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Sent on Mormon-News: 27Sep00

Summarized by Kent Larsen

Gardner Wins Gold! Maybe Mormon Hero of Olympics

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- If there is a Mormon hero for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, it will probably be Wrestler Rulon Gardner. Gardner surprised everyone by beating long-time world champion Alexander Kareline in what Reuters calls "the biggest shock in the history of Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling." Kareline was the undisputed world champion in the 130kg class and was known as the "Toughest Man in the World."

Gardner's victory came during the busiest day for Mormon athletes. Six different Mormon athletes competed yesterday, four of them in different track and field events. The Mormon athletes competing in those four events split their results, with two of them, Amy Palmer in the Hammer Throw and Jason Pryah in the 1500m, qualifying to go on to the finals in their events.

The US women's basketball team also played yesterday, winning its quarterfinal match against Slovakia, and advancing to the semifinals, in which they will play Korea. Mormon athlete Natalie Williams scored 6 points during nearly 19 minutes on the court.

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 27th
Athlete Sport Country
Palmer, Amy Track &FieldUSA
Hammer Throw qualified 62.78m, 7.82m short of best time
Gardner, Rulon Wrestling USA
v. Alexander Karelin W 1-0 Gold Medal!
Chan, Maggie Track &FieldHong Kong
10,000m Failed to Qualify35:21.20, 20th place, 2:47.13 behind leader
Pratt Hinton, Robison Track &FieldMexico
Pole Vault Failed to Qualifyno mark, failed to clear 5.25m in 3 attempts
Pryah, Jason Track &FieldUSA
1500m Qualified for Final3:40.04, 3rd place in head, but 2.44 behind leader
Williams, Natalie Basketball USA
USA v. Slovakia W 58-43 2/5 from floor, 2/4 from line, 6 pts
To date:   13/24, 36 pts, 27 rebounds, 7 assists

Here is a schedule of the Mormon athletes competing Thursday, September 28, along with the times they will compete (Sydney time).
Athlete Sport Country
Tagaloa, Charlene Volleyball USA
USA v. Russia Semifinals 8:30 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

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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