.grecaptcha-badge { visibility: hidden; }

Former Illini Gymnast Alex Diab Named To Team USA At Tokyo Olympics

The six-time NCAA All-American will be representing the Illini in Japan.

URBANA – On Saturday afternoon, Illinois alum Alex Diab was selected as an alternate to represent Team USA at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Diab, a Glen Ellyn native, posted scores of 14.500 and 14.900 (29.400) and placed first on still rings, an event where he was a two-time National Champion (2018, 2019) and the program’s only four-time Big Ten Champion (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019).

He will now train and travel with the team, ready to step in should an injury arise.

Diab was a six-time NCAA All-American, a three-time All-Big Ten First Team selection and holds the school record with 31 career still rings titles. 

The Summer Olympics will begin on Friday, July 23 and commence on Sunday, August 8. Gymnastics will take place from July 25 to Aug. 3.


WILL and the Illinois Newsroom are committed to bringing you in-depth, relevant coverage that keeps you informed and engages you with our community and state. Join with thousands of others to keep this important public media-based resource available to all. Donate today >>

Illinois Newsroom

Illinois Newsroom

Powered by Illinois Public Media/WILL, Illinois Newsroom provides news about Illinois & in-depth reporting on Agriculture, Education, the Environment, Health and Politics.

Recent Content

Mayoral candidate Jackie Vinson outlines her vision for Danville

The April 4th ballot in Danville features two candidates for mayor: the current mayor, Rickey Williams Junior, and Jackie Vinson, the executive director of the Vermilion Housing Authority. Vinson says Mayor Williams’ backing of a controversial sewer fee increase is one example of the city trying to pay for more infrastructure than it can afford.

Read More »