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#USC2RIO: Rebecca Heyliger

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The countdown is on to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and once again, USC will be represented by a roster of Trojans that would match most countries. Time to unveil your USC Olympians...

Name: Rebecca Heyliger

Country: Bermuda

Event: Women's Swimming 50m Freestyle


Rebecca Heyliger is one of two swimmers that Bermuda will send to Rio 2016, giving the USC alum her first shot at Olympic glory. She qualified by reaching the B standard at the Validus Bermuda National Championships, swimming 26.13 to make the cut by four hundredths of a second.

"When I saw the time I was like, 'I did it,'" said Heyliger, who is the national record holder in the 50m free. "I'm so excited and love swimming for Bermuda and take so much pride in it."

The 2015 USC co-captain impressed in and out of the pool during her college career. Heyliger earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention as a sophomore and a junior.

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#USC2RIO: Victoria Lovelady

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The countdown is on to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and once again, USC will be represented by a roster of Trojans that would match most countries. Time to unveil your USC Olympians...

Name: Victoria Lovelady

Country: Brazil

Event: Women's Golf


Victoria (Alimonda) Lovelady needed a little bit of help before securing her spot at the Olympic Games. The 2008 national champion at USC finished just outside of the Top 60, but thanks to a couple well-timed withdrawals, she will represent her home country in the women's golf tournament. Lovelady is one of two Trojans from Brazil to qualify for Rio 2016, joining women's water polo goalie Victoria Chamorro.

"There is a not day that goes by that I am not asked about the Olympic Games," said Lovelady. "Everyone has been counting down to this."

While Brazil is not known for its dominance in golf, Lovelady will have a home course advantage. She was one of nine golfers to break in the new course in March. The women's tournament will run from August 17-20.

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That Friday Feeling

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In case you're not excited for football season yet, maybe Adoree' Jackson's endless athleticism will inspire you.

Adoree' Jackson is giving us that #Friyay feeling! Is it football season yet??? #FightOn

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#USC2RIO: Tiffany Chan

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The countdown is on to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and once again, USC will be represented by a roster of Trojans that would match most countries. Time to unveil your USC Olympians...

Name: Tiffany Chan

Country: Hong Kong

Event: Women's Golf


Tiffany Chan is one of three Trojans in the women's golf tournament at the Rio Olympics and the only one still in school. The rising senior picked up second team All-American honors in her first season at USC after transferring from Daytona State College.

Chan is one of only three amateurs to qualify among the 120 men and women golfers who will take part in Rio 2016. She boosted her resume by collecting wins at the Future Open in Taiwan and the Hong Kong Ladies Open.

As proud as the Trojan Family is to have Chan at the Olympics, she is an even bigger story back in Hong Kong, where they are trying to grow the game of golf. Mark Chan (no relation), the Hong Kong Golf Association president, called her "greatest thing ever to happen to Hong Kong golf."


On a personal level, Tiffany Chan is most appreciative to have parents who let her pursue this dream.

"They tried not to force me into studying to be a doctor or any professional career and it ended up I chose golf as a hobby and ended up telling them when in college that I might want to play golf as a career," she told reporters. "They've been big supporters of my journey, they never say a word that I shouldn't be an athlete, and I'm really thankful and grateful that I have parents like them."

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Kelly's Funeral

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A funeral Mass for longtime USC broadcaster Tom Kelly will be held on Aug. 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles (555 W. Temple St.).  A reception will follow immediately afterward at the adjacent Center at Cathedral Plaza.

Click here for the complete obituary.

Kelly, the broadcast voice of USC football and men's basketball for five decades, died on June 27 at age 88.

#USC2RIO: Candie Kung

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The countdown is on to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and once again, USC will be represented by a roster of Trojans that would match most countries. Time to unveil your USC Olympians...

Name: Candie Kung

Country: Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)

Event: Women's Golf


The Olympics is reintroducing golf for the first time since 1904, and the Women of Troy will be well represented with three alums, including Candie Kung.

"We are excited to have three of our athletes competing in the Olympics next month," said USC women's golf coach Andrea Gaston. "Now that golf has returned to the Olympics, it is a tremendous honor to finally have our players among the many other Trojan Olympic greats representing their respective countries."

Ranked No. 33 in the world, Kung has raked in $6.9M in earnings during her LPGA career which dates back to 2002. She has four LPGA victories on her resume with the latest triumph coming in 2008.

At USC, she was a two-time All-American and won the 2000 Pac-10 Championship.

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#USC2RIO: Steve Johnson

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The countdown is on to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and once again, USC will be represented by a roster of Trojans that would match most countries. Time to unveil your USC Olympians...

Name: Steve Johnson

Country: United States of America

Event: Men's Tennis


After making a Round of 16 run at Wimbledon, Steve Johnson earned a spot on Team USA for Rio 2016. Ranked No. 25 in the world, Johnson will play singles and doubles (with Jack Sock) at his first Olympic Games.


Johnson is enjoying the best spell of his career, reaching a career-best ranking and winning a professional tournament for the first time. The four-time NCAA champion has always thrived in a team atmosphere, so he should be filled with confidence on the road to Rio.

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Biggie Season Ahead

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The Trojans are developing winning habits now that will pay off in the fall.


#USC2RIO: Robert Farah

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The countdown is on to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and once again, USC will be represented by a roster of Trojans that would match most countries. Time to unveil your USC Olympians...

Name: Robert Farah

Country: Colombia

Event: Men's Tennis


Fresh off a run to the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Final, Robert Farah is going to his first Olympic Games, representing his native Colombia in neighboring Brazil. Farah will team up with his regular doubles partner, Juan Sebastian Cabal, in the Olympic tournament.

Farah and Cabal are ranked the 27th best doubles players in the world, winning three titles already this season. At USC, Farah was an accomplished doubles player as well, claiming the NCAA title with Kaes Van't Hof in 2008.

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Team USC

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As they get ready for Rio, all the Trojan Olympians will receive a special care package in the mail from their alma mater reminding them that the Trojan Family is behind them.