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2012 London Olympics: Arizona State Proudly Represented

When the Olympic Games begin in not too long in London, those of us here that are Sun Devils will have quite a bit to cheer about. There are 15 former Sun Devil athletes that will represent seven different nations. And what could be perhaps the biggest surprise of all is the fact that three former Sun Devil basketball players will be playing. James Harden (and his beard) will be on the US Men's basketball team. He was expected. The other two are not as expected.

Former Sun Devil standout Ike Diogu will be playing for Nigeria and Eric Boeteng -- the biggest surprise of all the Sun Devil basketball players -- will be on Great Britain's roster.

So who are the Sun Devil Olympians exactly? Here is the full list:

  • Desiree Davila (marathon/USA)
  • Kelsey Campbell (wrestling/USA)
  • Zeke Jones (freestyle wrestling head coach/USA)
  • Alison Williamson (archery/Great Britain)
  • Amy LePeilbet (soccer/USA)
  • Riley McCormick (diving/Canada)
  • Gal Nevo (swimming/Israel)
  • Micky Benedetti (diving/Italy)
  • Rowie Webster (water polo/Australia)
  • Amy Hastings (track and field/USA)
  • Ryan Whiting (track and field/USA)
  • Kyle Alcorn (track and field/USA)
  • Eric Boateng (men's basketball/Great Britain)
  • James Harden (men's basketball/USA)
  • Ike Diogu (men's basketball/Nigeria)

It seems a given that Harden will be bringing home a gold medal, thus eliminating Boeteng and Diogu from contention. But wouldn't it be cool to have multiple ASU athletes end up with gold, even if they might not be representing the US? I think so.

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