July 6, 2016
Rhode Islanders in the 2016 Olympics
For a small state, we sure have a lot of talented athletes heading to Rio this summer to represent the U.S. in the Olympics!
Here’s a roundup of who to watch for when you tune in this August.
Elizabeth Beisel, Saunderstown
Swimming, 400m Individual Medley
Beisel has been to the Olympics before, coming in fourth and fifth in the 2008 Olympics and winning silver and bronze medals in the 2012 Olympics. Check out a throwback high school yearbook photo of the Beisel here.
Anders Weiss, Barrington
Rowing, Men’s pair
This is Weiss’ first Olympic endeavor, and he will be rowing in a pair, one of the most challenging boats you can step foot into. The blonde, smiley Weiss sees rowing as more than just a sport, it’s a way to learn about yourself. Read more about his rowing philosophy here.
Louisa Chafee, Saunderstown
Louisa Chafee is the daughter of former RI governor Lincoln Chafee, but wants to stay out of the spotlight often beamed onto her father. Read more about her story here.
Stu McNay, Providence
Stu McNay has been to two Olympics, first in 2008 and then in 2012. He is originally from Providence and currently resides in Boston.
Molly Huddle, Providence
Track and Field, Women’s 10,000 meters
Huddle ran the 5000 meter in 2012, coming in 11th, and has been living and training in Rhode Island alongside other former Olympians, Kim Smith and Roisin McGettigan.