EUGENE, Ore. – Four Oregon student-athletes representing three sports and three different nations are in competition at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Representing the United States are Oregon track and field members Andrew Wheating and Galen Rupp. Wheating will compete in the 800 meters, while Rupp will run in the 10,000 meters.
The 10,000 meter finals will be aired on NBC at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Rupp, the eight-time All-American from Portland, Ore., was the No. 2 qualifier at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials last month in Eugene.
Wheating, the sophomore sensation from Norwich, Vt., makes his Olympic debut with the quarterfinals of the 800 on August 20. The semifinals take place the next day with the finals broadcast on NBC at 6:30 p.m. on August 23.
Oregon softball’s Jenn Salling (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia) is representing her native Canada at the 2008 Olympics. The Canadians’ game versus Team USA was postponed due to rain and rescheduled for Friday at the Fengtai Softball Complex (TV TBA). Canada will also square off against China at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Venezuela at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Australia at 5 p.m. on Sunday and Japan at 5 p.m. on Monday.
The softball bronze medal game with be shown live on MSNBC at 2 a.m. on August 20 while the gold medal game will air live on USA at 12:30 a.m. on August 21.
Oregon’s Micaela Cocks is also representing the Ducks in Beijing while playing for the New Zealand women’s basketball team. The Tall Ferns arrived in China on August 1 in preparation for their opening contest of the games against Mail on August 9, which they won 76-72 with Cocks scoring two points. New Zealand then dropped its second game of the Olympics, 85-62 to Spain, and its third contest an 80-63 loss to China.
The Tall Ferns will battle the Czech Republic on August 15 and the United States on August 18 to finish up preliminary play. The Tall Ferns’ game against team USA will be broadcast live in the United States on MSNBC at 2 a.m. on Sunday, August 17. The women’s basketball medal games will both be played on August 23.
Both Wheating and Cocks have been checking in with fans at GoDucks.com and their posts can be viewed at www.GoDucks.com.