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UK's Cousins on winning Rio gold: 'Incredible feeling'

175 days ago
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Kentucky (two gold medals in Rio)

The pair of Wildcats who earned gold at Rio were a bit of an odd couple: NBA star DeMarcus Cousins in Men's Basketball and Henri Junghanel in Men's 50-meter Rifle Shooting, Prone.

Making it even more a little odd, while Cousins dug out his gold on the basketball court as part of another American Dream Team featuring a wide array of professional stars, Junghanel actually earned his gold not for Team USA, but for his native Germany.

Junghanel, who was inducted into the UK Hall of Fame in 2019, was named World Shooter of the Year in his senior season as a Wildcat in 2013. He was the leading shooter on UK's 2011 rifle team that won a national championship and was a four-time All-American in the sport before graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Cousins, who played one memorable season at Kentucky before becoming the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, scored 13 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds in the USA's 96-66 win over Serbia in the gold-medal game at Rio.

"It's an incredible feeling," he told the Lexington Herald-Leader afterward. "It's all worth it in the end. All the B.S., everything we went through, everybody kind of went through their own type of adversity. We all overcame it. This is the best feeling ever. Honestly, it's the best feeling ever."