Marcia “Dr. Marcy” Faustin in Hickey Gym

UC Davis Health physician Marcia “Dr. Marcy” Faustin, pictured in Hickey Gym just before she departed for Tokyo. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

UC Davis at the Tokyo Olympics

by | Jul 23, 2021 | Sports

Two Aggie alumni, Hugh Hogland and Ty Kelly, are among more than 100 University of California students past and present competing in the Tokyo Olympics. The opening ceremony is today (July 23), although competition in the Summer Games has already begun in some events.

And, from UC Davis Health, Marcia “Marcy” Faustin is co-head team physician for Team USA women’s gymnastics, among nearly 30 coaches and medical staff from UC who are participating in the Summer Games.

Hogland played basketball here in 2020-21 while enrolled in the Graduate School of Management. In the Olympics, he is playing for Japan — he has U.S. and Japanese citizenship — and using the surname Watanabe, his mother’s maiden name. He came to UC Davis with two years of collegiate eligibility (after graduating early from the University of Portland); after playing just one season with the Aggies, he signed a professional contract with Japan’s B League.

Ty Kelly in baseball, Hugh Hogland in basketball

Kelly, who played baseball here in 2008 and 2009 before going professional, is taking the field for Israel in the Olympics. A Jewish American who also has Israeli citizenship, he first played for Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, then rejoined the team at the European Championship and Africa/Europe Olympic Qualification Tournament in 2019. Israel won the latter, earning a berth in in the Tokyo Games, the country’s first-ever appearance in Olympic baseball.

Meet ‘Dr. Marcy’

Faustin, known as “Dr. Marcy” to the gymnasts of Team USA, practices family and community medicine, sports medicine and musculoskeletal pain medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UC Davis Health.

Her athletics background includes four conference high jump titles for Loyola University, Chicago, where she holds the Ramblers’ school indoor and outdoor records in that event.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree at Loyola, did post-baccalaureate work at Southern Illinois University and received her medical degree from the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago.

She is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, California Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and USA Gymnastics.

Competition and coverage

Dates correspond with Pacific Daylight Time.

Men’s basketball (12-team tournament) — Group C preliminary round: Japan vs. Spain, Monday, July 26; Japan vs. Slovenia, Wednesday, July 28; and Japan vs. Argentina, Saturday, July 31. Quarterfinals, Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 2-3; semifinals, Wednesday-Thursday, Aug. 4-5; gold-medal game, Friday, Aug. 6; and bronze-medal game, Saturday, Aug. 7.

Baseball (six-team tournament) — Group B opening round: Israel vs. Korea, Thursday, July 29; Israel vs. United States, Friday, July 30. Knockout round, Sunday-Thursday, Aug. 1-5. Bronze-medal game, Friday, Aug. 6; and gold-medal game, Saturday, Aug. 7.

Women’s artistic gymnastics — Qualifications, Saturday-Sunday, July 24-25; team finals, Tuesday, July 27; all-around finals, Thursday, July 29; individual events, Sunday-Tuesday, Aug. 1-3.

Mark Honbo, assistant director of athletics communications, contributed to this report.