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UT alum among athletes competing at Olympics

KNOXVILLE — Looking for someone to root for in the upcoming Olympics? Eleven athletes with ties to the University of Tennessee will compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
In addition, alumna and former Olympic gold medalist Benita Fitzgerald Mosley is USA Track & Field’s chief of sport performance.
Mosley, a 1984 graduate of the College of Engineering, won gold in the 100-meter hurdles at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, becoming the first African-American woman and second American woman, after Babe Didrikson Zaharias in 1932, to accomplish the feat.
The Olympics begin July 27 and continue through Aug.12. A schedule can be found at www.london2012.com/schedule-and-results. The following UT alumni will compete:
Tamika Catchings, 32, will try for her third gold medal as part of the women’s national basketball team. Catchings, a forward, played with the team during its gold medal-winning performances in 2004 and 2008. Currently playing for the Indiana Fever in the WNBA, Catchings was part of the undefeated 1997-1998 national championship-winning Lady Vols.
Candace Parker, 26, will return for her second Olympic appearance with the U.S. women’s national basketball team, after helping the team win the gold in 2008. Currently playing with the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA, Parker helped lead the Lady Vols to back-to-back NCAA national titles.
Dee Dee Trotter, 29, is returning to the Olympics for the second time after her gold medal-winning performance in the 4 x 400 meter relay at the 2004 Olympics. In 2008, a knee injury kept Trotter from competing in the games. This summer, she will run in the 400-meter dash and the 4×400 meter relay. Trotter also won gold medals in the 2003 and 2007 World Championships.
Justin Gatlin, 30, will try to bring home another gold to accompany the one he earned for the 100-meter dash at the 2004 summer Olympic Games in Athens. That year, Gatlin also won a bronze medal in the 200-meter dash and a silver medal in the 4 x 100 meter relay, and he will be competing in the relay again this year. Gatlin attended UT from 2000-2002, winning six NCAA titles.
Aries Merritt, 26, will head to the Olympics for the first time to compete in the 100-meter hurdles. Merritt holds the UT school record in the 55-meter hurdles, and is tied for third in the 60-meter and 110-meter hurdles. In the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, he won the gold medal for the 60-meter hurdles.
Tianna Madison, 26, will travel to her first Olympic Games to compete in the 100-meter dash and the 4 x 100 meter relay. In her sophomore year at UT, Madison won the 2005 NCAA and SEC Indoor and Outdoor titles in the long jump. After leaving UT, Madison turned her focus from the long jump to sprinting.
Two current students and three alumni will be competing for other countries.
Hannah Wilkinson, 20, will make her Olympic debut playing for the New Zealand women’s soccer team. A native of Whangarei, New Zealand, Wilkinson is a 2012 UT signee. Wilkinson represented New Zealand at the 2011 Women’s World Cup and the 2010 FIFA Under-20 Women’s Cup.
Jamol James, 20, will be running for his native country of Trinidad and Tobago in the 100-meter dash and the 4×100 meter relay. James will be a sophomore this fall.
Jangy Addy, 27, will represent Liberia for the second time. Addy will compete in the decathlon, an event for which he won the gold medal in the 2011 All-Africa Games. Born in California, Addy is eligible to compete for Liberia because he is a direct descendant of two Liberian citizens. He set a collegiate decathlon record in the 110-meter hurdles and a world heptathlon record in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2008 SEC Outdoor Championships.
Rhian Wilkinson, 28, will enter her second Olympic Games as part of the Canadian women’s soccer team. A native of Quebec, Wilkinson was a member of the Lady Vols soccer team from 2000 to 2003 and was named SEC Freshman of the Year in 2000. She helped the program win its first SEC tournament in 2002. At UT, Wilkinson ranks first in career assists and is tied for third for total goals. Wilkinson has played for the Canadian women’s soccer team since 2003.
Hassaan Stamps, 32, was named national teams coach for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A relay and hurdles standout at UT, Stamps was on UT’s 2001 and 2002 NCAA national championship teams. A two-time team captain, Stamps is also the 2002 winner of the Will Pritchett Award.