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BYU Diver Competes in Finals in Athens

Former BYU All-American Rachelle Kunkel competed in the semi-finals and finals of the women's 3-meter springboard competition Thursday, Aug. 26. She improved her standing from 12th after the preliminaries to finish in 9th place with 546.72 points, just 86.43 off the lead.

Guard Young Helped USA Gymnastics Medal for the First Time since 1984

ATHENS -- Former BYU gymnast Guard Young helped the United States men's gymnastics team earn a silver medal in the Summer Olympics. The United States finished just behind Japan while Romania took bronze.

After a big performance stepping up as the last-minute replacement for teammate Blaine Wilson on pommel horse in the preliminary round, Young got Team USA off to a strong start in the medal round with a solid performance in the floor exercise. As the first American competitor in its first event of the medal competition, Young stuck his routine for a 9.700 score. With only three gymnasts competing on each of the six events during the medal round, Young also competed on still rings and vault.

See the following storys for more information about Guard Young's silver medal performance.

Ex-BYU gymnast's 17-year quest ends in Olympic medal

Their Silver Lining

See the following story for more information about Guard Young's performance earlier in the Olympics.

Pinch-hit leap from Young aids U.S. gymnasts

USA Men's Volleyball to Play Russia for Bronze

ATHENS -- The USA men's volleyball team fell 22-25, 25-27, 16-25 to Russia in the Bronze medal match and finished the Olympics with a fourth place overall finish.

The loss was the second for the US at the hands of the Russians. Despite the dissapointment of losing in the bronze medal match, the fourth place finish was a big improvement over the 2000 team's 11th place finish.

See the following stories for more information on Ryan Millar and the USA men's volleyball team.

Brazil ends U.S. men's gold quest in volleyball semis


Wild comeback lifts U.S. men past Greece and into semifinals

U.S. men's volleyball team beats Brazil in stressless match

US beats Aussies, clinches spot in quarterfinals

Americans even record with defeat of Dutch

Flawless Russians surge past Americans in four sets

Hoping for a better showing, Americans start with another loss

USA Volleyball home page


Listed below are athletes with BYU connections who qualified for the Summer Olympic Games, which is being held Aug. 13-29 in Athens, Greece.

Kirsten Bolm, Germany, 100m Hurdles

Maggie Chan-Roper, Hong Kong, Marathon

Jung Jun (Mark) Chay, Singapore, swimming

Megan Dirkmaat, USA, Rowing

Frank Fredericks, Namibia, Sprints

Tiffany Lott-Hogan, USA, Heptathlon

Rachelle Kunkel, USA, 3-meter springboard diving

Ryan Millar, USA, Volleyball

Leonard Myles-Mills, Ghana, 100 meters, 4x100m relay

Gary Tan, Singapore, swimming

Justin Wilcock, USA, 3-meter springboard diving

Diogo de Oliveira Yabe, Brazil, swimming

Guard Young, USA, Gymnastics

Hidde Van Beest, Australia, Volleyball

In addition, several other Cougar connections will also be a part of the Olympics. They include:

Rob Browning, USA, Men's Volleyball Assistant Coach

Kevin Hambly, USA, Women's Volleyball Assistant Coach

Hugh McCutcheon, USA, Men's Volleyball Assistant Coach

Carl McGown, USA, Men's Volleyball Team Consultant

Craig Poole, Coach for Tiffany Lott-Hogan

Vai Sikahema, Reporter for NBC

For related articles on the above Olympians please see:

Marsha Baird to Represent Trinidad

Maggie Chan-Roper: Her Journey as a Runner

Megan Dirkmaat Named to U.S. Olympic Team

Frank Fredericks Inducted to BYU Hall of Fame

Former BYU star Frank Fredericks in pursuit of Olympic gold

Kunkel to dive for gold

Kunkel springs into semis

Ex-Y. teammates ready for heptathlonMcGown Joins USA Team

Ryan Millar, USA, Volleyball

Vai Sikahema Inducted to BYU Hall of Fame

Gary Tan bio

Justin Wilcock bio

Utah diver has golden courage

Diogo de Oliveira Yabe bio

Olympics end for BYU swimmers and divers

Young Punches Ticket To Athens

Guard Young Bio From BYU Years

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