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Wednesday, August 1

Here is the listing of events that involve Ivies for Wednesday, August 1. If there is no mention of the event being broadcast on TV, check NBCOlympics.com for the online broadcast.

Harvard sophomore Temi Fagbenle and Great Britain’s women’s basketball team will take on Russia at 11:45 a.m. The game will be broadcast on NBC Specialty: Basketball channel. The host team is 0-2 so far in group play, after falling to Australia on Saturday, 74-58, and Canada on Monday, 71-65.

Princeton’s Soren Thompson will compete in the men’s fencing individual epee tournament, which will begin at 4:00 a.m. and end with the gold medal bout at 3:00 p.m.

Brown’s Jimmy Pedro will coach the US judo team in the 90kg men’s and 70kg women’s tournaments, starting at 4:30 a.m. and 5:19 a.m., respectively. The women’s gold medal fight will take place at 11:o0 a.m., followed by the men’s at 11:10 a.m.

In rowing, the men’s eight Gold medal race will take place at 6:50 a.m., featuring Princeton’s Sam Loch (Australia) and Harvard’s Malcolm Howard (Canada). Princeton’s Sara Hendershot and her US women’s pair teammate Sarah Zelenka will go for Gold at 6:50 a.m. The Crimson’s Brodie Buckland (Australia) and Brown’s Nikola Stojic (Serbia) will race in the semifinals of the men’s pair, which will start at 6:00 a.m. NBC will broadcast the Gold medal races from 4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In sailing, Dartmouth’s Erik Storck will skipper his boat in races five (7:00 a.m.) and six (7:45 a.m.) of the men’s 49er class.

After finishing 24th in the women’s cycling road race on Sunday, Dartmouth’s Evelyn Stevens will compete for Team USA in the women’s individual time trial starting at 7:30 a.m. The event will be broadcast live on NBCSN.

NBCOlympics.com Broadcast Schedule for Aug. 1

Schedule of Olympic Events

Olympic TV Schedule

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Wall Street to London by Bike

On Sunday, July 29 Evelyn Stevens (Dartmouth ’05) competed for the United States in women’s road cycling. At 29, Stevens was making her first appearance in the Olympic Games. While at Dartmouth, she was an Ivy League tennis player and after graduation, Stevens went on to work as an investment-banking analyst on Wall Street before turning her attention to cycling.

In a race that began with 66 riders, Stevens placed 24th in a time of 3:35:56, 27 seconds behind gold medalist Marianne Voss of the Netherlands. Stevens was the second American finisher.

Read and watch more about Stevens’ journey:
Ex-Lehman Banker Parlays Bonuses Into Cycling Berth at Olympics

Evelyn Stevens, Ex-Lehman Brothers Banker, Used Wall Street Bonuses To Fund Olympic Dream

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Blogging Coaches: Stuper

What better way to get ready for today’s USA field hockey showdown with Argentina than by reading Yale head field hockey coach Pam Stuper’s blog from The New York Times? The Americans, including the Princeton duo of Julia and Katie Reinprecht, will face Argentina at 2:00 p.m. today in the second game of group play for both teams. Fans can watch the game live on MSNBC.

Stuper, a USA Field Hockey Hall of Famer who guided Yale to a 2011 Ivy League co-championship, will be blogging for The Times throughout the Olympics. Here is what she had to say following Team USA’s opening game loss to Germany:
For Field Hockey, an Encouraging First Game

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Rowing Medals on the Horizon

From l-r at London’s Eton Dorney: Caryn Davies (Radcliffe), Esther Lofgren (Radcliffe), Jamie Redman (Yale), Taylor Ritzel (Yale), Susan Francia (Penn), Gevvie Stone (Princeton), Caroline Lind (Princeton) and Sara Hendershot (Princeton).

