MEET THE ATHLETES

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

The athletes will compete for Team Americas versus Team World as they contend for the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Trophy, the official trophy of the Aurora Games. Didrikson Zaharias was named the “Greatest Female Athlete of the First Half of the 20th Century” by the Associated Press for her achievements in multiple sports, including golf, basketball, baseball and track and field.

HONORARY CAPTAINS

 Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Nadia Comaneci (Honorary Captains, Team Americas and Team World) Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee and five-team Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci will serve as honorary team captains. Joyner-Kersee, an American track and field icon, will lead the athletes representing Team Americas. Comaneci, the legendary Romanian gymnast, will guide those competing for Team World.

Additional athletes will be added as they are officially announced.

FEATURED ATHLETES FROM TEAM AMERICAS

AMERICAS TEAM
HONORARY CAPTAIN

Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist (also 1 Silver and 2 Bronze), Four-time World Champion; track & field legend.

TENNIS

2019 Indian Wells Champion (her first WTA Tour singles title), Two-time International Tennis Federation Junior Doubles Champion (2017 Australian Open and 2017 French Open)

Olympic Gold Medalist, U.S. Open Champion; has won 5 Grand Slam titles in women’s doubles and 3 in mixed doubles.

Olympic Gold Medalist, plus another WTA singles title (Internationaux de Strasbourg)

GYMNASTICS

10-time All-American Gymnast, Two-time Pac-12 Specialist of the Year (2018, 2019), 2019 Pac-12 Balance Beam, Floor Exercise Co-Champion; scored 11 perfect 10.0’s during her college career.

FIGURE SKATING

Three-time U.S. National Champion, Olympic Bronze Medalist (Team), World Silver Medalist.

HOCKEY

Two-time NWHL Regular Season Champion, NWHL Isobel Cup Champion, Two-time NWHL All-Star, CWHL Champion; stars with the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL

Olympic Gold Medalist, Four-time IIHF Women’s World Championship Medalist (3 Gold and 1 Silver), 2019 NWHL Isobel Cup Champion, Three-time NCAA National Champion with the University of Minnesota; Four-time top-10 Patty Kazaier Memorial Award winner; Member of US National Team.

2019 Rivalry Series competitor, m ember of the USA U-22 National Team, holds NCAA record for career wins (121); currently stars for the Boston Pride in the NWHL.

Olympic Silver Medalist, Three-time IIHF Women’s World Championship Medalist (two Gold and one Silver); stars with the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL.

Stars with the Worcester Blades of the CWHL.

IIHF Women’s World Championship Gold Medalist, NWHL Isobel Cup Champion, Two-time NWHL All-Star; stars with the Toronto Furies of the CWHL.

Two-time Olympic Medalist (Silver and Bronze), Six-time IIHF World Women’s Championship Medalist (four Gold and two Silver)

2019 CWHL Champion, SDHL Champion; stars with the Calgary Inferno of the CWHL.

Two-time IIHF Women’s World Championship Gold Medalist, Two-time NWHL Regular Season Champion, NWHL Isobel Cup Champion, 2019 CWHL Champion Two-time NWHL All-Star; stars with the Calgary Inferno of the CWHL.

NWHL Isobel Cup Champion, 2015 College Hockey America Conference Player of the Year, Stars with the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL.

Stars with the Connecticut Whale of the NWHL.

Over 20 years coaching experience, including: Division 1 Brown University, Boston Blades, Kunlan Red Star Hockey Club (China)

2018 Olympic Gold Medalist, NWHL Top 5 Point Leader in 2018-2019 season, stars with the Boston Pride of the NWHL.

Two-time IIHF Women’s World Championship Gold Medalist; stars with the Boston Pride of the NWHL.

Stars with the Markham Thunder of the CWHL.

BASKETBALL

Two-time All-American Honorable Mention; Drafted by Minnesota Lynx.

