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Glenbrook athletes represent in 2016 Summer Olympic Games

When the 554 members of Team USA march into the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games on Friday, August 5, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, six Glenbrook athletes will be amongst them, clad in red, white and blue.

Hailing from Glenbrook North, first-time Olympians Alisa Kano, class of 2013, Natalie McGiffert, class of 2015, Kiana Eide, class of 2017, and Monica and Jennifer Rokhman, class of 2015, will compete in rhythmic gymnastics. They will represent the first Team USA squad in 20 years to take on the group competition.  

Olivia Smoliga, a Glenbrook South class of 2013 graduate, will also make her first Olympic appearance in Rio. The University of Georgia swimmer will compete in the 100-meter backstroke and potentially the relay.

Dr. Mike Riggle, Glenbrook High School District 225 Superintendent, said he hopes the Glenview and Northbrook communities will tune in to cheer on these outstanding athletes.


Knowing there are locals showcasing their talent to the world, “makes the Olympics even more enjoyable to watch,” he said.