Beyond the record-setting performances, the Summer Games have turned into a family affair.
Read more about the four pairs of sisters on Team USA in Tokyo.
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Soccer: Kristie and Sam Mewis
When the USWNT faced off against Colombia in an exhibition in January, the Mewis sisters scored every goal in a 4-0 victory, with Sam recording a hat trick.
Their inclusion on the USWNT for the Olympics will be Kristie and Sam’s first appearance in a major tournament since the U-20 World Cup 11 years ago.
Following a 4-3 win against Australia, the Mewis sisters will return home to the U.S. as bronze medalists.
Even though the siblings didn’t feature much in the starting lineup, Sam tallied one goal from a quarterfinal victory against the Dutch. U.S. Soccer honored her in 2020 as its Female Soccer Player of the Year, and Sam joined Manchester City F.C. that August.
And before the Olympics, the sisters, natives of Hanson, Massachusetts, collaborated with Harpoon Brewery of Boston to launch a new beer per NBC 10.
“We really wanted to create a beer that was true to both of our personalities, and the Harpoon team played a huge role in helping us determine the best way to do that – the result being this light, citrusy IPA that’s totally crushable,” Sam and Kristie Mewis said per NBC 10. “This collab hits even closer to home being that we have an opportunity to contribute to the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester, which is such an important cause to us and our community.”
Cheers, Mewis sisters.
Fencing: Kelley and Courtney Hurley
The Hurley sisters lived together at Notre Dame and still do in Houston, training under their coach and father, Robert.
Kelley is a four-time Olympian, and Courtney is a three-time, winning bronze together in Team Epee nine years ago at the Summer Games in London.
Neither sister medaled this time around in Tokyo, but seven appearances between the two on the U.S. Olympic team is a remarkable achievement.
Especially considering Kelly, 33, considered retiring from the sport of fencing in 2016 following the games in Rio de Janeiro per USA Today.
Neither sister has ruled out Paris 2024.
Golf: Jessica and Nelly Korda
In February, the Korda sisters won back-to-back events on the LPGA Tour as the first siblings in 11 years.
Nelly sits atop the world rankings as the No.1 player in women’s golf, securing her first major victory two months ago at the PGA Championship.
And she’s currently first in the Women’s Individual competition after two rounds of play in Tokyo:
It’s fascinating how remarkable the Korda sisters are at golf, considering the rest of their family is entrenched in professional tennis.
Father Petr won the Australian Open 23 years ago, and mother Regina competed at the Olympics in Seoul that same year.
Younger brother Sebastian currently plays professionally, preparing for the U.S. Open at the end of the summer. Team USA offered him the opportunity to compete at the Summer Games, but he said no.
Water Polo: Mackenzie and Aria Fischer
The Fischer sisters compete on the U.S. Olympic Team for the second time following their gold medal-winning campaign five years ago in Rio De Janeiro.
Team USA is seeking its third-straight gold medal in Women’s Water Polo, which would be a historic accomplishment.
At age 17, Aria’s Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro five years ago turned out to be the youngest female athlete ever to medal in water polo at the Summer Games.
Besides playing for their country, Mackenzie and Aria competed together at Stanford University.
Water Polo is a family tradition for the Fischers; father Erich represented the U.S. at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
Team USA is a Family Affair
Siblings competing together on the U.S. Olympic team, whether in the same sport or not, is a common occurrence every four years.
In fact, four sets of sisters in Tokyo isn’t even that extraordinary; seven pairs of siblings qualified to compete on behalf of Team USA at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.