Meet the 2019 Hall of Fame Finalists

Olympians

Gary Anderson

OLYMPIC GAMES
1964 - Shooting
Gold: Men’s free rifle three positions (300 meters)
1968 - Shooting
Gold: Mixed free rifle three positions (300m)
1968 - Shooting
8th: Mixed small-bore rifle prone (50m)


TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS

1. Two-time Olympic gold medalist in the free rifle, three positions, 300-meters
2. Set six individual world records throughout his career
3. Won seven world titles and 11 national titles
4. 11-time gold medalist at the Pan American Games
5. 1966 World Championships gold medalist 


TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Anderson was the only athlete in Olympic history to win back-to-back gold medals in the free rifle, three positions, 300-meter event before it was removed from the Olympic Program.
2. He had a prolific competitive shooting career, setting six individual world records, and winning seven world titles, 11 national titles and 11 Pan American Games gold medals.
3. Anderson continued to serve the sport of shooting and the Olympic Movement following his retirement from competition, serving as a vice president of the International Shooting Sports Federation and the director of civilian marksmanship in the U.S. Civilian Marksmanship program.


BACKGROUND

• Taught himself how to shoot competitively while growing up on a small farm in Nebraska
• Joined the U.S. Army and was enlisted in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in Fort Benning
• First competed on the international stage at the 1959 Pan American Games
• Won his first of 11 national titles in 1961
• Served as a Nebraska state senator between 1972 and 1976
• Served as shooting competition manager at the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996 and as the director of civilian marksmanship in the U.S. Civilian Marksmanship Program since 1999
• Former president of USA Shooting
• Was a vice president of the International Shooting Sports Federation

KEY TAKEAWAY
Gary Anderson – who taught himself how to shoot competitively while growing up on a farm – went on to become a two-time Olympic champion. He is the only athlete to win back-to-back gold medals in free rifle, three positions, 300-meter event before it was removed from the Olympic program. Following his athletic career that included 11-time national titles and six world records, Anderson went on to become the president of USA Shooting and a Nebraska senator.

Greg Barton

OLYMPIC GAMES
1984 - Canoe/Kayak
Bronze: 
Kayak Singles, 1,000-meter
1988 - Canoe/Kayak
2 Golds: Kayak Singles, 1,000; Kayak Doubles, 1,000
1992 - Canoe/Kayak
Bronze: 
Kayak Singles, 1,000
4th: Kayak Doubles, 1,000

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Double Olympic gold medalist (K-1 and K-2 1,000-meter).
2. Winner of more than 50 U.S. national championships.
3. Selected as one of the "100 Golden Olympians" for the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996.
4. First American to win an Olympic gold medal in kayaking.
5. Was the James E. Sullivan Award Finalist in 1988.

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Has won more Olympic medals than any other American in kayaking.
2. Brought kayaking to the mainstream as a Sullivan Award Finalist in 1988.
3. Four-time world champion.

BACKGROUND
Considered the greatest flatwater kayaker in U.S. history.
Competed at three Olympic Games, winning medals at each, highlighted by his two gold medals in 1988 in K1-1,000 and K2-1,000.
Won gold medals in the K1-1,000 and K2-1,000 at the 1987 Pan American Games.
Earned six medals at the world championships throughout his career, including four golds (K-1 1000-meter: 1987, K-1 10000 m: 1985, 1987, 1991), a silver (K-1 10000 m: 1990), and a bronze (K-1 1000 m: 1991). 
Graduated from the University of Michigan in 1983 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
He settled in Seattle where he started and ran Epic Kayaks, which makes high-end kayaks, surfskis, and paddles.
The US Canoe Association has named the “Greg Barton Cup Challenge” in his honor.

KEY TAKEAWAY
Widely considered the greatest flatwater kayaker in U.S. history, Greg Barton captured four Olympic medals, including two golds in 1988, the first gold medals ever won by an American kayaker. He won more than 50 U.S. national championships throughout his career and was a four-time world champion. Perhaps most importantly, he helped bring the Olympic sport of kayaking into the national spotlight as a finalist for the James E. Sullivan Award in 1988.

