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World Champion Jordan Burroughs headlines the Huskers in the 2012 Olympics.
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          Release: 07/24/2012
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Huskers Well Represented In the Olympic Games

Lincoln - The University of Nebraska will be well represented in the upcoming Summer Olympic Games, as 18 athletes or coaches with Husker ties will be in London beginning this week.  Huskers will represent nine countries and cover nine events.

Action begins prior to the Opening Ceremonies with the start of the soccer competition on Wednesday.  Former Husker standouts Brittany Timko and Karina Leblanc will be among the first Olympians in action, as they will represent Canada in soccer.

Huskers.com has complete Olympic coverage, including bios on each of the Nebraska athletes in London, as well as event schedules and a complete history of Huskers in the Olympic Games. In all, Husker athletes have won 36 medals in Olympic competition, including 10 gold medals.

The most decorated Olympian among the current Husker contingent is former swimmer Therese Alshammar, who will appear in her fifth Olympic Games. She is a three-time medalist, winning two silvers and a bronze medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Alshammar is one of five former Huskers making multiple appearances in the Olympic Games. Wrestler Jordan Burroughs and volleyball star Jordan Larson headline the contingent of eight first-time Olympians, as Burroughs is the reigning world champion at 74 kg (163 pounds) while the U.S. volleyball team is ranked first in the world heading into the London Games.

In addition to 14 former athletes, one future Husker will also be in action, as incoming track recruit Janis Leitis will run for Latvia in the 400 meters. In the coaching ranks, former gymnastics and track standout Peggy Liddick will be coaching the Australian women's gymnastics team for the fourth time after coaching Shannon Miller in both the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. Current Husker wrestling coach Mark Manning will serve as an assistant coach for Team USA, the third time he has been chosen to serve in that capacity.
 

Former Student-Athletes

Country

Name

Sport

Olympics

Competed at Nebraska

Australia

Aleks Maric

Men's Basketball

1st

2005-06-07-08

Canada

Chelsea Aubry

Women's Basketball

1st

2004-05-06-07

Canada

Karina Leblanc

Women's Soccer

2nd

1997-98-99-00

Canada

Brittany Timko

Women's Soccer

2nd

2003-04-05-06

Great Britain

Carl Myerscough

Men's Track & Field

1st

2000-01-02-03-04

Hungary

Gyorgyi Farkas

Women's Track & Field

2nd

2007

Latvia

Ineta Radevica

Women's Track & Field

3rd

2003-04

Nigeria

Ade Dagunduro

Men's Basketball

1st

2008-09

South Africa Lehann Fourie Men's Track & Field 1st 2008-09-10

Sweden

Therese Alshammar

Women's Swimming

5th

1998-99

United States

Jordan Burroughs

Men's Wrestling

1st

2007-08-09-11

United States

Amber Neben

Women's Cycling

2nd

1994

United States

Jordan Larson

Women's Volleyball

1st

2005-06-07-08

United States

Chante McMillan

Women's Track & Field

1st

2007-08-09-10-11

 

Incoming Student-Athlete

Country

Name

Sport

Olympics

 

Latvia

Janis Leitis

Men's Track & Field

1st

 
 

Coaches with Nebraska Ties

Country

Name

Sport

Position

at NU (Athlete)

At NU (Coach)

Australia

Peggy Liddick

Women's Gymnastics

Head Coach

1977-78-79

1989

Canada

Jan Bidrman

Swimming

Assistant Coach

1990

1992-96

United States

Mark Manning

Wrestling

Assistant Coach

-

2000-present

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