We've got Olympic fever here at UGA, and we hope you do, too! So far 24 current or former Georgia student-athletes have qualified for the 2012 Summer Games, which begin in London on July 27. Here is a list of who to watch for next month:
Swimming & Diving:
Rising senior Allison Schmitt (USA)
Rising junior Shannon Vreeland (USA)
Rising junior Andrew Gemmell (USA)
Former Bulldog Amanda Weir (USA)
Former Bulldog Kara Lynn Joyce (USA)
Former Bulldog Chris Colwill (USA)
Former Bulldog Wendy Trott (South Africa)
Former Bulldog Troyden Prinsloo (South Africa)
Former Bulldog Sarah Poewe (Germany)
Incoming freshman Brittany MacLean (Canada)
Incoming freshman Matias Koski (Finland)
Incoming freshman Yousef Alaskari (Kuwait)
Incoming freshman Ediz Yildirimer (Turkey)
Track & Field:
Former Bulldog Reese Hoffa (USA)
Former Bulldog Kibwe Johnson (USA)
Former Bulldog Andras Haklits (Croatia)
Former Bulldog Martin Maric (Croatia)
Former Bulldog Hyleas Fountain (USA)
Former Bulldog Jenny Dahlgren (Argentina)
Former Bulldog Sultana Frizell (Canada)
Former Bulldog Levern Spencer (St. Lucia)
Men's Tennis: Former Bulldog John Isner (USA)
Gymnastics: Incoming freshman Brittany Rogers (Canada)
Volleyball: Former Bulldog Lizzie Reid (England)
Also, former Lady Bulldog women's basketball star Teresa Edwards has been named the Chef de Mission for the U.S. Olympic Team, and will provide leadership for the squad while functioning as a liaison between the London Organizing Committee, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and other committees at the Games.
Men's basketball graduate Connor Nolte is serving this summer as a digital media intern for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will be assisting the governing body with its social media outreach efforts leading up to and during the Olympics.
And on Sunday Jarryd Wallace - the son of women's tennis coach Jeff Wallace and former Georgia distance runner Sabina Wallace - was named to the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field team which starts in August in London.
Be sure to keep up with all your favorite Bulldogs as they pursue their Olympic dreams -- follow along for updates here on Between The Hedges and, as always, on Georgiadogs.com.