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Sent on Mormon-News: 26Sep00

Summarized by Kent Larsen

Laura Berg Wins Gold With US Softball Team

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- US Softball Team centerfielder Laura Berg has become the first LDS gold medalist of the Sydney Olympics as the US beat Japan 2-1 in extra innings. To get the gold, the US team had to beat all three teams that it had lost to in the preliminaries.

Meanwhile, US wrestler Rulon Gardner won his third straight match in 130 kg (286 lbs) Greco-Roman wrestling. Gardner will compete in the rest of his matches today. The US Volleyball team also won its quarterfinal match against Korea, moving along to face Russia in the Semifinals on Thursday. A win then would guarantee the US a medal.

The competition starting later today is probably the busiest, with at least 6 Mormon athletes competing. In addition to Gardner, Amy Palmer will compete in the hammer throw, Amy Chan in the 10,000m race, Robison Pratt Hinton in the Pole Vault and Jason Pyrah in the 1500m race. Natalie Williams will also compete with the US women's basketball team against Slovakia in the quarterfinals.

Please also note that we have been informed of another possible Mormon athlete, Caryn Paewai of New Zealand's field hockey team. We would appreciate any confirmation of Paewai or either Jensen or Wallace.

Results - September 26th
Athlete Sport Country
Berg, Laura Softball USA
USA v. Japan W 2-1 0 hits in 4 at bats
To date:   6 hits in 38 at bats, 2 runs, 2 strike outs
[US Wins Gold!]
Tagaloa, Charlene Volleyball USA
USA v. Korea W 3-2 0 pts
To date:   7 pts
Gardner, Rulon Wrestling USA
v. Giuseppe Gunta (Italy)2-1 on points Gardner has won 3 matches

Here is a schedule of the Mormon athletes competing Wednesday, September 27, along with the times they will compete (Sydney time).
Athlete Sport Country
Palmer, Amy Track &FieldUSA
Hammer Throw 9:00 am
Gardner, Rulon Wrestling USA
v. Giuseppe Gunta (Italy)Quarterfinals 9:30 am
Chan, Maggie Track &FieldHong Kong
10,000m   1:20 pm
Pratt Hinton, Robison Track &FieldMexico
Pole Vault Qualifiers 6:30 pm
Pryah, Jason Track &FieldUSA
1500m Semifinals 6:30 pm
Williams, Natalie Basketball USA
USA v. Slovakia Quarterfinals 8:00 pm

We are trying to verify claims that the following athletes are Mormon in some way:
Athlete Sport Country
Marcus Jensen Baseball USA
Ji Wallace Gymnastics-TrampolineAustralia
Caryn Paewai Field Hockey New Zealand

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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