Watch local: A guide to Anne Arundel connections in the Rio 2016 Olympics

Gerry Jackson
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Watch local: A guide to Anne Arundel connections in Rio 2016 Olympics

Anne Arundel County will be well represented when the best athletes in the world congregate Friday at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Six athletes with significant ties to the area will be taking part in the 14-day spectacle in a wide variety of events.

Here's a look at the local athletes competing in Rio de Janeiro:

• Broadneck High School graduate Matthew Centrowitz will be one of the unquestioned leaders of the U.S. contingent. He is a top contender for a medal in the 1,500-meter run, one of the Games' signature events.

The Capital Gazette Athlete of the Year in 2007, Centrowitz is coming off an outstanding year, winning a U.S. indoor title in the event and then rolling to a championship at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. The son of two-time Olympian and Arnold resident Matt Centrowitz, he set a trials record, crossing the finish line in 3 minutes, 34.09 seconds.

He'll be gunning for his first medal after just missing a place on the podium in the 2012 London Games.

• Naval Academy graduate Edward King, 27, will be a member of the 21-man U.S. rowing team, competing in the men's lightweight four-man crew. A 2011 graduate of the academy, he works at Fort George G. Meade for Navy Information Operations Command after completing Navy Special Warfare training. King will make his Olympic debut, joining Robin Prendes, Tyler Nase and Anthony Fahden. King's three world championship appearances came in 2011, 2014 and 2015. King's crew improved from 10th in 2014 to seventh in 2015 to third in the first World Rowing Cup event this year, giving them hopes for a medal.

In the 20-year Olympic history of the men's lightweight fours race, the U.S. has only one medal, a bronze from the first edition in 1996. Denmark has won three of five gold medals.

• Former Annapolis resident Carmen Farmer, 35, will compete in one of the new Olympic events — seven-a-side women's rugby. She was a three-sport standout in high school and went on to compete in softball at Virginia Tech, lettering four times (2000-03).

She was practicing law in Cambridge before picking up rugby in 2012.

The Richmond native was introduced to rugby with the Severna Park-based Severn River Rugby Football Club while trying to stay active after graduating law school from The University of Maryland, Baltimore, Francis King Carey School of Law.

• Annapolis sailor Joe Morris, 28, will compete in the 49er class with teammate Thomas Barrows.

A 2012 Yale graduate, Morris teamed with Barrows at Yale and the two won the Fowle Trophy in 2009, given to the top collegiate sailing team. He is a five-time national champion and four-time ICSA All-American skipper.

Morris, a Severn School graduate, and Barrow won the U.S. Trials in the 49er class, which was based on the results of two major regattas. Barrows and Morris must make dramatic improvements in order to have any shot at contending for a medal.

• Naval Academy freshman Regine Tugade, an incoming women's track and field candidate, will be competing in the 100-meter dash for Guam. She didn't post an Olympic qualifying time in her event, but received a special exemption for her nation that is a U.S. dependent in the Asian Pacific region. She will be a long shot to medal, but no doubt will be soaking up her surroundings as an 18-year-old college freshman.

• Naval Academy graduate and former Navy gymnast Dr. Peter Lombard will also represent Guam. Lombard, a four-year letter winner for the Midshipmen during the 1995 through 1998 seasons, has used his athletic prowess to transition his sporting career into mountain biking. After finishing high enough in the UCI Oceania Mountain Bike Cross Country Championships this past March, Lombard earned his way to Rio as a representative for Guam.

The current road and mountain bike national champion, Lombard was born in Guam before coming to the United States and studying at the Naval Academy beginning in the fall of 1994. The valedictorian of the Class of 1998, he was a leader for Navy's gymnastics team in and out of the gym during his four years wearing the blue and gold. The team captain during his senior season, Lombard sustained a 4.0 GPA and earned CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American honors in 1998.

Since graduating from the Naval Academy and fulfilling his military obligation, he studied medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he specialized in ophthalmology. Dr. Lombard owns and operates Lombard Health Eye Clinic in Sinajana, Guam.

Fans shouldn't have a hard time tracking down the Anne Arundel County athletes since the NBC family of networks is offering more than 6,000 hours of live, streaming and on-demand coverage for this summer's Olympics. Comcast customers who subscribe to the X1 service will have access to a unique interactive platform, Front Row to Rio, where viewers will be able to customize the Olympic viewing experience with the option to sort content by events, athletes and more.

When to Watch:

For up-to-the-minute coverage of the 2016 Rio Summer Games, go to capitalgazette.com/olympics. Here's a schedule of when the Anne Arundel County athletes will be competing after opening ceremonies get underway in Rio on Friday:

TRACK & FIELD

Friday, Aug. 12

Women's 100 Qualification, 10:55 a.m.

Women's 100 Heats, 9:40 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 13

Women's 100 Semifinals, 8 p.m.

Women's 100 Finals, 9:35 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 16

Men's 1,500 Heats, 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 18

Men's 1,500 Semifinals, 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 20

Men's 1,500 Final, 8 p.m.

CYCLING (MOUNTAIN BIKE)

Saturday, Aug. 20

Women's Mountain Bike, 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 21

Men's Mountain Bike, 11:30 a.m.

ROWING

Saturday, Aug. 6

Men's Lightweight Four Heats, 11 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 7

Men's Lightweight Four Repechage, 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 9

Men's Lightweight Four Semifinals, 9:50 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 11

Men's Lightweight Four B Final, 8 a.m.

Men's Lightweight Four A Final, 10 a.m.

WOMEN'S RUGBY

Saturday, Aug. 6

United States vs. Fiji, Noon

Sunday, Aug. 7

Australia vs. United States, 12:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 8

11th Place, 11:30 a.m.

Ninth Place, Noon

Placing 5-8, 12:30 p.m.

Placing 5-8, 1 p.m.

Semifinal, 1:30 p.m.

Semifinal, 2 p.m.

Seventh Place, 4:30 p.m.

Fifth Place, 5 p.m.

Bronze Medal, 5:30 p.m.

Gold Medal, 6 p.m.

SAILING

Friday, Aug. 12

Men's 49er

Saturday, Aug. 13

Men's 49er

Monday, Aug. 15

Men's 49er

Tuesday, Aug. 16

Men's 49er

Thursday, Aug. 18

Men's 49er (medal race), Noon

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