July 24, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The 2012 London Olympic Games begin this weekend and eight former Wake Forest student-athletes will be representing a variety of countries in a number of sports.
Wake Forest at the Olympics
- Wake Forest will be represented by eight former athletes at the 2012 London Games. This marks the most-ever Demon Deacons at a single Olympics, topping the previous high of seven set at the 2008 Beijing Games.
- Wake Forest ranks fifth among the ACC schools in total Olympians and staff in 2012:
- North Carolina - 13
- Virginia - 13
- Florida State - 12
- Duke - 9
- Wake Forest - 8
- Maryland - 6
- Miami - 5
- Georgia Tech - 4
- Clemson - 4
- NC State - 2
- Virginia Tech - 2
- Boston College - 1
- Four different countries are represented by the eight former Demon Deacons: USA, Lithuania Nigeria and Slovenia
- In all, Wake Forest athletes have competed for a total of seven different countries (also including Canada, Great Britain and Trinidad & Tobago) in five different Summer Olympic Games beginning in 1988.
- Wake Forest athletes have won four medals, three of which have come in basketball. Chris Paul took home gold in 2008; Tim Duncan earned bronze in 2004; Darius Songaila won bronze in 2000; and Bill Masse won gold in 1988 for baseball.
Watch the Deacons in London
Follow the Deacons in London
- Follow former Wake Forest athletes on Twitter: Al-Farouq Aminu (@farouq1), Chris Paul (@CP3), Lauren Crandall (@laurencrandall), Hunter Kemper (@hunterkemper), Michelle Kasold (@mkasold18)
- ACC Athletes in London: @ACCinLondon12
- USA Olympics on Twitter: @USOlympic
- USA Field Hockey on Twitter: @USAFieldHockey
- USA Basketball on Twitter: @USABasketball
- USA Track & Field on Twitter: @USATrack_Field
- USA Triathlon on Twitter: @USATriathlon
- NBC Olympics on Twitter: @NBCOlympics
- NBC will broadcast the Olympics over nine different channels (NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, Telemundo, Basketball Specialty Channel, Soccer Specialty Channel, 3D) along with live streaming on NBCOlympics.com
- Every event in every sport will be live on NBCOlympics.com
- NBC has developed two free apps for the iPhone/iPad, along with Android platforms, that users can follow the Olympics with live streaming and highlights.
- Local TV listings for NBC can be found here
- More broadcast information can be found here
- Information on the online broadcasts can be found here
- Al-Farouq Aminu is making his Olympic debut as a member of the Nigerian basketball team. His brother Alade, a former Georgia Tech player, will also be on the Nigerian Olympic team, which is making its first-ever Olympic appearance.
- Tim Duncan averaged nearly a double-double in the 2004 Games with 12.9 PPG and 9.1 RPG, helping the U.S. to a bronze medal.
- Chris Paul averaged eight points and four assists per game at the 2008 Olympics, while also notching 18 steals as the U.S.'s "Redeem Team" won the gold medal.
- Darius Songaila competed for Lithuania while still a student at Wake Forest and won a bronze medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics
- Songaila is making his third Olympic appearance after competing in 2000 and 2004. He would have also competed in 2008 but was forced to sit out the Games due to a back injury.
Field Hockey Deacs
- After placing eighth at the 2008 Olympics, USA field hockey will look to medal for the first time since 1984. While ranked 10th in the world, the U.S. won the gold medal for the first time in the Pan Am games this year to qualify for the Olympics, beating second-ranked Argentina in the process.
- Lauren Crandall is making her second straight appearance in the Olympics. She serves as the national team's captain.
- Crandall and Claire Laubach played two seasons together at Wake Forest while Crandall and Michelle Kasold played the 2005 season as teammates. All three are on the 2012 squad, making Wake Forest the most represented school on this year's team.
- Kelly Doton was a member of the 2008 US field hockey team along with Crandall.
- Crandall did an interview with NBC on visualizing the perfect match.
Track and Field Deacs
- Kernersville, N.C. native Brent LaRue is running the 400m hurdles for Slovenia. He is married to former WFU tennis player Ana Jerman, a Slovenian native.
- Steve Brown represented Trinidad & Tobago in 2000, competing in the 110m hurdles. Brown advanced past the first round in 2000. He was also an alternate on the U.S. track & field team for the 1996 Atlanta Games.
- 1996 WFU graduate Andy Bloom placed fourth in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the shot put.
- Michael Bingham competed in the 2008 Olympics as part of the 4X400m relay team for Great Britain. Bingham's team finished fourth in the relay finals. Bingham competed while still an undergraduate at Wake Forest.
- Chris Huffins, who did not run at Wake Forest but served as an assistant coach for the Deacons, won a bronze medal in the decathlon at the 2000 Games.
- Hunter Kemper will be competing in his fourth Olympic Games, giving him the most Olympic appearances among all Demon Deacons.
- Hunter Kemper finished 17th in the triathlon in 2000, ninth in 2004 and seventh in 2008.
- Kemper qualified for his fourth-straight Olympics in May at the ITU World Triathlon Championship Series in San Diego, Calif. His time of 1:49.18 was tops among all Americans and fifth overall.
- Kemper did an interview with NBC on visualizing the perfect race.
- Bill Masse became the first Wake Forest athlete to medal in the Olympics, with a gold in baseball in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. The medal, however, was not included in the final count since baseball at the time was a demonstration sport.
- Frank Humber and Warren Sawkiw also competed in the 1988 Olympics for Canada in baseball.
- Jack Stallings served as the hitting coach for the 1984 U.S. baseball team, which placed second at the Olympics. Baseball was a demonstration sport at the time, and no medals were awarded.