Two former Colorado State Rams competing in Rio Olympics

A pair of Colorado State alumni, and one current student, will be competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Janay DeLoach will again represent Team USA in track and field and Andy Ogide is playing basketball for Nigeria.

Including Ogide and DeLoach, former CSU athletes will have competed in a combined 22 Olympic games, including every summer Olympic Games the U.S. has participated in since 1972.

DeLoach, who still resides in Fort Collins, had a send off event on Friday, as she headed down to Rio. She is making her second Olympic appearance in the long jump, having won a bronze medal in the 2012 Games in London.

Currently a volunteer assistant coach for CSU track and field, she earned her spot on the squad at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon on July 2 where she posted a distance of 6.93 meters (22 feet, 7.5 inches) on her last jump, landing her the third spot on the team.

DeLoach is among the most decorated track athletes in CSU history, garnering four All-America honors and four Mountain West long jump titles in her collegiate career that wrapped up in 2008.

During her time at CSU, DeLoach had a double-degree in psychology and human development and family studies. After her undergrad, she went on to get her master’s degree in occupational therapy in Fort Collins.

Janay Deloach

Apr 16, 2016; Norwalk, CA, USA; Janay DeLoach wins the womens long jump at 21-9 (6.64m) during the 58th Mt. San Antonio College Relays at Cerritos College. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Ogide will compete in his first Olympics in Rio for his parents’ native Nigeria. The country qualified for the Games by winning the 2015 African Basketball Championship and is making their second consecutive appearance after competing for the first time in 2012.

Ogide started his basketball career at the University of Mississippi but transferred to CSU in 2008, playing three seasons for the Rams.

Since his graduation, he has spent time playing basketball in Spain, Russia, France and Israel.

Ogide and DeLoach join current CSU student Ben Pinkelman, who was selected for the U.S. rugby team, in Rio, August 5-21.

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