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Zeke Jones
Country: USA
Event: Wrestling - Freestyle Head Coach
Years at ASU: 1987-90

Zeke Jones earned three All-America honors and was a national runner-up in his senior campaign with the Sun Devils. A member of the 1988 NCAA Championship wrestling team, Jones also collected four Pac-10 crowns at 118 pounds while the team won the conference crown all four years and finished as national runners-up twice. As a post-collegiate wrestler, Jones excelled on the international scene, winning silver at the 1992 Olympics. He also won the 1991 World Championships along with five other World appearances and six US Open titles. Jones won gold at the Pan-Am and Goodwill Games before entering the coaching ranks. An Assistant Coach with the Sun Devils from 1993-1998, Jones has been a member of the Team USA Freestyle coaching staff for the past four Olympic Games (2008, 2004, 2000 and 1996) and was named the Team USA Freestyle Head Coach in 2009, a title he still holds as he leads the team to his fifth Olympic Games as a coach.

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Kyle Alcorn
Country: USA
Event: Track and Field (3,000m Steeple)
Years at ASU: 2006-08

Kyle Alcorn, who earned his first-ever Olympic bid after a third-place run in the men's 3,000m steeplechase on Thursday in Eugene, Ore. Alcorn, who now competes for Nike, clocked an Olympic `A' standard of 8:22.17 at Hayward Field in the final of the men's steeplechase to take the final qualifying spot to London behind Nike teammates Evan Jager and Don Cabral.  Alcorn became ASU's first-ever Olympian in the steeplechase with the performance. Alcorn was a two-time NCAA Champion - once in the indoor 3,000-meter run and once in the outdoor steeplechase - and continues to train with Arizona State University head men's cross country coach and assistant coach for distance, Louie Quintana

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Gao Ao
Country: China
Event: Water Polo
Years at ASU: 2011-Current

Gao Ao, is in her second appearance in the Olympics, after just finishing her freshman campaign at Arizona State. Gao competed for her host nation at the 2008 Beijing Games and helped guide the team to a fifth-place finish. Gao's performance was so exceptional that she was named as one of the All-Stars of the tournament. Despite only competing half of the opening season as a Sun Devil, Gao was a difference-maker in the pool. Gao posted 21 goals in 19 appearances on the season, and her 1.11 goals per contest were 23rd in the MPSF on the year. Gao will be just the second current student-athlete behind Canadian diver Riley McCormick to represent ASU at the Olympics

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Micky Benedetti
Country: Italy
Event: Diving (3m Springboard)
Years at ASU: 2006-08

Michele (Micky) Benedetti was a two-time All-American (07 platform; 08 1-meter) after joining the Sun Devils for the 2006-07 season. Benedetti also earned Honorable Mention All-American Honors in 2006-07 (3-meter and 1-meter) and in 2007-08 (platform and 3-meter). He was a two-time Pac-10 Champion and the 2008 Pac-10 Diver of the Year. Qualified for the 2012 Olympics in February at the 18th FINA Diving World Cup 2012 in London after finishing 12th in the 3M Springboard with a score of 424.05.

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Eric Boateng
Country: Great Britain
Event: Basketball
Years at ASU: 2007-10

Sun Devil Eric Boateng (B.A., Global Studies, 2009) has earned a spot on the 12-man Great Britain men's basketball team for the 2012 London Olympics, his hometown. It will be only the second appearance for England hoops in the Olympics, joining 1948, the last time London hosted the Games. The team is coached by Houston Rockets assistant Chris Finch.  Boateng, 26, will backup Robert Archibald in the post. Boateng plays professionally for the Peristeri team in Greece. The Denver Nuggets had Boateng in training camp in 2010, and he played for the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League before signing with Peristeri in November.

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Kelsey Campbell
Country: USA
Event: Wrestling
Years at ASU: 2007-08

Kelsey Campbell will enter her first Olympics this year and holds the historical honor of being the one women to make an Arizona State roster. Campbell competed in seven events while at Arizona State, placing in all six tournaments in the 2007-2008 year as a Sun Devil. In 2007, Campbell earned her first tournament victory and national title in the 63kg weight class after going 3-0 in the tournament as an unseeded underdog against the No. 4, No. 2 and No. 1 competitors. Campbell followed up a year later claiming her second crown in the 59kg class. On April 21, Campbell beat top-seeded Helen Maroulis at the U.S. Olympic Trials for the first time in her career at 55 kilograms. The victory earned her an Olympic berth. 

