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Utah's 2012 Olympic Athletes


The medals for the 2012 London Olympic Games are made from ore mined in Utah, and many of the athletes competing for those medals have their origins in Utah as well. Here's a list of 2012 Olympic athletes with Utah connections.

Rafael Alfaro

Courtesy BYU Athletics

Rafael Alfaro, a junior at Brigham Young University, will represent El Salvador in the swimming men's 400M individual medley. Rafael's uncle Piero Ferracuti swam for BYU and competed in the 1976 Olympics for El Salvador.

Update: Alfaro finished 35th overall in the 400 IM.

Jillian Camarena-Williams

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Shot putter Jillian Camarena-Williams attended graduate school at Brigham Young University. She is a three time outdoor and eight time indoor USA champion. She was a bronze medalist at the 2011 outdoor World Championships. She will be competing in her second Olympic Games.

Update: Camarena-Williams finished 16th overall.

Jake Gibb

Courtesy USA Volleyball

Beach volleyball player Jake Gibb will be competing for the United States in his second Olympic Games with partner Sean Rosenthal. The two placed fifth at the 2008 Beijing Games. Born in 1976, Gibb did not compete in beach volleyball until age 21. Gibb is a graduate of Bountiful High School and the University of Utah. He and his twin brother Coleman are the youngest of 11 children. Gibb overcame testicular cancer last year.

Update: Gibb and Rosenthal finished the Olympics in 5th place.

Russell Holmes

Courtesy USA Volleyball

USA men's volleyball middle blocker Russell Holmes is a graduate of Brigham Young University. Holmes was born in 1982 in Anaheim, California. He says his happiest moment was the birth of his daughter, Sadie Rae, in 2007.

Update: The U.S. men's volleyball team reached the quarterfinals, where they were defeated by Italy.

Shalaya Kipp

Courtesy USA Track and Field

Salt Lake City native and Skyline High graduate Shalaya Kipp will compete for the United States in steeplechase. Kip is currently a redshirt junior on the track team at the University of Colorado. Kipp excelled at both track and ski racing while growing up in Utah.

Update: Kipp finished 12th overall in the 3000m steeplechase.

Andrei Kirilenko

Courtesy London 2012

Former Utah Jazz all-star Andrei Kirilenko will be competing in his third Olympics with the Russian Federation men's basketball team. Kirilenko was the flag bearer for Russia at the 2008 Games in Beijing. After the Olympics, he will join the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2012-2013 NBA season.

Update: Team Russia won the bronze medal, beating Argentina in a tightly contested game.

Rich Lambourne

Courtesy USA Volleyball

Men's volleyball team member Rich Lambourne is a graduate of Brigham Young University. He played on the gold medal-winning USA men's volleyball team at the 2008 Beijing Games. He also helped BYU win its first-ever NCAA men's volleyball championship in 1999.

Update: The U.S. men's volleyball team reached the quarterfinals, where they were defeated by Italy.

Cam Levins

Courtesy SUU Athletics

Cam Levins of Southern Utah University will compete for his home country of Canada in the 5000 and 10000 meter distance races. Levins gained national attention in his senior season, winning the 5000 and 10000 at the NCAA track championships. He runs as many as 150 miles per week for training.

Update: After struggling with a bad cold during the Olympics, Levins placed 11th in the 10000 and 14th in the 5000.

Arielle Martin

Courtesy USA Cycling

Arielle Martin of Cedar Hills, Utah will be competing in women's BMX in London. Martin is a graduate of Lone Peak High School and Brigham Young University. She has been a BMX racer since the age of five and missed qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Games by the narrowest of margins - one point.

Update: Martin suffered a serious injury in training and was unable to travel to London.

Michelle Plouffe

University of Utah Athletics

Michelle Plouffe, a junior at the University of Utah, is one of three Utah basketball players on the Canadian women's basketball team. Plouffe was born in Edmonton, Alberta. She is majoring in communication and enjoys playing volleyball.

Update: Team Canada reached the quarterfinals, where they were eliminated by the USA.

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