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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Johnson & US Water Polo Team Win Silver; Two New Mormon Olympians

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- Courtney Johnson became the first LDS medalist in the 2000 Sydney Olympics when the US Women's Water Polo team lost to Australia in the gold medal game, leaving the team with a silver medal. Meanwhile, the US Softball team, including LDS player Laura Berg, managed to stay in the medal contention by beating Italy 6-0. They must beat China Monday to manage to get a medal at all.

Meanwhile, Mormon News subscribers informed us of two additional Mormon Olympians. Betty Pearson confirms that WNBA star Natalie Williams was raised Mormon and that her family is LDS. Williams, who plays professionally for the Utah Starzz, is a member of the US Basketball Team, currently undefeated after four games. The team plays Poland today.

Jan tells Mormon News that England's Jared Deacon is a member of the LDS Church. Fortunately, Deacon doesn't compete until September 29th, so we haven't missed any of his competitions. Deacon is a member of Great Britain's 4x400m relay team.

The US Men's Volleyball Team lost yesterday to Korea, leaving it with just one game against Italy before the finals. Since the team has yet to win a game, they will almost certainly be eliminated before the finals.

And in Track and Field, Ghanian runner Leonard Myles-Mills was eliminated in the semifinals, just .05 second off qualifying for the finals, running a race of 10.25 seconds. His best time for the Olympics in the 100m, 10.15 seconds, was less than .3 seconds off the world record and the gold medal time. And Heptathlete Marsha Mark Baird of Trinidad is currently ranked 24th in that competition, 600 points behind the leader. The final three events of the competition are today.

Results for Saturday, September 23rd
Athlete Sport Country
Berg, Laura Softball USA
USA v. Italy W 6-0 1 hit in 4 at bats, 1 run, 1 strike out
To date:   5 hits in 27 at bats, 2 runs, 2 strike outs
Johnson, Courtney Water Polo USA
USA v. Australia L 4-3 Johnson Gets Silver Medal!
Millar, Ryan Volleyball USA
USA v. Korea L 2-3 11 pts
To date:   36 pts in 4 games
Myles-Mills, Leonard Track &FieldGhana
100m Semifinals 10.25 sec - .05 sec short of qualifying
Baird, Marsha Mark Track &FieldTrinidad
Heptathlon 100m Hurdles 13.72 sec - 1018pts - 15th
Heptathlon High Jump 1.66m - 806pts - 27th
Heptathlon Shot put 11.44m - 624pts - 26th
Heptathlon 200m 25.35 sec - 855pts - 23rd
Heptathlon Total to date 3303 pts - 600 pts behind leader, 24th overall

Here is a schedule of the Mormon athletes competing Sunday, September 24, along with the times they will compete (Sydney time).
Athlete Sport Country
Tagaloa, Charlene Volleyball USA
USA v. Brazil   12:00 pm
Williams, Natalie Basketball USA
USA v. Poland   7:30 pm
Baird, Marsha Mark Track &FieldTrinidad
Heptathlon Long Jump 11:30 am
Heptathlon Javelin 6:00 pm
Heptathlon 800m 9:30 pm

The following is the list of Mormon athletes competing in the games that we know about. If you know of an additional athlete, please let us know!
Athlete Sport Country
Andam, Kenneth Track &FieldGhana
Baird, Marsha Track &FieldTrinidad
Berg, Laura Softball USA
Chan, Maggie Track &FieldHong Kong
Dantzscher, Jamie Gymnastics USA
Deacon, Jared Track &FieldGreat Britain
Gardner, Rulon Wrestling USA
Johnson, Courtney Water Polo USA
Millar, Ryan Volleyball USA
Myles-Mills, Leonard Track &FieldGhana
Palmer, Amy Track &FieldUSA
Pratt, Robby Track &FieldMexico
Pryah, Jason Track &FieldUSA
Savickas, Arunas Swimming Lithuania
Tagaloa, Charlene Volleyball USA
Williams, Natalie Basketball USA


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