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Desiree Davila
Country: USA
Event: Marathon
Years at ASU: 2001-2005

Desiree Davila will be making her first appearance in the Olympics and in qualifying she became just the second Sun Devil in history to advance to the Olympics in the marathon behind only Marie Trujillo (Mexico) in the 1984 Los Angeles Games.  Davila earned the bid courtesy of her runner-up finish at the USA Olympic Marathon Trials in January.  Davila helped lead the Sun Devil cross country team to a 14th place finish at the 2003 NCAA Championships during her time at Arizona State.  She arned her first All-America honors in 2003 (10th, outdoor 5,000m run) and garnered All-America honors in cross country as well.  Davila ranks 10th on ASU's all-time outdoor 5,000m list. 

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Ike Diogu
Country: Nigeria
Event: Basketball
Years at ASU: 2002-05

The 2004-05 Pac-10 Player of the Year and All-America pick Ike Diogu put Nigeria on his back and led it to an 88-73 win over the Dominican Republic in the final qualifying game in Caracas, Venezuela to send Nigeria to the Olympics despite their extreme underdog status heading into the FIBA Qualifying Tournament. It will be the first-ever Olympic berth for the Nigerian National Team.  in 2004-2005, he became the first player in Pac-10 history to lead the league in scoring (22.6 ppg.), rebounding (9.8 rpg.) and blocks (2.34 bpg.) and became the first Sun Devil consensus All-American in the process. Diogu's 248 made free throws in his junior season broke his own Pac-10 record that he set in 2003-2004 of 243. 

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James Harden
Country: USA
Event: Basketball
Years at ASU: 2007-09

Harden was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year for the 2011-12 season as part of the Oklahoma City Thunder squad that finished as the runners-up in the NBA Finals to the Miami Heat.  On the season, Harden led the league in bench scoring with 16.8 points per game on 49.1 percent shooting while also adding 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game in 31.4 minutes per game  he is the youngest member of the men's U.S. roster.  At ASU, Harden was an consensus first-team All-American on essentially every major list released after his sophomore campaign in which he led the Pac-10 in scoring (20.1), 20-point games (18) and steals per game (1.69) and was eighth in the league at 4.2 assists per game. Selected the Pac-10 Conference's Player of the Year in 2009, during his two ASU seasons he scored 1,309 points, and averaged 19.0 ppg., 5.4 rpg. and 3.7 apg. He became just the third sophomore in Pac-10 history to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year accolades, joining Jason Kidd (1993-94) and Mike Bibby (1997-98). 

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Amy Hastings
Country: USA
Event: Track and Field (10,000m)
Years at ASU: 2002-2005

Amy Hastings will be making her first Olympic appearance in 2012 after becoming the American champion at 10,000 meters at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.  Hastings is still the holder of the Arizona State school record at 10,000 meters with her time of 32:30.37.  Hastings ranks as one of the all-time greats to pass through the ranks in the Maroon and Gold, earning seven All-America honors for track and field and three for cross country.  Her 10 total All-America honors rank her second in ASU history.  Hastings was the 2006 NCAA Champion at 5,000-meters indoors and finished fourth earlier this year at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. 

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Rita Keszthelyi
Country: Hungary
Event: Water Polo
Years at ASU: 2012-Current

Keszthelyi has yet to hit the pool for a game in a Sun Devil uniform, but her performance on the international scene should have fans excited for a prospect. The incoming freshman for the 2013 season was named the Player of the Tournament at the 2011 Junior World Championships in Italy. Keszthelyi's squad came just short of winning the world title in an 11-9 decision against Spain. Even so, Keszthelyi was named the Player of the Tournament after notching 13 goals in the tournament, one of which was the deciding goal in an overtime victory against Russia that sent the team to the finals. The final goal was part of a four-goal effort from the youngster in that particular game. Despite signing in spring of 2011, Keszthelyi remained in Hungary through the 2012 season to train with the Hungarian National Team in preparation for this year's Olympics.

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Amy LePeilbet
Country: USA
Event: Soccer
Years at ASU: 2000-03

A member of the national team since 2004, LePeilbet is one of six defenders on the 2012 USA Olympic soccer squad. LePeilbet started all six games at the 2011 FIFA World Cup, where the USA made it to the final before falling to Japan in a penalty shootout following a 2-2 tie after extra time. The 2011 World Cup represented the first world championship tournament of LePeilbet's career.  A four-year letterwinner at ASU from 2000-2003, LePeilbet led the Sun Devils to the second round of the NCAA tournament in three of her four seasons (2000, 2002, 2003) and is considered one of the most decorated players in ASU history, earning first-team All-American honors her senior year.

