Four athletes represent Santa Clarita in the 2020 Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics took place from July to August of 2021 with four participants residing in Santa Clarita. The Olympians included Allyson Felix, David Smith, Kyle Ensing, and Abbey Weitzel.

Allyson Felix, a 35 year old resident of Santa Clarita, specializes in the 400 meter sprint and has gone to the Olympics five times even after the challenges of becoming a mother in 2018. Even though Felix was a decorated track star with six gold medals, she received a 70 percent pay cut from Nike after having her child, only to go on and defy everyone’s expectations and finish second in the 400 meter final for the Olympics trial. 

David Smith, a 36 year old graduate from Saugus High School was born with hearing loss but doesn’t let it hold him back. He’s played three times in the Olympics for the U.S. volleyball team as middle blocker, winning two bronze medals after the Rio Olympics in 2016. 

Kyle Ensing, who will be entering the Olympics for the first time at 24, also plays volleyball. Ensing, after graduating from Valencia High School, won National Collegiate Athletic Association titles in 2018 and 2019 for Long Beach State. 

Finally, Abbey Weitzel, also 24, after graduating from Saugus, has gone to the Olympics twice as a swimmer. Weitzel specializes in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle, already being a medalist with gold and silver medals from the Rio Olympics in 2016. Weitzel has been designated top collegiate swimmer in America after winning the 2020 Honda Sport Award.