A running list of Wisconsin-connected athletes competing in the 2024 Summer Olympics

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

As we get closer to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, take a look at the Wisconsin athletes expected to take part.

The athletes below are or invited to attend and not necessarily a comprehensive list of those we still expect to qualify.

Did we miss any? Please let us know at jradcliffe@gannett.com.


Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton, an Oshkosh native, is on the U.S. Olympic men's basketball roster.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), 29 — competing for Greece

The superstar was emotional when he led his Greece to the Paris Olympics, the first trip to the showcase for the country since 2008. He's joined on the team by his brother, Kostas Antetokounmpo, who played high-school basketball at Dominican High School.

Tyrese Haliburton (Oshkosh), 24

The Oshkosh native has become the face of the Indiana Pacers, a team that reached the Eastern Conference finals this year and defeated the injury-depleted Milwaukee Bucks along the way. Haliburton will now take aim at a gold medal with a litany of NBA players, including former Bucks star Jrue Holiday.

Marquette's Katherine Plouffe (left) and Notre Dame's Becca Bruszewski sprint to gain control of the ball in 2011.


Katherine Plouffe (Marquette University), 31 — competing for Greece

The former MU basketball star played from 2010-14 with the Golden Eagles, earning first-team All Conference as a senior when she averaged better than 17 points and 10 rebounds per game. She's joined on Canada's 3-on-3 team by twin sister Michelle, who played at Utah, and

Margherita Guzzi Vincenti, who lives in Hartland, is on the U.S. Olympic fencing team.


Margherita Guzzi Vincenti (Hartland), 33

Born in Italy, she trains at Ataba Fencing Club in Hartland and will compete in the women's epee event at the Olympics. She fenced collegiately at Penn State, secured a green card and moved to Hartland for training. Lori Nickel has the full story.

Maria Laborde (left) competes in judo. The native Cuban lives in Kenosha and will compete for the United States in the 2024 Olympics.


Maria Laborde (Kenosha), 33

She has a world title in 2013 representing her native Cuba, but she received American citizenship in 2022 and lives in Kenosha. She quickly became the in the world rankings and has qualified to compete at 52 kilograms.

Neenah native Maddie Wanamaker, second from left, will compete for the United States rowing team at the upcoming Olympic Games.


Lauren O'Connor (Belleville), 25

The Belleville native rowed with the Badgers from 2016 to 2020 and will compete in women's quadruple sculls. The event features four rowers with two blades each (on either side).

Grace Joyce (University of Wisconsin), 26

Joyce, a native of Illinois, likewise rowed at the University of Wisconsin with O'Connor from 2016 to 2020 and will also compete in quadruple sculls.

Maddie Wanamaker (Neenah), 29

The Neenah native competed at the University of Wisconsin (2013-17) and was part of the 2020 Olympics team. She's qualified in the women's four or eight and took fourth in the 2023 World Rowing Championships in the four. The "four" and "eight" categories mean four (or eight) rowers, each with one oar in hand, sweeping water from one side of the boat.

Sophia Vitas (Franklin), 31

The Franklin native finished third in the double sculls (which means two in a boat, with oars on both sides for each) at the 2023 world rowing championships and will compete in the same event in the Olympics. She competed at the University of Wisconsin from 2013 to 2016.

Nick Rusher (West Bend), 25

Rusher, who attended high school in New Hampshire and then rowed at Yale University, will compete in the men's eight. His parents rowed in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics and

Stephanie Roble, left, and Maggie Shea compete in the World Championships in Geelong, Australia, in 2020.


Stephanie Roble (East Troy), 35

The East Troy native, who grew up on Lake Beulah, qualified for the 2020 Olympics and is back with crew Maggie Shea (of Wilmette, Illinois) competing in the women's skiff competition. The skiff is a fast and dynamic kind of dinghy, identifiable by flat and narrow hulls.

Rose Lavelle controls the ball during the quarterfinals of the 2024 CONCACAF women's Gold Cup in Los Angeles on March 3, 2024.


Rose Lavelle (University of Wisconsin), 29

A staple on the U.S. national team, Lavelle to her second Olympics team June 26. The midfielder from Ohio is a Badgers alumna and scored a goal in the 2019 FIFA World Cup championship win over the Netherlands.

Kenny Bednarek finishes second in his heat in the 100-meter dash during the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials on Saturday. In the background is Oshkosh native and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse runner Sam Blaskowski, who also reached the semifinals.


Moh Ahmed (University of Wisconsin), 33 — competing for Canada

It will be a staggering fourth Olympics for Ahmed, who calls Ontario home but was an eight-time All-American during his time in Madison, helping the men's cross country team win the 2011 NCAA title. in Paris after taking silver in the 5,000 meters in Tokyo.

Kenny Bednarek (Rice Lake), 25

The silver medalist in the 200 meters at the Tokyo Olympics will get a chance to do one better this time around, and it's not his only event. Bednarek, who holds the all-division state record at the WIAA state meet in the 200 and 400, will go to the Olympics once again in the 100 after taking second at the Olympic Trials on June 23 and the 200 after taking second on June 29.

