These are Indiana’s high Olympics sports activities athletes of 2021

On this annual column that includes Indiana athletes in Olympic sports activities, decisions are at all times troublesome. That was very true of 2021, the yr of the lady.

How so? I couldn’t discover room for 11 feminine medalists with Indiana ties from the Tokyo Olympics, notably golden ladies corresponding to volleyball participant Annie Drews and sprinter Lynna Irby.

Following are 22 honorees in professional, school and highschool classes. Fifteen are swimmers or divers:

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Professional feminine

>> Gold: Molly Seidel, marathon. In an inspirational run to Tokyo bronze, the Notre Dame graduate completed mere seconds behind two Kenyans whose marathon bests have been almost 10 minutes quicker than hers. “That is unbelievable stuff. I can’t consider what we’re watching,” stated NBC analyst Kara Goucher, a former Olympic marathoner. Three months later, Seidel was fourth at New York in 2:24:42, a private greatest — regardless of two damaged ribs. USA Observe & Discipline honored the 27-year-old as breakthrough performer of the yr.