Mormon Times counts at least 19 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as athletes competing in the 2008 Olympic Games, running through Aug. 24 in Beijing:
TRACK AND FIELD: Jill Camarena of Tucson, Ariz., qualified for the finals and finished in 12th place in shot put; she graduated from Stanford and did post-graduate studies at BYU. Pole-vaulter April Steiner Bennett qualified for the finals and finished in eighth place; she is a Mesa, Ariz., native and University of Arkansas graduate.
Former Brigham Young University runner and current Orem, Utah, resident Josh McAdams finished ninth in his heat in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase and had the second-best American time. Lindsey Anderson, a former Weber State University all-America distance runner and Morgan, Utah, native, competed in the Olympics' first-ever women's steeplechase, placing eighth in her heat.
SOFTBALL: Starting first baseman Tairia Flowers, a UCLA graduate, and outfielder Laura Berg, of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., see considerable playing time.
INDOOR VOLLEYBALL: Middle blocker Ryan Millar and libero Rich Lambourne are starters on the U.S. team. They played on BYU's first NCAA championship volleyball team. Millar also helped coach the Cougars in 2007. Both are Southern California natives.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Bountiful native and University of Utah alumnus Jake Gibb, now residing in Costa Mesa, Calif., and partner Sean Rosenthal finished pool play undefeated, but they lost to Brazil in the medal-round quarterfinals.
WEIGHTLIFTING: Melanie Roach, a 33-year-old mother of three from Bonney Lake, Wash., placed sixth in the 53-kilogram weight class and broke the U.S. record.
SWIMMING: Lacey Nymeyer of Tucson competed individually in the 100-meter freestyle, and with her teammates won a silver medal in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. She is a University of Arizona student.
SOCCER: Natasha Kai of Kahuku, Hawaii, scored the quarterfinal-winning goal on a header in extra time.
BASKETBALL: Nonila Wharemate, Charmian Purcell and Natalie Purcell are women's team members. The latter two are sisters. Wharemate played college ball at UTEP and Natalie Purcell at Southeast Missouri State University. New Zealand was eliminated by the United States.
SWIMMING: Hayley Palmer swam on the women's 4x200-meter freestyle relay team.
TRACK AND FIELD: Utah County native Niklas Arrhenius placed 15th in his qualifying round in the discus, the event that won him an NCAA individual championship while competing at BYU. He has dual citizenship because his father is Swedish.
FENCING: Maria Gabriela Martinez Gascon competed in the women's individual epee.
TRACK AND FIELD: Varney Saidu is a member of the Liberian team and may compete in the 4-by-400-meter relay.
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