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Closing Thoughts

After 19 days of history, heartbreak and redemption the Games of the XXX Olympiad came to an end on Sunday with the London Games’ closing ceremonies. As the torch is quite literally passed to Brazil, it is an appropriate time to look back at some of the memorable moments that involved the Ivy League’s 49 athletes as well as several League coaches who took part in the London Games.

History was made for the United States on the fencing strips when the women’s epee team of Maya Lawrence (Princeton ’02), Susannah Scanlan (Princeton ’14), Courtney Hurley and Kelley Hurley downed Russia in sudden death, 31-30, to win the Bronze medal in dramatic fashion – the first ever Olympic women’s epee medals for the U.S. history.

Team USA on the podium (l-r): Courtney Hurley. Maya Lawrence, Susannah Scanlan and Kelley Hurley (TeamUSA.org).

History was also made in the women’s eights final at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre – and not just because eight Ivy League alumnae combined for five Gold and three Silver medals. When the USA boat, including Caryn Davies (Harvard ’05), Esther Lofgren (Harvard ’09), Susan Francia (Penn ’04), Caroline Lind (Princeton ’06) and Taylor Ritzel (Yale ’10), edged the Canadian boat, including Andreanne Morin (Princeton ’06), Lauren Wilkinson (Princeton ’11) and Ashley Brzozowicz (Yale ’04), to take the Gold, Davies won a medal for the third consecutive Summer Games.

The Gold Medalists from the U.S. Women’s 8 boat (Allison Frederick/US Rowing)

As part of the USA women’s eights boat in 2008, Davies (as well as Francia and Lind) earned a Gold medal and she was also part of the USA women’s eight boat that won Silver at the 2004 Athens Games. Prior to Davies, the last Ivy alum to medal in three consecutive Summer Olympics was Frederick Morgan Taylor (Dartmouth ’25), who captured gold in the 400-meter hurdles sat the 1924 Paris Games and followed with a bronze in 1928 in Amsterdam and a silver at the 1932 Los Angeles Games. Davies became the first female Ivy graduate to medal at three consecutive Summer Games.

But the Olympics are not always about medals and records. They are often about endurance, triumph, years of dedication and, sometimes, heartbreak. For Ivy fans – at least the several gathered in front of a laptop on last Friday afternoon at the League office – the women’s 1,500m final showed that side of the Games, too. Morgan Uceny (Cornell ’07) was positioned to possibly become the first U.S. medalist in the event but she was clipped by another runner in the pack and fell to the track as her Olympic hopes were lost.

But the London Games also provided some redemption stories. For example, when Diana Matheson (Princeton ’08) slotted home a rebound goal for the Canadian women’s soccer team in the 92nd minute of the Bronze medal game, she made history by leading Canada to the country’s first medal at the Summer Games in a traditional team sport since 1936 (men’s basketball won Silver in Berlin). That Bronze medal triumph came just days after a heartbreaking 4-3 semifinal loss to the United States, which came in added time after 120 minutes of thrilling action could not separate the teams. In picture form, the Canadians went from a striking low to an Olympic high:

On the front page of The New York Times, Diana Matheson (#8) is pictured in the foreground following Canada’s 4-3 loss to the U.S.

Diana Matheson scored the Bronze medal-winning goal (Canadian Press).

For the first time ever, the Ivy League had representatives on both a men’s and women’s basketball team in the same Olympic Games. Harvard sophomore Temi Fagbenle was a starter for the host Great Britain squad, and Koko Archibong (Penn ’03) played for Team Nigeria. It also marked the first time that multiple Ivies competed in one Olympics at the same time. Although neither squad made it past group play, both Fagbenle and Archibong played significant minutes for their respective teams and proved that Ivy League basketball is still a force to be reckoned with, just as it was when Bill Bradley (Princeton ’65) led the US team to Gold in 1964.

Fagbenle and Scanlon were not the only current Ivy athletes to compete in the Summer Games. Princeton sent a trio to the US field hockey team in sisters Julia and Katie Reinprecht. Columbia sophomore Nzingha Prescod was a member of the US women’s foil team. Two recent Ivy graduates in Columbia’s Nicole Ross (US fencing, women’s foil) and Princeton’s Donn Cabral (US track & field, steeplechase), also competed in London.