 

Laura Berg

LauraBergOLYMPIC GAMES
1996 - Softball, Gold
2000 - Softball, Gold
2004 - Softball, Gold
2008 - Softball, Silver

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. USA Softball's only four-time Olympian.
2. One of four softball athletes who have earned three Olympic gold medals.
3. Part of the 2004 U.S. softball team that was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame (2012).
4. Had a perfect fielding percentage in all four Olympic Games as the starting centerfielder for Team USA. 
5. Compiled an Olympic career-batting average of .325.

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. The only four-time softball Olympian and one of only four softball players in the world who have three Olympic gold medals.
2. Considered by the international community as softball's greatest Olympian.
3. Drove in the game-winning run in the 2000 gold medal game against Japan in extra-innings.

BACKGROUND
She is the only softball player to win four total Olympic medals and three Olympic gold medals, making her the most decorated U.S. softball player in Olympic history.
Played as a centerfielder on all four U.S. Olympic softball teams between 1996 and 2008.
She was also on the U.S. teams that won world championships in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006.
Three-time gold medalist at the Pan-American Games (1999, 2003 and 2007).

KEY TAKEAWAY
Laura Berg was a mainstay of the USA Softball Women's National Team during the four Olympic Games softball was fortunate to be included in. In her Olympic debut, she was one of the youngest on the team and eventually evolved into an established veteran in her final game at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Berg is still extremely influential in the softball world, currently serving as an assistant coach for the women’s national team and guiding the current members of USA Softball on their quest to redemption and gold in Tokyo 2020.

 

Anne Donovan

OLYMPIC GAMES
1980 - Basketball, U.S. boycott
1984 - Basketball, Gold
1988 - Basketball, Gold
2004 - Basketball (Asst., Coach), Gold
2008 - Basketball (Head Coach), Gold

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Second among U.S. Olympic women’s basketball career leaders with 13 blocks in two Olympics.
2. Member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team that defeated the Soviet Union for the first time in Olympic competition; averaged 1.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. Her three blocked shots against Yugoslavia remains tied for the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball single-game high.
3. As a player in the Olympic Games Los Angeles 1984, averaged 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Her nine blocked shots lists third in the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball single-competition record book.
4. First person in USA Basketball history to be a part of Olympic gold medal teams as both and athlete and head coach.
5. Was the first female Naismith College Player of the Year in 1983 at Old Dominion University.

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Olympic basketball legend as both a player and coach.
2. Played on 11 USA Basketball teams throughout her career.
3. Was the first female Naismith College Player of the Year.

BACKGROUND
A two-time Olympian who has won two Olympic gold medals as a player (1984, 1988), one gold as an assistant coach (2004) and one gold medal as a head coach (2008).
The first person in USA Basketball history to be a part of Olympic gold medal teams as both and athlete and head coach.
Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 and into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999
Was a player on a remarkable 11 USA Basketball teams and is one of the most decorated players in USA Basketball history.
Played at Old Dominion University and was the first female Naismith College Player of the Year in 1983.
Coached in the NCAA and WNBA, including leading the Seattle Storm to a WNBA Championship in 2004.

KEY TAKEAWAY
Anne Donovan, who was an imposing 6-foot-8 center during her playing career, first represented USA Basketball in 1977 when she was 17 years old, and she culminated her efforts by leading the U.S. to the gold medal as a head coach at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. During her hall of fame career, she was a member of five U.S. Olympic teams and four world championship teams as an athlete and coach. She claimed 16 gold medals, five silver medals and one bronze medal in various international competitions during her illustrious career. Playing professionally in Japan and Italy, Donovan was committed to representing her country, and she was a powerful female role model, for example becoming the first female coach to win a WNBA title. She passed away on June 13, 2018.

