With nearly 40 years of history that includes numerous championships and all-star selections, another exciting chapter of IMG Academy’s history is ready to unfold in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the 2016 Olympic Games. At the games, the IMG Academy Track & Field, Tennis, Golf and Performance programs will be on full display from start to finish across the nearly two full weeks of competition.
IMG Academy has trained Olympic athletes for more than a decade. Leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, IMG Academy only had several full-time trainees preparing for the games, LaShawn Merritt (USA), Libania Grenot (Italy) and eventual 4x400m relay gold medalist Demetrius Pinder (Bahamas). However, less than a year after those games, IMG Academy formally added its Track & Field and Cross Country Program under the direction of world-renowned speed coach Loren Seagrave.
For the first time in 112 years, golf will be contested at the Olympic Games, taking place this year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The men’s and women’s fields are capped at 60 players each, and among those 120 golfers are eight IMG Academy alumni.
The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are approaching, and the tennis main draw, both men’s and women’s, will have a strong contingent of IMG Academy alumni and trainees competing for their countries.
Sixteen-year old Sebastian Korda bagged a big win in Delray Beach, Florida this weekend, winning the USTA National Clay Court Championships Boys 18s title. In the final, Korda masterfully picked apart Alexandre Rotsaert of Boca Raton, Florida, 6-4, 6-1. The win marked Korda’s first tournament title of 2016. Korda’s previous best result prior to the Clay Courts title was a semifinals appearance at the Plantation ITF Tournament in May.
IMG Academy Track & Field coach Kibwé Johnson will be headed to a second consecutive Olympic Games as a member of Team USA to compete in the hammer throw. Johnson turned in his season-best throw at the U.S. Olympic Trials, which was only 5.20m shy of his personal best of 80.31m, set in 2005.