Illini in the Olympics

Six Illini to Compete in London 2012 Olympic Games

A contingent of six former Fighting Illini student-athletes, plus one current UI head coach, will be in London over the next two weeks representing their respective countries in the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Stay up-to-date on all the Olympic action at Illinois Olympic Central.

A pair of former basketball stars, Robert Archibald (Great Britain) and 2008 gold medalist Deron Williams (USA) headline the Fighting Illini contingent in London. Four-time NCAA Champion and 2012 NCAA 100m and 110m hurdles champion Andrew Riley (Jamaica) leads a trio of former Illini track and field stars at the 2012 Games, which also includes hurdler Nikkita Holder (Canada) and discus thrower Gia Lewis-Smallwood (USA). Former soccer star Emily Zurrer (Canada), who is appearing in her second Olympic games, rounds out the Illini athlete contingent in London.

In addition to the six athletes competing, current Illinois women's track and field head coach and former Olympic medalist Tonja Buford-Bailey is also in London as an assistant coach for USA women's track and field. She will work primarily with Team USA's sprinters and hurdles.

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Schedule of Events


Athlete Sport Country Dates Location
Emily Zurrer Women's Soccer Canada July 25-August 9 Various Venues
Robert Archibald Men's Basketball Great Britian July 29-August 12 Basketball Arena
Deron Williams Men's Basketball USA July 29-August 12 Basketball Arena
Gia Lewis-Smallwood Women's Track & Field (discus) USA August 3-4 Olympic Stadium
Nikkita Holder Women's Track & Field (100m hurdles) Canada August 6-7 Olympic Stadium
Andrew Riley Men's Track & Field (110m hurdles) Jamaica August 7-8 Olympic Stadium