Rio 2016 is upon us! What’s all the excitement about? Well, this is the first time in history that a South American Country has hosted the Olympics. There are also two newly added sports to this year’s Olympics: rugby and golf. Golf is making an epic return for the first time in 112 years! It will definitely be one for the books. BSSC would like to inform all our sports fanatics to tune into the opening ceremony. On August 5, at 7:30 PM ET the games of the XXXI Olympiad will commence in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Boston's Best


The 2016 games features over ten thousand athletes competing in 28 Olympic Sports ranging from team sports like soccer and rugby to individual sports like fencing and golf. However, everyone is competing for one goal: to bring pride to themselves and their countries. Boston Ski & Sports Club would like to recognize those Olympic athletes born and raised in the Greater Boston area fighting for Team USA. Below we have listed statistics, interesting facts, and when to tune in to support each of the seven Boston athletes competing this year.



Eli Dershwitz

Sport: Fencing

Hometown: Sherborn, MA

Age: 20


Eli Dershwitz is one of seven competing U.S. athletes we believe to be on this year’s top watch list. Eli will be participating in his first ever Olympic Games! Currently, Eli is a freshman at Harvard University and was able to clinch his ticket to the 2016 Olympic Games by placing first at the Seoul Grand Prix in March of this year.


When to Watch:

Men’s Individual Sabre Fencing:

Wednesday, August 10th





Aly Raisman

Sport: Gymnastics

Hometown: Needham, MA

Age: 22


Aly Raisman, Boston-born, Needham-raised, has been involved with gymnastics since she was two years old. She is known for her high energy and determination which can be seen in all of her artistic gymnastic routines. These routines include: the balance beam, floor exercise,uneven bars, and the vault.

Aly took some time off for Dancing with the Stars in 2013, but is ready for Rio!



When to Watch:


Saturday, August 7th

Women's Uneven Bars

Women's Beam

Women's Vault

Women’s Floor Exercise



Michael DiSanto

Sport: Rowing

Hometown: Boston, MA

Age: 26


Next on the list is Michael Disanto. Michael attended the Belmont Hill School for high school and Harvard University for his undergraduate education. He is currently living in Princeton, New Jersey where the US Rowing Training Center resides.

Disanto’s specialty event is the Men’s Eight, but has also shown promise in other rowing events.


When to Watch:

Coaxed Eight Heats: Monday, August 8

Repechage: Wednesday, Agust 10

Finals: Saturday, August 13




Abbey D’Agostino

Sport: Track & Field

Hometown: Topsfield, MA

Age: 24


Switching over from rowing to track, our next Boston athlete is Abbey D’Agostino who will be running the 5,000 meter down in Rio. Having attended Masconomet Regional High School in Boxford and recently graduated from Dartmouth University, most of Abbey’s experience is collegiate, an impressive collegiate record to say the least.


When to Watch:

Women's 500M: Tuesday, August 16th




Michael Hixon

Sport: Diving

Hometown: Amherst, MA

Age: 20

Here at BSSC, we provide sports and activities for people all of New England. Michael Hixon, our 7th athlete to watch, was born and raised a couple hours west of Boston in Amherst where BSSC actually has members residing in. Hixon competes both in individual diving and synchronized diving.



When to Watch: Wedneday, August 10


Men's Synchronized 3M Springboard

Men's Individual 3M Springboard



Victoria Folayan

Sport: Rugby

Hometown: Boston, MA

Age: 31

BSSC’s final athlete to watch is US National Rugby player Victoria Folayen. Victoria, like many of BSSC members, is an all-around stellar athlete. In high school, she played rugby, basketball, cross country, football, and tennis. Victoria then went on to play rugby at Stanford University.




When to Watch:

Women’s Group A Rugby

Game #1: USA VS Fiji

Saturday, August 6th


Women’s Group A Rugby

Game #2: USA VS Colombia

Saturday, August 6th


Women’s Group A Rugby

Game #3: USA VS Australia

Sunday, August 7th





Be sure to watch the opening ceremony Friday, August 5 at 7:30 pm to watch these athletes in the parade of nations. Be on the lookout for  BSSC’s Olympic Watch: Part 2, next week!