UGA shines at Olympic games

Twenty-seven athletes, one coach and one administrator with ties to UGA will participate in the Olympics being held through Aug. 12 in London.  

“We could not be prouder of these young men and women,” said Greg McGarity, UGA director of athletics. “We’ll all be watching the Olympics with a keener eye knowing that so many Bulldogs will be competing. I think it’s great that we have current, past and future student athletes participating in the Olympics, and there’s no question they will share a unique bond in London.  It shows how special the Georgia programs represented are in terms of their foundation, their tradition and their success in their arenas.”

The sports and competition dates involving current, former and/or future UGA student athletes, along with the event in which they will compete and their home country are:

Men’s tennis (July 28-Aug. 5)
John Isner, singles and doubles, U.S.

Swimming (July 28-Aug. 10)
Andrew Gemmell, 1,500m freestyle, U.S.
Kara Lynn Joyce, 50m freestyle, U.S.
Allison Schmitt, 200m, 400m free; 400m, 800m free relays, U.S.
Shannon Vreeland, 800m freestyle relay, U.S.
Amanda Weir, 400m freestyle relay, U.S.
Troyden Prinsloo, 10k open water, South Africa
Wendy Trott, 800m freestyle, South Africa
Aleksandra Putra, 200m freestyle relay, Poland
Yousef Alaskari, 200m butterfly, Kuwait
Matias Koski, 1,500m freestyle, Finland
Brittany MacLean, 400m freestyle, Canada
Sarah Poewe, 100m breaststroke, Germany
Ediz Yildirimer, 1,500m freestyle, Turkey

Women’s volleyball (July 28-Aug. 11)
Elizabeth Reid, volleyball, Great Britain

Women’s gymnastics (July 29-Aug. 7)
Brittany Rogers, artistic gymnastics, Canada

Track and field (Aug. 3-11)
Hyleas Fountain, heptathlon, U.S.
Reese Hoffa, shot put, U.S.
Kibwe Johnson, hammer throw, U.S.
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, 400m relay, Bahamas
Shaunae Miller, 400m dash, Bahamas
Andras Haklits, hammer throw, Croatia
Martin Maric, discus, Croatia
Sultana Frizell, hammer throw, Canada
Jenny Dahlgren, hammer throw, Argentina
Levern Spencer, high jump, St. Lucia

Men’s diving (Aug. 6-7)
Chris Colwill, diving 3m springboard, U.S.
Dan Laak, diving assistant coach, U.S.

Colwill has been named the captain of the U.S. men’s diving team.

Former women’s basketball star Teresa Edwards will serve as the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Chef de Mission. Edwards is a five-time Olympic medalist. She will provide overall leadership to Team USA and will function as the liaison officer between the London Organizing Committee, the International Olympic Committee and other National Olympic Committees at the Games.

The Olympics will be televised daily by NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo and NBC Universal. For listings and more information, visit

Along with the athletes listed, UGA sophomore Jarryd Wallace was named to the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field Team that will compete in the Paralympic Games in London. A sprinter, Wallace was the “coach’s choice” for the team based on his performance in the men’s 100-meter held June 30 at the Paralympic trials in Indianapolis, Ind. He will serve as first alternate on the team and could compete in the 4-x-100 meter relay.