After 19 medals in 2016 and 20 in 2021, how many will Indiana athletes win at Paris in 2024?
Remember, it is just three years away. Athletes who otherwise would retire might be persuaded to persist.
Twenty-four to watch in ’24. (Plus one):
Chloe Dygert, 24. What could have been a momentous Olympics still resulted in a team pursuit bronze on the track. If heathy, the Brownsburg rider is unbeatable in individual time trial on the road.
Sarah Bacon, 24. Four-time NCAA champion from Indianapolis returns to Minnesota for another college season. She barely missed Olympic team after winning World Cup silver medal in Tokyo on 3-meter.
Andrew Capobianco, 21. IU’s NCAA 3-meter champion won synchro silver at Tokyo and was 10th in individual event.
Tyler Downs, 18. Incoming Purdue freshman will try for second Olympics.
Tarrin Gilliland, 18. IU’s NCAA champion on 10-meter platform missed Olympic Trials because of injury.
Joshua Hedberg, 14. In his first competition in 21 months, Noblesville teen was fourth on 10-meter at Olympic Trials.
Brandon Loschiavo, 24. Purdue’s NCAA platform champion won Olympic Trials and was 10th at Tokyo.
Alec Yoder, 24. Pommel horse specialist from Indianapolis was sixth in Tokyo. It would be worth sticking around for a medal.
Noah Droddy, 30. Indianapolis native ran 2:09:09 marathon last December – No. 9 in U.S. history and third among Americans in 2020-21. DePauw grad has come a long way from the International School student who never qualified for a state meet.
Molly Seidel, 27. Notre Dame alumna was one of Team USA’s inspirational women. It would be hard to top Olympic bronze, but she is young enough to aim for another podium.
Open water swimming
Michael Brinegar, 21. IU Olympian from Columbus is better in an ocean than a pool.
Zach Apple, 24. After anchoring two gold-winning relays, the 6-7 sprinter has more.
Drew Kibler, 21. Carmel’s first Olympic swimmer barely missed a relay medal. Only two Americans were faster in 200 freestyle than Texas collegian.
Lilly King, 24. After five medals from two Olympics, IU breaststroker from Evansville will be out to reclaim gold.
Jake Mitchell, 19. Despite interrupted training, the Carmel swimmer was eighth in 400 freestyle at Tokyo. He can aim for NCAA titles at Michigan.
Will Modglin, 17. Zionsville teen would be coming off freshman season of college in 2024.
Emma Nordin, 21. Arizona State swimmer from Carmel ranks third in USA (and 11th in world) in 400 freestyle. She was fifth at Olympic Trials.
Kelly Pash, 20. Versatile Carmel swimmer was sixth and fifth in 100 and 200 butterfly, respectively, at Olympic Trials. Big 12 swimmer of the year for Texas.
JoJo Ramey, 16. Fishers High School junior was seventh at Olympic Trials in 200-meter backstroke and ranks 17th worldwide.
Track and field
Kamyren Garrett, 18. USA Today’s high school track athlete of the year cleared 7-3 in high jump and was 13th at Olympic Trials. Lawrence Central grad is off to Kansas State.
Cole Hocker, 20. After running under the Olympic 1,500 record in placing sixth, the Cathedral grad is on a pathway to be one of his sport’s biggest stars.
Lynna Irby, 22. After two Olympic relay medals, the former Pike sprinter could keep climbing.
Daniel Michalski, 25. Former IU steeplechaser was fourth at Olympic Trials, then lowered his time to 8:20.96.
Yared Nuguse, 22. He pulled out of 1,500 heats in Tokyo because of injury but could make the start line in Paris. He is taking another season at Notre Dame in 2022.
David Boudia, 32. Would he come back again? Four-time Olympic medalist from Noblesville barely missed Tokyo, and he has not formally retired. He will coach at Purdue, and what better way to teach than to show divers how it’s done?
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