Demon Deacons Prepare for Olympic Games

August 1, 2016

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@DemonDeacons)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Four former Demon Deacon student-athletes will represent their country when the 2016 Summer Olympics begin on August 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Former men's basketball standout Al-Farouq Aminu will represent Nigeria while Greg Billington, who ran cross country for the Demon Deacons, will wear the Red, White and Blue for the triathlon. Lauren Crandall and Michelle Kasold will team up to represent the United States in field hockey.

All times listed are local times. Brazil is one hour ahead of the Eastern Time Zone.

Al-Farouq Aminu, Men's Basketball, Nigeria
Aminu will be making his second appearance in the Olympics when he competes the Nigerian national team. Group B play will get underway on Sunday, August 7, the second day of competition, as Nigeria faces Argentina at 10:30 p.m. Aminu's second preliminary round game will be against Lithuania on Tuesday (August 9) at 7 p.m. Games against Spain (August 11, 7 p.m.), Croatia (August 13, 10:30 p.m.) and Brazil (August 15, 2:15 p.m.) round out the group stage. The top four teams from Group B will advance to the quarterfinals, which will take place on Wednesday, August 7. Semifinal action will be played on Friday, August 19, and the medal games will be held on Sunday, August 21. In 2012, Nigeria did not advance out of the group stage.

Complete schedule and streaming information: HERE

Greg Billington, Triathlon, United States
Billington will be making his first appearance at the Olympics as he represents the United States in the triathlon. The men's triathlon will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 18.

Lauren Crandall & Michelle Kasold, Field Hockey, United States
Crandall will be appearing in her third Olympic games while Kasold is on her second-consecutive US roster. The duo, along with the United States team, open up Pool B action on Saturday, August 6 against Argentina. Monday (August 8) features the United States and Australia squaring off at 10 a.m. followed by a Wednesday (August 10) contest against Japan. Crandall and Kasold will go back-to-back days competing as Thursday features a match against India. The United States conclude group stage play with a 5 p.m. contest against Great Britain on Saturday (August 13). The top four teams out of Group B advance to the quarterfinals, which will take place on August 15, with semifinal (August 17), and medal contests (August 19) wrapping up competition.

Complete schedule and streaming information: HERE

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