The opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is happening this Friday. The historic day marks the start of some spectacular global competition that joins the best athletes from around the world – including at least seven Eagle Scouts representing the U.S team!
Bryan on Scouting confirmed with the National Eagle Scout Association in his story that seven men from the U.S. team will be going for the gold this month.
Who are these seven guys who donned the Scout threads and Eagle badge long before sporting their Team USA uniforms? Get the scoop on them below.
1. Casey Patterson
This Olympics will be Casey’s first experience competing in the Games and he’s going to be vying for a medal in beach volleyball. He’s from Newbury Park, California and earned Eagle Scout in 1997.
He’ll be competing with teammate Jake Gibb starting on August 6 against Qatar. Watch it live at 3:30 p.m. Eastern through a variety of networks like NBC, CNBC, MSNBC and USA Network or catch him streaming here.
2. Ryan Held
Also Ryan’s first Olympics experience, you can watch this Eagle zipping through the water in the 4×100 swimming freestyle relay. Hailing from Springfield, Illinois, he earned Scouting’s highest rank in 2010.
The heat is on for this swimmer as he was deemed the third-fastest individual swimmer in the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. Team Trials back in June. Catch him on August 7 begining at noon Eastern on NBC or streaming online.
3. John Nunn
John is competing in the Olympics for the third time this month and will be dashing to the finish line in the Track and Field 50K Race Walk. He’s from San Diego and ascended to the Eagle ranks in 1992.
Competing in the longest Olympic event means he’s got a long road ahead of him (literally), but he recently accomplished a career milestone when he finished 37 in the 50K race walk at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. Watch him August 19 at 7 a.m. Eastern (and plan for a long breakfast because the race ends 3.5 hours later) and check the streaming schedule for the event here.
Find out who the other four Eagles are by heading to Bryan on Scouting for the full story.
*Editor’s note: this post was updated to include mention of an additional Eagle Scout competing in the Olympics