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  • Naperville's Candace Parker is one of several suburban residents competing in the Olympics.

      Naperville's Candace Parker is one of several suburban residents competing in the Olympics.
    Associated Press file

  • When suburb Olympians compete

    Graphic: When suburb Olympians compete

 
By Caitlin Swieca and Chad Thornburg

Here is a brief look at Olympic athletes with ties to the suburbs, Chicago, the state and area universities:

Men's basketball

Robert Archibald

Position: forward (Great Britain)

Age: 32

Illinois connection: played at Illinois from 1998-2002

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: The 32nd pick of the second round in 2002 by the Memphis Grizzlies, named third team all Big Ten in 2002 by coaches, spent two years in NBA with the Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and Toronto Magic

Competition dates: July 28-Aug. 12

Twitter: @RobertArchibald

Anthony Davis

Position: forward; Age: 19

Illinois connection: From Chicago, attended Perspectives Charter

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: won the 2012 NCAA championship with Kentucky, selected No. 1 overall by the New Orleans Hornets in the 2012 NBA Draft, named 2012 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player

Competition dates: July 28-Aug. 12

Twitter: @AntDavis23

FB: facebook.com/pages/Anthony-Davis

Luol Deng

Position: forward (Great Britain)

Age: 27

Illinois connection: Chicago Bulls

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: 2012 NBA all-star, No. 7 pick in 2004 NBA Draft out of Duke, went to Final Four with the Blue Devils

Competition dates: July 28-Aug. 12

Twitter: @luoldeng9

FB: facebook.com/luoldeng

On the web: luoldeng.com

Andre Iguodala

Position: forward; Age: 28

Illinois connection: from Springfield

Olympic years: 2012

Position: forward

Career highlights: Won a gold medal with Team USA in the 2010 FIBA World Championships, six-year starter with the Philadelphia 76ers, selected 9th overall out of Arizona in the 2004 NBA draft

Competition dates: July 28-Aug. 12

Twitter: @mindofAI9

Richard Oruche

Position: Guard/forward (Nigeria)

Age: 24

Chicago connection: From Bensenville, attended Fenton High School, played at NIU and University of Illinois-Springfield.

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: Two-time Daily Herald all-area pick. In 2004, led Fenton to its first IHSA Regional Championship appearance since 1984.

Competition dates: July 28-Aug. 12

Deron Williams

Position: guard; Age: 28

Illinois connection: 2005 Illini grad

Olympic years: 2008, 2012

Career highlights: Gold medalist in 2008, drafted No. 3 by Utah Jazz, advanced to the national title game in 2005 NCAA Tournament with the Illini, three-time NBA all-star; now with Brooklyn Nets

Competition dates: July 28-Aug. 12

Twitter: @DeronWilliams

FB: facebook.com/DeronWilliams

On the web: deronwilliams.com/

Women's basketball

Swin Cash

Position: Forward; Age: 32

Illinois connection: Chicago Sky

Olympic years: 2004 (gold), 2012

Career highlights: National champion in 2000 and 2002 at UConn, 3-time WNBA champion, 2-time WNBA MVP

Competition dates: July 28 -- Aug. 11

Twitter: @SwinCash

FB: facebook.com/SwinCash

On the web: SwinCash.com

Tamika Catchings

Position: forward; Age: 32

Illinois connection: Played for two years at Stevenson High School, where she helped lead the Patriots to a state title in 1995. (Currently with Indiana Fever.)

Olympic years: 2004 (gold), 2008 (gold), 2012

Career highlights: Undefeated 1998 national championship team at Tennessee, 7-time WNBA all-star, 4-time defensive player of the year, 2011 MVP

Competition dates: July 28 -- Aug. 11

Twitter: @catchin24

FB: facebook.com/Tamika.Catchings

On the web: Catchin24.com

Sylvia Fowles

Position: center; Age: 26

Illinois connection: Has played for the Chicago Sky since 2008, when she was the second overall pick in the draft.

Olympic years: 2008 (gold), 2012

Career highlights: 2008 SEC MVP, led U.S. women in scoring and rebounding at the 2008 Olympics.

Competition dates: July 28 -- Aug. 11

FB: facebook.com/sylviafowles

On the web: BigSyl.com

Candace Parker

Position: forward; Age: 26

Illinois connection: Played for Naperville Central High School from 2001-04, winning Class AA state titles in 2003 and 2004. (Currently with L.A. Sparks).

