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Current, Former Sun Devils Set for the World Stage in Beijing this Week
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Release: 08/05/2008
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Aug. 5, 2008

Sun Devil Olympic Page

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Beijing Olympic Games are set to open this week with 16 total people having ties to the Arizona State University athletic department set to compete or work with competitors that will compete on the biggest stage in sport. The Games unofficially get underway August 6 with three women's football (soccer) matches being held at three different venues in China with the official Opening Ceremonies taking place August 8.

The Sun Devils will be represented by 11 competitors, including five in athletics (track & field), three in swimming, one in diving, one in basketball (men's) and one in archery. ASU also will be represented by three coaches and two athletic trainers. All told, 10 different nations will be represented by the Sun Devil contingent, including: USA, Australia, Croatia, Finland, Ghana, Great Britain, Israel, Kuwait, the Netherlands and Zimbabwe.

Competing in Beijing will be four athletes that were on Sun Devil teams during the 2007-08 season, including two in swimming and two in track & field. Ante Cvitkovic (Croatia) and Mohammed Madwa (Kuwait) will compete in swimming while Jacquelyn Johnson (USA) and Joel Phillip (Grenada) will be on the track. Two current Sun Devil aquatic coaches also will be in Beijing, including head swimming coach Mike Chasson and diving coach Mark Bradshaw. Chasson will be coaching for Kuwait and working with Madwa while Bradshaw will coach Joona Puhakka (Finland) in the 3m springboard event.

Others competing will be Seth Amoo (Ghana), Lewis Banda (Zimbabwe) and Trevell Quinley (USA) in track and field; Gal Nevo (Israel) in swimming; Shawn Redhage (Australia) in basketball; and Alison Williamson (Great Britain) in archery. Williamson will be competing in her fifth Olympiad and is ASU's lone returning medalist (2004, bronze) while Banda is the only other multiple-time Olympian as he is set for his second competition.

Former Sun Devil softball head coach Linda Wells is returning the Games for the second Olympiad in a row as she will serve as an assistant coach for the Netherlands team. Wells was the head coach of the Greek team in Athens in 2004. A pair of former Sun Devil athletic trainers will also be on hand and working with USA athletes, including Casey Smith and Ian McLeod. Smith will serve as the head athletic trainer for the USA men's basketball team while McLeod will work with the swimming team.

 2008 Sun Devil Olympians | ASU Olympic Page

 Name  Nation  Sport  Events
 Amoo, Seth  Ghana  Track & Field  200m dash
 Banda, Lewis  Zimbabwe  Track & Field  400m dash
 Bradshaw, Mark  Finland  Diving  coaching Puhakka
 Chasson, Mike  Kuwait  Swimming  coaching Madwa
 Cvitkovic, Ante  Croatia  Swimming  400 medley relay
 Johnson, Jacquelyn  United States  Track & Field  heptathlon
 Madwa, Mohammed  Kuwait  Swimming  50 free, 100 free
 McLeod, Ian  United States  Swimming  athletic trainer
 Nevo, Gal  Israel  Swimming  200 IM
 Phillip, Joel  Grenada  Track & Field  400m dash
 Puhakka, Joona  Finland  Diving  3m springboard
 Quinley, Trevell  United States  Track & Field  long jump
 Redhage, Shawn  Australia  Basketball  
 Smith, Casey  United States  Basketball  head athletic trainer (men)
 Wells, Linda  Netherlands  Softball  assistant coach
 Williamson, Alison  Great Britain  Archery  individual 70m


 2008 Sun Devil Olympic Schedule of Events

 Date  Sport  Sun Devil Nation  Event (Round)
 Aug. 9  no activity      
 Aug. 10  Basketball  Redhage AUS  vs. Croatia (pool play)
 Aug. 11  no activity      
 Aug. 12  Basketball  Redhage AUS  vs. Argentina (pool play)
12  Softball  Wells NED  vs. China (round robin)
12  Swimming  Madwa KUW  100 free (heats)
 Aug. 13  Softball  Wells NED  vs. Canada (round robin)
13  Swimming  Madwa KUW  100 free (semi)
13  Swimming  Nevo ISR  200 IM (heats)
 Aug. 14  Basketball  Redhage AUS  vs. Iran (pool play)
14  Softball  Wells NED  vs. Japan (round robin)
14  Swimming  Madwa KUW  50 free (heats) | 100 free (final)
14  Swimming  Nevo ISR  200 IM (semis)
 Aug. 15  Softball  Wells NED  vs. Venezuela (round robin)
15  Swimming  Cvitkovic CRO  400 medley relay (heats)
15  Swimming  Madwa KUW  50 free (semis)
15  Swimming  Nevo ISR  200 IM (finals)
15  Track & Field  Johnson USA  heptathlon (day one of two)
 Aug. 16  Basketball  Redhage AUS  vs. Russia (pool play)
16  Softball  Wells NED  vs. Australia (round robin)
16  Swimming  Madwa KUW  50 free (finals)
16  Track & Field  Johnson USA  heptathlon (day two of two)
16  Track & Field  Quinley USA  long jump (qualifying)
 Aug. 17  Softball  Wells NED  vs. USA (round robin)
17  Swimming  Cvitkovic CRO  400 medley relay (finals)
 Aug. 18  Basketball  Redhage AUS  vs. Lithuania (pool play)
18  Diving  Puhakka FIN  3m springboard (qualifying)
18  Softball  Wells NED  vs. Chinese Taipei (round robin)
18  Track & Field  Amoo GHA  200m dash (heats & quarterfinals)
18  Track & Field  Banda ZIM  400m dash (heats)
18  Track & Field  Phillip GRN  400m dash (heats)
18  Track & Field  Quinley USA  long jump (finals)
 Aug. 19  Diving  Puhakka FIN  3m springboard (semis & finals)
19  Track & Field  Amoo GHA  200m dash (semis)
19  Track & Field  Banda ZIM  400m dash (semis)
18  Track & Field  Phillip GRN  400m dash (semis)
 Aug. 20  Basketball  Redhage AUS  vs. TBD (quarterfinals)
20  Softball  Wells NED  vs. TBD (semis)
20  Softball  Wells NED  vs. TBD (bronze medal game)
20  Track & Field  Amoo GHA  200m dash (finals)
 Aug. 21  Softball  Wells NED  vs. TBD (gold medal game)
21  Track & Field  Banda ZIM  400m dash (finals)
18  Track & Field  Phillip GRN  400m dash (finals)
 Aug. 22  Basketball  Redhage AUS  vs. TBD (semis)
 Aug. 23  no activity      
 Aug. 24  Basketball  Redhage AUS  vs. TBD (finals)

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