Georgetown Alums to Compete at 2016 Rio Olympics

Emily Infeld (Photo Credit: Errol Anderson) and Charlie Buckingham (Photo Credit: instagram/USSailingTeam)

Aug. 4, 2016

WASHINGTON - Georgetown University alums Charlie Buckingham (C'11) and Emily Infeld (B'12) will compete at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games, with opening ceremonies taking place on Friday, August 5 at 7 p.m. ET and tape delay coverage starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Full coverage of the Olympic games will be available on the NBC family of networks with additional digital only coverage available on the NBC Olympics app.

Buckingham, a two-time recipient of the Everett B. Morris Trophy, recognizing the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) College Sailor of the Year, will represent the United States in the laser (dinghy) division of sailing. The preliminary rounds for his event will run Monday, Aug. 8 - Saturday, Aug. 13 with two races scheduled per day, totaling 10 preliminary races. The first preliminary race is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 8 at 12:05 p.m. ET. The medal race will be held on Monday, Aug. 15 at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Buckingham earned his selection based on the results of the US Sailing Olympic Athlete Selection Series in the men's one-person dinghy. Buckingham, the Laser North American Champion, has been the top U.S. athlete in the class for four years and has represented the United States at the Pan American Games and during two test events at the 2016 Olympic venue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This will be the first Olympic Games appearance of Buckingham's career.

Buckingham joins fellow Hoya alum Andrew Campbell as a laser Olympian as Campbell competed at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games.

Infeld, an NCAA champion in the 3,000-meter run and the top finisher on the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championship team while on the Hilltop, will represent Team USA in the women's 10,000-meter run. Infeld will compete in the finals of her event on Friday, Aug. 12 at 10:10 a.m. ET.

Infeld qualified for Team USA in early July when she competed in her first outdoor race after suffering a stress fracture earlier in the season. Infeld's second-place finish clinched a spot on Team USA and a trip to Rio, her first Olympic Games appearance.

She becomes the 20th Olympian in GU track & field history and the first female athlete. The last Hoya track & field Olympians competed at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games in Rich Kenah (800m), Kevin McMahon (hammer throw) and Bryan Woodward (800m).



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