Who are Raevyn Rogers' parents? Star athlete wants to bring home medal for mom's birthday
The star runner of the University of Oregon, Raevyn Rogers has now earned the opportunity to win her first-ever Olympic medal in the women's 800-meter final at the Tokyo Games. Now Olympic news followers want to know more about the 25-year-old runner.
Rogers qualified for the 800-meter final after finishing third in her semifinals heat on Saturday, July 31, with a time of 1 minute, 58.29 seconds. The race is scheduled for Tuesday, August 3. "I'm excited, it's a blessing, I'm here for a reason and that will come out in the finals," Rogers said in an interview.
Who are Raevyn Rogers' parents?
Born on September 7, 1996, Raevyn Rogers won the most prestigious college track and field award, the Bowerman Award. She's a six-time NCAA champion and a 10-time All-American. She finished second at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in June. After qualifying the semi-final run and making a place in the finals Rogers's mother, Rhonda Hunt opened about her feelings and said, “My stomach was in knots. I had to leave the room to be by myself and then I started looking at the statistics myself. And then I saw she made it. So it was a really big relief because I know how hard and how much she wanted it. We all wanted it, but she’s the one doing the work. I just know how much she put into it and I’m just happy for her and happy for all our ‘Raevyn’s Nest’ family that we made it to the next round.”
That next round will take place on Tuesday, August 3, which is a day that also happens to be Rogers's mother's birthday. Rogers had told KPRC 2′s Christine Noël previously that her dream is to bring home some Olympic hardware for her mom’s birthday.
Rogers went to The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas, where she played for the Falcons. She won a bronze medal in the 800 at the World Youth Championships in 2013, where she also ran on a medley relay that took gold. She graduated in 2014 and still holds individual school records in the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1600m. Rogers has also held a world indoor title as a part of the USA's 4x400 relay team that won gold in Birmingham in 2018. She ran on the University of Oregon Ducks women's track and field squad until 2017 when she went professional. At the 2019 World Championships, Rogers came from seventh with 100m remaining in the race to place silver over USA teammate Ajeé Wilson in bronze.