Oliver Hoare (University of Wisconsin), 27 — competing for Australia

Competing in the 1,500 meters for a second straight Olympics after taking 11th in Tokyo, he set records at Wisconsin and won the NCAA title in the outdoor 1,500.

Morgan McDonald (University of Wisconsin), 28 — competing for Australia

McDonald reached the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo in the 5,000 meters and will compete in the same event this go-round, as well. He spent five seasons with the Badgers track and cross country program, culminating with an individual cross country title, two NCAA indoor championships (3,000 and 5,000) and one outdoor crown (5,000).

Adam Spencer (University of Wisconsin), 22 — competing for Australia

The current UW runner will join Hoare in the 1,500 meters at the Olympics. He most recently took second place in the NCAA indoor mile at the NCAA championships in 2024 and took third at the NCAA outdoor 1,500 in 2023.

Zach Ziemek (University of Wisconsin), 31

After taking second in the decathlon at the U.S. Olympic Trials, the Illinois native is back for a third consecutive Olympic games. He'll become the first male former Badgers athlete to appear in three Olympics for the United States.

Emily Sisson places second in the women's race in 2:22:43 during the US Olympic Marathon Team Trials.


Emily Sisson (University of Wisconsin), 32

Born in Milwaukee but a high school standout in Missouri, she spent her freshman year at the University of Wisconsin before transferring to Providence College. She won the 10,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials last cycle and placed 10th in Tokyo. She set the American woman marathon record in 2022.

University of Wisconsin senior Phoebe Bacon begins to celebrate after the realized she made the U.S. Olympic swimming team with her second-place showing in the women's 200-meter backstroke at the U.S. trials Friday night in Indianapolis.


Amie Barrow (Shorewood), 20 — competing for The Gambia

The swimmer at Brown University is eligible to swim for the African nation because her father, Kemo, is 100% Gambian. Lori Nickel has the full story.

Phoebe Bacon (University of Wisconsin), 21

She'll already be appearing in her second Olympics after taking second in the 200 backstroke at the U.S. Trials in Indianapolis. In March, she won the NCAA title in the 200 back and became the second two-time NCAA women's swimming champion in program history.

Ziyad Saleem (Milwaukee King), 21 — competing for South Sudan

The King graduate and incoming senior at the University of California has dual citizenship in Sudan. He's been in the Bears program for back-to-back team national championships and then a runner-up finish last year, often swimming backstroke events.

Taiko Torepe-Ormsby (University of Wisconsin), 20 — competing for New Zealand

in the 50-meter freestyle in April coming off the heels of winning the Big Ten championship in the 50 with the Badgers. The sophomore from New Zealand set the UW program record in the process.


Natalie Sims (UW-La Crosse), 27

competed for the swimming team at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and will be competing in her third Olympics.

Former Wisconsin volleyball star Dana Rettke (left) and Lauren Carlini have been selected to represent the United States at the Olympics this summer in Paris.


Lauren Carlini (University of Wisconsin), 29

She served as setter for the University of Wisconsin during the 2013 run to the national final was named All-American four times. She originally hails from Illinois and will be part of the women's indoor team.

Dana Rettke (University of Wisconsin), 25

The five-time All-American at the University of Wisconsin was part of the Badgers' run to the NCAA championship. The Illinois native will be a member of the 2024 women's indoor team.

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Mary Theisen-Lappen (Eau Claire), 33

The former throws coach for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh track program (and an All-American thrower herself at Indiana State) and is headed to the Olympics for the first time. in clean and jerk for the superheavyweight class in 2022.

Gold medalist Nate Hinze cuts down the net after defeating Team Japan after the men's wheelchair basketball medal ceremony at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Ariake Arena on September 5, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.


John Boie (Milton), 33

A gold medalist with the 2020 men's team in the Paralympics, and is one of several entrants who participated in the University of Wisconsin Whitewater wheelchair basketball program.

Nate Hinze (Cedar Grove), 36

Already a three-time Olympian in the sport, Hinze has two gold medals and a bronze to his name. The Whitewater alum

Talen Jourdan (Deerfield), 24

and gold medalist at the 2022 World Championships, he's competing in his first Paralympics.

Becca Murray (Germantown), 34

, winning two gold medals prior to qualifying for Paris. She's also an alumna of Whitewater.

Emily Oberst (Milwaukee), 25

who played collegiately at Alabama and Illinois is headed to her first Paralympics.

Jake Williams (Milwaukee), 32

He's already got two Olympic gold medals to his name and now he's off to a third. .

Zain Retherford (right) wrestles Nick Lee in the 65-kilogram men's freestyle best-of-three championship series during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.


Payton Jacobson (Elkhorn), 21

The Northern Michigan alumnus will compete in Greco-Roman at 87 kilograms. He won a gold medal in 2022 at the U20 World Team Trials and a bronze at the U23 event the same year.

Zain Retherford (born in Kenosha), 29

The 65-kilogram entrant in the men's freestyle grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Penn State, but he was born in Kenosha.