Michael Bingham - Great Britain
Bingham is the lone Wake Forest Olympic participant with remaining collegiate eligibility. A rising fifth-year senior, Bingham finished third in the 400-meter dash at the Aviva National Championships in Birmingham, Great Britain, in July to earn selection onto Great Britain's Olympic Team.
Bingham's third place finish qualified him for a spot on the 4x400-meter relay squad which was selected by the members of the Great Britain Olympic Committee.
The Burlington, N.C. native, whose father is a British citizen, entered the championships with a personal-best time of 45.57, which was just .02 of a second over the Olympic "A" standard of 45.55.
Bingham, who obtained full citizenship in Great Britain this past year, redshirted at Wake Forest in 2008 after earning All-American honors in the 400-meter dash during both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2007. He is also a two-time ACC-Champion and has earned All-ACC honors during both the indoor and outdoor campaigns for each of the 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons.
Despite focusing on the 400-meter dash and being the school-record holder in the event, Bingham also ranks high in other events on the Wake Forest All-Time Performance Lists. He is second in the decathlon with 7,162 points, third in the 400-meter hurdles, fourth in the 200-meter dash at 20.86, and sixth in the 100-meter dash at 10.54.
Lauren Crandall - United States
Lauren will be participating in her first Olympic Games but is certainly no stranger to international competition. The midfielder first made the U.S. Under-21 team in 2004 and participated on foreign tours to New Zealand and Australia in 2005. That year she scored a team-high 10 goals in leading the Americans to a best-ever seventh place finish at the Junior World Cup. Crandall was selected to the 2006 World Cup team but missed the tournament after suffering a broken hand prior to the start of the event. Crandall helped the U.S. to a second place finish in the 2007 Pan American games in Rio de Janeiro.
A 2007 graduate of Wake Forest, Crandall has made 42 starts in international competition. The Doylestown, Pa. native earned first team All-America honors in 2005 and 2006 and was a third team selection in 2004. Crandall was a four-time All-South region honoree, earning first team honors from 2004-06. She was named to the Academic All-ACC team in 2005 and was first team All-ACC for three consecutive years from 2004-06.
Kelly Doton - United States
Doton is one of the most experienced members of the U.S. Field Hockey Team, having made 77 career international starts and scoring 18 goals. A 2004 graduate of Wake Forest, she started all 22 games as a freshman in 2000 and scored 13 goals. She earned second team All-America honors as a sophomore in 2001 before claiming first team All-America status as both a junior and senior. The ACC Player of the Year in both 2002 and 2003, Doton was the National Field Hockey Player of the Year in 2003.
Kelly first made the U.S. National team in 2005 and earned his first international cap vs. New Zealand in May, 2005. She was a member of the Pan American Games team in 2007 that took second in Rio de Janeiro. She also participated in the 2006 World Cup in Madrid, helping the U.S. to a sixth place finish.
Hunter Kemper - United States
Kemper is the most experienced Olympian among the Wake Forest contingent. He finished ninth in the 2004 games in Athens after taking 17th place in Sydney in 2000. The Olympic Triathlon consists of swimming 1,500 meters, bicycling 40 kilometers followed by a 10k run. Kemper could be considered among the favorites in Beijing. He was the No. 1 ranked triathlete in the world in 2005, becoming the first U.S. male to finish first in both the world and ITU (International Triathlon Union) World Cup rankings.
Kemper was the USOC Triathlete of the year in 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005. The Longwood, Fla. native was the USOC Sportsman of the Year in 2005. Kemper is well versed in international competition as he became the first American to win a gold medal in the triathlon in the 2003 Pan American Games and a silver in 2000.
At Wake Forest, Kemper earned eight varsity letters in track and cross country and graduated cum laude in 1998 with a degree in business. A four-time selection to the All-Academic ACC team, Kemper was named all-ACC in 1997 after taking second in the 10,000 meters at the ACC Championship. In 2007, Kemper became the first triathlete to be featured on a Wheaties box.
Check out Kemper's website at www.HunterKemper.com.
Michael Parkhurst - United States
Michael Parkhurst will be making his Olympic debut with the U.S. men's soccer team in Beijing. A native of Providence, R.I., Parkhurst is in his fourth year with the New England Revolution of the MLS. He was selected for his third MLS All-Star Game in 2008 and earned MLS Visa Defender of the Year honors in 2007 after being named MLS Gatorade Rookie of the Year in 2005.