 

Lisa Leslie

OLYMPIC GAMES
1996 -Basketball, Gold
2000 - Basketball, Gold
2004 - Basketball, Gold
2008 - Basketball, Gold

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Lisa Leslie owns 10 U.S. Olympic women’s records, including single-game scoring (35 points) and field goals made (16); single-competition points (156 in 1996), points averaged (19.5 in 1996), blocked shots (14 in 2004) and blocked shots averaged (1.8 in 2004); and career points (488), rebounds (241), blocked shots (37) and blocked shots averaged (1.2).
2. She is a three-time WNBA MVP who won two WNBA championships over the course of 11 WNBA seasons.
3. She was the first player to dunk in a WNBA game, and she was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2015.
4. Was the second basketball player after Teresa Edwards to win four Olympic gold medals.
5. Was the all-time leader in points and rebounds upon her retirement from the WBNA in 2009.

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Lisa Leslie’s individual performance often was a difference maker between a U.S. win and loss. Earning her first Olympic gold medal in 1996 at 24 years old, she led the team in scoring (19.5 ppg.).
2. Leslie went on to lead the U.S. in scoring in 2000 (15.8 ppg.) and 2004 (15.6 ppg.). She remained a double-digit scorer in 2008 with 10.1 points per game as the U.S. team’s oldest member at 36 years old.
3. She is one of just five U.S. women to have played in four or more Olympic basketball competitions.

BACKGROUND
In 2008, became only the second basketball player ever to win four Olympic gold medals, after U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame member Teresa Edwards.
Was the first player to dunk in the WNBA.
Playing for the LA Sparks her entire professional career, won the WNBA title in 2001 and 2002.
She earned three WNBA MVP awards (2001, 2004 and 2006) and was selected to eight All-Star teams.
When she retired from the league in 2009, she was the all-time leader in points and rebounds.

KEY TAKEAWAY
One of the faces of the launch of the WNBA in 1997, Lisa Leslie helped to make the birth of the WNBA possible with her popularity and her commitment growing the game. Prior to kicking off her string of four Olympic gold medals in 1996, she was a member of the historic 1995-96 USA Basketball Women’s National Team that tallied a 52-0 record and traveled more than 100,000 miles and to seven countries while preparing for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. A leader in all-time WNBA statistics in addition to her Olympic records, Leslie left her mark on basketball all around the world.

 

Nastia Liukin

OLYMPIC GAMES
2008 - Gymnastics
Gold: Individual All-Around, Gold
3 Silvers: Team All-Around, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam
Bronze: Floor Exercise

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. With five medals at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, she garnered the most medals of any gymnast
2. Four golds, five silvers in the world championship competition
3. Gold medalist and two-time silver medalist 2007 Pan American Games
4. Five golds and three silver at the Pacific Rim Championships
5. Two-time American Cup champion

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Nastia Liukin is a member of the Athletes' Advisory Council who helps support women, inspiring athletes and who helped create the Nastia Liukin Cup.
2. She dedicates a lot of her time to service and to empowering the next generation of women through her startup app.
3. Inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2018

BACKGROUND
2008 Women's Sports Foundation's individual Sportswoman of the Year
2008 United States Sports Academy Female Athlete of the Year
U.S. Olympic Committee Female Athlete of the Month for August 2008
USA Gymnastics' Sportswoman of the Year in 2008
USA Gymnastics' Women's Athlete of the Year in 2005 and tied for the honor in 2006

KEY TAKEAWAY
As a five-time Olympic medalist, Nastia Liukin has dedicated her life to discovering her unique passions and reaching for the gold both on and off the gymnastics mat. Whether she’s mentoring aspiring gymnasts, sharing her edgy personal style, adventuring to gorgeous destinations, or revamping her workout routine, she uses her story to encourage young women to turn their own dreams into reality and hopes to inspire others to find their passions. Nastia’s unique American Dream story is a true testament that when you work hard and believe, good things will happen.

