Gov. Pence honors Indiana Olympians at Colts’ season opener

IU's Lilly King accepts plaque from Governor Pence at ceremony.

IU's Lilly King accepts plaque from Governor Pence at ceremony.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Governor Mike Pence, First Lady Karen Pence and Lieutenant Governor Holcomb were at the Indianapolis Colts season opener to honor the Indiana Olympians who competed in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

The reception started around 2:45 p.m. before the Colts’ game against the Lions at Lucas Oil Stadium. The athletes were also honored during halftime.

The following Olympians were expected to attend:

  • Amber Campbell -Track & Field
  • Amy Cozad – Diving
  • Amanda Elmore – Rowing
  • Michael Hixon – Diving
  • Steele Johnson – Diving
  • Lee Kiefer – Fencing
  • Lilly King – Swimming
  • Gerek Meinhardt – Fencing
  • Cody Miller – Swimming
  • Jessica Parratto – Diving
  • Blake Pieroni – Fencing

Twenty Olympians who were born, train, or compete in the state of Indiana, represented Team USA in events which include basketball, cycling, diving, fencing, rowing, swimming, tennis and track and field.

During the 2016 Olympic Games, Olympians with Indiana ties accounted for 19 of Team USA’s total medal count.