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Hoosier athletes go global

Continuing one of the most accomplished years in Hoosier sports history — one that included national and Big Ten championships, several athletic and academic all-Americans, and IU baseball’s first-ever berth in the College World Series — 13 Hoosiers are competing this summer in the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, where they are representing four different countries in five different sports.

Senior Will Sheehey is hoping to help lead Team USA to its first gold medal since 2005 in the World University Games.

Senior Will Sheehey is hoping to help lead Team USA to its first gold medal since 2005 in the World University Games.

The World University Games, which officially kicked off this past weekend, pit the world’s top collegiate athletes against one other in competition to earn medals for their native countries.

From an IU perspective, the games are off to a rousing start. Two Hoosier hoops stars — senior and 2013 Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year Will Sheehey and sophomore Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, the youngest member of Team USA’s World University Games squad — have led Team USA to a 2-0 start in the 10-day, 24-team tournament, as the squad attempts to win its first gold medal since 2005. Sheehey and Ferrell are the only college teammates on the U.S. roster and the first IU players to make the team since Brian Evans in 1995.

In addition to basketball, IU also has athletes competing in swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and water polo. They are representing the United States, Canada, France and Israel.

Hoosier fans can track the performances of all of this year’s World University Games competitors through IU Athletics social media channels.

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