 

John Mayasich

OLYMPIC GAMES
1956 - Ice Hockey, Silver
1960 - Ice Hockey, Gold

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Two Olympic medals in ice hockey
2. Led 1956 team with 10 points; led team with seven goals
3. Was third on the 1960 team with 12 points (as a defenseman); tied for first in goals with seven.
4. Played forward in 1956 and defense in 1960; scored three goals against Canada in 1956 Olympics
5. Inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. John Mayasich is widely regarded as one of the best -- if not the best -- American hockey player of all time. 
2. He helped lead the U.S. to its first-ever gold medal in men's ice hockey in the Olympic Winter Games in 1960 and made key defensive plays in an important 3-2 win over the Soviet Union.
3. Canada had won seven of the first eight Olympic gold medals heading into the 1956 Olympics and Mayasich convinced his teammates they could be beaten. He went out and scored three times in a 4-1 win, a result that was key in helping an unheralded American team claim the silver medal.

BACKGROUND
One of the greatest hockey players to ever play for the Minnesota Gophers, earning the title of All-American for three straight years.
He still holds the NCAA tournament record for the most points scored in one game - seven against Boston College in 1954. 
He played internationally for the United States more than any other player in history - playing on the 1956 and 1960 Olympic teams, and on the world championship teams of 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1966, and 1969.
He is remembered at his college by the annual presentation of the Mayasich Award, given to the best student-athlete on the hockey team.
Went on to forge a career in the radio and television industry and served a 12-year term as president of the Hubbard Broadcasting Corporation.

KEY TAKEAWAY
John Mayasich is 85 years old and one of our country's Olympic treasures. As accomplished an athlete as he was, he is to this day as humble as they come. John is someone who is extremely worthy of induction into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame. He is one of only 11 men's hockey players ever to win two Olympic medals (no athlete has won three) and is one of just four to have a gold and silver (no one has two golds).

 

Misty May-Treanor

OLYMPIC GAMES
2000 - Beach Volleyball, T-5th (with Holly McPeak)
2004 - Beach Volleyball, Gold (with Kerri Walsh Jennings)
2008 - Beach Volleyball, Gold (with Kerri Walsh Jennings)
2012 - Beach Volleyball, Gold (with Kerri Walsh Jennings)

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings are the only players in the world – male or female – to win three Olympic gold medals in beach volleyball.
2. The pair won 21 consecutive Olympic matches and lost only one set. Misty was named the Most Outstanding Player of both the Olympic Games Athens 2004 and Olympic Games Beijing 2008.
3. Misty and Kerri won three straight FIVB World Championships in 2005, 2007 and 2009. During that time, they also won a record 112 consecutive beach matches and 19 straight tournaments.
4. Misty finished her career with then-records of 112 tournament wins, including 43 international titles.
5. Misty was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2016.

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. The name “Misty May” is synonymous with beach volleyball in the United States. She has been an icon in the sport and a big reason why the sport has become one of the most popular on the Olympic Program.
2. No team had dominated beach volleyball the way Misty and Kerri did during their three Olympic Games runs. They represented their sport and their country on and off the court. In 2010, for example, Misty traveled to Moscow as a Sports Envoy to conduct beach volleyball clinics as part of an exchange conducted under the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission.
3. Since retiring after the London 2012 Games, Misty has continued to contribute to the sport by coaching at the junior and collegiate levels. She is currently the director of volleyball operations for Long Beach City College. In 2018, she was appointed co-chair to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition.

BACKGROUND
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings are considered the greatest beach volleyball team of all time after winning three-straight Olympic gold medals (2004, 2008, 2012).
May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings and won 21 consecutive Olympic matches and only lost one set (to Austria in 2012) during their 11-year run together.
May-Treanor finished fifth with partner Holly McPeak at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings won three-straight FIVB World Championships in 2005, 2007 and 2009.
As an indoor setter at Long Beach State (1995-99), May-Treanor led an undefeated team to the 1998 NCAA Division I National Championship.

KEY TAKEAWAYS
USA Volleyball is proud to nominate Misty May-Treanor to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame. Misty is an icon of the sport and has always represented it with pride and grace. She was a very important part of three consecutive Olympic Games, and she continues to represent the sport long after retirement from competition.

