On July 23, nine alumni, two athletes and two coaches — representing both UNC and four different countries — walked at the Parade of Nations at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
Dozens of former UNC athletes have attended the games dating back to 1936, competing in a wide array of sports.
The school is no stranger to bringing home Olympic medals, either. Four UNC athletes left Tokyo with medals, bringing North Carolina’s all-time medal count to 53, greater than the medal count of 163 current national olympic committees.
Here’s an in-depth look at how UNC’s athletes performed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Unsurprisingly, UNC has had more of its athletes compete at the Olympics in women’s soccer than any other sport.
This year, five former Tar Heels competed for their respective national teams. Defender Crystal Dunn and forward Tobin Heath returned to the Olympics as members of Team USA. Katie Bowen made her second appearance at the games representing New Zealand, while Lucy Bronze and Lotte Wubben-Moy of Great Britain made their Olympic debuts in Tokyo.
Team USA stumbled in its first match in Tokyo, losing 3-0 to Sweden for its first loss in 44 straight games. They eventually played their way into the bronze medal match against Australia, winning 4-3.
Heath entered rare company as the fourth UNC athlete to appear in the Olympics four times, and her podium-worthy effort gave Heath her third medal in four Olympic appearances.