The state of San JosÃ© has been a part of almost every Olympic Games since 1924. The university will be well represented at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which runs from July 23 to August 8.
Seven former Spartans will participate in five sports:
- Suzy Brookshire Gonzales, softball in Mexico – first Olympics
- Colton Brown, United States Men’s Judo – Second Olympics
- Michelle Cox, Australia softball – first Olympics
- Emma Entzminger, Softball of Canada – First Olympics
- Clara Espar Llaquet, Spain Women’s Water Polo – Second Olympic Games
- Robyn Stevens, United States women’s athletics (20km race) – first Olympic Games
- Coach Greg Massialas, United States Head Fencing Coach – Seventh Olympics, Fourth as Head Coach (2008, 2012, 2016, 2020)
The five female Olympians are the most for SJSU in a single Olympics. Stevens is the first Spartan female Olympian since American shot and discus thrower Margaret Jenkins competed in the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932..
It is also the first time that a former SJSU student will appear in softball, which is returning to the Olympic Games program for the first time since 2008.
Colton Brown continues SJSU’s impressive judo legacy that began with former student Yoshihiro “Yosh” Uchida, ’47 Biological Science, head judo coach at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Brown shared his thoughts on the participation in his second Olympics and his quest for gold medal in a Q&A before leaving for Tokyo.