2011 NCAA DII All-American Honorable Mention; led Russian League in scoring in 2016-2017 season; Currently stars for the Phoenix Mercury.

Two-time All-Big 12; only second JUCO transfer to score 1,000 points over two seasons with Mountaineers.

Final Four Appearance with Louisville Cardinals, Named Albany Regional All-Tournament team (2018-2019 season) Drafted by WNBA Mystics.

2019 AP Player of the Year, 2019 ESPNW National Player of the Year, 2019 Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

Training camp contract with WNBA Atlanta Dream; Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament Team.

Two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, 21st overall pick in WNBA Draft, Two WNBA Playoff Appearances.

Conference USA Player of the Year; played with Elitzur Ramla in Israel; current star for WNBA Indiana Fever.

Set Phoenix franchise record for offensive rebounds in a season; WNBA Draft in 2011; current star for the WNBA Washington Mystics.

Two-time NCAA Champion (back-to-back playing for University of Conn) earning 2003 Big East All-Rookie Team honors and was the 5th player in UConn history to get 1,600 points and 700 rebounds in her career, played in theWNBA and has played several years in Europe; currently plays for Hatay BŞB in Turkey.

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Four-time WNBA Champion, Five-time WNBA All-Star.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Melissa Humana: 2018 Commonwealth Games Champion (with Pavan), has won 5 FIVB World Tour events (with Pavan).

Sarah Pavan: 2018 Commonwealth Games Champion (with Humana-Paredes), has won 5 FIVB World Tour events (with Humana-Paredes); 2016 Olympic competitor.

Alix Klineman : Seven-time AVP Champion with partner Ross;  Two-time FIVB World Tour Champion (with Ross); won NORCECA Tour Final (with Ross)

April Ross:  Two- time Olympic Medalist (1 Silver and 1 Bronze), Two-time World Championship Medalist (1 Gold and 1 Silver); With Partner Klineman: Seven-time AVP Medalist, Two-time FIVB World Tour Champion, won NORCECA Tour Final

TABLE TENNIS

(will be played in the Fan Zone at the Albany Capital Center)

Olympic Team Member, U.S. National Doubles Champion, 2018 U.S. Silver Medalist (doubles with Zhang).

Two-time Olympic Team Member, Four-time U.S. National Singles Champion, Two-time U.S. National Doubles Champion, 2018 U.S. Silver Medalist (doubles with Wu).

WORLD TEAM
HONORARY CAPTAIN

Five-time Olympic Gold Medalist (also 3 Silver and 1 Bronze), Two-time World Champion; gymnastics legend.

TENNIS

Twotime singles Grand Slam Champion (Australian Open), twotime U.S. Open runnerup, Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Champion, twotime Olympic medalist; has won 20 Women’s Tennis Association (WTAsingles titles, 7 doubles titles and 3 mixed doubles titles.

WTA career high ranking of No. 7;  has won 3 WTA singles (including Dubai in 2019) and 2 WTA doubles titles and was a finalist in 5 additional tournaments.

2017 Wimbledon champion, 2016 French Open champion, number one ranked women’s tennis player in the world in 2017.

GYMNASTICS
FIGURE SKATING
HOCKEY

Two-time Olympic competitor, IIHF Women’s World Championship Gold Medalist (D1A); stars with the EHC Konigsbrunn / Germany4.

Olympic competitor, Five-time IIHF Women’s World Championship Medalist (1x D1 Gold, 2x D1 Silver, 1x D1A Gold, 1x D1A Bronze), SDHL Silver Medalist.

Two-time Olympic Bronze Medalist, Four-time IIHF Women’s World Championship Medalist (one Silver and three Bronze), 2019 CWHL Champion with the Calgary Inferno, three-time SM-Sarja (now Naisten Liiga) Champion, University of Manitoba Assistant Coach.

Two-time NWHL Regular Season Champion, NWHL Isobel Cup Champion, CWHL Champion; stars with the Shenzen KRS Vanke Rays of the CWHL.

