Army Olympians

2016 Summer Olympians

 

Sgt. Nathan Schrimsher

Motor Transport Operator - Modern pentathlon

If there’s one Olympic event that has U.S. Army Soldier written all over it, it would be the Modern Pentathlon. These five events – swimming, fencing, show jumping, pistol shooting and cross-country running – mirror the same skills Army Soldiers have had to master for centuries. Sgt. Schrimsher has been at this since he was 12. He says it’s just what he does, but we know it’s not so easy, especially at the most elite levels. 

Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson

Infantry - 25m rapid fire pistol

Lots of U.S. Army Soldiers are trained marksmen. But Sgt. First Class Keith Sanderson takes his rapid-fire pistol skills to a completely different level. He’s as seasoned as they come, and his shooting skills earned him 10th place during his event at the 2016 summer games in Rio.

Staff Sgt. John Nunn

Dental Hygienist - 50K race walk

When you see race walking, you can tell there’s something unusually precise about how these athletes have to train and perform. Staff Sgt. John Nunn has mastered the technique that gets him to walk faster than many people can run. He compted in his third Olympic Games the summer of 2016.

Spc. Leonard Korir

Motor Transport Operator - Track and Field

Two of the top three finishers in the 10,000m event at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials are from the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program. Spc. Korir wears red, white and blue now, but hails from Iten, Kenya. It’s a world away from the bright lights of the Big Apple, but he won the New York City half-marathon in 2015. He ran as part of Team USA, and placed 14th at the 2016 summer games in Rio.

Spc. Paul Chelimo

Water Treatment Specialist - Track and Field

From Iten, Kenya to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, Spc. Chelimo is finally headed to Rio as a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team. A standout athlete in college, Spc. Chelimo has distinguished himself as a Soldier, too. He took on the 5,000m race for Team USA in Rio, and took home the silver medal .

Spc. Shadrack Kipchirchir

Financial Management - Technician Track and Field

Finishing just a breath behind the reigning Olympic silver medalist, Spc. Kipchirchir secured a spot to run the 10,000m event on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team. He’s a four-time NCAA All-American, U.S. Army Soldier and Army World Class Athlete, and this native Kenyan can now add the Olympics to his resume.

Sgt. Hillary Bor

Financial Management -  Technician Track and Field

The 3,000m steeplechase race is not just about running, or running fast. Competitors have to clear 28 fixed barriers and seven water jumps while they’re at it. Sgt. Hillary Bor had to clear lots of hurdles on his way from Eldoret, Kenya to become a U.S. Soldier and member of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program. Along the way he’s stacked up NCAA All-America titles and captured 8th place among the world’s most elite steeplechasers in Rio.

Sfc. Glenn Eller

Infantry - Double Trap

Part of the Army Marksmanship Program, 5-time Olympian Sergeant First Class Glenn Eller joined the 2016 Team USA for the games in Rio.

Spc. Daniel Lowe

Watercraft Engineer - Air Rifle, Three-Position Prone Rifle  

Part of the Army Marksmanship Program, Specialist Daniel Lowe made his debut at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio with Team USA. 

Sfc. Michael McPhail

Infantry - 50-meter Prone Rifle

Part of the Army Marksmanship Program, Sergeant First Class Michael McPhail joined Team USA for the 2nd time at the 2016 Olympic Games. He made his Olympic debut at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Sfc. Josh Richmond

Infantry - Double Trap

Part of the Army Marksmanship Program, Sergeant First Class Josh Richmond first competed with Team USA during the 2012 Olympic Games. He joined Team USA again this during the 2016 games in Rio.

Coaches

The U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program doesn’t only produce athletes to compete at the highest levels. It produces coaches, too. It’s a natural fit for a program that’s made for mentorship. These coaches are trained to train America’s best Soldier-athletes. They’re all at the top of their game, and helped coach Team USA in Rio during the 2016 Olympic summer Games.

Staff Sgt. Dennis Bowsher

Motor Transport Operator Modern - Pentathlon Coach

The Modern Pentathlon competition comes two weeks after the Opening Ceremony. But, that time won’t be a break at all for this coach. It means more time to train with his World Class Athlete Program teammate, Sgt. Nathan Schrimsher. This was Ssg Bowsher’s second Olympics, so he had double duty as a coach and mentor as a veteran of the whole experience. 

Sfc. Joe Guzman

Cargo Specialist - Boxing Coach

When Team USA’s boxers enter the ring in Rio this summer, they’ll be lucky to have Sfc. Joe Guzman in their corner. An Army Soldier since 1999, he has more than five years of experience as a boxing coach with the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program. Along the way he’s helped male and female boxers learn what it takes to bob and weave with the best. He coached in Rio at his second Olympic Games.

Cpt. Andrew Locke

Infantry Officer - Rugby Coach

Rugby sevens is an event that made its debut at the 2016 Summer Olympics, and it was the first Olympics for Cpt. Andrew Locke, as well. As the assistant coach for the U.S. women’s rugby team, Cpt. Locke brought leadership and discipline he gained from experience as a two-time collegiate All-American at the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as from four deployments as an infantry officer. 

Alternates

 

Sgt. Caylor Williams

Human Resources - Specialist Wrestling Alternate

When you compete at the highest levels, often the only thing that separates you from victory is a sliver of time. Sgt. Caylor Williams was within 38 seconds of earning a spot on the team, but dropped his Greco-Roman Wrestling Final (98 kilograms/216 pounds) at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials in a 6-5 decision. He was an alternate for Team USA at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Games.

Sgt. Whitney Conder

Military Police NCO - Wrestling Alternate

Whether on or off the mat, Sgt. Whitney Conder exemplifies what it means to be a Soldier in the U.S. Army. She got close to her Olympic dream to compete in Women’s Freestyle Wrestling, but finished runner-up at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials. She joined Team USA as an alternate for the U.S. Olympic Games in Rio.

Spc. Ildar Hafizov

Motor Vehicle Operator - Wrestling Alternate

Spc. Hafizov is used to competing on the world stage. Only, before it was for his native Uzbekistan, where he was a three-time World Championship competitor and Olympian at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Now, as a naturalized American citizen, Spc. Hafizov trains with the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) and travelled to Rio as an alternate on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team for Greco-Roman Wrestling (59 kilograms/130 pounds).