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Hey, Oklahoma, we're lookin' for Olympians

The Olympics are almost here.

I am stoked.

I wrote about my love of the Olympics a few days ago, but the more that I read and see and hear from Rio, the more excited I am. When I heard that pool play for women's soccer actually starts Wednesday, two days before the opening ceremonies, I actually cheered out loud.

In hopes of getting you excited, too, we here at Oklahoman world headquarters have compiled a list of Olympians with Oklahoma ties. These are folks who you may find yourself pulling for a little harder or cheering for a little louder.

But we figure there's got to be someone who's fallen through the cracks. That's where you come in. Let us know who we've missed. You can email me at or Darnell Mayberry at

Here's our list of athletes with ties past and present. (And yes, we know Kevin Durant no longer plays for the Thunder. But these are connections past and present -- even if the connection came to a screeching halt that crushed dreams and melted hearts.)

Name, Affiliation, Country


Alex Abrines, Thunder, Spain

Kevin Durant, Thunder, United States

Ebi Ere, Tulsa McLain HS/OU, Nigeria

Domantas Sabonis, Thunder, Lithuania

Oumoul Thiam, Southern Nazerene, Senegal

Ben Uzoh, Tulsa, Nigeria


Rickie Fowler, OSU, United States

Pernilla Lindberg, OSU, Sweden

Caroline Masson, OSU, Germany


Chris Brooks, OU, United States

Jake Dalton, OU, United States

Alex Naddour, OU, United States


Tony Fahden, OKC Boathouse, United States

Mix King, OKC Boathouse, United States

Tyler Nase, OKC Boathouse, United States

Megan O'Leary, OKC Boathouse, United States

Robin Prendes, OKC Boathouse, United States

Ellen Tomek, OKC Boathouse, United States


A.J. Barbar, Oklahoma Baptist, Lebanon

David Plummer, Westmoore HS, United States

Ines Remersaro, Oklahoma Baptist, Uruguay


Stephen Lambdin, Poos Taekwondo (Edmond), United States

Track and Field

Ronnie Ash, OU, United States, 110 hurdles

Brittany Borman, OU, United States, javelin

Eric Cray, OU, Philippines, 400 hurdles

Tom Farrell, OSU, Great Britain, 5,000

Jeffery Gibson, ORU, Bahamas, 400 hurdles

Gil Roberts, Millwood HS, United States, 400

Akela Jones, Oklahoma Baptist, Barbados, heptathlon/high jump

Laverne Jones-Ferrette, OU, Virgin Islands, 200

Shadrack Kipchirchir, OSU, United States, 10,000

Ingeborg Loevnes, OSU, Norway, 3,000 steeplechase

Nick Miller, OSU, Great Britain, hammer

Michael Rodgers, Oklahoma Baptist, United States, 100

Nickiesha Wilson, Oklahoma Baptist, Jamaica, 100 hurdles

Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›