BSB Olympic Preview

Olympic action begins today, with the Opening Ceremony set for Friday in London. Find out all you need to know, including links to athlete profiles and a schedule of events, in this 2012 Summer Games preview.

Up to this point, has profiled nine of the 11 – well, 12, counting an alternate – current or former Ohio State athletes that will be competing at the 2012 Summer Games in London, which start today but has its opening ceremony Friday evening.

Their stories can be found here:
Katie Bell (USA, diving)
Samantha Cheverton (Canada, swimming)
Roger Espinoza (Honduras, soccer)
Amanda Furrer (USA, rifle)
George Markovic (Serbia, swimming)
Mona Shaito (Lebanon, fencing)
Zain Shaito (Lebanon, fencing)
Margot Shumway (USA, rowing)
Margarita Tschomakova (Bulgaria, fencing)

There are still a handful of athletes and a few coaches that you should know about, however, so what follows are mini capsules about those was unable to get in contact with before the start of the Games.

Louise Bond-Williams (Great Britiain, fencing)
Bond-Williams returns to the Olympics after competing in 2004, when she made the round of 16 in women's sabre. She was tabbed last week for induction into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.
Hometown: Chipping Campden, England
Event: women's sabre, Aug. 1
How Qualified: Bond-Williams earned a host nation spot when the British committee handed out bids, earning a spot over the higher-ranked Joanna Hutchison and Chrystall Nicoll.
Medal Chances: Bond-Williams isn't considered one of the favorites and is not ranked in the top 50 in the world, but her prior experience at this event and her veteran nature should help her in her quest.
Ohio State Career: She earned All-America honors in sabre all three seasons at Ohio State from 2002-04, finishing with the silver medal at the NCAA meet in 2002. She also helped OSU to its first team combined fencing title in program history in 2004 while placing third in the nation individually. She later served as an OSU assistant coach.

Claudia Wurzel (Italy, rowing)
Hometown: Como, Italy
Event: women's lightweight double sculls, heats July 29, repechage July 31, semifinals Aug. 2, final Aug. 4
How Qualified: Wurzel was the first Ohio State athlete to qualify, doing so in September 2011 at the world rowing championships in Bled, Slovenia. Wurzel and rowing partner Sara Bertolasi won the B final at the event, edging a United States team with a time of 7:22.67 to advance to London.
Medal Chances: The time posted in Slovenia was only good enough to finish seventh at the world championships event. There are strong Greek and Canadian teams that must be bested.
Ohio State Career: Wurzel graduated from Ohio State in 2009 with a degree in international studies. She started her OSU career in 2007, rowing on the First Varsity Eight boat that finished second in the nation while leading the team to a program-best third-place standing. In 2008, Wurzel returned to help the 1V8 to a second-place finish in the Big Ten. A year later, she was on the 2V8 team that placed eighth in the country.

Caitlin Stewart (USA, synchronized swimming alternate)
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Event: synchronized swimming duet, Aug. 5
How Qualified: Stewart is the alternate for the duet squad of Mary Killman and Maria Koroleva, who placed seventh at an Olympic qualifier in April in London.
Ohio State Career: Stewart competed for Ohio State from 2007-10, helping the Buckeyes win the national title each of her two seasons. Stewart was a four-time All-American and won gold medals three consecutive years from 2008-10 in the team routine at the U.S. collegiate championships.

Ohio State will also be represented by wrestler Tervel Dlagnev, a heavyweight who has been living in Columbus and training with a number of former standout college wrestlers – including former OSU stars Reece Humphrey, J.D. Bergman and Tommy Rowlands – at the Ohio Regional Training Center. The RTC is a residency program in Columbus that uses Ohio State's facilities and allows collegiate and postgraduate grapplers a chance to train for their Olympic dreams.

A former Nebraska-Kearney star, Dlagnev punched his ticket by winning the U.S. trials in April by beating Les Sigman via shutout. He is a darkhorse contender for a medal and could go all the way.

On the coaching side, Ohio State diving head coach Vince Panzano and wrestling assistant Lou Rosselli will be coaches on the United States teams.

Rosselli, the head of the Ohio RTC, will be a volunteer coach on the U.S. squad. He is a three-time U.S. freestyle world championships team coach, a longtime mentor on the national team level and is regarded as one of the best freestyle coaches in the world. He was a 1996 U.S. Olympian.

Panzano also has an extensive history with national team coaching. The longtime OSU mentor, is coaching in his fourth Olympics and has mentored nine Olympic divers in his 33-season Buckeye tenure.

Here is a full schedule of the Ohio State athletes scheduled to perform:
July 26: Roger Espinoza (Honduras, soccer): Group D play vs. Morocco
July 27: Opening Ceremony
July 28: Samantha Cheverton (Canada, swimming): 4x100 freestyle relay; George Markovic (Serbia, swimming): 400-meter freestyle; Mona Shaito (Lebanon, fencing): women's foil
July 29: Roger Espinoza (Honduras, soccer): Group D play vs. Spain; George Markovic (Serbia, swimming), 4x100 freestyle relay; Claudia Wurzel (Italy, rowing): women's lightweight double sculls heats
July 30: Samantha Cheverton (Canada, swimming): 200 freestyle prelims/semifinals; Margot Shumway (USA, rowing): women's double sculls heats
July 31: Samantha Cheverton (Canada, swimming): 200 freestyle final; Zain Shaito (Lebanon, fencing): men's foil; Margot Shumway (USA, rowing): women's double sculls repechage; Claudia Wurzel (Italy, rowing): women's lightweight double sculls repechage
Aug. 1: Louise Bond-Williams (Great Britain, fencing)/Margarita Tschomakova (Bulgaria, fencing): women's sabre; Samantha Cheverton (Canada, swimming): 4x200 freestyle relay; Roger Espinoza (Honduras, soccer): Group D play vs. Japan
Aug. 2: Claudia Wurzel (Italy, rowing): women's lightweight double sculls semifinals
Aug. 3: Margot Shumway (USA, rowing): women's double sculls final
Aug. 4: Roger Espinoza (Honduras, soccer): quarterfinals; Amanda Furrer (USA, shooting): 50-meter smallbore rifle three position; Claudia Wurzel (Italy, rowing): women's lightweight double sculls final
Aug. 5: Caitlin Stewart (USA, synchronized swimming alternate): duets qualification technical routine
Aug. 6: Caitlin Stewart (USA, synchronized swimming alternate): duets qualification free routine
Aug. 7: Caitlin Stewart (USA, synchronized swimming alternate): duets medal events; Roger Espinoza (Honduras, soccer): semifinals
Aug. 8: Katie Bell (USA, diving): 10-meter platform, prelims
Aug. 9: Katie Bell (USA, diving): 10-meter platform, semifinals/final
Aug. 10: Roger Espinoza (Honduras, soccer): bronze medal match
Aug. 11: Roger Espinoza (Honduras, soccer): gold medal match; Tervel Dlagnev (USA, wrestling): 120 kg freestyle medal events
Aug. 12: Closing Ceremony

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