 

Jonny Moseley

OLYMPIC GAMES
1998 - Freestyle Skiing
Gold: Moguls
2002 - Freestyle Skiing
4th: Moguls

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Olympic moguls champion in first Olympic appearance.
2. 15 FIS world cup freestyle moguls wins
3. 1995 FIS World Championships bronze medal in combined, La Clusaz, France
4. Four world cup season titles
5. Pioneered the use of the sideways roll during competition

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Moseley brought showmanship to freestyle skiing, igniting a boom for the sport.
2. While his 1998 gold brought him fame, his approach to 2002 was to change his sport - performing a sideways roll despite the fact that judges would down-score him as they treated it as an inverted maneuver, which was not allowed in the rules. His pioneering efforts changed the sport.
3. Now 21 years since his Olympic gold, Moseley remains relevant to his sport as a noted commentator with NBC and a face of his sport.

BACKGROUND
First Puerto Rican to make the U.S. Ski Team.
His family relocated to California when he was a child, and while in high school, he won the junior nationals in freestyle.
Won his first world cup moguls event in 1996.
In 1998, he won the first two world cup events of the year, and continued to dominate the circuit, winning nine events and the overall world cup title.
After his ski career ended, Moseley became an investor in the new television network, The Ski Channel, along with numerous other well-known skiers and celebrities.
Graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in American studies.

KEY TAKEAWAY
Few winter athletes have maintained their relevance as a motivational sport icon as Jonny Moseley. A showman in a sport where entertainment factor was high in the judges’ eyes, he ignited a freestyle craze with his gold-medal-winning 1080 mute grab. Four years later at the Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002, he literally transformed his sport with his on-the-edge dinner roll trick - missing the medals in fourth but capturing the hearts of the fans. A year later, freestyle moguls skiing changed overnight allowing new tricks and setting itself for the future. Even today, two decades after his Olympic gold medal, Moseley remains a relevant and highly-respect athlete in his sport, serving as a commentator for NBC and a regular figure at freestyle and free ski events.

 

Apolo Anton Ohno

OLYMPIC GAMES
2002 - Short Track Speedskating
Gold: 1,500-meter
Silver: 1,000
4th: 5,000 Relay
11th: 500
2006 - Short Track Speedskating
Gold: 500
2 Bronzes: 1,000, 5,000 Relay
8th: 1,500
2010 - Short Track Speedskating
Silver: 1,500
2 Bronzes: 1,000, 5,000 Relay
8th: 500

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Apolo Anton Ohno is the most decorated winter Olympian in U.S. history with eight Olympic medals.
2. He won a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games Turino 2006 in the 500
3. He won a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002 in the 1,500
4. Three-time U.S. Olympic team member
5. He holds the national record in the men's 3,000.

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Apolo is a dedicated athlete and the most decorated winter Olympian in U.S. history with eight Olympic medals.
2. He is an ambassador for the sport of short track speedskating and a Special Olympics Global Ambassador. He traveled to the Special Olympics Nippon in 2012 to support the Winter National Games in Fukushima and engaged with athletes by hosting skate clinics and participating in the Opening Ceremonies. He also attended the 2013 Special Olympic Games where he was involved in a Unified Sports Experience with athletes. 
3. Apolo worked with NBC during the London 2012 Games and the Rio 2016 Games as a sportsdesk reporter, and as a short track analyst at the Sochi 2014 Games and PyeongChang 2018 Games. He is a steadfast ambassador of the Olympic Movement in the U.S. and abroad.

BACKGROUND
Winner of the 1999 World Junior Speedskating title.
Captured the 1,500 world title in 2001, bursting onto the international stage.
Won two medals at the Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002, emerging as a Team USA fan-favorite.
Four years later, he won three more Olympic medals in Turino, including the title in the 500.
Earned 21 world championship medals – eight golds, seven silvers, and six bronzes – throughout his career
Was a 12-time U.S. champion.
Three-time overall World Cup champion (2001, 2003, 2005)
Overall World Championship gold medalist in 2008

KEY TAKEAWAY
With eight Olympic medals from three editions of the Olympic Winter Games, Apolo Anton Ohno is his country’s most successful winter Olympian. His influence extends beyond the rink however, as he remains one of the country’s most celebrated Olympic athletes. Following his retirement from athletic competition, Ohno won Season 4 of “Dancing with the Stars” and developed his own nutritional supplement, known as “8 Zone.”

