Two Filipino-Americans reinforce Team USA for Rio

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 20, 2016 04:35 PM
Two Filipino-Americans reinforce Team USA for Rio
Lee Kiefer is one member of Team USA for the Rio Olympics that has Filipino roots. (AP)

While they're technically representing Team USA and not Team Philippines in the Rio Olympics, there is still a legitimate reason to root for these athletes and go all "Pinoy Pride" with them.

First up is fencer Lee Kiefer who is the first athlete to win seven consecutive individual titles at the Pan American Championships.

That's right, seven.

The Filipino-American Kiefer is ranked number three for women's foil and is the daughter of a former Duke University captain who is now a neurosurgeon.

Aside from trying to go for a medal in Rio, Kiefer is a senior pre-med major at the University of Notre Dame.

Another athlete with Filipino roots in Team USA'a Olympic lineup in taekwondo jin Paige McPherson.

Paige, who is Filipino and African-American, was a bronze medallist in the 2012 London Olympics in the women's 67-kilogram category and she's going for gold in Rio.

McPherson trains in Miami and has a Korean brother, a St. Lucian sister, and two other Native American siblings.

Why is that?

Well, Paige is one of five adopted kids in her family although she got the chance to meet her biological brother after the 2015 Pan American team trials.


(Photos from Team USA Flickr via NBC News)

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