Mormons competing in the 2012 London Olympics

Published: Saturday, Aug. 4 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

Editor's note: This list was updated Aug. 4 with two Olympian runners from the island of Kiribati.

Mormon Times now counts 24 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are competing in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The opening ceremonies are Friday and the competition runs through Aug. 12.


Track and Field: Jill Camarena-Williams, of Tucson, Ariz., is the current indoor American shot put record holder. She was third at the 2011 world championships and finished 12th in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics. She graduated from Stanford and did post-graduate studies at Brigham Young University.

When to watch: The qualifying round and the finals are on Aug. 6.

Pole vaulter Becky Holliday, 32, a former University of Oregon student, was the runner-up in the Olympic trials. She was the 2003 NCAA champion in the sport and has since financed her training by working odd jobs, including airport baggage handler and serving tables.

When to watch: The qualification round is Aug. 4 and the final is Aug. 6.

Water polo: Tumau Anae, of the Orange California Stake, is one of the two goalkeepers on the team. The 23-year-old graduated from the University of Southern California in broadcast journalism.

When to watch: USA has three preliminary games. July 30 vs. Hungary, Aug. 1 vs. Spain and Aug. 2 against China.

Volleyball: Middle-blocker Russell Holmes served a Mormon mission in London, England, and the Orange County, Calif., native also played on Brigham Young University's volleyball team. Libero Rich Lambourne, also a BYU alumni and Southern California native, was on the 2008 team that won the gold medal and he played in each of the 33 sets. Ryan Millar, who also competed in 2008, is on the reserve roster.

When to watch: Preliminary rounds are July 29, 31, Aug. 2, 4 and 6 with the quarterfinals on Aug. 8, semifinals on Aug. 10 and the finals on Aug. 10.

Beach volleyball: Bountiful native and University of Utah alum Jake Gibb, who lives in Costa Mesa, Calif., was fifth in 2008 with Sean Rosenthal.

When to watch: Preliminary rounds are July 28-Aug. 2; round of 16 is Aug. 3-4, quarterfinals are Aug. 6, semifinals on Aug. 7 and the finals on Aug. 9.

Weightlifting: California native Sarah Robles, 23, is the No. 1-ranked woman weightlifter in the U.S. and will compete in the 75-kilogram-plus weight class.

When to watch: The competition is Aug. 5.

Racewalking: John Nunn, a 34-year-old U.S. Army staff sergeant of Bonsall, Calif., is competing in the 50-kilometer racewalk. The returned missionary competed in the 20-kilometer racewalk in 2004.

When to watch: The men's 50-kilometer racewalk is Aug. 11.

Swimming: Texas A&M University swimmer Breeja Larson, of Mesa, Ariz., will compete in the women's 100-meter breaststroke and the women's 4x100 medley relay. The 20-year-old was the surprise winner during the breaststroke Olympic trials.

When to watch: The breast stroke competition is July 29 with the finals on July 30 and the relay is Aug. 3 and 4.

BMX Cycling : BYU graduate Arielle Martin, 26, who calls Cedar Hills, Utah, home, crashed while qualifying for the 2008 Games and didn't make the team. A fourth-place finish at the World Championships qualified her to go this year.

When to watch: The seeding run is Aug. 8 and the semifinals and finals are Aug. 10.

Synchronized swimming: Oklahoma native Mary Killman is part of a duet with Mariya Koroleva. Killman was named the USA Synchro Athlete of the Year for the 2010 and 2011 seasons, according to her bio on NBCOlympics.com

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