Kayla Harrison and Jimmy Pedro celebrate her Gold medal victory (USA Today).

Brown’s Jimmy Pedro ’94, who competed in judo in four Olympics himself, winning Bronze in 1996 and 2004, coached Kayla Harrison to Gold in the half heavyweight division. Harrison became the first American, male or female, to take Gold in judo, punctuating a marvelous comeback from a tough childhood.

As a teenager, Harrison was the victim of sexual abuse by her former coach, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2007 and banned for life by USA Judo. At age 16, Harrison went to Massachusetts to train at Pedro’s Judo Center, run by Jimmy and his father, and they immediately worked to lift her spirit while at the same time honing her skills on the mat. Harrison’s toughness combined with the Pedro’s help proved to be a Golden combination.

Thanks for following along with us as we tracked the League’s impressive group of athletes and coaches who helped make the London Games memorable.

– Dan & Trevor

P.S. – Further showcasing how the London Games will also be remembered as the first fully engaged social media Olympics, we are aware that McKayla was not impressed by this blog.

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A London Wrap: Individual Results Overview

On Friday, Aug. 10 the last three of the League’s 49 athletes concluded participation at the 2012 London Games. Here is an event-by-event look at the results:

Brown
Craig Kinsley ’11, USA (men’s track and field, javelin)
– Qualification: 23rd (of 44) in 78.18

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
– Semifinal A/B 2: 6th (of 6) in 7:07.78
– Final B: dns

Columbia
Sherif Farrag ’09, Egypt (fencing, men’s foil)
– Team Foil Round of 16: Great Britain def. Egypt, 45-33 (Farrag L: 5-4, L: 5-3, L 5-2)

Erison Hurtault ’07, Dominica (men’s track and field, 400m)
– Heat 7: 5th (of 6) in 46.05 (season best)

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: 2nd (of 6) in 6:09.23

Nzingha Prescod ’15 USA (fencing, women’s foil)
– Indiv. Foil Rd. of 32: Aida Mohamed (Hungary) def. Prescod, 15-10
– Team Foil Quarterfinals: Korea def. USA, 45-31 (Prescod T: 2-2, L: 5-4, W: 6-4)
– Team Foil Consolation 5-8: USA def. Japan, 44-22 (Prescod W: 4-0, W: 5-0, W: 6-4)
– Team Foil Consolation 5-8: Poland def. USA, 45-39 (Prescod L: 5-3, L: 4-2, L: 7-5)

Nicole Ross ’12, USA (fencing, women’s foil)
– Indiv. Foil Rd. of 32: Ines Boubakri (Tunisia) def. Ross, 15-8
– Team Foil Quarterfinals: Korea def. USA, 45-31 (Ross L: 5-3, W: 4-3, L: 9-6)
– Team Foil Consolation 5-8: USA def. Japan, 44-22 (Ross W: 6-5)
– Team Foil Consolation 5-8: Poland def. USA, 45-39 (Ross did not fence)

Jeff Spear ’10, USA (fencing, men’s sabre)
– Team Sabre Consolation 5-8: Belarus def. USA, 45-35 (Spear L: 5-3, L: 5-3, L: 5-3)

Lisa Stublic ’06, Croatia (women’s track and field, marathon)
– Marathon: 52nd (of 118) in 2:34:03

James Williams ’07, USA (fencing, men’s sabre)
– Indiv. Sabre Rd. of 32: Nikolay Kovalev (Russia) def. Williams, 15-12
– Team Sabre Quarterfinals: Russia def. USA, 45-33 (Williams L: 5-3, L: 5-3, T: 5-5)
– Team Sabre Consolation 5-8: China def. USA, 45-28 (Williams L: 5-4, W: 8-5, L: 5-2)
– Team Sabre Consolation 5-8: Belarus def. USA, 45-35 (Williams did not fence)

Cornell
Muhammad Halim ’08, Virgin Islands (men’s track & field, triple jump)
– Group B: 9th (of 14) in 16.39

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
– C/D Semifinal 2: 6th (of 6) in 7:56.51
– D Final: dns

Morgan Uceny ’07, USA (women’s track and field, 1,500m)
– Heat 3: 2nd (of 15) in 4:06.87
– Semifinal 1: 3rd (of 12) in 4:05.34
– Finals: dnf