Olympic years: 2008 (gold), 2012

Career highlights: 2007 & 2008 national champion at Tennessee, No. 1 draft pick in the 2008 WNBA draft, 2008 WNBA MVP

Competition dates: July 28-Aug. 11

Twitter: @Candace_Parker

FB: facebook.com/CandaceParker

On the web: CandaceParker.com

Diving

Kelci Bryant

Event: 3m synchronized springboard

Age: 23

Illinois connection: Born in Springfield, raised in Chatham. Trained at ISU.

Olympic years: 2008, 2012

Career highlights: 9-time national champion, fourth place in Beijing Olympics, Gold medalist at 2012 national winter diving championships

Competition dates: July 29

Twitter: @Kelci_Bryant

Christina Loukas

Event: 3m springboard; Age: 26

Illinois connection: Originally from Riverwoods, attended Deerfield High School. Her family owns the Cubby Bear lounge and several rooftops in Wrigleyville.

Olympic years: 2008, 2012

Career highlights: 9-time national champion in various events, 2009 NCAA Diver of the Year at Indiana, four-time Big Ten diver of the year, 2003 Illinois high school swimmer/diver of the year.

Competition dates: Aug. 5

Twitter: @ChristinaLoukas

Equestrian

Allison Springer

Age: 37

Illinois connection: Originally from Barrington, went to Barrington High School.

Olympic years: 2012

Events: Eventing (alternate)

Career highlights: Top-placing American in the 2012 Rolex Kentucky event, reserve champion horse of the year 2009

Competition dates: July 28-31

Twitter: @AllisonSpringer

On the web: AllisonSpringer.com

Charlie Jayne

Event: Show jumping (alternate)

Age: 26

Illinois connection: Originally from Elgin

Olympic years: 2008 and 2012 alternate

Career highlights: USET Maxine Beard Show Jumping Developing Rider Award in 2006, won the 2011 HITS Welcome Classic and 2010 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix.

Competition dates: Aug. 4-6

Fencing

Courtney Hurley

Event: Epee; Age: 21

Area connection: Notre Dame senior

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: Currently ranked No. 1 in the U.S., No. 5 world, and was 2009 and 2010 first-team all-American.

Competition dates: July 30

Kelley Hurley

Event: epee (alternate); Age: 24

Area connection: Notre Dame 2010

Olympic years: 2008, 2012

Career highlights: Two-time all-American, 2008 NCAA cchampion

Competition dates: July 30

Race Imboden

Event: foil; Age: 19

Area connection: Committed to Notre Dame

Olympic years: 2008, 2012

Career highlights: Team USA's top-ranked fencer in all three disciplines

Competition dates: July 31

Twitter: @Race_Imboden

Lee Kiefer

Event: foil; Age: 18

Area connection: Committed to Notre Dame

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: Currently ranked No. 1 in her age group in the U.S. and No. 5 internationally. Won individual and team gold at 2011 Pan American Games.

Competition dates: July 28

Twitter: @LeetotheKiefer

Gerek Meinhardtv

Event: foil; Age: 21

Area connection: Went to Notre Dame

Olympic years: 2008, 2012

Career highlights: Currently ranked #4 in the U.S., Bronze medalist at the 2010 Senior World Championships

Competition dates: July 31

Twitter: @GerekMeinhardt

FB: Facebook.com/GerekMeinhardt

Mariel Zagunis

Event: sabre; Age: 27

Area connection: Went to Notre Dame

Olympic years: 2004, 2008, 2012

Career highlights: Gold medalist in 2004 and 2008, Two-time senior world champion, two-time junior world champion

Competition dates: Aug. 1

Twitter: @MarielZagunis

FB: Facebook.com/MarielZagunis

On the web: MarielZagunis.com

Gymnastics

Anna Li

Age: 23

Illinois connection: Lives in Aurora, graduated from Waubonsie Valley, trains at Legacy Elite Gymnastics, a Carol Stream facility her parents own.

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: Won 2010 NCAA team championship at UCLA, 3-time all-Pac-10 honoree in the all-around.

Competition dates: July 28-29, 31 (an alternate, Li was injured before the games and will not compete)

Twitter: @AnnaLi_88

On the web: AnnaLi.US

Rowing

Grant & Ross James

Event: Eight; Age: 24 (twins)

Illinois connection: DeKalb

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: Won the eight at the 2012 Olympic Trials, won gold in the eight at the 2008 World Rowing Under 23 Championships.

Competition dates: Aug. 1

Sarah Zalenka

Event: Pair; Age: 25

Illinos connection: Born in Park Ridge, lived in Itasca, attended Lake Park High

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: Won gold in the four at the 2011 World Rowing Championships, Won gold in the eight and the four at the 2010 Rowing World Cup in Lucerne

Competition dates: Aug. 1

Twitter: @ZelenkaS

Sailing

Bob Willis

Event: RS-X; Age: 25

Illinois connection: From Chicago. Attended Francis Parker H.S. Began sailing at Columbia Yacht Club at age 8.