 

Mark Reynolds

OLYMPIC GAMES
1988 - Sailing
Silver: Star
1992 - Sailing
Gold: 
Star
1996 - Sailing
8th: 
Star 
2000 - Sailing
Gold: 
Star

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. After winning the gold in 2000, Reynolds was named World Sailing’s and U.S. Sailing’s Yachtsman of the Year. These awards are considered the highest honor in the sport of sailing globally and in the United States, respectively. 
2. Won a gold medal at the 1979 Pan American Games.
3. Reynolds was a two-time world champion in 2000 and 1995. He has eight world championship medals in the Star class.
4. Reynolds is a 10-time continental champion. 
5. In 1989 and 1992, he was named Athlete of the Year for Sailing by the USOC.

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Reynolds is the most decorated Olympic sailors in U.S. history. In three of the four Games he attended, he earned a medal (two gold, one silver). In 1996 (Reynold’s worst Games performance) he still placed in the top 10. 
2. Off the water, Reynolds is extremely motivated and an incredible team player. While he was training for the Olympics, he simultaneously worked as a sailmaker. He not only designed the sails for all three of his medal-winning boats, but also those for his competitors. 
3. Reynolds’ dedication to fostering U.S. Olympic sailing transcends dedication to his own campaigns. In 2008, 2012 and 2016, Reynolds served as a coach for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team. In 2016, even after the Star class was eliminated from the Olympic Games, Reynolds shared his expertise by coaching the U.S. Men’s Laser sailor, Charlie Buckingham. With guidance from Reynolds, Buckingham finished his first Olympic Games’ in the boat widely renowned as the most competitive Olympic class in 11th place.

BACKGROUND
Competed in Star at four Olympic Games (1988-2000), three of them alongside Hal Haenel (1988-96).
Four-time Olympian and three-time medalist, including two golds.
Won six world championship medals in Star, including golds in 1995 and 2000.
He also won a Star gold medal at the 1986 Goodwill Games, and a silver medal in the Snipe class at the 1979 Pan American Games. 
He learned to sail from his father, James Reynolds, who was a 1971 world champion in Star, as crew for Dennis Conner.
Attended San Diego State University, graduating in 1979.
Was named the 2000 ISAF/Sperry World Sailor of the Year, and in 2002, he was inducted into the World Sailing Hall of Fame.

KEY TAKEAWAY
Mark Reynolds represents the qualities of a model Olympian. He is an avid supporter of U.S. Sailing and Olympic excellence, an extremely talented athlete, and is dedicated to fostering the next generation of champions. During Reynold’s tenure dominating the Star class, he displayed a vast depth of skill and sportsmanship.

 

Angela Ruggiero

OLYMPIC GAMES
1998 - Ice Hockey, Gold
2002 - Ice Hockey, Silver
2006 - Ice Hockey, Bronze
2010 - Ice Hockey, Silver

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Competed in four consecutive Olympic Games, winning four medals.
2. Competed in 10 women’s world championships – won four golds and six silver medals
3. All-time leader in games played for Team USA, male or female, with 256 games
4. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015 - only the fourth woman and second American to be inducted
5. Was awarded the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2004 as the top player in U.S. women’s collegiate hockey

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Angela was an IOC member for eight years, including serving as the Chairperson of the IOC Athletes’ Commission (2016-2018).
2. In 2016, Angela co-founded the Sports Innovation Lab. As its CEO, she is focused on the convergence of sports and technology. The Boston-based company she co-founded with Joshua Walker in 2016 features an intelligent, machine learning-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that processes massive quantities of data on sports technology to deliver actionable insights.
3. Angela also joined the successful LA 2028 Olympic Bid Committee as Chief Strategy Officer.