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: 2nd (of 6) in 6:09.23

Sean Furey ’04, USA (men’s track & field, javelin)
– Qualification: 37th (of 44) in 72.81

Evelyn Stevens ’05, USA (women’s road cycling)
– Road Race: 24th (of 66 entrants) in a time of 3:35:56

Erik Storck ’07, USA (sailing)
– Men’s 49er R1: 6th (of 20), +0:54
– Men’s 49er R2: 10th (of 20), +1:14
– Men’s 49er R3: 16th (of 20), +1:39
– Men’s 49er R4: 1st (of 20) in 29:36
– Men’s 49er R5: 7th (of 20) +0:45
– Men’s 49er R6: 13th (of 20) +1:35
– Men’s 49er R7: 20th (of 20) +3:15
– Men’s 49er R8: 18th (of 20) +1:57
– Men’s 49er R9: 2nd (of 20) +0:10
– Men’s 49er R10: 17th (of 20) +2:05
– Men’s 49er R11: 5th (of 20) +0:59
– Men’s 49er R12: 20th (of 20) +4:21
– Men’s 49er R13: 17th (of 20) +3:03
– Men’s 49er R14: 8th (of 20) +1:35
– Men’s 49er R15: 17th (of 20) +3:00
– Men’s 49er Final Standings: 15th (of 20) with 157 points

Harvard
Brodie Buckland ’06, Australia (rowing, men’s pair)
– Heat 2: 2nd (of 5) in 6:24.83
– A/B Semifinal 2: 3rd (of 6) in 7:02.12
– A Final: 5th (of 6) in 6:29.28

Caryn Davies ’05, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Temi Fagbenle ’15, Great Britain (women’s basketball)
– Group B Play: Australia def. Great Britain, 74-58 (Fagbenle 4 pts., 1 asst., 3 reb., 2 stl. in 16:33)
– Group B Play: Canada def. Great Britain, 73-65 (Fagbenle 6 pts., 3 asst., 6 reb., 1 blk., 2 stl. in 25:58)
– Group B Play: Russia def. Great Britain, 67-61 (Fagbenle 6 pts., 5 reb., 3 blk. in 20:26)
– Group B Play: France def. Great Britain, 80-77 ot (Fagbenle 2 pts., 2 reb., 1 stl. in 15:41)
– Group B Play: Brazil def. Great Britain, 78-66 (Fagbenle 6 pts., 4 reb., 1 asst., 2 blk. in 17:14)

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: 2nd (of 6) in 5:49.98 – Silver Medal

Samyr Laine ’06, Haiti (men’s track & field, triple jump)
– Group A: 6th (of 19) in 16.81
– Final: 11th (of 12) in 16.65

Esther Lofgren ’09, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
– A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Alex Meyer ’10, USA (swimming, 10km)
– Men’s 10km: 10th (of 25) in 1:50:48.2

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: 2nd (of 6) in 6:09.23

Henrik Rummel ’09, USA (rowing, men’s four)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 4) in 5:54.88
– Semifinal A/B2: 1st (of 6) in 6:01.72
– A Final: 3rd (of 6) in 6:07.20 – Bronze Medal

Penn
Koko Archibong ’03, Nigeria (men’s basketball)
Group A Play: Nigeria def. Tunisia, 60-56 (Archibong 1 reb., 1 stl. in 4:52)
Group A Play: Lithuania def. Nigeria, 72-53 (Archibong 2 pts., 3 reb., 1 stl. in 12:48)
Group A Play: USA def. Nigeria, 156-73 (Archibong 1 reb., 2 asst. in 14:09)
Group A Play: Argentina def. Nigeria, 93-79 (Archibong 1 reb. in 3:19)
Group A Play: France def. Nigeria, 79-73 (Archibong 2 reb., 2 asst. in 8:01)

Susan Francia ’04, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
– A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Princeton
Donn Cabral ’12, USA (men’s track & field, steeplechase)
– Rd. 1: 4th (of 13) in 8:21.46
– Final: 8th (of 15) in 8:25.91

Sara Hendershot ’10, USA (rowing, women’s pair)
– Heat 1: 2nd (of 5) in 6:59.29
– A Final: 4th (of 6) in 7:30.39

