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Huskies to Watch for in Today’s Games

What’s going on with the Games? Well, on TV today…

  • All sorts of rowing—qualifying heats and repecherges will be covered periodically all day. Look for Husky rowers on Team USA (Kalmoe, Martelli, Whipple) and Team Canada (Gibson, McCabe, Crothers, Jacob, Calder)
  • The U.S. Women’s Volleyball team will be taking on Team Brazil to continue their quest for gold. Watch for UW superstars Tamari Miyashiro and Courtney Thompson.

Also, UW alumna Janine Sandell will be taking on Algeria with Team Great Britain. Team GB is fighting to stay in medal contention after a 0-3 loss to Russia on Saturday.

Tomorrow, Hope Solo and Team USA Soccer will be looking to follow up on Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Columbia with a match against North Korea.

Check your local listings, and good luck to all our Husky Olympians!

What events are you going to be watching?

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Quick Post: Things You Learn on Twitter, Olympics Edition

Aretha Thurmond

Team Captain Aretha Thurmond, ’98

From Twitter (check out #DawgsInLondon), we learn that Husky Olympic discus thrower Aretha Thurmond, ’98, has been elected Team USA’s women’s team captain. The Team USA athletes choose their captains, whose jobs include selecting the flag bearer for the opening ceremonies. Says Thurmond:

“It is an honor to represent such a great and strong team, this is my third team with Angelo [Taylor, men’s team captain], so we know each other well since we were just out of college. I’m happy to be serving the team with him.”

Congratulations, Aretha, and best of luck at the games!

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Go Purple, Win Gold—Huskies at the 2012 Olympics: Men’s Rowing (Team USA)

Some of the 19 UW alumni heading to London for the 2012 Olympics knew each other while they were students. A few even competed together. Volleyball teammates Courtney Thompson, ’08 and Tamari Miyashiro, ’09 were only on the UW team together for a only single year (Miyashiro’s redshirt freshman year coincided with Thompson’s senior-year run for the 2005 NCAA championship—Thompson took some time off to compete professionally before returning for her degree. However, these three Olympians rowed together for most of their college careers, and are now teaming up to race for the gold.

Men’s Rowing

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Giuseppe Lanzone, ’05, Rowing (Photo courtesy of US Rowing)

Giuseppe Lanzone, ’05, Rowing

Despite Giuseppe Lanzone’s hometown of La Punta, Peru, being a hotspot for rowing, Giuseppe Lanzone did not start rowing seriously until after he moved to Virginia at 14—he was more interested in surfing and sailing. Still, Lanzone was a quick study, in 2002 he helped the UW freshman eight take the gold medal at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta, and in 2003 he helped row the varsity eight to its first Pac-10 championship since 1997. In 2006, Lanzone became a U.S. citizen just weeks before rowing with Team USA’s men’s eight in the World Championships. Off the water, he’s been seen in the pages of GQ and has done modeling work for Polo, and currently appears showing off the Ralph-Lauren-designed Team USA uniforms.

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Go Purple, Win Gold—Huskies at the 2012 Olympics: Volleyball and Track

19 Olympians with ties to the UW will be heading to London this summer. In our continuing series, we introduce you to them. Here are your Husky Olympians!


Courtney Thompson

Courtney Thompson, ’08, Volleyball (photo courtesy of Team USA)

Courtney Thompson, ’08, Volleyball

Kent native Courtney Thompson knows something about winning. In 2005, she helped captain the UW volleyball team to its first NCAA championship. As starting setter in the European professional leagues, she took her team to victory in the national championships. But most impressive was her performance last April, when she led a floundering Puerto Rican civic team, the Cataño Lancheras, to victory against the heavily favored Caguas Creoles. The Creoles had been to the finals 20 times; they had not lost consecutive games in three years. In front of a crowd of 7,000 cheering fans, Thompson’s Lancheras swept the series, winning the small island city’s first professional sports championship of any description. After a four-day party in the streets of Cataño, Thompson headed back home to shoot for Olympic glory.

Thompson is also active in sports philanthropy, visiting hospitals with Team USA and holding free volleyball clinics to help the next generation of women athletes.

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Go Purple, Win Gold—UW Alumni at the 2012 Olympics, Part 1

Since 1919, the UW has sent more than 120 competitors to the Olympics. This year, 19 athletes with UW connections are heading to London in pursuit of Olympic glory. Let’s meet our Husky Olympians!

Part 1: The Crew Crew

The University of Washington has always taken pride in its crew teams. In fact, the UW Alumni Association was founded in 1889 for the express purpose of raising money to help send the men’s crew team to compete at the championships in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The UWAA’s mission has expanded since then, and so has UW rowing’s reputation. This summer, three UW alumni will be pulling for Team USA in London:

Megan Kalmoe

Megan Kalmoe, ’06, Rowing (photo from

Megan Kalmoe, ’06, Rowing

Born in Minneapolis, Megan Kalmoe joined the UW rowing team as a walk-on in 2002. According to her blog, her time with the “talented, fiercely competitive women” of UW rowing helped start her transformation into a world-class athlete:

Though I never found much competitive success with the Huskies, I formed some of the most important and lasting friendships of my life out of Conibear, and constantly look to the lessons I learned at Washington to guide my development.

London will be Kalmoe’s second Olympics. In Beijing, she and her rowing partner, Ellen Tomek, made it to the finals of the women’s double sculls, where they placed fifth.

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