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Harvard Well-Represented at 2012 Olympics

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Ten athletes and coaches with Harvard ties will represent five countries at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, with competition beginning Friday, July 27 and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 16.

From the group, nine athletes are comprised of six rowers, one swimmer, one women’s basketball player and one track & field athlete.

Additionally, Tim Murphy, the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving, serves as the head coach of the United State open water swim team.

Harvard has one current student-athlete in the Games as Temi Fagbenle will represent the host nation in women’s basketball.

Among former student-athletes, Caryn Davis ’05, Will Newell ’10 and Henrik Rummel ’09 will all row for Team USA while Brodie Buckland ’06 rows for Australia and Malcolm Howard ’05 for Canada. Samyr Laine ’06 will represent Haiti in the triple jump and Alex Meyer ’10, the first American to qualify for this summer’s Games in any sport, will compete in the open water swimming event.

Harvard has been represented at every modern Olympic Games. This year’s contingent is the most since the 2004 Athens Games when Harvard had 13 participants.

All told, Harvard has had 223 Olympians (athletes, coaches and administrators) representing 14 countries and an astounding 344 different events.

Fans can follow Harvard’s 2012 contingent through individual links below to each athlete’s facebook, twitter or official website.  

For a complete list of Harvard Olympians through the Beijing Games, click HERE.

Current Harvard Student-Athletes


Temi Fagbenle ’15, Women’s Basketball, Great Britain


Current Harvard Coaches


Tim Murphy, Head Men’s Open Water Swimming Coach, USA


Former Harvard Student-Athletes


Brodie Buckland ’06, Men’s Rowing, Australia


Caryn Davies ’05, Women’s Rowing, USA


Malcolm Howard ’05, Men’s Rowing, Canada


Samyr Laine '06, Triple Jump, Haiti


Esther Lofgren ’08-09, Women’s Rowing, USA


Alex Meyer ’10, Men’s Open Water Swimming, USA


Will Newell ’11, Men’s Rowing, USA


Henrik Rummel ’09, Men’s Rowing, USA