Maya Lawrence ’02, USA (fencing, women’s epee)
– Indiv. Epee Rd. of 32: Lawrence def. Mara Navarria (Italy), 15-12
– Indiv. Epee Rd. of 16: Rossella Fiamingo (Italy) def. Lawrence, 15-7
– Team Epee quarterfinals: USA def. Italy, 45 – 35 (Lawrence W: 6-4, W: 4-0, L: 7-5)
– Team Epee semifinals: Korea def. USA, 45 – 36 (Lawrence W: 3-1, L: 4-1, L: 9-6)
– Team Epee cons. finals: USA def. Russia, 31-30 (Lawrence W: 3-1, L: 4-1, L: 9-6) – Bronze Medal

Caroline Lind ’06, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
– A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

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: 6th (of 6) in 5:51.87

Diana Matheson ’08, Canada (women’s soccer)
– Group F Play: Japan def. Canada, 2-1 (Matheson 90 mins. played)
– Group F Play: Canada def. South Africa, 3-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 2 SOG)
– Group F Play: Canada tied Sweden, 2-2 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 2 Shots, 1 SOG)
– Quarterfinals: Canada def. Great Britain, 2-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 1 shot)
– Semifinals: USA def. Canada, 4-3 (extra time) (Matheson 120 mins. played)
– Bronze Medal Game: Canada def. France, 1-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, GWG in 92nd minute) – Bronze Medal

Andreanne Morin ’06, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 2: 1st (of 3) in 6:13.91
– A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:12.06 – Silver Medal

Glenn Ochal ’08, USA (rowing, men’s four)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 4) in 5:54.88
– Semifinal A/B2: 1st (of 6) in 6:01.72
– A Final: 3rd (of 6) in 6:07.20 – Bronze Medal

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: 2nd (of 6) in 6:09.23

Julia Reinprecht ’14, USA (field hockey)
– Group B Play: Germany def. USA, 2-1 (J. Reinprecht 44 mins. played)
– Group B Play: USA def. Argentina, 1-0 (J. Reinprecht 47 mins. played)
– Group B Play: Australia def. USA, 1-0 (J. Reinprecht 40 mins. played)
– Group B Play: New Zealand def. USA, 3-2 (J. Reinprecht 45 mins. played)
– Group B Play: South Africa def. USA, 7-0 (J. Reinprecht 47 mins. played)
– 11/12th-place game: Belgium def. USA, 2-1 (J. Reinprecht 43 mins. played)

Katie Reinprecht ’13, USA (field hockey)
– Group B Play: Germany def. USA, 2-1 (K. Reinprecht 48 mins. played)
– Group B Play: USA def. Argentina, 1-0 (K. Reinprecht 50 mins. played)
– Group B Play: Australia def. USA, 1-0 (K. Reinprecht 50 mins. played)
– Group B Play: New Zealand def. USA, 3-2 (K. Reinprecht 56 mins. played)
– Group B Play: South Africa def. USA, 7-0 (K. Reinprecht 56 mins. played)
– 11/12th-place game: Belgium def. USA, 2-1 (K. Reinprecht 57 mins. played, 2 shots)

Susannah Scanlan ’14, USA (fencing, women’s epee)
– Indiv. Epee Rd. of 64: Olena Kryvystka (Ukraine) def. Scanlan, 15-13
– Team Epee quarterfinals: USA def. Italy, 45 – 35 (Scanlan W: 6-4, W: 4-0, L: 7-5)
– Team Epee semifinals: Korea def. USA, 45 – 36 (Scanlan L: 7-5, L: 4-3, L: 5-3)
– Team Epee cons. finals: USA def. Russia, 31-30 (Scanlan did not fence) – Bronze Medal

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 A/B 2: 4th (of 6) in 7:52.98
– B Final: 1st (of 6) in 7:45.24

Soren Thompson ’05, USA (fencing, men’s epee)
– Indiv. Epee Rd. of 64: Joerg Fiedler (Germany) def. Thompson, 15-4

Lauren Wilkinson ’11, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 2: 1st (of 3) in 6:13.91
– A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:12.06 – Silver Medal

Yale
Ashley Brzozowicz ’04, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 2: 1st (of 3) in 6:13.91
– A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:12.06 – Silver Medal

Charlie Cole ’07, USA (rowing, men’s four)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 4) in 5:54.88
– Semifinal A/B2: 1st (of 6) in 6:01.72
– A Final: 3rd (of 6) in 6:07.20 – Bronze Medal