Parkhurst was a member of the Wake Forest men's soccer team from 2002-04. A starter in all 62 games he played, he was twice named All-South Region and was a first-team All-America choice by Soccer America in 2004. He was also named a second-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2003 and 2004.
The U.S. team opens up Group B play on August 7 against Japan. The team meets the Netherlands on August 10 and 1996 gold medalist and 2005 Under-20 World Cup champion Germany on August 13.
Chris Paul - United States
Chris Paul will be playing in his first Olympic Games in 2008 as a member of the men's basketball team. Paul played two seasons at Wake Forest, helping lead the Demon Deacons to a 48-16 record including a school-record 27 wins in 2005. A consensus first team All-American in 2005, Paul was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets. Paul earned ACC Rookie of the Year honors in 2004 and first team All-ACC in 2005. Despite playing just two years at Wake, Paul ranks seventh in school history in career assists (395) and seventh in career steals (160).
As a pro, Paul finished second in NBA MVP voting in 2008 after emerging as the team leader of the Hornets. Last season, Paul led the Hornets in scoring at 21.1 points per game and was the NBA leader in assists per game (11.6) and steals per game (2.71).
Check out Paul's website at www.chrispaul3.com.
Jonathan Reid - Canada
Reid, a rising junior on Wake Forest's men's track and field team, ran a 47.2 to finish fourth in the 400-meter final of the Canadian Track and Field Championships. His finish qualified him for a spot on the Canadian 1,600-meter relay team but, the country decided not to send the team to Beijing in favor of the 4x100 relay team.
The Windsor, Ontario-native posted a 47.6 in the preliminary heat in front of his home crowd to finish third and qualify for the final.
Reid had an impressive sophomore season in 2008 as he won the 400m at the Yellow Jacket Invitational with a time of 47.22, and in the finals of the 400-meter dash at the 2008 ACC Outdoor Championships, Reid qualified for the NCAA Regionals with a time of 47.18, taking sixth place in the event.
Last summer, Reid recorded a career-best 46.95 to win the 400-meter dash at the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships.
Darius Songaila - Lithuania
Songaila was on track to play in the 2008 games in Beijing but will have to sit out the Games with a back injury. This would have been Songaila's third Olympic Games for his native Lithuania. He was a member of the Bronze Medal team in 2000 and the fourth-place squad in 2004.
A four-year letterman at Wake Forest, Songaila was a third team All-ACC pick in 2000 and a second team selection in 2002. He was named to the ACC All-Academic team in both 2001 and 2002. Songaila finished his career ninth in school history with 1,859 career points and also ranks among the top 10 in free throw percentage, blocked shots, steals and games played.
A second round draft pick by the Boston Celtics in the 2002 NBA Draft, Songaila played his first professional season in Moscow and then joined the Sacramento Kings in 2003-04. After two seasons with the Kings, he signed with the Chicago Bulls in 2005. He has spent each of the last two seasons with the Washington Wizards.
Jamie Dean - United States
Jamie Dean, Wake Forest '05, will be participating in the Paralympics which commence in Beijing following the Olympic Games on Sept. 6. Dean is a third-year JD/MBA student at Wake Forest University's Law School and Babcock Graduate School or Management. The Pickerington, Ohio native earned his undergraduate degree in economics at Wake in 2005 and served as the student trustee on the university's board of trustees.
Jamie is a member of a four-person rowing team that will hold its competition in Beijing on Sept. 11. This is the first time that adaptive rowing will be part of the Paralympic Games. Dean has been legally blind since birth but could see well enough to read up until about junior high. Today, he can only see a pinpoint of light, meaning he must depend on hearing and touch rather than sight to navigate everything from his classes to everyday life.
Dean began rowing at Wake Forest in 2001 and has quickly ascended to the international level. He finished fifth in the legs-trun-arms four with coxswain at the 2007 FISA World Championships and took fifth in the same event in 2006. Dean is a two-time member of the US Rowing National Championship legs-trunk-arms four with coxswain team. He is a three-time adaptive national team member and will be participating in his first Paralympics.
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