WASHINGTON — The Olympics are less than a month away and we have all you need to know about who from the DMV region will be at the Tokyo Olympics at the end of July.
There will be some notable names that you will see and faces that you will know automatically. Others, not so much, but they are primed to be the next medal winners for the United States.
Also, a few players with ties to the area will be competing for other countries.
Here's a little taste of the best Olympic storylines from DC, Maryland and Virginia natives — or athletes with ties to D.C. — who you will want to know about.
Maryland and Virginia swimming will be highly represented in Tokyo
Bethesda native Katie Ledecky will be the main swimmer at the Tokyo Olympics that you will notice, but there are also a few younger competitors from the D.C. area that are looking to shine on the biggest stage for their sport.
Arlington native Torri Huske and Chevy Chase native Phoebe Bacon are two of the younger members of the team that will be in Tokyo.
Huske set the new American record with a final time of 55.78 during the swimming trials in June.
Bacon spent 2020 and part of 2021 swimming for the University of Wisconsin, and now, she’s fulfilling her dream of swimming for Team USA.
Bacon and Ledecky grew up just a few miles from one another and are both alumni of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. Now, both look to bring medals back to the DMV.
“I watched her make the 2012 Olympic team, and then I watched her again when she made the 2016 Olympic team. Now to be on the Olympic team with her, with one of my biggest mentors in life, is such an incredible opportunity," said Bacon.
A few of D.C.'s pro athletes will represent Team USA
The Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics will have some elite talent on the court during the Olympics in Tokyo for Team USA.
Guard Ariel Atkins and center Tina Charles are two of the 12-woman roster for the women's team.
Wizards Bradley Beal will be on the men's team and may end up at some point playing teammate Rui Hachimura, who will be on Team Japan and will be a flag-bearer for his home country for the Tokyo Olympics' opening ceremony.
Kelley O'Hara and Emily Sonnett of the Washington Spirit will be on Team USA's women's soccer team.
There will be DC-based athletes also competing for other countries
Some athletes from other countries with ties to DC will be competing in Tokyo.
Wizards Hachimura will be the most noticeable athlete in this category, but he does have a teammate that played a George Washington University before making his way to the NBA in recent years.
GWU graduate Yuta Watanabe will be a center on Japan's basketball team. Most recently, he was on a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors.
In soccer, Washington Spirit player Julia Roddar will compete for Sweden during the Tokyo Olympics.
In women's basketball, Leilani Mitchell and Emma Meeseman of the Mystics will be playing for Australia and Belgium, respectively.
Oh, NBA star Kevin Durrant — a Maryland native — will also be on the men's basketball team.
Doritos bag earrings are what one Maryland native will likely be wearing on the track in Tokyo
Waldorf native Christina Clemons wore Doritos Bag earrings during her qualifying run during the Olympic track trials in June. She became an instant hit online for the earrings and is hoping the lucky charms will bring her success in Tokyo.
Clemons persevered to make the Tokyo Games after rupturing her Achilles tendon and not finishing high enough in the U.S. Olympic Trials five years ago before the 2016 Rio Games.
"I was on such a high ... I got no sleep last night," Clemons said to WUSA9's Darren Haynes on Monday after she placed in the Olympics. "Just knowing that I'm going to Tokyo to represent the U.S.A. and do what I love ... it's an amazing opportunity."
Full list of Olympic athletes with ties to the DMV
- Phoebe Bacon | Swimming Women's 200 m Backstroke | 7/29 Day and Night and 7/30 Night | USA From Chevy Chase, MD
- Kate Douglass | Swimming Women's 200 m IM | 7/26 Day and Night and 7/27 Night | USA Attends UVA