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: 6th (of 6) in 6:18.86

Sarah Lihan ’10, USA (women’s sailing)
Women’s 470 R1: 7th (of 20) +3:20
Women’s 470 R2: 3rd (of 20) +1:06
Women’s 470 R3: 5th (of 20) +1:10
Women’s 470 R4: 7th (of 20) +1:12
Women’s 470 R5: 19th (of 20) +2:27
Women’s 470 R6: 20th (of 20) +2:38
Women’s 470 R7: 3rd (of 20) +1:04
Women’s 470 R8: 9th (of 20) +2:04
Women’s 470 R9: 17th (of 20) +3:03
Women’s 470 R10: 9th (of 20) +3:21
Women’s 470 Standings: 9th (of 20) after 10 races with 78 points
Women’s 470 Medal Race: 10th (of 10) +3:33
Women’s 470 Final Standings: 9th (of 20) with 98 points

Stu McNay ’05, USA (men’s sailing)
Men’s 470 R1: 17th (of 27) +2:15
Men’s 470 R2: 22nd (of 27) +2:58
Men’s 470 R3: 10th (of 27) +1:43
Men’s 470 R4: 3rd (of 27) +0:52
Men’s 470 R5: 23rd (of 27) +3:41
Men’s 470 R6: 23rd (of 27) +4:07
Men’s 470 R7: 6th (of 27) +1:10
Men’s 470 R8: 18th (of 27) +1:55
Men’s 470 R9: 7th (of 20) +1:38
Men’s 470 R10: 4th (of 20) +1:21
Men’s 470 Final Standings: 14th (of 20) with 108 points

Taylor Ritzel ’10, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
– A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

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Kathy Delaney-Smith’s Olympic Diary – Final Week

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

August 8 – Closing Remarks
After a fun night out in Soho with Temi’s parents, which yes, did include some dancing (when in London!), we started the day by watching the start of the men’s triathlon in Hyde Park. We then headed out to Olympic Park to watch Team USA women’s basketball play Canada in the quarterfinals. Although the game wasn’t close as the U.S. seems to be in a league of their own, it was still exciting to watch some of the best players in the world.

We met with Temi afterwards and headed out to the Nigeria House to meet more of her family and friends, what an experience! We were treated to fantastic Nigerian cuisine, and the entourage of friends of Temi and her family was never-ending. It seems every walk of life was represented, including renowned artists, performers, athletes and designers. The energy was high and it was obvious how proud they are of her.

We were then off to the USA House once again hoping to meet up with Angela Ruggiero, a former Harvard women’s hockey Olympian and present OIC member. Although we didn’t end up seeing her, the USA house was packed with our most esteemed medalists, including the U.S. women’s gymnastics team.

We connected with Jackie MacMullan on several occasions throughout the day about her plans to write an article for ESPN on Olympic athletes that maintain great attitudes despite not achieving their ultimate goal of a medal, in which she included Temi. It’s easy to see why Jackie is one of the foremost sports journalists in the country – it is a great read. Who would have guessed that when I coached her over 30 years ago in high school that she would one day write an article about one of my Harvard players on Great Britain’s Olympic team.

Jared and I are headed out to the airport now. Thank God he was here to help me out, he was invaluable. I am leaving with a remarkable respect for all those who put together the 2012 Olympics. The city and the thousands of British volunteers were such gracious hosts, and I’m definitely coming back. I love London!  Thank you Temi.

And good luck to Alex Meyer and Tim Murphy in the men’s 10k open water race on Friday!

August 6 – Making Strides
After going out to Wimbledon on Saturday and watching several tennis matches, including Andy Murray in mixed doubles in front of a boisterous home crowd, the highlight of the weekend was still watching Temi’s final game against Brazil on Sunday night. Although Great Britain was not victorious, the home crowd still ceases to amaze me. Great Britain women’s basketball has made great strides on the international stage and will be a force to be reckoned with in future Olympics. There is no question Temi will be a part of that.

After the game, we met up with Temi’s coaches from Blair Academy, Quint and Sue, and members of Temi’s family. Here are a few pictures. They were ladened with posters, pictures and signs for Temi throughout the game. I felt pathetic with my sole, miniature Great Britain flag. It was amazing to see that Temi is a celebrity amongst her family, the local police force and the thousands of fans in attendance.

