In addition to already earning more medals than Mexico, South Africa, Sweden, and 22 other countries, the Olympic athletes of the Longhorn Nation have also managed to keep up with their fans online through tweets and photos, like basketball star Kevin Durant’s Instagram photo above.
Prior to Friday’s opening ceremony, Durant (second from left) posed with swimmers and fellow Longhorns, (from left) Kathleen Hersey; Jimmy Feigen; Ricky Berens, BBA ’10; and Brendan Hansen, BS ’05. He also managed to get this shot with track star Sanya Richards-Ross, Life Member, both in their Ralph Lauren outfits.
Since the ceremony, Durant has helped bring the USA basketball team its first victory, scoring a game-high 22 points against France. Hersey clocked the top time in the women’s 200m butterfly semifinals this morning, Hansen earned bronze in the 100m breaststroke, and Berens and Feigen earned silver medals in the 4x100m freestyle relay. Berens also brought home his second gold medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay—the race that made Michael Phelps the most decorated Olympian of all time.
Our Longhorns in London have done all this while continuing to keep their fans in the loop through social media. Hersey even directed a video of the Team USA swimmers lip-synching to Carly Rae Jepsen’s ”Call Me Maybe.” And although Berens wasn’t able to walk in the Opening Ceremony, he still managed to spot the Queen walking through the dining hall in the Olympic Village.
For a full list of Longhorns in the Games and competition results, check out Texas Sports.
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