2016 Boise State Olympic Preview
July 29, 2016
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    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State will be represented at the Summer Olympic Games for the eighth-straight occasion as six current and former Broncos, representing six countries, head to Rio de Janeiro for the XXXI Olympiad, which runs Aug. 3-21.

    The 2016 Bronco Olympic contingent consists of gymnasts Isabella Amado (Panama) and Courtney McGregor (New Zealand), track and field athletes Kurt Felix (Grenada - decathlon) and Jordin Andrade (Cape Verde - 400-meter hurdles), wrestler George Ivanov (Bulgaria - 74 kg freestyle) and golfer Graham DeLaet (Canada). The six Olympians make up the largest Boise State group at a single Olympic Games, surpassing the trio of Troy Kemp (Bahamas - high jump), Wendell Lawrence (Bahamas - triple jump) and assistant coach Ed Jacoby (USA - track and field) at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

    Amado and McGregor will be the first Broncos in Olympic action in 2016, taking to the mat next Sunday (Aug. 7). Amado will begin action in the morning session at 6:45 a.m. MT with Subdivision 1 (Mixed Group 1) while McGregor makes her Olympic debut in the evening session, which gets underway at 2:30 p.m. MT. McGregor will be part of Subdivision 4 (Mixed Group 4).

    DeLaet is next up for the Bronco contingent as golf makes its return to the Olympic lineup for the first time since the 1904 St. Louis Games. The men's golf event tees off Thursday, Aug. 11, at 4:30 a.m. MT. DeLaet's first-round tee time will be announced in the days leading up to the event.

    Felix and Andrade will be on the track in the second week of the Games, when track and field takes center stage. Andrade makes his Olympic debut Monday, Aug. 15, as the 400-meter hurdles competition begins, while Felix will make his second decathlon appearance, competing in the grueling 10-event contest from Aug. 17-18.

    Ivanov wraps things up in Rio for the Boise State Olympians as the 74-kg freestyle competition will be held Friday, Aug. 19.

    Boise State fans can follow and watch the Bronco Olympians in action live online at www.nbcolympics.com and on mobile devices and tablets via the NBC Sports app. Live events will also be aired on television on all NBC/Universal networks, the link to which is atop this story.

    2016 Boise State Olympians

    Golf

    Graham DeLaet (Canada)
    DeLaet was announced as one of Canada's four Olympic golfers in July, and will be joined by David Hearn in the men's 72-hole stroke play competition. Currently ranked 146th in the world, DeLaet finished tied for eighth at the Barbasol Championship on July 14. At Boise State, DeLaet won 10 collegiate tournaments over his four seasons (2002-06), was named the WAC Player of the Year and competed at the NCAA West Regional as a senior in 2006. In addition to his 10 tournament wins, DeLaet, at the end of his career, held additional school records for career top-10 finishes (26), career top-25 finishes (37), top-10 finishes in a season (nine), top-25 finishes in a season (11), lowest three-round score (203) and lowest two-round score (136).

    Gymnastics

    Isabella Amado (Panama)
    Amado, an incoming freshman for the Broncos in 2016-17, will compete in the artistic gymnastics all-around, one of 38 gymnasts to qualify for Rio individually. She punched her ticket to Rio after receiving the tripartite nomination from the Olympic Tripartite Commission, comprised of the International Olympic Committee, the Association of National Olympic Committees and the International Gymnastics Federation. The three bodies are allowed to name one gymnast of their choosing to compete in the Olympics, and selected Amado based on her all-around score of 48.133, highest among the tripartite competitors, at last year's world championships.

    Courtney McGregor (New Zealand)
    McGregor, another Boise State incoming freshman and the first New Zealand gymnast to qualify for the Olympics since 2000, qualified for the 2016 Games at Aquece Rio, a test event, earlier this year. There, she scored 52.466 in the all-around, including a fourth-place finish on vault with a 14.149.

    Track and Field

    Jordin Andrade (Cape Verde)
    Andrade, competing in the 400-meter hurdles for Cape Verde, qualified for the Rio Games with his NCAA runner-up finish in the event at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, clocking a time of 49.24 to beat the Olympic qualifying time by 0.16 of a second. The performance earned Andrade first-team All-America honors two years after qualifying for nationals in the same event for the first time in 2013. Andrade was also a two-time Mountain West 400-meter hurdles champion (2013, 2015), in addition to a 4x400 relay outdoor conference title in 2013, and titles in the 400 meters and the 4x400 relay at the 2013 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships.

    Kurt Felix (Grenada)
    Kurt Felix enters this year’s Olympic Games with already having represented Grenada once already in 2012. Felix was unable to finish and log a score at London, but he showed flashes of brilliance over the course of the competition when he took third in the long jump (25-0.5 / 7.63m) and fifth in the high jump (6-8.75 / 2.05m). Prior to the 2012 Olympic Games, Felix was crowned the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Decathlon Champion thanks to a Mountain West record point total of 8,062. With the victory, he became the fourth men’s track and field national champion in school history.

    Wrestling

    George Ivanov (Bulgaria)
    Ivanov earned his spot in Rio by capturing the silver medal in the 74-kg freestyle class at the World Olympic Qualifier in Mongolia back in April. He is the second Boise State wrestler to compete at the Olympics, joining Charles Burton, who finished fifth in the 85-kg class at the Sydney Games in 2000. In 2013, Ivanov was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Pac-12 Championships after capturing the conference title at 157 pounds.

    2016 Boise State Olympic Schedule

    Gymnastics

    Isabella Amado (Panama)
    Sunday (Aug. 7) - Women's qualifications (6:45 a.m. MT)
    Thursday (Aug. 11) - All-Around Final (1 p.m. MT)
    Sunday (Aug. 14) - Event Finals (vault, uneven bars - 11 a.m. MT)
    Monday (Aug. 15) - Event Finals (balance beam - 11 a.m. MT)
    Tuesday (Aug. 16) - Event Finals (floor - 11 a.m. MT)

    Courtney McGregor (New Zealand)
    Sunday (Aug. 7) - Women's qualifications (2:30 p.m. MT)
    Thursday (Aug. 11) - All-Around Final (1 p.m. MT)
    Sunday (Aug. 14) - Event Finals (vault, uneven bars - 11 a.m. MT)
    Monday (Aug. 15) - Event Finals (balance beam - 11 a.m. MT)
    Tuesday (Aug. 16) - Event Finals (floor - 11 a.m. MT)

    Golf

    Graham DeLaet (Canada)
    Thursday (Aug. 11) - Men's first round (4:30 a.m. MT)
    Friday (Aug. 12) - Men's second round (4:30 a.m. MT)
    Saturday (Aug. 13) - Men's third round (4:30 a.m. MT)
    Sunday (Aug. 14) - Men's final round (4 a.m. MT)

    Track and Field

    Jordin Andrade (Cape Verde)
    Monday (Aug. 15) - Men's 400m hurdles first round (6:30 a.m. MT)
    Tuesday (Aug. 16) - Men's 400m hurdles semifinals (5:15 p.m. MT)
    Thursday (Aug. 18) - Men's 400m hurdles Final (4:20 p.m. MT)

    Kurt Felix (Grenada)
    Wednesday (Aug. 17) - Men's Decathlon Day 1 (6:30 a.m. MT)
    Friday (Aug. 18) - Men's Decathlon Day 2 (11 a.m. MT)

    Wrestling

    George Ivanov (Bulgaria)
    Friday (Aug. 19) - Men's freestyle 74 kg elimination bouts (7 a.m. MT); repechage and medal bouts (1 p.m. MT)


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