Tonight we have plans with the family and Temi to go to an African restaurant and experience London nightlife. Cannot wait and should probably take a nap first.

August 4 – Buzzer Beater
We met Boston Globe sports reporter and ESPN personality Jackie MacMullan in the Olympic Park two hours before the game. I coached Jackie at Westwood High School and have remained close with her to this day. It was the first day of the track and field events and the amazing park was filled to capacity. I can’t believe the size of the park and how efficiently it’s run.

Jackie got taken off of the women’s basketball coverage last minute and switched to swimming, bummer, so we only got to spend a few hours with her. Still, as always, she’s a blast and has the best sports stories. I could listen to her for days.

Great Britain lost a close overtime game to France with two unbelievable buzzer beaters, one to force overtime and one to win the game. The crowd was off the charts and everyone was on their feet. That loss knocked Temi out of the quarterfinals but I’m still overwhelmed with pride when I see her, at such a young age, being such an important part of her Great Britain team. She didn’t have much time to be disappointed after the game – she spent hours signing autographs. She will play her final game of the Olympics Sunday at 5:15 p.m. against Brazil.

We stayed for the Team USA game, they are incredibly talented and it’s a who’s who in women’s basketball. It’s especially fun to watch because I coached many of them on my world championship tours with USA Basketball.

I am still trying to connect with Tim Murphy, the head coach of Harvard men’s swimming and diving, but don’t have his schedule yet.

August 3 – Golden
I finally met up with Jared, Liz and Johnny. We went out to Eton Dorney Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake to watch the Team USA Women’s Eight win a gold medal with two of Liz’s alumnae in the boat, Caryn Davies ’05 and Esther Lofgren ’08-’09. The weather was unbelievable and the experience incredible. I had a lot of rowing questions but since Liz and Johnny were with prestigious former Olympians, we were left to fend for our ourselves, questions unanswered.

After the races we went to the Team USA House in the Olympic Village as Liz’s guests. Who knew she was so important. We saw several Olympians and former Olympians including speed skater Apolo Ohno. As a big dancing with the stars fan, I had to use self-restraint to not ask him for a dance. We had excellent food, delicious drinks, and watched plenty of Olympic matches. All while Liz signed hundreds of autographs.

Today Jared is showing me his stomping grounds in Islington from his semester abroad years ago. Then it’s off to Great Britain’s game to see Temi play France tonight at the Olympic Park, followed up by Team USA taking on the Czech Republic.

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Monday, August 6

Here is the listing of events that involve Ivies for Monday, August 6. If there is no mention of the event being broadcast on TV, check NBCOlympics.com for the online broadcast.

Penn’s Koko Archibong and the Nigerian men’s basketball team will face France in the final game of group play for both squads. The game will start at 2:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on NBC’s Specialty: Basketball channel. After an Olympic-opening win over Tunisia, Nigeria has dropped its last three, including a 93-79 defeat at the hands of Argentina on Saturday. The Nigerians need a win and a loss by Lithuania (which faces Tunisia) to advance to the elimination round.

The US women’s field hockey team, featuring Princeton sisters Julia and Katie Reinprecht (players) and assistant coach Nate Franks (coaching staff), will take on South Africa at 5:45 a.m. The game will be broadcast live on NBCSN. After starting out 2-0, Team USA dropped its next two games, falling to Australia (1-0) and New Zealand (3-2), to fall out of contention for the semifinals.

In sailing, Dartmouth’s Erik Storck, sailing for the US, will skipper his 49er class boat in races 14 (10:00 a.m.) and 15 (11:00 a.m.). Team USA stands in 15th place with the top 10 advancing to the medal race. Yale’s Stu McNay will compete in races seven (7:00 a.m.) and eight (8:30 a.m.) of the men’s 470 class.

After defeating the host team Great Britain, 2-0 on Friday, Princeton’s Diana Matheson and the Canadian women’s soccer team will take on Team USA in the semifinals, with the winner advancing to the Gold medal game to face either France or Japan. The game will be broadcast on NBCSN.

In track & field action, Cornell’s Morgan Uceny will compete in heat three of the women’s 1,500m, with heat one beginning at 6:50 a.m.