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: Won two Junior National Championships and placed third at Worlds. First Olympic sailor from the U.S. who is not from Florida or California.

Competition dates: Aug. 7

Twitter: @BobSails2012

On the web: BobSails.com

Soccer

Shannon Boxx

Position: midfielder; Age: 34

Area connection: Notre Dame 2009

Olympic years: 2004, 2008, 2012

Career highlights: Three-time all Big East selection, 2010 WPS champion with the FC Gold Pride, member of U.S. national team since 2003

Competition dates: July 25-Aug. 9

Twitter: @ShannonBoxx7

Amy LePeilbet

Position: defender; Age: 30

Illinois connection: Crystal Lake

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: World Cup

Bio: defender, Arizona State

Competition dates: July 25-Aug. 9

Emily Zurrer

Position: defender (Canada); Age: 25

Illinois connection: played at Illinois from 2005-2008

Olympic years: 2008, 2012

Career highlights: First-Team All Big Ten in 2007, awarded Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2006, Illinois soccer's first three-time all-American, currently plays for Vancouver Whitecaps

Competition dates: July 25-Aug. 9

Twitter: @emme_z


List this under a new sport heading Taekwondo (after Soccer and before Tennis)


Taekwondo

Carolena Carstens

Event: Taekwondo 46kg (Panama)

Illinois connection: Glen Ellyn

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: Only 16, she has dual citizenship and will be the youngest of 128 athletes competing in this martial arts discipline. Currently ranked 14th in the world and fourth in the Pan-Am region, she began kickboxing at age 4 and started competing internationally at age 14. After finishing fourth a trials, she was extended a wild-card invitation, which is given to nations with smaller teams.

Competition dates: Aug. 8

FB: facebook.com/CarolenaCarstens

Twitter: @CarolenaPanama

Swimming

Conor Dwyer

Events: 400-meter freestyle, 800 Free relay; Age: 25

Illinois connection: Originally from Winnetka, attended Loyola Academy

Olympic years: 2012

400 freestyle personal best: 3:47.83

World record: 3:40.07 Biedermann 2009

Olympic record: 3:40.59 Thorpe 2000

Career highlights: 2010 NCAA male swimmer of the year at Florida, 7-time all-American

Competition dates: 400 free: July 28, 4x200 free relay: July 31

Twitter: @ConorJDwyer

Matt Grevers

Events: 100-meter backstroke, 400 freestyle relay; Age: 27

Illinois connection: Attended Lake Forest High School and Northwestern

Olympic years: 2008, 2012

Personal best: 52.08

World record: 51.94 Piersol 2009

Olympic record: 52.54 Piersol 2008

Career highlights: Won silver in the 100-meter backstroke in 2008

Competition dates: 100 back: July 30, 4x100 free relay: July 29

Twitter: @MattGrevers

Tyler McGill

Event: 100-meter butterfly; Age: 24

Illinois connection: Champaign

Olympic years: 2012

Personal best: 51.26

World record: 49.82 - Phelps, 2009

Olympic record: 50.58 - Phelps, 2008

Career highlights: Bronze medalist in the 100 fly at 2011 World Championships, 10-time all-American at Auburn, NCAA champ in 400 freestyle and 400 relay, 3-time Illinois state champion

Competition dates: Aug. 3

Twitter: @TyMcGill

Tennis

Donald Young

Event: singles; Age: 22

Illinois connection: Chicago

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: Reached his first ATP World Tour final in Bangkok, Thailand in 2011, ranked a career high No. 38 in 2012. Won the boys singles title at Wimbledon in 2007.

Competition dates: July 28-Aug 5

FB: facebook.com/pages/Donald-Young

Track and field

Lance Brooks

Event: Discus throw; Age: 28

Illinois connection: New Berlin, Ill., Millikin University graduate

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: Millikin record holder in the discus (57.83m), NCAA Division III all-American, finished third at 2011 USA Outdoors competitions

Personal best: 65.15m

Current world record: 69.89m

Competition dates: Aug. 7

Dawn Harper

Event: 100-meter hurdles; Age: 28

Illinois Connection: East St. Louis High School (2002)

Olympic years: 2008, 2012

Career highlights: 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist (100m hurdles), two-time U.S. outdoor champion, two time NCAA champion, 2011 World Outdoor Championships bronze medalist

Personal best: 12.47s

Current world record: 10.62

Competition dates: Aug. 8

Twitter: @DHarp100mH

Nikkita Holder

Event: 100-meter hurdles (Canada)

