Several athletes with Kentucky ties are competing in the 2016 Olympics

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RIO DE JANEIRO (WKYT) - The 2016 Olympics officially kick off Friday night with the opening ceremony, and there are several Olympic athletes with Kentucky ties competing in the Rio games.

According to the state by state roster of team U.S.A., the Kentuckian athletes are Lexington natives Tyson Gay and Lee Kiefer.

  • Gay, who is 34 and will be turning 35 during the Olympics, is running in the 4x100 meter relay. He'll run Thursday, August 18th, at 10:40 a.m.

  • Kiefer is fencing against Lebanese Mona Shaito on Wednesday, August 10th, at 9:25 a.m.

Some University of Kentucky students are also competing in this year's Olympics:

  • Sean Gunn of Zimbabwe will swim in the men's 100 meter freestyle Tuesday, August 9th, at 12:02 p.m.

  • Jasmine Quinn will is participating in track and field for Puerto Rico.

From the University of Kentucky:

  • Demarcus Cousins, the former Wildcat playing in his first Olympic games, is hoping to match the Gold medal won by Anthony Davis four years ago.

From Western Kentucky University:

  • Emmanuel Dasor will run for Ghana in the men's 200 meter relay Tuesday, August 16th.

And from the University of Louisville:

  • Carlos Claverie, who is competing for Venezuela, will swim in the men's 100 meter breaststroke Saturday, August 6th, at 2:04 p.m. He'll also compete in the men's 200 meter breaststroke Tuesday, August 9th, at 12:50 p.m.

  • Grigoriy Tarasevich is swimming for Russia. He'll be in the men's 100 meter backstroke Sunday, August 7th, at 1:16 p.m.

  • Kelsi Worell, who is from New Jersey and is swimming for the U.S., will compete in the women's 100 meter butterfly Saturday, August 6th, at 12:28 p.m.

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