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Saturday, August 4

Here is the listing of events that involve Ivies for Saturday, August 4. If there is no mention of the event being broadcast on TV, check NBCOlympics.com for the online broadcast.

Penn’s Koko Archibong and the Nigerian men’s basketball team will face Argentina in their second-to-last game in group play. The game will start at 5:15 p.m. and will be broadcast on NBC’s Specialty: Basketball channel.

Princeton’s Maya Lawrence and Susannah Scanlan will compete for Team USA in the women’s fencing team epee tournament, starting at 4:00 a.m (Team USA starts at 5:30 a.m.). The Gold medal match will begin at 2:15 p.m.

The US women’s field hockey team, featuring Princeton sisters Julia and Katie Reinprecht (players) and assistant coach Nate Franks (coaching staff), will take on New Zealand at 2:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on NBCSN.

The almost All-Ivy boat of Henrik Rummel (Harvard), Glenn Ochal (Princeton) and Charlie Cole (Yale), along with teammate Scott Gault, will compete in the Gold medal race of the men’s four, starting at 5:30 a.m. After placing fourth in her semifinal on Thursday, Princeton’s Gevvie Stone will compete in the Final B of the women’s single sculls, starting at 4:30 a.m. NBC will broadcast highlights of the rowing action from 3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

In sailing, men’s and women’s 470 class action continues. Yale’s Sarah Lihan will race at 9:05 a.m. (race three) and 10:20 a.m. (race four), while fellow Bulldog Stu McNay will compete in races five (9:00 a.m.) and six (10:15 a.m.) on the men’s side.

The first round of the men’s 400m will take place at 5:35 a.m., with Columbia’s Erison Hurtault competing for Dominica. Cornell head track and field coach Nathan Taylor is serving in the same capacity for the US Virgin Islands. Track and field action can be seen on NBC from 11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and as part of its primetime show from 8:00 p.m. – midnight, as well as on MSNBC from 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Friday, August 3

Here is the listing of events that involve Ivies for Friday, August 3. If there is no mention of the event being broadcast on TV, check NBCOlympics.com for the online broadcast.

Harvard sophomore Temi Fagbenle and the Great Britain women’s basketball team battle France at 3:00 p.m. on the NBC Specialty: Basketball channel.

In fencing, the men’s team sabre tournament will commence at 6:30 a.m. Columbia’s James Williams and the rest of the US squad will start their run towards Gold with a match against Russia. The winner will take on either China or Romania in the semifinals. The Gold medal bout will start at 1:45 p.m.

The men’s and women’s heavyweight judo tournaments will start at 4:30 a.m. and 5:26 a.m., respectively. The women’s Gold medal fight will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by the men’s final at 11:10 a.m. The US team is coached by Jimmy Pedro (Brown).

The men’s rowing single sculls final will start at 4:30 a.m. Cornell’s Ken Jurkowski is out of Gold medal contention, but he will race in the Final D. A pair of Ivies will race in the men’s pair finals, but only one has a chance for a medal. Harvard’s Brodie Buckland and his teammate, James Marburg, will try to put Australia on the podium in the Final A, while Brown’s Nikola Stojic, racing for Serbia, will compete in Final B. Rowing action can be seen on NBC from 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., 3:45 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. and as part of its primetime show from 8:00 p.m. – midnight.

In sailing, Dartmouth’s Erik Storck will skipper his 49er class boat in races nine (8:30 a.m.), 10 (9:15 a.m.) and 11 (10:00 a.m.). After six races, Storck and his teammate, Trevor Moore, stand in seventh place with 37 net points. After 15 races, the top 10 in the standings will move on to the medal race. Yale’s Sarah Lihan will take to the water with the start of the women’s 470 class, with race one starting at 7:00 a.m. and race two beginning at 8:15 a.m. Fellow Bulldog Stu McNay will compete in races three (7:05 a.m.) and four (8:20 a.m.) of the men’s 470 class.

Princeton’s Diana Matheson and Team Canada will take on the host team in the women’s soccer quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. on NBCSN.

Track & Field officially kicks off, and Princeton’s Donn Cabral, the 2012 NCAA steeplechase Champion, will run in the qualifying round of his signature event at 8:00 a.m. Track & Field will be broadcast on Telemundo from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., as well as NBC from 10:00 a.m. – noon, 4:25 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and as part of its primetime show from 8:00 p.m. – midnight.

