ODU Represented by Five Monarchs at London Olympic Games

In addition to their national colors, five athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games bring with them their connection to Old Dominion University.

Four former Old Dominion University athletic standouts and one current student-athlete are competing in the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London. Old Dominion’s five athletes are the most of any CAA school represented at the Games.

Updates on all five athletes will be available throughout the Olympics at ODUSports.com and live results can be found at London2012.com.

Anna Tunnicliffe and Debbie Capozzi

Anna Tunnicliffe and Debbie Capozzi will be participating for the United States sailing team in match racing.

Tunnicliffe won the gold medal for the United States in the Women’s Laser Radial in Beijing in 2008 and will be competing in match racing this year in London. Capozzi, her former ODU teammate joins her in a quest to medal for the U.S. as match racing round robin action begins on July 29 – Aug. 4. Quarterfinals are set for Aug. 7-8 while Sail-Offs are slated for Aug. 9 and Semifinals on Aug. 10. The finals will take place on Aug. 10 with all action taking place in Weymouth.

Caroline Nichols

Caroline Nichols will be a member of the U.S. field hockey team for the second time.

Nichols, who was also a defender on the 2008 team that placed eighth in Beijing, will help lead the United States against Germany in their opener at 4:15 p.m. (ET) on July 29 while also facing off against Argentina on July 31 (2:00 p.m. ET), Australia on Aug. 2 (5:45 a.m. ET), New Zealand on Aug. 4 (2:00 p.m. ET) and South Africa on Aug. 6 (5:45 a.m. ET). The medal round will be played on Friday, Aug. 10. All games will take place at the Riverbank Arena in Olympic Park.

Arni Arnason and Sidni Hoxha

2011-12 CAA Swimmer of the Year Arni Arnason will be competing in the 50 freestyle for Iceland, while sophomore Sidni Hoxha will be swimming the 100 freestyle for Albania.

Arnason, who swam the 50-meter freestyle for Iceland in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, begins 50-meter freestyle heats at 5:00 a.m. (ET) on Aug. 2 with the finals slated for 3:10 p.m. (ET) on Aug. 3.

Hoxha, who took part in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing for Albania in the 50-meter freestyle, will take part in the 100-meter freestyle. All events will take place at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park.

This article was posted on: August 3, 2012


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