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August 5, 2008

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By Scott McLean
Correction Appended

Fans and friends of the Simon Fraser University Clan will be watching intently beginning this week as eight current or former Clan student-athletes will be competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

In women’s soccer, Randee Hermus (Surrey, B.C.) will sport the Maple Leaf alongside her Team Canada teammates when they take on the world, beginning on Wednesday, August 6, against Argentina. This will be the first Olympics for the former Clan and Vancouver Whitecaps star.

In softball, the trio of Melanie Matthews (Surrey, B.C.), Erin McLean (Whitby, Ont.), and Erin Cumpstone (Saskatoon, SK) will suit up for Team Canada, and begin their competition on August 11, against Chinese Taipei. Matthews is entering her junior season with the Clan, however took the 2008 campaign off to focus on her first Olympics. McLean and Cumpstone are both SFU alumni, this will be McLean’s first Olympics, the second (2004) for Cumpstone.

In track and field, long jumper Ruky Abdulai (Coquitlam, B.C.) will compete for her new homeland beginning August 19, as part of Group A in the qualifying round. Abdulai became a Canadian Citizen in January of 2008, and is a former NAIA National Champion in the long and high jump.

In wrestling, former SFU wrestlers Kyla Bremner (Powell River, B.C.), Carol Huynh (Hazelton, B.C.) and Ari Taub (Montreal, QC) will be battling on the Olympic mats. Bremner, while born in Powell River, is competing for Australia. Huynh began competing for Canada in 2000 at the Junior World Championships and was an alternate at the 2004 Olympic Games. Taub was an alternate for Canada at the 1992 Olympics, but retired from wrestling due to a neck injury. After eight years off the mat, it was discovered that Taub had been misdiagnosed, and returned to competition in 2004 in Greco-Roman wrestling. Greco-Roman wrestling begins on August 12, while freestyle begins on August 16.

Former Clan wrestler Dave McKay will also be at the Olympics, McKay is the current Canadian Senior Men’s National head coach, while SFU physiotherapist Laurie Freebairn is serving as a physiotherapist with the Canadian Softball Team.

Former SFU student Krista Guloien, who started rowing at the university's rowing club, will be competing in women's quad rowing and former student John Sasi is also in Beijing as an alternate for the lightweight men's rowing team.

Previous SFU summer Olympians

2004 Athens
Dave McKay – coach, wrestling
Daniel Igali, wrestling
Mike Renney – coach, softball
Erin Cumpstone, softball
Rachel Schill, softball
Angela Lichty, softball
Auburn Sigurdson, softball
Sasha Olson, softball
Jill Savege, triathlon (sport at SFU: track & field)
Emilie Mondor, track & field
Stephanie McCann, track & field
Carol Montgomery, triathlon (sport at SFU: track & field)
Carol Huynh **, wrestling
Neal Ewers **, wrestling
Shannon Rossiter **, softball
Kamini Jain *, Canoe/kayak

2000 Sydney
Lesley McPherson, softball
Hayley Wickenheiser, softball
Vicky LeBlanc, softball
Mike Renney – coach, softball
Allison McNeil – coach, basketball
Teresa Kleindienst, basketball
Nikki Johnson, basketball
Michelle Hendry, basketball
Jay Triano – coach, basketball
Rich Anderson, basketball
Peter Guarasci, basketball
Daniel Igali, wrestling – gold
Justin Abdou, wrestling
Dean Schmeichel, wrestling
Cameron Johnston, wrestling (Australia)
Dave McKay – coach, wrestling
Carol Montgomery, triathlon
Carol Montgomery, track & field (10,000-metres)
Leah Pells, track & field (1,500-metres)
Cathy Iggluden **, softball
Kamini Jain *, Canoe/ kayak

1996 Atlanta
Mike Jackel, basketball (Germany)
Candace Murray, softball
Mike Renney – coach, softball
Craig Roberts, wrestling
Scott Bianco, wrestling
Mike Jones – coach, wrestling
Yogi Johl, wrestling
Tim Kroeker, track & field (110-metre hurdles)
Leah Pells, track & field (1,500-metres)
Lesley Tomlinson, mountain bike (sport at SFU: track & field)
Renn Crichlow*, kayak
Tine Moberg-Parker*, sailing

1992 Barcelona
Mike Jackel, basketball (Germany)
Chris Wilson, wrestling
Jeff Thue, wrestling – silver
Justin Abdou, wrestling
Greg Edgelow, wrestling
Selwyn Tam, wrestling
Tom Petryshen, wrestling
Leah Pells, track & field (3,000-metres)
Ari Taub **, wrestling

1988 Seoul
Mike Jackel, basketball (Germany)
Alan Kristmanson, basketball
James Miller – coach, wrestling
Gary Gardiner – manager, wrestling
Steve Marshall, wrestling
Dave McKay, wrestling
Dan Payne, wrestling
Chris Rinke, wrestling
Jay Triano, basketball

1984 Los Angeles
Debbie Brill, track & field (high jump)
Sue Holloway *, canoe - gold
Mike Jones – coach, wrestling
Dave McKay, wrestling
Bob Molle, wrestling – silver
Marc Mongeon, wrestling
Brit Townsend (nee Lind-Peterson), track & field (800-metres)
Randy Ragan, soccer
Chris Rinke, wrestling – bronze
Mike Sweeney, soccer
Jay Triano, basketball
Hugh Fisher*, canoe – gold

1976 Montreal
Bev Bland, basketball
Debbie Brill, track & field (high jump)
John Buchanan – coach, soccer
John Connor, soccer
Maureen De St. Croix, track & field
Alex Devlin, basketball
Dave Heinbuch, swimming
Murray Keating, track & field
Gary MacDonald, swimming - silver
Mike McLenaghen, soccer
John McGrane, soccer
Doug Maritn, swimming
Anne (Mackie) Morelli, track & field
Jim Miller, wrestling
Bill Robinson, basketball
Sheila Strike, basketball
Howard Stupp, wrestling
Ken Whitehead, soccer
Joyce Yakubowich, track & field

1972 Munich
Ian Gordon, track & field
Debbie Brill, track & field (high jump)
Tara Hryb, wrestling
Bruce Robertson, swimming – silver, bronze
Tim Bach, swimming
Tony Chursky, soccer
Wilf Wedmann, track & field

1968 Mexico City
Wilf Wedmann, track & field (high jump)

* Was a Simon Fraser University student, but not a varsity athlete
** Alternate

Correction: August 8, 2008
The original version of this story did not include rowers Krista Guloien and John Sasi.
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