Stanford's Valenzuela, Scutt make for good Olympic stories


Stanford incoming freshman Albane Valenzuela is one of three amateur golfers competing in the 60-player women's field at the Rio Olympics this weekend.

So far, she matches up pretty darn well.

Helena Scutt
Valenzuela, born in New York to a Mexican father and French mother, has shot even par and 3-under in the first two rounds of the tournament, good for a 22nd-place tie.

She's tied with fellow amateur Leona Maguire, representing Ireland, New Zealand's Lydia Ko and American Lexi Thompson, among others.

Hong Kong's Tiffany Chan, the other amateur in the field, has a two-round scor4e of 146, good fron a tie for 47th place.

She won't even be going straight to Stanford afterward. Valenzuela accepted a sponsors invitation to the Evian Championship, which became the fifth Major on the LPGA Tour three years ago, in France in mid-September.

Her father, Alberto, golfed for UCLA. She lived in Mexico, where she began golfing, and then moved to Switzerland, where Alberto is a Swiss banker.

This information comes from this Golfweek article.


There are thousands of Olympic stories and not every one ends with a medal.

Stanford grad Helena Scutt, who reached Thursday's 49er:FX medal race in Rio, with teammate Paris Henken, has an interesting background.

Her story began long before she arrived at Stanford and can be found on her website.

Perhaps there will be a medal in a future Olympics, though maybe the lesson is in the journey and realizing the dream.

What's the difference between a skipper and crew? It's complicated. Here's a blog to help explain.

Castilleja grad and Stanford student Marion Lepert also competed in sailing at the Olympics.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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