Oregon's Olympians Are Heading Home, Medals In Hand

Twenty-five athletes with Portland and Oregon ties are heading back with medals, be they gold, silver or bronze.

By Cami Hughes August 9, 2021

The Olympics are over, and Oregonians are heading home with their medals.

The most surreal Olympics in modern history have officially come to a close and the United States' final medal count tops the world, once again, with a grand total of 113 medals: 39 gold, 41 silver, and 33 bronze.

That haul includes a significant contribution from our neck of the woods: 25 athletes with ties to Oregon brought home medals of varying hues in events ranging from gymnastics and volleyball to track and field and baseball.

Here’s a list of the Oregon locals, natives, and alums who are coming home covered in Olympic glory.


Jade Carey: Carey is an Oregon State University alum who excels in artistic gymnastics, and brought back a gold medal for her floor routine.

Ryan Crouser: Crouser, a Boring native, shot us to victory with his gold-winning shot put throw, and currently holds the world record with a 23.30 score (his first shot broke the Olympic record, and then—as one does—he broke it again on his second throw). He was accompanied at these Olympics by his cousin, Sam Crouser, from Greshman, who is a javelin thrower (though Sam didn’t take home a medal). You can also find Ryan’s dad, Sam’s sister, and their uncle in Olympic history, as each made the Olympic teams at different times.
Damian Lillard & Jerami Grant: Lillard, the resident superstar of the Portland Trail Blazers, and Grant, a Portland native, both represented the USA basketball team this year, which took home the coveted gold medal after beating France 87-82. Lillard scored 11 points with three assists in the final game against France and former teammates Nicolas Batum.
Kimberly Hill: Hill, who was born in Portland and graduated from Portland Christian High School, was a part of the gold-winning women’s volleyball team as an outside hitter. She gained attention on a national level in 2013 when she earned a spot on the US women’s National Team as a walk on.


Jordan Chiles: Chiles, a gymnast, was born in Tualatin and currently lives in Vancouver, Washington. Chiles is close with gymnast Simone Biles, who withdrew from the team event, and stepped up to help out, citing mental and emotional health concerns. Chiles wound up competing in four events in Tokyo instead of the planned two: vault and floor, plus the unexpected balance beam, and uneven bars. Along with Sunni Lee and Grace McCallum, she secured a silver medal despite the last minute changes.

English Gardner: Gardner, a University of Oregon alum, runs both the 100 meter and 4x100 meter relay, and was part of the silver winning relay event in Tokyo, falling less than half a second behind Great Britain. The victory came after she suffered a month long battle with COVID that left her exhausted even after minor physical activity.
Scott McGough:
McGough played baseball for the University of Oregon, and later the US Olympic team, which came in second this year in Tokyo.

Jenna Prandini: Prandini runs three track and field events: 100 meter, 200 meter, and 4x100 meter relay, and got silver in the 4 x 100-meter relay event. She went to University of Oregon and graduated in 2016.

Janie Reed: Reed played softball for University of Oregon and plays outfield for the Olympic team, which landed a silver medal in Tokyo.


Paul Chelimo: Chelimo was born in Kenya, but currently lives in Beaverton. He runs the 5,000-meter track and field event, and won bronze this year.

Crystal Dunn, Adrianna Franch, Lindsey Horan, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Megan Rapinoe: The US women’s soccer team won bronze this year after seeing their hopes at a gold dashed; Canada and Sweden took gold and silver, respectively. Dunn, Franch, Horan, and Sauerbrunn play for the Portland Thorns soccer team, and Rapinoe is an alumna of the University of Portland.

Honorable Mentions:
These athletes with Oregon ties competed but didn’t medal at the Olympics. But they still win gold in our hearts!

Devon Allen: University of Oregon alum, track and field: 110 meter hurdles
Matthew Centrowitz: University of Oregon alum, track and field: 1,000-meter event
Sam Crouser: Gresham native, track and field: javelin throw
Grant Fisher: lives in Portland, track and field: 5,000 and 10,000-meter event
Cravon Gillespie: University of Oregon alum, track and field: 4x100 meter relay
Cole Hocker: University of Oregon alum, track and field: 800-meter event
Woody Kincaid: University of Portland alum, track and field: 5,000 and 10,000 meter events
Sally Kipyego: Eugene resident, track and field: 10,000-meter event and marathon runner
Micah Williams: University of Oregon alum, track and field: 4x100 meter relay
Mariel Zagunis: Born in Portland, former gold medalist in fencing
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