Rowing medal races involving Ivy League alums will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 1 when the A Final of the men’s eight and the A Final of the women’s pair will take place. Two Ivy alums will be in medal contention in the men’s eight race as Canada’s Malcolm Howard (Harvard ’05) and Australia’s Sam Loch (Princeton ’06) will hit the waters of Eton Dorney looking for gold. Both the Canadians and Australians qualified for the A Final by finishing in the top-four of the repechage.

Also on Wednesday, Sara Hendershot (Princeton ’10) will be in the USA boat for the women’s pair A Final. Hendershot and her teammate Sarah Zelenka qualified directly for the A Final with a heats time of  6:59.29.

Here’s a look at where the Ivy rowers stand heading into Wednesday:

Brown
Nikola Stojic ’97, Serbia, (rowing, men’s coxless pair)
– Heat 1: 4th (of 5) in 6:23.87
– Repechage: 2nd (of 4) in 6:26.61
– Semifinals: Aug. 1

Columbia
Nick LaCava ’09, USA (rowing, men’s lightweight four)
– Heat 1: 5th (of 5) in 6:02.42
– Repechage: 1st (of 4) in 6:00.86
– Semifinal A: 5th (of 6) in 6:05.06
– B Final: Aug. 2

Cornell
Ken Jurkowski ’03, USA (rowing, men’s single sculls)
– Heat 6: 3rd (of 5) in 7:08.49
– Quarterfinal 3: 5th (of 6) in 7:18.27
– D Semifinal: July 31/Aug. 1

Dartmouth
Anthony Fahden ’08, USA (rowing, men’s lightweight four)
– Heat 1: 5th (of 5) in 6:02.42
– Repechage: 1st (of 4) in 6:00.86
– Semifinal A: 5th (of 6) in 6:05.06
– B Final: Aug. 2

Harvard
Brodie Buckland ’06, Australia (rowing, men’s pair)
– Heat 2: 2nd (of 5) in 6:24.83
– Semifinals: Aug. 1

Caryn Davies ’05, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
A Final: Aug. 2

Malcolm Howard ’05, Canada (rowing, men’s eight)
– Heat 2: 4th (of 4) 5:37.91
– Repechage: 2nd (of 6) in 5:27.41
– A Final: Aug. 1

Esther Lofgren ’09, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
– A Final: Aug. 2

Will Newell ’11, USA (rowing, men’s lightweight four)
– Heat 1: 5th (of 5) in 6:02.42
– Repechage: 1st (of 4) in 6:00.86
– Semifinal A: 5th (of 6) in 6:05.06
– B Final: Aug. 2

Henrik Rummel ’09, USA (rowing, men’s four)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 4) in 5:54.88
– Semifinals: Aug. 2

Penn
Susan Francia ’04, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
– A Final: Aug. 2

Princeton
Sara Hendershot ’10, USA (rowing, women’s pair)
– Heat 1: 2nd (of 5) in 6:59.29
– A Final: Aug. 1

Caroline Lind ’06, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
– A Final: Aug. 2

Sam Loch ’06, Australia (rowing, men’s eight)
– Heat 1: 2nd (of 4) in 5:32.43
– Repechage: 4th (of 6) in 5:28.67
– A Final: Aug. 1

Andreanne Morin ’06, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 2: 1st (of 3) in 6:13.91
– A Final: Aug. 2

Glenn Ochal ’08, USA (rowing, men’s four)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 4) in 5:54.88
– Semifinals: Aug. 2

Robin Prendes ’11, USA (rowing, men’s lightweight four)
– Heat 1: 5th (of 5) in 6:02.42
– Repechage: 1st (of 4) in 6:00.86
– Semifinal A: 5th (of 6) in 6:05.06
– B Final: Aug. 2

Gevvie Stone ’07, USA (rowing, women’s single sculls)
– Heat 5: 3rd (of 5) in 7:33.68
– Quarterfinal 2: 2nd (of 6) in 7:39.67
– Semifinal B: Aug. 2

Lauren Wilkinson ’11, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 2: 1st (of 3) in 6:13.91
– A Final: Aug. 2