BACKGROUND
Played college hockey at Harvard University, where she won the 2004 Patty Kazmaier Award as the top player in women’s college hockey.
In 2004, she graduated from Harvard cum laude with a degree in government.
During her college career, she scored 79 goals and 214 points, the latter a record for a college defenseman, male or female.
At the 2005 world championships, in a shoot-out, she scored the goal that won the title for the U.S. over Canada, the first time the United States had won a world championship.
In 2005, she played for the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League in one game against the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, becoming the first woman to play in a men’s professional league at a position other than goaltender.
Her brother, Bill Ruggiero, was the goaltender for Tulsa and they became the first brother-sister combination to play professional hockey.
At the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002, Ruggiero was one of the eight athletes chosen to carry in the flag from the World Trade Center from 9/11. 

KEY TAKEAWAY
Angela has been a pioneer and champion for women in sport. Her continued efforts to not only create opportunities for athletes, during and after their sporting careers, has made a significant impact. This, along with her intense focus on using innovation and technology to create best-in-class sporting experiences for athletes, sporting organizations and fans, only adds to her incredible legacy.

 

John Smith

OLYMPIC GAMES
1988 - Wrestling
Gold: Freestyle, 
62 kg.
1992 - Wrestling
Gold: Freestyle, 
62 kg. 
2000 - Wrestling Men’s Freestyle Coach

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. One of only three U.S. wrestlers to win two Olympic gold medals, along with George Mehnert (1904, 1908) and Bruce Baumgartner (1984, 1992)
2. His six-consecutive world and Olympic gold medals is a U.S. wrestling record
3. Winner of the James E. Sullivan Award, USOC SportsMan of the Year Award, and World Trophy Award
4. Won world championship gold medals in 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991
5. Two-time Pan American Games champion

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Smith is of the top three Olympic wrestlers in U.S. history.
2. He is a member of FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame and the U.S. National Wrestling Hall of Fame
3. Smith coached the 2000 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team in freestyle wrestling to four medals, including Brandon Slay’s gold-medal performance.

BACKGROUND
Two-time Olympian in men’s freestyle wrestling at 62 kg. and a two-time Olympic gold medalist (1988, 1992).
Served as head coach for men’s freestyle at the Olympic Games Sydney 2000.
He is one of only three U.S. wrestlers to win two Olympic gold medals.
Won four world championship gold medals throughout his career
Captured a world or Olympic title six years in a row, the most dominant career of any U.S. international wrestler.
He also won two Pan American Games gold medals, two Goodwill Games gold medals and a world cup title.

KEY TAKEAWAY
John Smith is a giant within wrestling and a giant within the Olympic family. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, he is one of the best Olympic wrestlers in U.S. and international history. Wrestling is one of the most successful sports for Team USA, and John Smith has set the standard for American wrestlers.

 

Dara Torres

OLYMPIC GAMES
1984 - Swimming
Gold: 400-meter Freestyle Relay
1988 - Swimming
Silver: 400 Medley Relay
Bronze: 400 Freestyle Relay
7th: 100 Freestyle 
1992 - Swimming
Gold: 400 Freestyle Relay
2000 - Swimming
2 Golds: 400 Medley Relay; 400 Freestyle Relay
3 Bronzes: 50 Freestyle; 100 Freestyle; 100 Butterfly
2008:
3 Silvers: 50 Freestyle; 400 Freestyle Relay; 400 Medley Relay 

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. Torres’ 12 Olympic medals currently tie the all-time medal record for a female Olympic swimmer. 
2. With her performance at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, Torres became the first American to swim in five Olympic Games. At age 41, Torres earned silver medals in the 50-meter freestyle, 400 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay, setting American records in all three events. 
3. Torres owns 16 U.S. national titles from 1982 to 2007: 10 in the 50 freestyle, five in the 100 freestyle and one in the 200 freestyle.
4. She won three gold medals at the 1987 Pan Pacific Championships, winning the 100 freestyle, 400 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay 
5. Set eight American records throughout her career

