Mustang Olympians in Beijing

DALLAS (SMU) — As the world watches the action surrounding the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, SMU alumni, coaches and student-athletes are involved in the games as competitors, coaches and officials.

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SMU has its largest presence in the pool, where nine Mustangs are competing. In addition, current SMU women's head coach Steve Collins is coaching the Slovakian National Team and current men's head coach Eddie Sinnott is managing the U.S. Team.

SMU's strong track-and-field tradition is being showcased as four former `Stangs compete. Libor Charfreitag, Michael Robertson and Aleksander Tammert are taking part in the throws, and Gaelle Niare is in high jump.

In addition, tennis letter-winner Rodney Harmon is the head men's tennis coach of the U.S. Olympic Team, and swimmer-turned-rower Dr. Rania Elwani is a member of the International Olympic Committee's Athletes Commission.

SMU's competitors include:
Name Sport Country SMU
Camilo Becerra Swimming Colombia Class of 2005
Laura Bennett Triathlon USA Class of 1997 (Swimming)
Anja Carman Swimming Slovenia Class of 2008
Libor Charfreitag Track & Field Slovakia Class of 2000
Steve Collins Swimming Slovakia (Coach) SMU Head Coach
Lars Frolander Swimming Sweden Class of 1998
Petra Klosova Swimming Czech Republic Current S/A
Martina Moravcova Swimming Slovakia Class of 1999
Gaelle Niare Track & Field France Class of 2007
Sara Nordenstam Swimming Norway Class of 2006
Flavia Rigamonti Swimming Switzerland Class of 2006
Michael Robertson Track & Field USA Attended 2003-04
Angela San Juan Cisneros Swimming Spain Class of 2008
Eddie Sinnott Swimming USA (Manager) SMU Head Coach
Denisa Smolenova Swimming Slovakia Incoming S/A
Aleksander Tammert Track & Field Estonia Class of 1996

See a list of SMU's Olympians since 1968.

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