Yale
Ashley Brzozowicz ’04, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 2: 1st (of 3) in 6:13.91
– A Final: Aug. 2

Charlie Cole ’07, USA (rowing, men’s four)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 4) in 5:54.88
– Semifinals: Aug. 2

Tess Gerrand ’10, Australia (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 1: 2nd (of 4) in 6:20.89
– Repechage: 3rd (of 5) in 6:18.63
– A Final: Aug. 2

Taylor Ritzel ’10, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
– A Final: Aug. 2

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On Repeat – Ivy Alums Looking for Back-to-Back Medals

Five of the Ivy League’s 48 athletes at the 2012 London Games won medals at the 2008 Beijing Games including Caryn Davies (Harvard ’05), Susan Francia (Penn ’04), Caroline Lind (Princeton ’06), Malcolm Howard (Harvard ’05) and James Williams (Columbia ’07).

Davies, Francia and Lind all captured Gold in 2008 as part of the United States’ women’s eight boat. The trio – as well as Ivy additions Esther Lofgren (Harvard ’09) and Taylor Ritzel (Yale ’10)  – will have a chance to repeat on Thursday, August 2 when they take part in the A Final. The American women’s eight boat qualified for the A Final when it finished first in Heat 1 with a time of 6:14.68.

Howard took home a Gold from Beijing as part of Canada’s men’s eight boat. Howard and the Canadians finished second in the repechage in a time of 5:27.41 to book their place in the A Final, which will be run on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Williams was a member of the Team USA sabre squad that finished with a Silver in Beijing. On Friday, August 3, Williams and his U.S. sabre teammates Daryl Homer and Tim Morehouse return to the strips in search of a medal. The Americans will open the knockout-style tournament with a match versus Russia.

The last Ivy athletes to earn back-to-back Olympic medals were Harvard’s Davies and Yale’s Sada Jacobson. Davies won Silver with the U.S. women’s eights at the 2004 Athens Games in addition to Beijing. Jacobson (Yale ’05) took home a Bronze in individual women’s sabre from Athens and followed with an individual women’s sabre silver and a team bronze in Beijing. The last Ivy athlete to win Gold in back-to-back Olympics was David Berkoff (Harvard ’89) who was part of the U.S. 400 medley relay teams that finished first at the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Games.

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Tuesday, July 31

Here is the listing of events that involve Ivies for Tuesday, July 31. If there is no mention of the event being broadcast on TV, check NBCOlympics.com for the online broadcast.

After defeating Tunisia on Sunday, 60-56, Koko Archibong (Penn) and the Nigerian men’s basketball team will face Lithuania at 9:30 a.m., in their second game of  group play. The contest will be broadcast on NBC’s Specialty: Basketball channel. Archibong played five minutes and recorded one rebound and one steal in Nigeria’s four-point win over Tunisia.

Columbia’s Sherif Farrag, competing for Egypt, will take part in the men’s fencing individual foil tournament. The event will begin at 5:30 a.m., with the gold medal bout at 2:40 p.m.

The US women’s field hockey team, featuring a healthy does of Tiger blood, will face Argentina at 2:00 p.m. in the second game of group play for both teams. Fans can watch the game on MSNBC. Team USA includes four current Tigers in sisters Julia and Katie Reinprecht (players), Michelle Cesan (alternate) and assistant coach Nate Franks (coaching staff). The Americans fell to Germany, 2-1, on Sunday. Katie Reinprecht was on the field for 48 minutes, while Julia Reinprecht played 44 minutes.

In Judo, the men’s 81kg and the women’s 63kg tournaments will take place, starting at 4:30 a.m. and 4:37 a.m., respectively. The women’s gold medal fight will start at 11:00 a.m., followed by the men’s at 11:10 a.m. The US judo team is coached by Jimmy Pedro (Brown).

