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See which Iowa athletes will compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris
See which Iowa athletes will compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris

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The 2024 Olympic Games in Paris begin on July 26 and end on August 11, and Iowa will be well represented on the sport’s biggest stage.

Whether they were born in Iowa or attended the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa or another school in the state, here are the athletes with Iowa ties competing in the Olympics and Paralympics this summer:

NOTE: Who is missing? Please send additional Olympians to [email protected].

Who from Iowa will compete in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris?

Tyrese Haliburton (basketball, USA, Iowa State Cyclones)

Haliburton, a former Cyclones star and current NBA All-Star point guard for the Indiana Pacers, was named to the U.S. men’s basketball team on April 17.

The Oshkosh, Wisconsin native played for Iowa State during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. He is one of 12 players on USA Basketball’s roster and the first Cyclone to make the team since Jeff Grayer helped the U.S. to a bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Haliburton is coming off a stellar 2023-24 season with the Pacers, averaging 20.1 points and leading the league with 10.9 assists per game.

More: Former Iowa State star Tyrese Haliburton named to U.S. Olympic basketball team

Spencer Lee (wrestling, USA, Iowa Hawkeyes)

Lee, a former Iowa Hawkeye star, is one of 15 male wrestlers on Team USA. The three-time NCAA champion qualified for the games on May 11 in Istanbul, Turkey, during Olympic qualifying.

Lee will be the 20th Olympian in Iowa Hawkeye wrestling history and the program has had a representative in three consecutive Olympic cycles, all in the 57-kilogram class. Lee will compete in the freestyle division.

The wrestling portion of the Olympics begins on August 5 and ends on August 11. The men’s freestyle begins on August 8 at 4 a.m. CT and ends in the early afternoon of August 9.

More: Leistikow: 1-on-1 with US Olympic wrestler Spencer Lee, who finally feels healthy

Kenny Bednarek (athletics, USA, Indian Hills Community College)

Bednarek will compete for Team USA in both the 100 and 200 meters. He qualified for the 200 meters by finishing second at the U.S. Track and Field Championships on June 29 in Eugene, Oregon, with a time of 19.59 seconds. The previous week, he finished second in the 100 meters with a personal best of 9.87 seconds.

Bednarek did not compete in the 100m in 2021, but won silver in the 200m in Tokyo, becoming the first junior college athlete from Iowa to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team, according to Iowa track and field expert Mike Jay.

More: Kenny Bednarek of Rice Lake returned to the Olympics in the 200 meters, where he won a silver medal in Tokyo

Karissa Schweizer (athletics, USA, Dowling Catholic)

Schweizer, a graduate of Dowling Catholic, will compete for USA Track in both the women’s 5,000m and 10,000m. It will be her second consecutive Olympic Games after placing 12th in the women’s 10,000m in 2021.

On June 24, the six-time NCAA champion from Missouri ran a season-best time of 14:45.12 minutes at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon, to secure third place in the women’s 5,000-meter race. On June 29, Schweizer qualified for the Olympics with a third-place finish in the 10,000-meter race, crossing the finish line in 31:41.56.

More: Karissa Schweizer, a Dowling graduate, qualifies for the 2024 Olympics in the women’s 5,000m and 10,000m

Brittany Brown (athletics, USA, Iowa Hawkeyes)

After placing second in the 200-meter dash at the U.S. track and field trials on June 29, Brown secured her spot in the Olympics, running a personal best of 21.90.

According to Iowa Athletics, Brown is Iowa’s 26th Olympian and the first since Kineke Alexander, Troy Doris and Diane Nukuri-Johnson to qualify for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Bridget Carleton (Basketball, Canada, Iowa State Cyclones)

Canada Basketball and the Canadian Olympic Committee announced on July 2 that former Cyclone star Carleton, a native of Chatham, Ontario, will represent Canada at the Olympic Games for the second consecutive year.

Carleton is enjoying the best season of his career for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, averaging 8.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

She played for Iowa State for four years from 2015 to 2019 and became the program’s first Big 12 Conference Player of the Year. She also won the Cheryl Miller Award, given annually to the country’s best small forward.

More: Bridget Carleton, former Iowa State University basketball star, will play for Canada at the 2024 Olympic Games

Cloe Lacasse (soccer, Canada, Iowa Hawkeyes)

Lacasse announced on social media on July 1 that she would play for Team Canada for the first time at the Olympics.

The former Iowa Hawkeye is a striker for Women’s Super League club Arsenal and played in Iowa City from 2011 to 2014, where she scored 43 goals in 85 career games.

Peter Jok (basketball, South Sudan, Iowa Hawkeyes)

Jok helped South Sudan become the only African team to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Since going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft after a strong college career at Iowa, Jok has bounced around to various professional teams outside the NBA, playing three seasons overseas, then for the G-League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce in 2023-24 before being signed by the Ottawa Blackjacks in March.

George Conditt IV (Basketball, Puerto Rico, Iowa State Cyclones)

With six points, five rebounds and four assists as a starter, Conditt IV helped Puerto Rico to a 79-68 win over Lithuania on July 7, securing a spot in the Olympics.

The former Cyclone averaged 10.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in the four-game qualifying tournament. Since leaving Iowa State, he has played in various professional basketball leagues overseas and has also been active in the NBA’s G-League.

Most recently, Conditt IV was a member of the Puerto Rican professional team Gigantes de Carolina.

Aurélie Tran, Cassie Lee and Sydney Turner (gymnastics, Canada, Iowa Hawkeyes)

Rising Hawkeye Aurélie Tran qualified for the Olympics as a member of Team Canada in early June. The Repentigny, Quebec native did so by winning silver in the all-around (108.131) at the 2024 Canadian Gymnastics Championships, securing a spot on the Olympic team.

At the competition, which took place from June 5 to 9, the 18-year-old also won silver on parallel bars (27.366), balance beam (27.199) and floor (26.866) and took fifth place on vault (26.700).

Fellow freshman Lee then secured her spot on June 28. At the 2024 Canadian National Championships, she placed fifth on the balance beam and eleventh in the all-around.

Turner, who has committed to Iowa, is not on Canada’s active roster but will travel to Paris as Canada’s second reserve player.

More: Up-and-coming Iowa gymnast Aurélie Tran qualifies for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris

List of Paralympics participants with connections to Iowa

The 2024 Paralympics in Paris will take place from August 28 to September 8 after the Olympic Games. In some Paralympic sports, qualifying competitions will take place until the end of July.

Olivia Chambers (swimming, USA, Northern Iowa Panthers)

Chambers is a three-time U.S. Paralympic swimming champion and was ranked No. 1 in the world prior to the 2023 World Para Swimming Championships.

In July 2022, she broke a 10-year-old American record in the 400-meter IM S13 (5:21.68).

Matt Stutzman (archery, USA, Fairfield)

Stutzman is a successful Paralympian, having competed in the 2012 and 2016 Games. He won a silver medal in 2012 and gold in the Compound Men Open at the 2022 Para Archery World Championships in Dubai.

AJ Fitzpatrick (Basketball, USA, Cedar Rapids)

At just 18 years old, Fitzpatrick was the youngest member of the men’s wheelchair basketball selection pool.

As a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, he was named to the Intercollegiate Division All-Rookie Team and made the men’s national team for the Parapan American Games for the first time in 2023.

Gus Martin is Digital Producer/Content Director for The Des Moines Register. Follow him on X at @GusMartin_DMR.

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