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Governor Gives Olympic Sendoff To New Canaan Athletes

Charlie Cole of New Canaan will row for the United States at the Summer Olympics, which begin Friday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Charlie Cole of New Canaan will row for the United States at the Summer Olympics, which begin Friday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo Credit: Courtesy of USRowing.org

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman today congratulated the Connecticut athletes competing in the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and are wishing them the best in their competitions.

Athletes from Stamford, New Canaan and Bridgeport are among the 9-member delegation on the U.S. team.

“We are honored to have a group of internationally recognized athletes who call Connecticut their home and will represent our state and our nation in one of the most prominent sporting events in the world,” Governor Malloy said. “We wish all of the Team USA athletes the best in this year’s Olympic Games, but in particular you can guarantee that there will be a strong contingent of us back home in Connecticut cheering for our hometown stars.”

The Governor and Lt. Governor also expressed their best wishes to Team USA Women’s Basketball head coach Coach Geno Auriemma and several Huskies, who will be competing on the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team.

Members of the U.S. Olympic team who are from Connecticut include:

  • Andrew Campbell, Jr. – Rowing (New Canaan)
  • Charlie Cole – Rowing (New Canaan)
  • Thomas Dunstan – Water Polo (New Canaan)
  • Charles Wyles -- Rugby (Stamford)
  • Alyssa Naeher -- Soccer (Seymour/Bridgeport)
  • Donn Cabral – Track and Field (Glastonbury)
  • Austin Hack – Rowing (Old Lyme)
  • Michael Hartfield – Track and Field (Manchester)
  • Devin McEwan – Canoe/Kayak (Salisbury)
"Congratulations to our Connecticut Olympians – we’re thrilled to be represented on Team USA,” Lt. Governor Wyman said. “These men and women are tremendous athletes, and their commitment to excellence makes them great role models for all of us back home. I wish them good luck and urge them to enjoy every minute of the Games.”

This list was compiled by the U.S. Olympic Committee and is based on the athletes’ hometowns, not their current residence.

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