The 2020 Tokyo Olympics a month away and Team USA still is in the midst of finalizing the athletes who will compete. There have been plenty of competitors who have qualified and are ready to get the action going.

Team USA is expected to have 600 athletes round out its team. Some of them have called or still call parts of Michigan home. Several sports still are in the middle of holding their Olympic trials, so there could be plenty of other athletes from Michigan set to make their mark during the Olympic Games.

Here are the athletes with Michigan connections who have qualified for the Olympics:

AMANDA CHIDESTER

  • Sport: Softball
  • Age: 31
  • Hometown: Allen Park, Mich.
  • High School: St. Frances Cabrini (Allen Park, Mich.)
  • College: Michigan (2012)

Chidester was Big Ten Player of the Year at Michigan as a senior in 2012 and has been representing the United States in the Pan Am Games and World Championships since. This will be her first Olympics appearance. Softball has not been part of the Summer Games since 2008 in Beijing.

GRACE LUCZAK

  • Sport: Rowing (Pair)
  • Age: 32
  • Hometown: Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • High School: Ann Arbor Pioneer High School (Ann Arbor, Mich.) ’07
  • College: Stanford University ’11

She placed fourth in the event back at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She’s a three-time gold medalist at the World Championships, winning in the eight in 2013 and 2014, as well as the four in 2015.

KATHERINE NYE

  • Sport: Weightlifting
  • Age: 22
  • Hometown: Oakland Township, Mich.
  • High School: Rochester Adams High ‘17 (Rochester Hills, Mich.)
  • College: Oakland University

In 2019, she won the World Championship in addition to gold medals at the Pan American and Junior weightlifting championships. She is the youngest American woman to win a world title and sweep gold in all three categories.

HANNAH ROBERTS

  • Sport: Cycling (BMX)
  • Age: 19
  • Hometown: Buchanan, Mich.
  • High School: Buchanan High School (Buchanan, Mich.) ’19

Roberts qualified for the Olympics back in February after winning three world cup events between 2019 and 2020. She also won her second world championship and a Pan American gold medal. She most recently won her third world title in the women’s BMX park world championships final Monday in Montpellier, France. It’s the first year that BMX freestyle has been a part of the Olympics even though BMX riding has been a part of the Games since the 2008 Bejing Olympics.

ELLEN TOMEK

  • Sport: Rowing (Double Sculls)
  • Age: 37
  • Hometown: Flushing, Mich.
  • High School: Luke M. Powers Catholic High School (Flint, Mich.) ’02
  • College: Michigan ’06

The two-time Olympian placed sixth in the 2016 Olympics and fifth in the 2008 Olympics in double sculls. She won bronze in the double sculls at the 2018 World Rowing Championships and World Rowing Cup III and won bronze in the double sculls at the 2018 World Rowing Cup III. Then she took silver in the double sculls at the 2017 World Rowing Championships.

This post will be updated as more athletes qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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