Athletes come from all over the world to train with and compete for the UW. This year, four countries are represented among the 19 Olympians currently striving for the gold in London. Let’s meet some of our further-flung Dawgs!
Ingvill Måkestad Bovim, ’04, Norway
When Norwegian track star Ingvill Måkestad Bovim lines up in the 1500m semifinals on Monday, it will be the culmination of 15 years of hard work and rigorous training. Måkestad Bovim, a native of Odda, Norway, raced onto the scene at the 1997 Under-20 European Championships, where she took fourth place; she would repeat that feat again in 1999. Måkestad Bovim arrived in 2003 at the UW, where she was one of five new Huskies to compete at the NCAA Championships. Since graduating, Måkestad Bovim has raced for Norway at the 2010 and 2012 European Championships, as well as the 2011 World Championships. She is making her Olympics debut in London, where she is competing in the women’s 1500m race on Aug. 6.
Janine Sandell, ’06, Great Britain, Volleyball
Volleyball player Janine Sandell tends to have an impact wherever she goes. Sandell spent the first three years of her college career at UC Santa Barbara, where she was named Big West Conference Player of the Year as a junior. The Business major transferred as a senior in 2006 to the UW, where helped the Huskies make it back to the Final Four for the third consecutive year and earned an All-Pac-10 honorable mention in the process. Sandell has played professionally in Spain since graduating in 2006, and the London native is making her Olympics debut in front of her hometown fans.
Dave Calder, Canada, ’01, Rowing
Will the fourth time be the charm for 2001 graduate Dave Calder? The 34-year-old, now in his 17th year of rowing, will represent Canada at his fourth Olympic Games. Calder won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics, and is going for gold in the men’s pair in London. It’s a fitting follow-up to Calder’s outstanding career at the University of Washington. Calder, who majored in English, helped the Huskies win a fourth straight Copley Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic as a sophomore in 1998; as a junior, he was part of the team that won UW’s ninth consecutive Windermere Cup. He made his Olympics debut in Sydney in 2000 and has competed in each Summer Olympics since.
Anthony Jacob, ’11, Canada, Rowing
Vancouver, B.C., native Anthony Jacob had a successful career while at the UW, and he’s hoping that same success translates to his first Olympics. Jacob teamed up with fellow Husky and Olympian Conlin McCabe to help the UW win a national title at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta in 2011. The 2011 graduate was a two-time national champion while at the UW, and was the bow man on the Husky varsity team that won a gold medal at the Pac-10 Championships in 2011. Jacob’s aiming higher this summer, making his Olympic debut as part of the Canadian men’s four team.