This summer, two Blair alumni will compete in the Olympic Games that kick off on July 27 in London: Temi Fagbenle ’11 and Luol Deng ’03 will play for Great Britain in women’s and men’s basketball, respectively.
According to a recent article in The Guardian, Britain hasn’t competed in men’s basketball during the summer Olympics since 1948, and the British team, which lost to the United States during a mid-July warm-up game, is expected to increase the sport’s popularity in that country. In the warm-up game against the U.S., Luol scored more points than anyone else on either team.
Temi, who will be a sophomore at Harvard University in the fall, made the Olympic team in late June. The Telegraph noted that the strength of Great Britain’s women’s basketball team is evidence of the “remarkable progress” the sport has made in England in recent years.
Also this summer, rower John Redos ’09 earned a spot on the United States’ U-23 National Team and competed in the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. According to the Express-Times, his team finished fourth in the B final of the lightweight men’s quadruple sculls with a time of 6:56:53.
Blair wrestlers Joey McKenna ’14 and Jordan Kutler ’15 will also compete on the world stage this summer when they represent the United States at the Cadet World Wrestling Championship in Azerbaijan from August 21 to 27.