- Marcia Faustin: Physician for USA women’s gymnastics
- Hugh Hogland-Watanabe: Playing basketball for Japan
- Ty Kelly: He’s on Israel’s first-ever Olympics baseball team
Two former Aggie athletes and a UC Davis Health physician participating in the Tokyo Olympics could stage their own little parade of nations:
Hugh Hogland is playing basketball for Japan, Ty Kelly ’12 is playing baseball for Israel and Marcia “Marcy” Faustin, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is co-head team physician for Team USA women’s gymnastics. See the Japan basketball, Israel baseball and USA women’s gymnastics schedules below, with results.
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Hogland and Kelly are among more than 100 University of California student-athletes past and present who qualified for the Summer Games, while Faustin is among nearly 30 UC affiliates who are participating as coaches and medical staff.
The opening ceremony is today (July 23), although competition has already begun in some events.
Hogland played basketball here in 2020-21 while enrolled in the Graduate School of Management. He has dual citizenship, U.S. and Japanese, the latter by way of his mother, Sanae Watanabe, and is using her surname as a member of the Japanese team (which lists him as a 6-foot-9 power forward). He came to UC Davis with two years of collegiate eligibility (after graduating early from the University of Portland); he gave up his last year of eligibility when he signed a professional contract with Japan's B League.
Kelly, an infielder who played baseball here in 2008 and 2009 before going professional, is a Jewish American who also has Israeli citizenship, which he received before playing for Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic (Israel finished sixth). He also played for Israel in the 2019 European championship (fourth place) and Africa/Europe Olympics qualification tournament, placing first and earning a berth in the Tokyo Games, the country’s first-ever appearance in Olympic baseball.
Meet ‘Dr. Marcy’
Faustin, who specializes in family and community medicine, sports medicine and musculoskeletal pain medicine, accepted her USA Gymnastics’ team physician role in 2019 after having volunteered for the USA Gymnastics’ medical team for several years.
She and the other co-head physician, Ellen Casey, a New York-based physiatrist, travel to the most important competitions on the circuit, as well as USA Gymastics’ training camps every month or so.
In an interview with UC Davis Health shortly before she departed for Japan, Faustin said her participation in the Games “is a dream come true.”
“I mean, I get to take care of these incredible, incredible athletes and these women, and to do it within a sport that I love, and to do it on such an international level, is really exciting.”
She is a former club gymnast, high school volleyball player and Division I track and field athlete. She won four conference titles in the high jump while competing for Loyola University, Chicago, where she holds the Ramblers’ indoor and outdoor records in that event.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree at Loyola, did post-baccalaureate work at Southern Illinois University and received her medical degree from the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago.
She is board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine, with both certifications from the American Board of Family Medicine; and is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, California Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and USA Gymnastics.
LIVING HER DREAM ASSIGNMENT
Schedules, coverage, results
Dates correspond with Pacific Daylight Time.
- Group C preliminary round — Monday, July 26: Spain defeated Japan, 88-77, Hugh Hogland-Watanabe did not play; Wednesday, July 28: Slovenia defeated Japan, 116-81, Hugh Hogland-Watanabe did not play; and Saturday, July 31: Argentina defeated Japan, 97-77, Hugh Hogland-Watanabe did not play. Japan (0-3) eliminated from tournament.
- Quarterfinals — Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 2-3
- Semifinals — Wednesday-Thursday, Aug. 4-5
- Gold-medal game — Friday, Aug. 6
- Bronze-medal game — Saturday, Aug. 7
- Group B opening round — Thursday, July 29: Korea defeated Israel, 6-5 (10 innings), Kelly 0-for-4 hitting, no runs, no errors; and Friday, July 30: United States defeated Israel, 8-1, Kelly 1-for-4 hitting (double), no runs, no errors
- Knockout round — Saturday, July 31: Israel defeated Mexico, 12-5, Kelly 0-for-2 hitting, 3 walks, 1 run, no errors; and Sunday, Aug. 1: Korea defeated Israel, 11-1 (game called after seven innings, under the 10-run rout rule), Kelly 0-for-3 hitting, no runs, no errors. Israel (1-3) eliminated from tournament.
- Bronze-medal game — Friday, Aug. 6
- Gold-medal game — Saturday, Aug. 7
- Qualifications — Saturday-Sunday, July 24-25
- Team finals — Tuesday, July 27: Simone Biles struggles and Dr. Faustin provides care.
- All-around finals — Thursday, July 29: Sunisa “Suni” Lee of Team USA wins the gold medal.
- Individual events — Sunday, Aug. 1: Mykayla Skinner of Team USA wins the silver medal in vault, and Lee wins the bronze medal in uneven bars. Competition continues through Tuesday, Aug. 3.
Mark Honbo, assistant director of athletics communications, and Edwin Garcia of UC Davis Health contributed to this report.