Cheer On Virginia’s Olympic Athletes

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 | Updated: Apr 17, 2018

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The Summer Olympics have officially kicked off in London and the hard work of athletes worldwide will be shown off over the course of the next two weeks. Virginia is proud to have quite a few athletes participating in the games, so here’s a little LOVE for your sweat, tears and dedication to your sport. Best wishes and bring home some bling!

Nina Ligon presents Butts Leon for first inspection Friday, July 27, 2012. Photo:

Nina Ligon presents Butts Leon for first inspection Friday, July 27, 2012. Photo:

Saturday-Tuesday, July 28-31 

Will Coleman with horse Twizzle and Nina Ligon with her horse Butts Leon will take to the ring in Individual Eventing competition.

Will was born in New York but Virginia-raised since the age of 6 when his family moved to the Charlottesville area.

Nina was born in Bangkok but grew up in Goochland County. She will be representing Thailand, making a historic name for herself – the first woman to ever represent an Asian nation in Olympic eventing.


Individual Dressage – 26th
Individual Cross Country – 46th
Individual Jumping – 37th
Team Dressage – 5th
Team Cross Country – 5th
Team Jumping – 7th

Individual Dressage – 41st
Individual Cross Country – 37th
Individual Jumping – 41st


Saturday, July 28 – Wednesday, August 1

Giuseppe Lanzone was born in La Punta, Peru, but grew up in Northern Virginia, graduating from McLean High School. Watch for him as a member of the US Men’s Eight rowing team.

  • July 28: Heat One – USA vs. Australia, Ukraine and Poland, 5:10 a.m.
  • August 1: Finals, 5:30 a.m. – 4th Place Finish


Saturday-Sunday, July 28 – August 5

Quanitra Hollingsworth is a name that many Richmonders will recognize. An academic prodigy from Chesapeake, Quanitra enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University at the age of 16 and owned the basketball court, too. She led the VCU women’s basketball program to their first NCAA tournament bid, is the third highest scorer and second for career rebounds. Quanitra plays professionally in Turkey and will be representing Turkey at the Olympics.

  • July 28: Turkey vs. Angola, 9:30 a.m. – WON, 72-50
  • July 30: Turkey vs. Czech Republic, 6:15 a.m. – WON, 61-57
  • August 1: Turkey vs. USA, 5:15 p.m. – LOST, 58-89
  • August 3: Turkey vs. China, 11:45 a.m. – WON, 82-55
  • August 5: Turkey vs. Croatia, 3 p.m. – WON, 70-65
  • August 7: Quarterfinals — Turkey vs. Russia, 3 p.m.
  • August 9: Semifinals
  • August 10: Medal Games


 Sunday, July 29 – Tuesday, August 7

Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas is from Virginia Beach and a member of the US Artistic Gymnastics team. Her accolades include becoming the Virginia State Champion at the age of 8.

  • Qualifying begins Sunday, July 29 at 4:30 a.m. and runs through 3 p.m.
  • July 31: Team Finals, beginning at 11:30 a.m. – GOLD MEDAL!
  • August 2: Individual All-Around Finals, beginning at 11:30 a.m. – GOLD MEDAL!
  • August 6: Uneven Bars Finals, 9:50 a.m. – 8th
  • August 7: Beam Finals, 9:50 a.m. – 7th


Sunday, July 29 – Sunday, August 12

Reid Priddy was born in Richmond but grew up in Florida where he discovered his volleyball talent. Priddy is a decorated Olympian, having brought home a gold medal from Beijing in 2008. He is a professional player in Russa but is a member of the US team.

  • July 29 vs. Serbia, 11:45 a.m. – WON, 3-0
  • July 31 vs. Germany, 11:45 a.m. – WON, 3-0
  • August 2 vs. Brazil, 3 p.m. – WON, 3-1
  • August 4 vs. Russia, 11:45 a.m. – LOST, 2-3
  • August 6 vs. Tunisia, 3 p.m. – WON, 3-0
  • August 8: Quarterfinals — vs. Italy, 11 a.m.
  • August 10: Semifinals
  • August 12: Medal Games


Sunday, July 29 – Friday, August 6

Claire Laubach, Caroline Nichols and Shannon Taylor are three of the 18 players that make up the US Women’s Field Hockey Team and all hail from Virginia!

