NASHVILLE, TN - Representing their countries with their best performance to challenge their best limit in the heart of Japan are 217 incoming, current, and former Southeastern Conference athletes from not only the United States but various countries.
After being delayed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemics, sports heroes from all over the world have gathered to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Let's take a look at some of the Olympians who have ties with the Vanderbilt Commodores.
1. Matthias Schwab
Mattias Schwab is a golfer from Austria. He will compete in the individual stroke number in golf this Olympics. Schwab was a Commodore from 2013 until 2017, and he competed at the highest level representing Vanderbilt.
He was a three-time First Team All-SEC, All-American in his final three years at Vanderbilt, finished third at the NCAA championships in his junior year. In his senior year, he helped the Commodores won the SEC Championships. He turned pro in 2017 right after graduating.
2. Lily Williams
Lily Williams is a United States representative in the track cycling game in Tokyo. However, in her time as a Commodore from 2012 until 2016, he was a middle-distance runner who competed in the 800, 1500, 3000, and 5000 meters. She also competed in the mile and distance medley relay.
She finished ninth in the 1500 at SEC Outdoor Championships in 2013 and competed in the NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2013 and 2015. She turned to cycling after graduating and began training with Team USA in 2018. She has the honor to become the first female Vanderbilt graduate to compete in the Olympics.
3. Josh Zeid
Josh Zeid was named into Israel's baseball team as one of the pitchers for the Tokyo Olympics. He spent his time in Vanderbilt in 2006-2007 as a relief pitcher. He made 13 appearances during his freshman year, finished the year with a 5.24 ERA. He struggled through his sophomore year, appeared in only five games and had an ERA of 18.69.
After the 2007 season, he transferred to Tulane. He finally made it to the major league as a part of the 2013 and 2014 teams of Houston Astros, made 48 pitching appearances. Now he is a part of the pitching coaches in the Chicago Cubs. Internationally, he competed for Israel in the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classics.
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