri, and the United States. I know that your families are filled with immense pride at your accomplishments and look forward to seeing you succeed on the world stage. I join all Missourians in wishing you all the best of luck in Tokyo.”
Nine Missouri athletes will compete in five sports. Becky Sauerbrunn of St. Louis will participate in soccer, Jayson Tatum of St. Louis will compete in men’s basketball, Tyler Downs of Ballwin will dive in the 3m springboard competition and Napheesa Collier of St. Charles will play women’s basketball. Five Missourians will compete in track and field events, with Gwen Berry of St. Louis and Deanna Price of Troy participating in the hammer throw, Chris Nilsen of Kansas City and KC Lightfoot of Lee’s Summit competing in the pole vault, and Courtney Frerichs of Nixa running in the 3000m steeplechase.