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How have former UNC athletes done so far at the Olympics?

North Carolina is well represented in Rio, lets see how they’ve done so far.

Colombia v USA: Women's Football - Olympics: Day 4 Photo by Bruno Zanardo/Getty Images

Fifteen UNC alums are taking part in the 2016 Olympics. Of that 15, only two have yet to participate in the games. Shalane Flanagan and Vikas Gowda will take part in the Track and Fields events which take place in the second week. The other 13 athletes’ events have begun, and many of them have had fairly successful starts.

UNC’s lone representative in men’s basketball is Harrison Barnes. As a team, the USA is 3-0, but Barnes hasn’t played a major role. He played a combined 19 minutes in the first two games, both US blowouts, scoring 12 total points. The third game was first close game the US played, and Barnes did not get any minutes. Considering the wings ahead of him on the US depth chart, it’s hard to argue against Barnes’ lack of playing time.

The lone Tar Heel in the women’s basketball tournament is LaToya Sanders, who is playing for the Turkish national team. Sanders has led the Turkish team in scoring twice in four games, and is averaging over 20 points and seven rebounds. She scored 36 in a crucial win over Japan, which took Turkey to 2-2. A win over last place Brazil will qualify Turkey for the quarterfinals, but they still could advance even with a loss.

Five Tar Heels are a part of the USA field hockey team that currently sits at 4-0. Goalkeeper Jackie Briggs has allowed just three goals in four games, while Caitlin Van Sickle scored the second goal in a 2-1 win over Australia. The United States has never won a field hockey gold medal, and has just one bronze in total. However, considering their success so far, it appears some UNC alums may have a chance to make some history.

Six of the 15 Tar Heel athletes in Rio are taking part in women’s soccer. One of them, Katie Bowen, is on New Zealand’s team. Bowen played in all three games, starting two of them. New Zealand fell short of qualification to the knockout stage, winning just one of their three games.

Five members of the US Women’s National Soccer Team roster are former Tar Heels, while two others were named as alternates. All five on the active roster have seen game time, with Crystal Dunn and Allie Long playing in all three matches. Dunn scored a game-tying goal in the United States’ 2-2 draw with Colombia to wrap up group play. The US plays Sweden in the Quarterfinals on Friday.

After one week of the Olympics, 14 Tar Heels are still alive in their various events. At least some of them have a decent chance to add to UNC’s all-time medal total.