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Stony Brook Alumni Represent at Rio

Bedel Saget at Rio Olympics
Bedel Saget ’88 poses with the Olympic rings in Rio.

Six Stony Brook alumni are spending their summers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this year. They’re there to participate, in one way or another, in the 2016 Olympic games.

Bedel Saget ’88

The President-Elect of the Stony Brook University Alumni Association Board of Directors will be covering the games as a graphics editor (sports) for The New York Times. View Saget’s interactive piece on American gymnast Simone Biles here.

Lucy Van Dalen Oliver
Lucy (Van Dalen) Oliver ’11, ’12 competes for Stony Brook in 2012.

Lucy (Van Dalen) Oliver ’11, 12

The Stony Brook track and field alumna will be representing New Zealand in the 5000m race this year, competing the morning of Tuesday, August 16. This is Oliver’s second games; she ran the 1500m in the 2012 London games. As a college athlete, she earned the NCAA national champion title in the mile race, was a six-time All-American and was named the America East Woman of the Year in 2012. Oliver has also been recognized as a Stony Brook University 40 under Forty award recipient for her post-graduate accomplishments. Read Oliver’s Olympic profile here. Find women’s 5000m race details here.

Rice and Bello at Rio Olympics 2016
Celeste Rice ’87 snaps a photo with fellow alum Al Bello ’89 at the pool.

Al Bello ’89

An alumnus of the Stony Brook football team, Bello is a sports photographer for Getty Images (and also one of the world’s leading underwater photographers) and will be covering the swimming competitions throughout the games. Bello was recently named Pictures of the Year International’s (POYi) Sports Photographer of the Year. Click here to learn how Bello’s team of photographers are using underwater robotic cameras throughout the games.

Celeste Rice ’87

Rice is at the Olympics as a physical therapist. While a student at Stony Brook, she studied psychology and athletic training.

Evann Slaughter '14 at Rio Olympics
Volunteer Evann Slaughter ’14 represents USA, and SBU.

Nancy Milburn ’80

Milburn is participating as a volunteer in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Evann Slaughter ’14

Slaughter, an alumna of Stony Brook’s volleyball team, is volunteering during the games.

These six alumni aren’t the only Stony Brook ties to the Olympic games this year. Campus Recreation instructor Maria Michta-Coffey will be competing in the 20k race walk.


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