14 Olympians in 2012 Summer Games with Oklahoma ties
BY KELLY HINES & NICOLE MARSHALL MIDDLETON World Staff Writers
Thursday, July 26, 2012
7/26/12 at 11:01 AM
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Kevin Durant, U.S. men's basketball: After being cut from the 2008 team, the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar and three-time NBA scoring champion is expected to be one of the top contributors in London.
Russell Westbrook, U.S. men's basketball: The Thunder's point guard will likely serve in a reserve role in London. He was a member of the 2010 U.S. team that won the FIBA World Championship.
James Harden, U.S. men's basketball: The reserve guard for the Thunder is the youngest of the 12 players selected to the team. He was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year last season. Harden was nicknamed "The Beard" and is known as "old school" for his 1990s playing style.
Serge Ibaka, Spain men's basketball: The Thunder forward will play for the 2008 runners-up, who he has said he believes are as good as the U.S. Originally from the Congo, he was granted Spanish nationality last year.
Liz Cambage, Australia women's basketball: The 6-foot-8 Tulsa Shock player is missing most of her second season in the WNBA to fulfill a longtime dream. She will return to Tulsa after the Olympics. Cambage wanted to be a Marine biologist as a child and said if there were a movie of her life, Beyonce would play her.
Dominique Allen, Great Britain women's basketball: After concluding a four-year career at Oral Roberts last spring, she will become the first player in the program's history to compete in the Olympics.
Jake Dalton, U.S. men's gymnastics: The OU senior placed fourth in all-around standings at trials. He is the reigning NCAA floor and vault champion and an All-American in floor, vault, parallel bars and high bar.
Jonathan Horton, U.S. men's gymnastics: The former Sooner (2005-08) is back in the Olympics after helping the U.S. to a bronze medal in 2008 and winning silver in the high bar. He won six NCAA individual titles at OU.
Chris Brooks, U.S. men's gymnastics: The former OU gymnast (2006-09) is the first alternate after placing fifth on every apparatus except high bar and pommel horse at the trials.
Steve Legendre, U.S. men's gymnastics: The former University of Oklahoma gymnast (2009-11) became the team's second alternate after placing second on floor and third on vault at trials. He had 12 career All-American honors at OU.
Alex Naddour, U.S. men's gymnastics: After winning the pommel horse at trials, the former Sooner (2010-11) was selected as third alternate. Naddour is the only OU gymnast to twice win NCAA pommel horse titles.
Women's track and field
Brittany Borman, U.S. women's track and field: The University of Oklahoma senior will compete in the javelin after winning the event at trials. The two-time back-to-back NCAA champion holds records in the javelin and discus at OU.
Tia Brooks, U.S. women's track and field: The Sooner senior placed third in the shot put at trials. She won the indoor and outdoor NCAA titles last season and is OU's record-holder in both.
Coleman Scott, U.S. freestyle wrestling: The former Cowboy (2004-08) qualified by winning trials and a wrestle-off at 60 kg (132.25 pounds). At OSU, he was a 2008 NCAA champion and a four-time All-American.
Jared Frayer, U.S. freestyle wrestling: The 33-year-old Sooner assistant coach qualified at 66 kg (145.5 pounds) a decade after concluding his college career at OU, where he was a two-time All-American.
Sam Hazewinkel, U.S. freestyle wrestling: The former OU wrestler (2003-07) qualified at 55 kg (121.25 pounds) on his third attempt to make the Olympics. He was a four-time Sooner All-American.
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U.S. gymnast Jonathan Horton, a former University of Oklahoma athlete, warms-up on the parallel bars as he trains in a practice arena Tuesday ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics will be held Friday. MATT DUNHAM / Associated Press