I was standing on second base when the sky was starting to open up. It was the softball gold medal match against Japan at the 2000 Olympics. The stadium in Sydney, Australia, was completely sold out—15,000 screaming fans in the stands. It was so loud on the field—my mind, however, was so quiet.
The Olympic Games only come around every four years, but the tradition of the games dates back hundreds of years. For KU, the tradition of competing at the Olympics is rich, with 66 Olympians all-time, including 45 medals.
With the Olympic Games officially commencing with the opening ceremony in Tokyo Friday morning, KUathletics.com and the Kansas Jayhawks Mobile App will provide exclusive coverage of Jayhawks at the Games.
The Kansas men’s and women’s track and field programs were both honored as United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Teams, the organization announced on Thursday, while 17 Jayhawks earned individual honors.
Kansas redshirt-sophomore Dajuan Harris Jr. will be spending his summer vacation in Spain playing for the USA East Coast Basketball Red Team. The red squad will be coached by Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and former KU head coach Larry Brown.
Learning. Growing. Maturing. That 400 meters, that one lap around the track, caused Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Kyle Clemons to do some deep thinking about his athletic career and his life.