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Torres embodies the perseverance and dedication it takes to be an Olympic-caliber swimmer. After not competing at the Atlanta 1996 Games, Torres came back at age 33 to win four medals at the Sydney 2000 Games. While many assumed her Olympic career was over following this performance, Torres’ passion for the sport brought her back eight years later, where she would compete at the Beijing 2008 Games, becoming the oldest female swimmer to do so. 
2. Her comeback efforts have not only defined her career but also helped inspire many athletes to return to their respective sports following setbacks. In 2009, Torres won the ESPY Award for “Best Comeback” and was later named one of the “Top Female Athletes of the Decade” by Sports Illustrated. 
3. Her inspiration carried on outside the pool following her retirement, as her memoir, “Age is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life,” became a top-25 bestselling business book during its release. She would later publish a second book, “Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program.” Torres has also been involved in Swim Across America, a non-profit organization that raises funds for cancer research by hosting charity swim events.

BACKGROUND
Had one of the longest, most successful careers of any Olympic swimmer, one which saw her win 12 Olympic medals and four gold medals.
Was the most decorated female athlete at the Olympic Games Sydney 2000 with five medals.
Is the oldest U.S. swimming gold medalist in history and former world record holder in the 50-meter freestyle
Returned to elite competition following seven years away from her sport, and ate age 41, she was the oldest female swimmer to every compete at an Olympic Games.

KEY TAKEAWAY
Torres personifies the grit and determination that the Olympic and Paralympic movements champions. For two of her five Olympic appearances, Torres was the oldest member of the U.S. Olympic team. Despite being the eldest team member in a sport that often favors younger athletes, Torres still managed to win at least one medal in each of her five Olympic Games appearances.

 

Brenda Villa

OLYMPIC GAMES
2000 - Water Polo, Silver
2004 - Water Polo, Bronze
2008 -Water Polo, Silver
2012 - Water Polo, Gold

TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1. 2012 Olympic gold medalist
2. Four-time Olympian and four-time Olympic medalist
3. Three-time FINA world champion
4. FINA Women's Water Polo Player of the Decade, 2000-2009
5. NCAA champion and Cutino Award winner (given to the nation’s top collegiate water polo player)

TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
1. Villa is the most decorated women's water polo player of all-time, an icon in the sport.
2. She captained the U.S. Women's National Water Polo Team to a then-unprecedented level of success, including multiple Olympic medals and world championship titles.
3. Has remained involved in the sport by working to offer opportunities for those in lower income communities with her Project 2020 foundation, while also serving on boards for USA Water Polo and the Women's Sports Foundation.

BACKGROUND
Was born in East Los Angeles, and at the age of 6 she started swimming for Commerce Aquatics. 
Graduated from Bell Gardens High School in 1998, finishing her career there as a four-time First-Team All-American in water polo.
As a 20-year-old, she led the U.S. team with nine goals when the US took home the silver medal at the Olympic Games Sydney 2000.
In 2001 as a red shirt freshman at Stanford, she was named the Division I Water Polo Player of the Year.
In 2002 she led the Stanford team to a national championship with 60 goals and was awarded the 2002 Peter J. Cutino Award as the top female college water polo player in the United States.
She finished her Stanford career as a three-time All-American with a degree in political science.
In 2004 at the Olympic Games Athens, she again led the U.S. team in scoring.
At the 2012 Games in London, Brenda and her teammates triumphed 8-5 over Spain in the final, bringing home the gold medal for the first time in U.S. Olympic history.
FINA Magazine named Brenda the Female Water Polo Player of the Decade, 2000-2009.

KEY TAKEAWAY
Brenda’s story is the epitome of the American dream. A daughter to Mexican immigrants, she began playing water polo when the sport was still co-ed, playing on the boys’ team in in high school in Los Angeles. The first from her high school to go to Stanford, she won an NCAA title and earned Cutino Award honors as the top player in the country. A star for Team USA, she is a four-time Olympian and four-time Olympic medalist. Brenda continues to work to provide increased playing opportunities for children of all ages and backgrounds in addition to efforts to grow the sport of water polo domestically and internationally.