- Torri Huske | Swimming Women's 100 m Butterfly | 7/24 Day and Night and 7/25 Night | USA From Arlington, VA
- Katie Ledecky | Swimming Women's 200/400/800/1500 m Freestyle | 7/25 Day and Night, 7/26 Day and Night, 7/27 Night, 7/29 Day, 7/30 Night | USA From Bethesda, MD
- Alex Walsh | Swimming | Women's 200 m IM | 7/26 Day and Night and 7/27 Night | USA Attends UVA
- Emma Weyant | Swimming Women's 400 m IM | 7/24 Day and Night | USA Will attend UVA in fall
- Townley Haas | Swimming Men's 200 m Freestyle | 7/25 Day and Night and 7/26 Day | USA From Richmond, VA
- Chase Kaliz | Swimming Men's 200/400 m IM | 7/24 Day and Night, 7/28 Day and Night and 7/29 Night | USA From Bel Air, MD
- Andrew Seliskar | Swimming Men's 4x200 Free Relay | 7/27 Day and Night | USA From McLean, VA
- Andrew Wilson | Swimming Men's 100/200 m Breast-stroke | 7/24 Day and Night, 7/25 Night, 7/27 Day and Night and 7/28 Night | USA From Bethesda, MD
- Kevin Durant | Basketball Men's Basketball | 7/25 Day, 7/28 Day, 7/31 Day, 8/2-8/3, 8/5 Day, 8/6 Night | USA From Seat Pleasant, MD
- Bradley Beal | Basketball Men's Basketball | 7/25 Day, 7/28 Day, 7/31 Day, 8/2-8/3, 8/5 Day, 8/6 Night | USA Plays for Wizards
- Jerami Grant | Basketball Men's Basketball | 7/25 Day, 7/28 Day, 7/31 Day, 8/2-8/3, 8/5 Day, 8/6 Night | USA Attended DeMatha HS
- Rui Hachimura | Basketball Men's Basketball | 7/26 Day, 7/29 Day, 8/1 Day, 8/2-8/3, 8/5 Day, 8/6 Night | Japan Plays for Wizards
- Yuta Watanabe | Basketball Men's Basketball | 7/26 Day, 7/29 Day, 8/1 Day, 8/2-8/3, 8/5 Day, 8/6 Night | Japan Played for George Washington
- Ariel Atkins | Basketball Women's Basketball | 7/27 Day, 7/30 Day, 8/2 Day, 8/3-8/4, 8/6 Day, 8/7 Night | USA Plays for Mystics
- Tina Charles | Basketball Women's Basketball | 7/27 Day, 7/30 Day, 8/2 Day, 8/3-8/4, 8/6 Day, 8/7 Night | USA Plays for Mystics
- Leilani Mitchell | Basketball Women's Basketball | 7/27 Day, 7/30 Day, 8/2 Day, 8/3-8/4, 8/6 Day, 8/7 Night | Australia Plays for Mystics
- Emma Meeseman | Basketball Women's Basketball | 7/27 Day, 7/29 Night, 8/2 Day, 8/3-8/4, 8/6 Day, 8/7 | Night Belgium Plays for Mystics
- Matt Centrowitz | Track and Field Men's 1500 m Race | 8/2 Night, 8/5 Day, 8/7 Day | USA From Arnold, MD
- Christina Clemmons | Track and Field Women's 100 m Hurdles | 7/30 Night, 8/1 Day and Night | USA From Waldorf, MD
- Noah Lyles | Track and Field Men's 200 m race | 8/2 Night, 8/3 Day, 8/4 Day | USA From Alexandria, VA
- Trevor Stewart | Track and Field Men's 4x400m Relay | 8/6 Day, 8/7 Day | USA From Lorton, VA
- Rachel Schneider | Track and Field Women's 5000 m Race | 7/30 Day, 8/2 Day | USA Attended Georgetown
- Grant Holloway | Track and Field Men's 110 m Hurdles | 8/3 Day and Night, 8/4 Night | USA From Chesapeake, Virginia
- Kelley O'Hara | Soccer Women's Soccer | 7/21 Day, 7/24 Day, 7/27 Day, 7/30 Day, 8/2 Day, 8/5 Day or Night | USA Plays for Spirit
- Emily Sonnett | Soccer Women's Soccer | 7/21 Day, 7/24 Day, 7/27 Day, 7/30 Day, 8/2 Day, 8/5 Day or Night | USA Plays for Spirit
- Julia Roddar | Soccer Women's Soccer Alternate | 7/21 Day, 7/24 Day, 7/27 Day, 7/30 Day, 8/2 Day, 8/5 Day or Night | Sweden Plays for Spirit
- Kayla DiCello | Gymnastics Women's Gymnastics Alternate | 7/25 Day, 7/27 Day, 7/29 Day, 8/1 — 8/3 Day | USA From Germantown, MD
- Kat Holmes | Fencing Women's Epee Individual/Team | 7/23 Night, 7/24 Day, 7/26 Night, 7/27 Day | USA From Washington, DC
- Frances Tiafoe | Tennis Men's Tennis 7/23 — 7/31 Night | USA From Hyattsville, MD
- Helen Maroulis | Wrestling Women's Freestyle | 57 kg 8/3 Night, 8/4 Day and Night, 8/5 Day | USA From Rockville, MD
- Kyle Snyder | Wrestling Men's Freestyle 97 kg | 8/5 Night, 8/6 Day, 8/7 Day | USA From Woodbine, MD (Attended Good Counsel HS)
- Troy Isley | Boxing Men's 75 kg (middleweight) | 7/25 Night, 7/26 Day, 7/28 Night, 7/29 Day, 7/31 Night, 8/1 Day, 8/5 Day, 8/7 Day | USA From Alexandria, VA
- Keyshawn Davis | Boxing Men's 63 kg (lightweight) | 7/24 Night, 7/25 Day, 7/30 Night, 7/31 Day, 8/2 Night, 8/3 Day, 8/6 Day, 8/8 Day | USA From Norfolk, VA