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Kathy Delaney-Smith’s Olympic Diary – August 2

Kathy Delaney-Smith, head coach of Harvard women’s basketball, will spend 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.

August 1 – Touching Down
London is beautiful. I got up very early (time change!) and took a nice long walk in Hyde Park. It turned out to be a bad decision because I spent the rest of the day walking all over London and in Olympic Park collecting tickets before Temi’s game. London is doing it right and I am so impressed with how smooth everything is. I love the tube and didn’t even get lost.

Unfortunately Great Britain lost a very exciting, close game to Russia, but I felt Temi was very strong. She is a force on the defensive end and had some real strong offensive moves as well (six points, five rebounds, three blocks). It was very impressive given her age and experience! She is definitely the youngest player by several years that I have seen on any team.

I wasn’t able to connect with Liz (O’Leary, head coach of Radcliffe heavyweight crew) and Cory (Bosworth, assistant women’s basketball coach) yet. Temi’s game was sold out so they couldn’t get tickets. Jared comes tomorrow so I did the game solo and got to appreciate an incredible home crowd. What an experience for Temi, playing in front of her home crowd. They had several chances to win today but some great shots just didn’t fall. I am really looking forward to Friday’s game vs France and I promise pictures.

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Thursday, August 2

Here is the listing of events that involve Ivies for Thursday, August 2. If there is no mention of the event being broadcast on TV, check NBCOlympics.com for the online broadcast. For a complete Women’s eight preview, click here.

After falling to Lithuania on Tuesday, 72-53, a game in which Penn’s Koko Archibong posted two points, three rebounds and a steal, the Nigerian men’s basketball team will have a tough task ahead of them when they face the 2012 version of the Dream Team in a group A matchup. The game will start at 5:15 p.m. and will be broadcast on NBCSN. Nigeria is 1-1 and tied with Lithuania in the group A standings with two games remaining in group play.

In fencing, Team USA, featuring Columbia’s Nzingha Prescod and Nicole Ross, will compete in the women’s team foil tournament. The Americans hope to equal or better their showing in 2008, when they won Silver. Prescod and Ross hope to give the Ivy League medals in this event in back-to-back Olympics, joining Harvard’s Emily Cross, who earned Silver in 2008.

The US women’s field hockey team can now call itself the Cardiac Kids, after its 2-1 loss to Germany and 1-0 win over Argentina. The Americans, featuring Princeton sisters Julia and Katie Reinprecht (players) and assistant coach Nate Franks (coaching staff), will take on Australia at 5:45 a.m. The game will be broadcast live on NBCSN.

Brown’s Jimmy Pedro will guide the US Judo team in the men’s 100kg and women’s 78kg tournaments. The men’s event will begin at 4:30 a.m., while the women’s will start at 5:18 a.m. The Gold medal bouts will take place at 11:00 a.m. (women’s) and 11:10 a.m. (men’s). MSNBC will broadcast the Gold medal matches from 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Gold medal race of the men’s lightweight four will start at 5:00 a.m. The All-Ivy USA men’s lightweight four boat of Anthony Fahden (Dartmouth), Nick LaCava (Columbia), Will Newell (Harvard) and Robin Prendes (Princeton) are out of Gold medal contention after finishing fifth in their semifinal on Tuesday, but they will race in Final B (which will follow Final A).

Another rowing Gold medal will be earned on Thursday, this time in the women’s eight. Team USA features Harvard’s Caryn Davies and Esther Lofgren along with Penn’s Susan Francis, Princeton’s Caroline Lind and Yale’s Taylor Ritzel. A pair of Tigers, Andreanne Morin and Lauren Wilkinson, are on Canada’s squad. The race will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The semifinals of the men’s four will start at 5:30 a.m. Team USA features two Ivies in Henrik Rummel (Harvard) and Glenn Ochal (Princeton). NBC will broadcast the rowing action from 2:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and as part of its primetime broadcast from 8:00 p.m. – midnight.

Sailing action includes races 7 (7:00 a.m.) and 8 (7:45 a.m.) in the 49er class, which will feature Dartmouth’s Erik Storck (USA). Yale’s Stu McNay will finally take to the water with the start of the men’s 470. Race 1 will begin at 7:00 a.m., with race 2 starting 90 minutes later.

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