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Two athletes with Washington ties win Olympic medals

Jul 29, 2021, 8:05 AM | Updated: 9:04 am
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Jordan Chiles, Simone Biles, Grace McCallum and Sunisa Lee of Team United States react on the podium after winning the silver medal during the Women's Team Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Two athletes with Washington state ties are now Olympic medalists.

Gov. Inslee tweeted a congratulations to Jordan Chiles, a gymnast from Vancouver, Washington, after Chiles helped Team USA win silver in the women’s team all-around finals this week in Tokyo.

Inslee said he’s “proud to have [Chiles] representing Washington state.”

While not born in Washington state, local sports fans know former University of Washington basketball star Kelsey Plum. She helped the U.S. win gold this week in the women’s 3×3 basketball tournament at the Tokyo Olympics. This year marked the first time 3×3 basketball was played at the Olympic Games.

Local runner to compete in long jump, sprints at Paralympic Games

Other Olympic athletes from Washington state representing the United States include: basketball player Zach LaVine, diver Katrina Young, dressage rider Adrienne Lyle, long-distance runner Jacob Riley, track and field athlete Kara Winger, weightlifter Harrison Maurus, and canoe sprinter Nevin Harrison.

Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart, and Jewell Loyd are all on Team USA as well, as are OL Reign’s Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle, and Eric Filia from the Seattle Mariners.

The KIRO Radio Newsdesk contributed to this report.

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Two athletes with Washington ties win Olympic medals