Age: 25

Illinois connection: attended Illinois (2005-2009)

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: placed fourth in 100m hurdles at 2007 Big Ten Championships, competed in two NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, represented Canada in 100m hurdles at 2009 Canada Championships

Personal best: 12.80s

Current world record: 10.62

Competition dates: Aug. 7

Twitter: @brownstone

Molly Huddle

Event: 5,000 meters; Age: 27

Illinois connection: Notre Dame

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: 2011 NCAA Outdoor 5,000 meter runner-up, holds the American record for the 5,000, nine-time all-American at Notre Dame

Personal best: 14.44.76

Current world record: 14:40:79

Competition dates: Aug. 7

Evan Jager

Event: 3,000 meter Steeplechase

Age: 23

Illinois connection: Jacobs High School in Algonquin

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: won four state titles at Jacobs, finished third in the 5,000 at the USATF Outdoor Championship in 2009, represented the United States at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin. Now competes for Nike's Oregon Track Club, attended Wisconsin-Madison one year.

Personal best: 8:06:81

Current world record: 7:53:63

Competition dates: Aug 5

Twitter: @EvanJager

Jillian Schwarz

Event: pole vault (Israel)

Illinois connection: Lake Forest High School (1997)

Olympic years: 2004 for U.S., 2012 for Israel

Career highlights: Three-time all-American at Duke competed for Team USA in 2004, and was granted dual citizenship in 2010. Now 32 years old, finished 11th at European Athletics Championships in June, and 11th at World Indoor Championships in March.

Personal best: 4.72 meters (2008 outdoor), 4.61 (2006 indoor)

Current world record: 5.06 meters (16 feet, 7.2 inches) by Isinbaeva in 2009

Olympic record: 5.05 meters (Isinbaeva 2008)

Competition dates: Aug. 4 qualifying, Aug. 6 finals

FB: facebook.com/jillian.schwartz.75


Gia Lewis-Smallwood

Event: Discus throw; Age: 33

Illinois Connection: from Champaign (Centennial H.S.), 2001 Illinois graduate

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: Third at 2011 USA Outdoor Championships, 2010 USA Outdoor Championships runner-up

Personal best: 63.97 meters

Current world record: 72.3 meters

Competition dates: Aug. 4

Wallace Spearmon Jr.

Event: 100 meters, 200 meters; Age: 27

Illinois connection: born in Chicago but grew up in Arkansas

Olympic years: 2008, 2012

Career highlights: two-time NCAA Outdoor 200m champion at Arkansas (2004, 2005), holds U.S. indoor 200 record at 20.10s, two-time world outdoor championships bronze medalist

Personal best: 100m (9.96s), 200m (19.65s)

Current world record: 9.69s (100m), 19.30s (200m)

Competition dates: Aug. 5 and 9

Twitter: @PrinceSpearmon

FB: facebook.com/wallacespearmonjr

Andrew Riley

Event: 110 meter hurdles (Jamaica)

Age: 23

Illinois connection: went to Illinois from 2008-2011

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: Four-time NCAA champion (100m - 2012, 110m Hurdles & 60m Hurdles - 2011), 12-time all-American and 12-time Big Ten champ, first person to win national titles in both 100-meter dash and 110-meter hurdles

Personal best: 13.19s

Current world record: 12.91

Competition dates: Aug. 8

Volleyball

Sean Rooney

Position: Outside hitter; Age: 29

Illinois connection: Wheaton-Warrenville South High School grad

Olympic years: 2008, 2012

Position: Outside hitter

Career highlights: 2005 NCAA championship at Pepperdine, member of USA volleyball team that won the gold medal in Beijing in 2008,

Competition dates: Aug. 12

Water polo

Melissa Siederman

Position: defender; Age: 22

Illinois connection: Hoffman Estates

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: Won 2011 NCAA championship at Stanford, 2011 Pan American Games gold medalist

Competition dates: July 29-Aug. 9

Wrestling

Ellis Coleman

Event: 60kg Greco-Roman

Age: 20 (turns 21 on Aug. 16)

Illinois connection: Oak Park-River Forest High School grad

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: 2011 New York AC International Open champion, finished second in 2012 Pan American Olympic Qualifier, known for his flying squirrel move as he leaps over opponents

Competition dates: Aug. 11

Twitter: @DaFlyinSquirrel

Jake Herbert

Event: 84kg freestyle; Age: 27

Illinois connection: Northwestern grad

Olympic years: 2012

Career highlights: 4-time all-American and two-time NCAA champ at Northwestern, 2009 Big Ten Male athlete of the Year

Competition dates: Aug. 6

Twitter: @Jakeherbert84

On the web: jakeherbert.com

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