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Riley McCormick 
Country: Canada
Event: Diving (10m Platform)
Years at ASU: 2009-Current

Riley McCormick is making his second-consecutive Olympic appearance, having represented his home country of Canada in the 2008 Beijing games. A two-time Pac-12 Diver of the Year in his first two seasons at Arizona State, McCormick grey shirted the 2011-12 season to focus on Olympic training. In Beijing, McCormick placed 16th overall on the 10-meter platform for Canada, narrowly missing the Olympic finals. At Arizona State, McCormick won two Pac-12 Championships ('10, '11) on the 10-meter platform, setting a new school record in the event, and finished runner-up at the 2010 NCAA Championships on the 10-meter platform.

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Gal Nevo 
Country: Israel
Event: Swimming (200/400 IM)
Years at ASU: 2005-07

Gal Nevo is making his second-consecutive Olympic appearance, having represented his home country of Israel in the 2008 Beijing games. Won the Pac-10 400 IM crown in 2007. After joining the Sun Devils midway through the 2005-06 season, Nevo earned All-America honors in the 1650-yard freestyle and 400-yard IM. Set school records in the 1650 free and 400 IM. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, finished 11th in the 400 IM and 13th in the 200 IM. Qualified for the 2012 Olympics in July 2011 at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai by placing 15th in the 200 IM with a time of 1:59.98, qualifying him for the semifinals of the Olympics, for which he had to meet the criterion of 2:00.17.

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Donald Sanford
Country: Israel
Event: Track and Field (400m Dash)
Years at ASU: 2009-10

Born in Los Angeles, Sanford competed at Arizona State for two seasons, was the 2010 NCAA runner-up at 400 meters and earned All-America honors as part of the 4x400-meter indoor and outdoor relays that season as well. Sanford ranks ninth in ASU's impressive 400-meter dash history with his career-best time of 45.21 in that runner-up performance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.  Sanford will be competing in his first-ever Olympics and is just the second Sun Devil to ever compete for Israel at the Olympics outside of swimmer Gal Nevo, who will be competing in his second Olympiad in London.

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Rowie Webster
Country: Australia
Event: Water Polo
Years at ASU: 2005-06

Rowie Webster, a native of Melbourne, Victoria in Australia, will be making her Olympic debut with the team and has been a member of the Senior National Team for the past four years.  In that time, Webster has been an admirable defender for the Stingers and helped the squad to silver medal performances at the FINA World League Finals and the FINA World Cup in 2010 and a first-place finish at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia earlier this year. Webster scored 63 goals as a freshman for ASU in 2006 and added 19 assists to that for 82 points on the year.  Both were freshman records and both marks have not come close to being touched since her departure.  Her 63 goals rank fourth all-time in single-season goals scored for the Sun Devils and was selected as a third-team All-American by the American Water Polo Coaches Association.  

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Ryan Whiting 
Country: USA
Event: Track and Field (Shot Put)
Years at ASU: 2006-10

Ryan Whiting earned his first Olympic bid after taking runner-up honors at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in June.  Whiting was a six-time NCAA champion during his years at Arizona State, five of them coming in shot put competitions.  He was the 2012 world indoor champion earlier this year in Istanbul, Turkey.  Whiting was ranked fourth in the United States entering the weekend, so his inclusion on the squad was a minor upset. With his inclusion, Whiting became the first ASU Olympian in the shot put in history.  Whiting still holds the ASU school record in the shot put and, between he and Clarke, has helped ASU to win eight of the last 10 NCAA indoor and outdoor shot put titles. 

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Alison Williamson 
Country: Great Britain
Event: Archery
Years at ASU: 1991-95

Williamson is set to compete in her sixth Summer Games and will look to improve upon her first Olympic medal after capturing bronze at the 2004 Athens Games. An All-American in 1993 with the Sun Devils (the last year the team was a varsity sport), Williamson was part of six national championships in her days in Tempe as the women won the 1991, 1992 and 1993 titles while joining the men to captured mixed crowns in each of those three years. During her previous four Summer Games, Williamson placed eighth in 1992 Barcelona before taking 10th in both 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney.  Williamson was 17th at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Between her first two games, Williamson won the 1994 U.S. Collegiate Individual Championships.

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