Pepperdine Athletes Competing in Rio From All Around the World

Pepperdine Athletes Representing in Rio From All Around the World

Pepperdine alumni are representing the USA, Canada, South Africa and Saudi Arabia in this year’s Olympic games.

Sarah Attar will be making history as she runs the 800-meter for Saudi Arabia for the second time. She became “one of the first two female athletes ever to represent Saudi Arabia” in 2012, according to Pepperdine’s website. 

Roxanne Barker will be representing South Africa for the second time, playing goalkeeper on their soccer team. She became their starting goalkeeper four years ago for South Africa’s first ever Olympic women’s soccer game. 

Kim Hill will be playing for Team USA’s women’s volleyball team for her first trip to the Olympics. She earned the MVP award at the 2014 FIVB World Championships as she helped USA win gold.

Both Merrill Moses and Jesse Smith are playing for the USA men’s water polo team. This will be Moses’ third Olympics and he won a silver medal in 2008. Smith will be competing in his fourth Olympics, becoming the first Wave to compete at four different Olympic games. 

Miranda Ayim is playing basketball for Team Canada. 

Fred Winters will be competing in his first Olympics for Canada’s men’s volleyball team. Last year, he won a bronze medal at the Pan Am Games; he also “is coming off a first-place showing at the FIVB World League Group 2,” according to Pepperdine.