USA Today names 2 former SEC stars who are 'good bets' to win gold at the Olympics
The Tokyo Olympics gets underway in less than a week, and a pair of former SEC stars are in the mix for a gold medal, and are even described as “good bets” by USA Today.
The USA women’s basketball team is one of the most dominant around, and former South Carolina star A’ja Wilson is leading that team. The team has won six gold medals in a row with 49 consecutive victories along the way. She’s also a guard for the Las Vegas Aces. Wilson is the reigning WNBA MVP and was the 2018 No. 1 overall pick after leading the South Carolina Gamecocks to a national championship in 2017. With Team USA, she’ll be playing for college coach Dawn Staley again.
Internationally, she’s been on Team USA since 2017 and was the youngest member of the team that won the 2018 FIBA World Cup.
In men’s track and field, Florida product Grant Holloway is currently the No. 1-ranked men’s 110-meter hurdler in the world. At the track and field trials, Holloway nearly beat the world record – missing the mark by one-hundredth of a second – while setting a personal best of of 12.81 seconds. Holloway, 21, earlier this year set the 60-meter world record (7.29 seconds), breaking a mark that had stood for 27 years.