The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced the USOPC Hall of Fame class of 2019 inductees yesterday. The list featured nine individuals, two legends, one coach and one special contributor from Team USA.
The inductees included household names such as short track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno, who won eight medals at the Winter Olympic Games, the most of any Team USA athlete, and legends Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who are popularly known for raising their black-gloved fists in protest at the Olympic Games Mexico City 1968.
The class of 2019 featured:
- Candace Cable (Para alpine skiing, Para Nordic skiing, Para track and field)
- Lisa Leslie (basketball)
- Nastia Liukin (gymnastics)
- Misty May-Treanor (beach volleyball)
- Apolo Anton Ohno (short track speedskating)
- Erin Popovich (Para swimming)
- Dara Torres (swimming)
- Chris Waddell (Para alpine skiing, Para track and field)
- 1998 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team
- John Carlos (legend: track and field)
- Tommie Smith (legend: track and field)
- Ron O’Brien (coach: diving)
- Tim Nugent (special contributor)
On Monday, National Governing Bodies, Team USA athletes and the inductees themselves took to Twitter to share their congratulations for the class of 2019.
USOPC unveils U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame Class of 2019