U.S. Senator David Vitter released the following statement upon the U.S. Olympic Committee naming three Louisianians to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. Kendrick Farris of Shreveport and Seimone Augustus and Meghan O’Leary of Baton Rouge will represent the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this August.
“Congratulations to Kendrick, Seimone, and Meghan for earning a well-deserved place on the United States Olympic Team. I’m sure they will do well in representing the great state of Louisiana and the United States on the international stage,” Vitter said. “Louisiana is well-known for producing some of the nation’s greatest athletes, and there is no doubt that Kendrick, Seimone, and Meghan’s fellow Louisianians will cheer them on as they compete in Rio de Janeiro.”
Farris will be representing the United States as a member of the Men’s Weightlifting team. A Shreveport native, Farris attended Louisiana State University in Shreveport where he was a member of the institution’s prestigious weightlifting team. This will be Farris’ third time representing the United States at the Olympics, having been a member of teams at the 2008 and 2012 summer games.
A current player for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA), Augustus will play on the Women’s Basketball team. She is a Baton Rouge native, having played collegiate basketball at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where she was awarded the Naismith College Player of the Year award. This will be Augustus’ third time representing the United States at the Olympics, having won gold medals in both the 2008 games in Beijing, China, and 2012 in London, England.
O’Leary is from Baton Rouge and attended the University of Virginia. She will participate as a member of the Women’s Rowing team. O’Leary boasts a handful of prestigious national and international titles including winning a silver medal in the double sculls at the 2014 World Rowing Cup II and finishing sixth in the double sculls at the 2014 World Rowing Championships. This will be her first appearance at the Olympic games.