Two-time Olympic competitor, three-time IIHF Women’s World Championship Medalist (2x D1A Gold, 1x D1A Bronze); IIHF Women’s World Championship Bronze Medalist, 2019 CWHL Champion, stars with the Calgary Inferno of the CWHL.

Coached the South Korean national women’s ice hockey team from 2014 through most of 2018, Two-time NCAA Division 1 National Champion.

2018 Olympic Bronze Medalist; 2019 World Silver Medalist; 2017 World Bronze Medalist; competes in the Finnish league and was voted Finnish league MVP in 2017, voted Best Defender in 2017 and 2018, and won the defenders’ scoring title in 2018.

Two-time Olympic Bronze Medalist,  Six-time Champion of the Finnish Elite League; stars with the Blues of the Liiga (Finnish Elite League).

Olympic Bronze Medalist, 2016-2017 Swiss Ice Hockey Woman of the Year, SWHL Champion Gold and Silver Medalist; stars with Linkoping HC of the SDHL.

Olympic competitor, Three-time SDHL Champion; stars with Lulea HF of the SDHL.

2018 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Three-time IIHF Women’s World Championship Bronze Medalist; Finnish Elite League Champion; stars with Linkoping HC of the SDHL.

Two-time IIHF Women’s World Championship Bronze Medal, Russia Champion, Russia All-Star Game player, Two-time Universiade Gold Medalist, Two-time Olympian, Stars with the SKIF Nizhny Novgorod of Russia.

Two-time Meco Cup Champion, Sport Nova Scotia’s Female Team Athlete of the Year, Three-time Cape Breton Post Athlete of the Year; current star of the CWHL KRS Vanke Rays.

Stars with the Shenzen KRS Vanke Rays of the CWHL.

BASKETBALL

Olympic Bronze medalist, Three-time WNBL Champion (Canberra Capitals), 2015 WNBL MVP, 2010 WNBA Champion (Seattle Storm)

Chinese Taipei National Team Player (2015-2018), 2017 Ballarat Rush MVP, Danish League Champions (Horsham 79ers).

Five year player in the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) following two years in Taiwan’s Women’s Super Basketball League (WSBL); named twice to WCBA All-Star team, two-time WSBL Scoring title winner; WCBA Runner up with Shanghai in 2016; WCBA final 4 with Xingjian in 2017; currently plays for Xingjian.

2019 Dandenong Rangers MVP; 2018-19 WNBL All-Star Five member; Current star for the Dandenong Rangers on the WNBL.

Olympic Medalist (1 Bronze); WNBL Betty Watson Rookie of the Year (2004); Two-time WNBL’s All-Star Five.

Olympic Medalist (1 Silver), Three-time World Champion Medalist (3 Bronze).

Olympic Medalist (1 Bronze); Current star for the Dallas Wings.

Two-time Olympic Medalist (Silver and Bronze), World Bronze Medalist, former WNBA star with the Phoenix Mercury, inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Two-time FIBA World Championship Medalist (2 Bronze); Two-time WNBL Champion; WNBL All-Star Five ; Current star of WNBL University of Canberra Capitals.

Bronze medal at EuroBasket; Belgian basketball player for PEAC-Pecs and the Belgian national team.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Nina Betschart: Silver at 2018 European Championships (with Huberli);  Bronze at Porec Major (with Huberli); Bronze at Klagenfurt Major (with Huberli).

Tanja Huberli: Silver at 2018 European Championships (with Betschart) Bronze at Porec Major (with Betschart); Bronze at Klagenfurt Major (with Betschart)

Barbora Hermannová: Eight-time FIVB World Tour Medalist (4 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze); teammates with Slukova since 2015 (2 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze).

Marketa Slukova: 11-time FIVB World Tour Medalist (6 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze) teammates with Hermannová since 2015 (2 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze)