Going for the Gold—Sorority Women & the Olympics

Guess what, A-Listers?! Tonight is the Opening Ceremony for the Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, and we couldn’t be more excited to watch the Olympic flame make it to South America. We’re big sports and Olympics buffs here in the studio, so we couldn’t help but dedicate today’s blog to Olympic-mania!

Olympic athletes are amazingly skilled, talented, and disciplined in their craft; most have been training their entire lives just for this moment. It’s almost like the world is taking a large breath, inhaling and pausing the all issues and events to come together and celebrate these athletes’ abilities and achievements. We particularly love the camaraderie, sportsmanship, and friendships borne out of Olympic competition—were we the only ones who cried a little during Katy Perry’s “Rise” video? See that’s how much we love the Olympics.

So what do some Olympians and the rest of us have in common? Sororities and sisterhood. It comes as no surprise that some of the world’s top performing athletes are among our Greek sisters. After all, many sororities uphold hard work and perseverance as critical parts of their mottos and values. So who among us has gone for the gold? Scroll below and find out!

Kappa Kappa Gamma Olympians

Kappa Kappa Gamma-At the 2012 London Olympics, Rachel Buehler and Kelley O’Hara helped the Women’s US Soccer Team to a coveted gold medal, overtaking the gold medal lead in both men and women’s Olympic soccer. There must be something in the water at the Stanford Kappa Kappa Gamma house, because U.S. Rower and Stanford Kappa sister Elle Logan also captured the gold, along with US Water Polo player Mel Seidemann. Kappa claims an overall nine gold medals from sisters!

Photo Courtesy of USA Today
Photo Courtesy of USA Today

Tri Delta- Med student, professional athlete, and bride to be—you thought you were busy! Tri Delta’s Abby Johnston finished with the silver medal in synchronized diving in the 2012 Games, finally ending the US’s 12 year absence from the diving medal podium. This year, she’s back in Rio! Engaged and in the midst of medical school, Johnston hopes this year will be the year for Olympic Gold.

Kappa Alpha Theta Kerri Allyson Strung

Kappa Alpha Theta- Why walk when you can fly—straight to the Olympics! Thetas have a whopping 7 Olympic athletes among their sisters, with one of the most famous being 1996 Magnificent Seven gymnast Kerri Allyson Strug. She sustained an ankle injury during competition, and still cinched the gold medal during a once-in-a-lifetime vault for her team. Her coach carried her to the podium to get her gold medal. You go girl!

Mercedes Farhat Alpha Omicron Pi Olympian

Alpha Omicron Pi-Sorority women are from all walks of life, as reminded by Olympic swimmer Mercedes Farhat, a AOII sister. She competed in the 2008 Beijing games as only the second woman ever to swim for Libya! Her sorority sister, Courtney Kupets was a bronze medal winner in gymnastics at the 2004 Athens games.

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That’s just the tip of the ice berg, A-Listers! Sorority women have been competing in the Olympics for a century, and in that time the list has grown (and keeps growing!). Regardless of their affiliation, we’re so excited to cheer all our athletes on! Besides, gold is this season’s hottest accessory.

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