In rowing, Ken Jurkowski (Cornell) and Gevvie Stone (Princeton) will compete in the men’s and women’s single sculls quarterfinals, respectively, at 6:00 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. After advancing from the repechage, the All-Ivy USA men’s lightweight four boat of Anthony Fahden (Dartmouth), Nick LaCava (Columbia), Will Newell (Harvard) and Robin Prendes (Princeton) will race in the semifinals at 7:40 a.m. Rowing action can be seen on NBC from 11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

In sailing, after finishing sixth in race one and 10th in race two on Monday, Dartmouth’s Erik Storck will skipper his boat in races three (7:00 a.m.) and four (7:45 a.m.) of the men’s 49er class. The US sailing team is coached by Yale coach Zack Leonard, a former Bulldog himself (’89).

Princeton’s Diana Matheson and Team Canada will face Sweden in Women’s Soccer Group F action at 9:30 a.m. The game will be live on MSNBC. The Canadians are 1-1 in group play after their 3-0 win over South Africa on Saturday and need a win to assure advancing to the knockout round (could also advance with a tie or loss depending on other results). Matheson has played all 90 minutes in each of her team’s games.

NBCOlympics.com Broadcast Schedule for July 31

Schedule of Olympic Events

Olympic TV Schedule

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Kathy Delaney-Smith’s Olympic Diary – July 30

Harvard’s Kathy Delaney-Smith (Courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications)

Kathy Delaney-Smith, head coach of Harvard women’s basketball, will spend the next 10 days traveling to London to watch Crimson rising sophomore Temi Fagbenle compete in the 2012 Olympic Games. Delaney-Smith will be keeping a diary as she experiences the Olympics with her son, Jared, for the first time as the coach of an Olympian.

July 30 – The Journey Begins
I am racing around getting ready for one of the most exciting opportunities of my professional life. I am going to the 2012 Olympics to watch one of my Harvard players!

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see one of my players compete at the highest level,  and then to have the opportunity to coach her at Harvard for the next three years! I would never have believed this was possible, yet there is so much to do before I go.

First, I need to change to an international phone plan. This is not so simple and if I didn’t do it correctly this will either cost a lot of money or will be my last blog entry. Then I need to exchange money. Math was never my strong suit so this is a challenge as well. The passport is easy. I have one day to do all this plus unpack from recruiting, repack for London and do laundry in between.

I am leaving tomorrow morning from Boston and meeting up with my son, Jared, who is leaving from New York City. He spent a semester abroad in London during college so not only will he be fun to travel with, he will also be invaluable riding the tube! Once we arrive there will be a strong Harvard contention. We are meeting up with Liz O’Leary, head coach of Radcliffe heavyweight crew, Cory Bosworth, her assistant, and Liz’s son, Johnnie. We plan on watching crew Wednesday morning and cheering Temi on Wednesday night against Russia in her third game.

I will have to buy Great Britain gear when I get over there. I hope London is ready for us!!!

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Flag Bearer in our Midst

The Dominica flag

UPDATED: Hurtault went on to be Dominca’s flag bearer at the opening ceremonies. Check out the pictures here:
Parade of Nations

Two-time women’s sabre Olympic Gold medalist Mariel Zagunis was selected as the U.S. flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics on Friday night in London, England. Zagunis, a Notre Dame product, will become the third fencer to lead Team USA at the Opening Ceremonies, following in the footsteps of Columbia’s Norman Armitage (1952, Helsinki and 1956, Melbourne), and USC’s Janice Lee Romary (1968, Mexico City).

But, it looks as if the Ivy League will have a flag bearer in London after all. Columbia alum Eric Hurtault ’07 (@swifft7) tweeted a picture of his credential for the Opening Ceremony along with an additional credential that reads, “Flag Bearer.” Hurtault represents Dominica and will run the 400m.

Coverage of the 2012 opening ceremonies begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC. For the Associated Press’ all-time U.S. flag bearer list, click here.

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