Mormons at Athens Olympics

Tiffany Lott Hogan Mormon OlympianTiffany Lott-Hogan

In 1997, she flew past five hurdles and 55 meters in 7.30 seconds (faster than Jackie Joyner-Kersee has ever done it) to claim the world best title.  In 2004, she finished 20th in the women’s heptathlon in Athens.
Source: LDS athletes mine Oly ‘metals’, LDS Church News Archives, 28 Aug 2004.

Megan Dirckmaat

From San Jose, California, Sister Dirkmaat was part of the U.S. crew that placed second in the 22 Aug women’s eight finals.  The Americans finished 1.86 seconds behind gold-medalists of Romania.
Source: LDS athletes mine Oly ‘metals’, LDS Church News Archives, 28 Aug 2004.

Lucia Fernanda Palerma

She was eliminated in lightweight double skulls heats.
Source: LDS athletes mine Oly ‘metals’, LDS Church News Archives, 28 Aug 2004.

Rachelle Smith-Kunkel

From West Valley High School. She started diving in high school.  She dove for Brigham young University.  Professionally, she works as a labor and delivery nurse.

Tairia Mims Flowers

Team USA went undefeated, giving up only one run during the Games. Sister Mims Flowers is from Tucson, Arizona.
Source: LDS athletes mine Oly ‘metals’, LDS Church News Archives, 28 Aug 2004.

John Nunns

He finished 26th in 20km race walk.

James Parker

He served a mission from 1996-1997.  At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, he was eliminated in the hammer throw semifinal.

Grant Robison

He was eliminated in 1,500 meters semifinals.

Mosiah Rodriguez

He was eliminated during qualifying rounds of various individual events.

Cael Sanderson

He is the only undefeated, four-time wrestling champion in NCAA history.  He graduated from Iowa State University.  He is the all time NCAA record holder in Division I with a career record of 159-0. He won the gold medal in his weight class (74-84kg). Source: Iowa State Cyclones

Cael is the youngest, the tallest and the most successful wrestler of this Mormon trio.

Jodi Tini

Justin Wilcock

He was eliminated during 3-meter springboard preliminaries.
Source: LDS athletes mine Oly ‘metals’, LDS Church News Archives, 28 Aug 2004.

Paora Winitana

Guard Young

He is from Oklahoma city, Oklahoma.  His father, Wayne Young, was also an Olympian.  He has five sisters and one brother.  He is BYU’s only all around champion gymnast.

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