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Lindsey Anderson

BEIJING — Utah's contingent of Olympic athletes at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games looks like a mini-United Nations itself, with eight other countries represented besides the United States.

Of the 22 athletes who grew up, attended high school or college or played professionally in Utah, only 13 will compete for the United States.

The other nine will don the national colors of Australia, Canada, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden or Venezuela.

Here's a sport-by-sport listing of Utah's 2008 Olympians.

ATHLETICS — What you know as track and field is known in Olympics circles as "athletics."

Two ex-collegiate runners with All-American credentials — Weber State's Lindsey Anderson and BYU's Josh McAdams — will compete for the United States in the 3,000-meter steeplechase events, with the women's race making its Olympic debut in Beijing.

Anderson, who last year set an NCAA record (since broken), finished second at the U.S. Olympic Trials earlier this summer. Anderson prepped at Morgan High and is an assistant coach at Weber State.

McAdams, who placed third at the Trials, won the 2006 NCAA outdoor title and the 2007 U.S. Outdoor and Pan American Games crowns. He continued to reside and train in Utah County after college.

Former Mountain View High and BYU discus thrower Nik Arrhenius, whose father earned a spot in the 1972 Munich Games with his native Sweden, is benefiting from dual citizenship. Winner of the 2007 NCAA individual discus title, Arrhenius performed well enough in European meets to earn a spot on the Swedish Olympic Team.

Zuzana Tomas, a Salt Lake resident and University of Utah instructor, will run for Slovakia in the women's marathon, set to begin early the morning of Aug. 17. Tomas also ran for the U. track team.

Former Olympic distance runner and current BYU cross country and track coach Ed Eyestone is in Beijing as a color analyst for NBC.

BASEBALL — Minor-league baseball in Salt Lake City supplied three members of the United States' gold-medal-winning team at the 2000 Sydney Games, with the team forwarding another foursome this summer to play for two different countries.

Two current Bees — pitcher Keith Jepsen and infielder Matt Brown — are part of the United States' roster compiled of top minor-leaguers. Brown also played for the Provo Angels (now the Orem Owlz), also part of the Los Angeles Angels' farm system.

Another pair of names familiar to Salt Lake baseball — outfielder Ryan Radmanovich and pitcher Steve Green — will compete for Canada in the eight-team Olympic event. Radmanovich was a member of the Buzz in 1997 and 1998, while Green played with the Stingers and Bees in 2001, '03 and '04.

BASKETBALL — The Beehive State boasts no higher-profile — nor higher-paid — athletes than the four NBA stars who will compete for three different nations in Beijing — three of them each making his second Olympic appearance.

With the Utah Jazz the only NBA team with a pair of players on the star-studded U.S. men's team, point guard Deron Williams makes his Games debut by joining pick-and-roll buddy Carlos Boozer, a holdover from the '04 squad in Athens.

The Jazz have a third representative in Beijing, with forward Andrei Kirilenko following up his flag-carrying duties in Friday night's opening ceremonies as the focal point for his Russian squad. He played for Russia in the 2000 Sydney Games after being picked in the NBA Draft by Utah but before ever donning a Jazz uniform.

Former University of Utah standout and NBA No. 1 draft pick Andrew Bogut will anchor Australia's team. Bogut was a question mark for Beijing before signing a long-term contract last month.

A fifth player with Jazz ties will also compete in Beijing. Raul Lopez, whose brief pro career in Utah was stymied by injury woes, will suit up for his native Spain.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL — Bountiful native and former University of Utah student Jake Gibb is one-half of the Gibb-Rosenthal tandem, ranked No. 2 among U.S. squads and No. 9 in the world. For the Games, the duo looks to build upon recent upsets of higher-ranked opponents on the pro circuit.

CYCLING — Two cyclists with Salt Lake ties will look to turn summers of limited international competition into strong Olympic outings for the United States.

Levi Leipheimer, who attended Rowland Hall, will join Salt Lake City's David Zabriskie as both get an early start in Olympic competition in Saturday's road race event.

GYMNASTICS — University of Utah gymnast Daria Bijak will carry a share of Germany's hopes in artistic gymnastics. Her eighth-place individual all-around finish at the 2005 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, was the highest finish for a German woman in nearly two decades.

FOOTBALL — Yes, you read right, but no, it's not the sport you think. Soccer is another sport with a different international name, billed as "football" at the Summer Games.

With younger players tabbed to represent the United States in the Olympics, goalkeeper Chris Seitz is the only member of Real Salt Lake to earn an invite to the U.S team.

VOLLEYBALL — Former BYU standout and one-time Cougar coach Ryan Millar returns in the middle for the United States for his third Olympics. He'll be joined by former BYU teammate Rich Lambourne, who moved from outside hitter in college to libero on the national team and is making his inaugural Games trip.

Millar and Lambourne starred on BYU's first NCAA championship team in 1999. Also part of Team USA in Beijing are three staff members from that Cougar squad — former assistant Hugh McCutcheon leads the U.S. as head coach, ex-head coach Carl McGown is a U.S. scout, and former volunteer assistant Rob Browning serves as the U.S. team leader.

Another player with BYU ties will play in Beijing. Joel Silva, a libero who is halfway through his collegiate career with the Cougars, is part of an upstart Venezuela team that qualified for the Olympics by winning the South America Zone tournament.

After three years on the professional beach volleyball circuit while squeezing in some indoor pro volleyball, former Highland High star Logan Tom returns to the national team for her third Olympics.


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