Don Lugo Graduate Competes In Olympics

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Photo courtesy: Chino Valley Unified School District

Photo courtesy: Chino Valley Unified School District

Chino – A 2000 graduate of Don Lugo High School in Chino will seek her fourth Olympic gold medal in this year’s Olympic Games.

Diana Taurasi will attend the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as a member of the United States women’s basketball team.

Taurasi has previously won three Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) championships in her 12 years with the professional basketball team, the Phoenix Mercury, according to the Chino Valley Unified School District. She also was named WNBA Most Valuable Player in 2009, and was on the All-WNBA First Team nine times.

Prior to her professional career, she played for the University of Connecticut, assisting the team in winning three National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles in the early 2000s.

The three Olympic gold medals she won for basketball were obtained in 2004, 2008, and 2012.

Many were anticipating the Olympics opening ceremony held on Friday, August 5. With Rio just one hour ahead of the Eastern Time zone, the 2016 Summer Games will be the most live Olympics ever, according to NBCOlympics. NBCU will present 2,084 hours of Olympic programming across 11 networks. The Games will conclude on Sunday, August 21, with the Closing Ceremony on NBC.

This year’s events include: Archery (4 events), Badminton (5 events), Beach volleyball (2 events), Boxing (13 events), Canoe slalom (4 events), Canoe sprint (12 events), Cycling – BMX (2 events), Cycling – Mountain Bike (2 events), Cycling – Road (4 events),   Cycling – Track (10 events), Diving (8 events), Equestrian (6 events), Fencing (10 events), Field hockey (2 events), Golf (2 events), Gymnastics (14 events), Handball (2 events), Judo (14 events), Marathon swimming (2 events), Modern pentathlon (2 events), Rhythmic gymnastics  (2 events), Rowing (14 events), Rugby sevens (2 events), Sailing (10 events), Shooting (15 events), Soccer (2 events), Swimming (32 events), Synchronized swimming (2 events), Table tennis (4 events), Taekwondo (8 events), Tennis (5 events), Track & field (47 events), Trampoline (2 events), Triathlon (2 events), Volleyball (2 events), Water polo (2 events, Weightlifting (15 events).