Jun 24, 2021 - Sports

These Minnesotans are headed to the Tokyo Olympics

Swimmer Regan Smith competes in Tokyo Olympics qualifying trials.

Lakeville native Regan Smith headlines a crop of Minnesota athletes headed for Tokyo. Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

A dozen athletes with Minnesota ties have qualified for the U.S. Olympic teams set to compete in Tokyo next month.

By the numbers: The official Team USA roster for the Tokyo Olympics lists nine athletes across eight sports as Minnesotans, but several additional qualifiers have connections to the state.

How it works: Qualifying, which began in 2019, is still an ongoing process and the roster won't be finalized until the first week of July.

  • But, but, but: Qualifying does not guarantee a spot on Team USA. More details on the process for each sport here.

Who's on the list:

  • Gopher alumnus Bowe Becker in swimming
  • Shoreview's Kyra Condi in climbing
  • Lakeville native Regan Smith in swimming
  • Lynx players Sylvia Fowles and Napheesa Collier in women's basketball
  • Minneapolis native Joe Klecker in track
  • Rosemount's Payton Otterdahl in men's shotput
  • Shoreview's Lara Dallman-Weiss, sailing
  • Gopher wrestler Gable Stevenson in wrestling
  • Farmington native Patrick Sunderman in rifle shooting
  • St. Cloud native Alise Willoughby in BMX
  • Edina native Jordan Thompson in volleyball

What's next: We'll be watching to find out if more Minnesotans clinch their spots by July.

  • St. Paul gymnast Suni Lee competes in qualifying trials today through Sunday. She could be the first Hmong American to secure a spot on the national Olympics gymnastics team.

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