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Penn State Athletics: 22 Nittany Lions Set For Olympics, Schedules And More

by on August 03, 2016 11:40 AM

If you want to have a little extra pride on the line during this year's Olympics you're in luck as 22 current and former Nittany Lions are set to take part in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Penn State's affiliation with the world games starts tonight as the United States women’s soccer team begins Group G play at 6 p.m. ET against New Zealand. The opening ceremonies are Friday.

Former Nittany Lions Ali Krieger and Alyssa Naeher are members of the squad, Krieger will likely start on defense while Naeher is a reserve goalie. The match will air live on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).

Rio is one hour ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.





The complete schedule for Penn State Athletics’ competitors and coaches and more can be found here:

In total a school-record 22 Penn State athletes will suit up to represent five different countries. The Nittany Lions have been represented at 17-straight Olympiads.

The 2016 Nittany Lion contingent consists of 19 competitors in nine sports including both men's and women's fencing and volleyball, and assistant coaches in women’s basketball, men’s track and field and men’s volleyball, for a total of 10 sports with Penn State representation.

Penn State’s 2016 Olympians (22):

15 former student-athletes competing (13 United States, 2 Mexico)

1 current student-athlete competing (Ireland)

2 former student-athletes coaching (Japan, Mexico)

1 current student competing (U.S.)

1 former student competing (U.S.)

1 current coach competing (U.S. Virgin Islands)

1 current coach coaching (U.S. Virgin Islands)

Sixteen of the Nittany Lions’ contingent have earned their degrees and U.S. men’s cyclist Matt Baranoski is on schedule to graduate in December after taking a two-year leave of absence as a full-time student in order to train for an opportunity to make the Olympic team.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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