Tar Heels Compete in Tokyo Games


Defender Crystal Dunn ’14 and a fellow Tar Heel, forward Tobin Heath ’10, helped the United States women’s soccer team win the bronze medal at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. (Team USA photo)

Carolina fans had 14 Tar Heels to cheer on during the pandemic-delayed 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. Nine competed for U.S. teams and five for other countries.

As the Paralympics wrapped up Sept. 5, junior Emma Schieck and her U.S. teammates won the gold medal in sitting volleyball with a 3-1 win over China.

In the Olympic competition that preceded the Paralympics, here’s how Tar Heels fared:

  • In 3×3 women’s basketball, Allisha Gray ’17 and her U.S. teammates beat the Russians 18-15 to win the gold medal.
  • In women’s soccer, defender Crystal Dunn ’14 and forward Tobin Heath ’10 and their U.S. teammates were trying to become the first women’s reigning world champions to also bring home the Olympic gold. That quest fell short with a 1-0 loss to Canada in the semifinals, but they took bronze by beating Australia 4-3. Midfielder Katie Bowen ’16 again played for New Zealand, which lost to Sweden in its group short of the quarterfinals; Sweden opened its tournament run by beating the U.S. 3-0 and has made it to the gold medal match against Canada. Defenders Lotte Wubben-Moy ’20 and Lucy Bronze ’13 played for Great Britain, which lost to Australia in the quarterfinals.
  • In baseball, catcher Tim Federowicz ’09 and pitcher Ryder Ryan ’18 and the U.S. team won the silver medal; Japan took the gold with a 2-0 victory over the U.S.
  • In track and field, Kenny Selmon ’18 placed 10th for the U.S. in the 400-meter hurdles.
  • In women’s rugby, Naya Tapper ’16 and her U.S. teammates ended their run in sixth place with a 17-7 loss to Australia.
  • In diving, rising senior Anton Down-Jenkins finished in eighth place for New Zealand in the men’s 3-meter springboard and rising sophomore Aranza Vazquez finished sixth for Mexico on the women’s side of that competition.
  • In rhythmic gymnastics, sophomore Camilla Feeley competed in the group all-around for the U.S., which finished in 11th place.

For complete results, go to and See Carolina athletics’ @GoHeels on Twitter for tweets about Tar Heels during the competitions.

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