Claire is a defensive player from Bristow. Caroline is from Virginia Beach, is also a defender and was a member of the 2008 Beijing team that finished eighth. Shannon is from Midlothian and is a striker. She coaches field hockey at the University of Massachusetts.

  • July 29 vs. Germany, 4:15 p.m. – LOST, 1-2
  • July 31 vs. Argentina, 2 p.m. – WON, 1-0
  • August 2 vs. Australia, 5:45 a.m. – LOST, 0-1
  • August 4 vs. New Zealand, 2 p.m. – LOST, 2-3
  • August 6 vs. Russia, 5:45 a.m. – LOST, 0-7
  • August 8: Classifications and Semifinals — vs. Belgium, 3:30 a.m.
  • August 10: Classifications and Medal Games


Tuesday, July 31

Matt McLean is from Sterling and will swim the Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay. The heats begin at 6:02 a.m. and the finals will begin at 3:47 p.m. – GOLD MEDAL!


Thursday, August 2 – Friday, August 3

Kate Ziegler is from Great Falls and participated in the Beijing games in 2008. Watch for her in the 800m Freestyle. Heats begin at 5:19 a.m. and the finals start at 2:45 p.m. Kate is the world record holder of the 1,500m Freestyle but it is not an Olympic event. – FINISHED 8th IN HER HEAT


Friday, August 3 – Saturday, August 11

Francena McCorory, from Hampton, will compete in the Women’s 400 m and 4 x 400m Relay. Of note about Francena, she holds the indoor 400m record with a time of 50.54, breaking the previous record set in 1991.

  • August 3: 400 m Round One, 7 a.m. – 3rd
  • August 4: 400m Semifinals, 3:05 p.m. – 6th
  • August 5: 400m Finals, 4:10 p.m. – 7th
  • August 10: 4 x 400m Round One, 2:10 p.m.
  • August 11: 4 x 400 m Finals, 3:25 p.m.


LaShawn Merritt, Winner, 2012 Prefontaine Classic. Photo:

LaShawn Merritt, Winner, 2012 Prefontaine Classic. Photo:

Saturday, August 4 – Friday, August 10

LaShawn Merritt, Portsmouth native, enters the London games as the defending gold medalist in the Men’s 400m. Should he strike gold again, he’ll be the first to have back-to-back wins in the 400m since US Olympian Michael Johnson in 1996 and 2000. LaShawn is the fastest runner going into 400m, winning the Olympic trials with a time of 44.12.

  • August 4: 400m Round One, 5:35 a.m. – HAMSTRING INJURY; WILL NOT COMPETE
  • August 5: 400m Semifinals, 3:40 p.m.
  • August 6: 400m Finals, 4:30 p.m.
  • August 9: 4 x 400m Round One, 6:35 a.m. – HAMSTRING INJURY; WILL NOT COMPETE
  • August 10: 4 x 400m Finals, 4:20 p.m.


Sunday, August 5 – Wednesday, August 8

T’erea Brown, from Hampton, will compete in the Women’s 400m Hurdles. She was the NCAA champion in the 400m hurdles as a senior at the University of Miami. She enters the event with the third fastest time out of the Olympic trials.

  • August 5: Round One, 2 p.m. – 7th
  • August 6: Semifinals, 3:15 p.m. – 3rd
  • August 8: Finals, 3:45 p.m.


Monday, August 6 – Tuesday, August 7

Kellie Wells is a Richmond native who will be competing in the Women’s 100m Hurdles. Her most recent achievement was tying Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s American record for the 55m indoor hurdles.

  • August 6: Round One, 5:05 a.m. – 3rd
  • August 7: Semifinals, 2:15 p.m. – 1st
  • August 7: Finals, 4 p.m. – BRONZE MEDAL!


Thursday, August 9

Terrence Jennings of Alexandria endured a two-year qualifying process to make it to these London Olympics for Taekwondo competition. Watch for him on August 9 in the -68kg class. Prelims begin at 4:15 a.m. and the day culminates in the Gold Medal Finals at 5:30 p.m.


* Times are local, not London.
* Many thanks to Richmond Times-Dispatch for their coverage.
* We’ll be updating this page with results as we have them. Last Update: August 7 @ 4:19 p.m.


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