July 2012 Archives

Weekend Update: Olympic Bulldogs

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Good Monday morning, Bulldog Nation!

In case you were living under a rock this weekend, here's your one-stop update on what all your current/former Georgia athletes did in London!

*Allison Schmitt, a rising senior swimmer, already secured herself 2 medals - taking silver and set the American record in the 400 freestyle on Sunday in 4:01.77, one day after anchoring the US 4x100m freestyle relay that took bronze in another American record-setting performance. Schmitt just qualified this morning for the semifinals of this afternoon's 200m freestyle, and will be seeded second. The 200m free finals are on Tuesday.

*John Isner won his opening round singles match and will take on Tunisia's Malek Jaziri today (Monday) at 11 am ET. Isner lost his first round doubles match with Andy Roddick on Saturday, and could still be named to a mixed doubles team for the US, with that draw set to be announced Tuesday.

*Gymnastics signee Brittany Rogers helped Canada earn a berth in the team final for the first time at a non-boycotted Olympics Sunday. Canada has now reached the final just twice in history, the last in 1984. She and her teammates will compete Tuesday. Rogers placed seventh on vault with a score of 14.666 to qualify for the individual event final to take place Aug. 5. She also took 16th on bars with a 14.500.

*Former Georgia volleyball player Lizzie Reid and Great Britain will take on Algeria tonight at 5 pm, looking to avenge their opening round loss to Russia. Reid played the final two points of the second set vs. Russia on Saturday.

...and that's what you missed! Pretty amazing first weekend for the Dawgs in London... already 2 medals and plenty of opportunities for more!

Just a reminder, we'll be tweeting live results from the individual Georgia sports Twitter accounts, as well as from our official account (@UGAAthletics) and from our blog's page (@UGAHedgesBlog), so if you're trying to avoid results, STAY OFF TWITTER! :)

And if you're talking about the Bulldogs in the Olympics, please use our official hashtag #UGAOlym!

Have a great day and Go Dawgs!

Georgia Coverage of #UGAOlym

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Happy Friday afternoon, Bulldog Nation! Just wanted to check in and see who's excited for tonight's Olympics Opening Ceremonies? We definitely are! As you probably know by now, Georgia has 26 current or former athletes set to compete, as well as a coach and an administrator, AND, even one of my co-workers from UGA Sports Communications, Mike Mobley, on hand.The composite list of Bulldogs can be found here!

We will be doing our very best to bring you as much coverage of Georgia's action from the Olympics as possible. Your best bet is to follow us in as many ways as you can: check, where we'll be posting stories throughout the Games, follow us on Twitter (@UGAAthletics and @UGAHedgesBlog, or on the sport-specific pages if you're looking for something in particular. Those can be found here). Also, "like" us on Facebook at And of course we'll have as many nuggets as possible right here on Between The Hedges. 

A word of warning, our sports information folks will be working hard to bring you all the updates they can in real time, and since London is five hours ahead of us here on the East Coast, that means if you set your DVR to watch on the couch at night during prime time, you might not want to follow along as closely to us while the Games are going on. We definitely don't want to ruin anything for anyone! ::spoiler alert::

And finally, if you're chatting about the Games and your favorite Olympic Bulldogs on Twitter, please consider using the hashtag #UGAOlym. It's the best way to keep up with everything Georgia while everyone is in action!

Thanks, everyone, and we hope you have a great time watching and cheering on the Dawgs! Don't miss tonight's ceremonies starting at 7:30 PM ET!

Go Dawgs!

Connor Nolte's Olympic Summer

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The following is a blog entry written by former UGA men's basketball player Connor Nolte, who is currently pursuing an internship with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.

By Connor Nolte, UGA '12

My name is Connor Nolte and I spent the last 3 years at UGA playing basketball for Coach Fox, but now it is time for me to enter the real world. I applied for an internship with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) during our season.  I remember having a phone interview on the day we flew to play LSU and finding out that I got the job while we were in New Orleans for the SEC tournament. 

The first 6 weeks of my internship have flown by.  I work in the digital media department at the USOC headquarters in downtown Colorado Springs and live ten minutes away at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) alongside world class athletes.

Its been extra busy here with the London 2012 games rapidly approaching but that means I've been able to work on some really cool projects. Here are some of the things I've been doing:

-Instagram: I made it a priority to help Team USA launch its Instagram account from Day 1. We launched it a week after I got here and, as of right now, we have 6500+ followers. You can check out the account here.

-YouTube: The USOC launched its YouTube Channel right when I arrived. I've been able to help out by occasionally uploading or tagging content we post.  One of my favorite parts of my job is related to YouTube; whenever producers come on campus to shoot videos with Olympians, I get to escort the production crews.  I've met some great people who have put together some great videos. I was on set for the filming of this video of Jordan Burroughs, a wrestler who has a great shot at winning the gold medal in London

-TeamUSA.orgMy department is responsible for Team USA's website. My fellow intern, Sarah Higgins (also a blogger), and I have been posting a good percentage of the content that goes up on the site. We receive the content from the writers and make sure it looks good when it gets up on the site. A major undertaking has been Athlete Biographies.  Every time an athlete qualifies, one of us adds him/her to the list of qualifiers. We are constantly working on the bios adding photos and updating the text. I do the photos, Sarah does the text. I'd say that the coolest part of my job was creating the bio for UGA's Shannon Vreeland who will be representing the USA in swimming.  

In case you're wondering, I haven't played too much basketball since our season ended. The one time that I did play basketball here was a pretty cool experience.  Coach Donovan from Florida was coaching the USA U18 team full of some of the best rising seniors/incoming freshmen in the country.  They were scrimmaging the Air Force Academy and Air Force needed an extra player in the second half.  I was a little rusty but went 2 for 2 from the floor for 4 points and did pretty well given the circumstances.

Like I said, it is a great time to be here with London 2012 approaching.  Last night there was a sendoff for USA Boxing. They were taking pictures with fans and signing posters. It was a cool experience to wish them luck in London. They are probably the nicest athletes out here. They have some amazing stories and I can't wait to watch them compete. I was there for most of the interviews used in this piece on 3-time Olympian Rau'Shee Warren's childhood.

We recently went over our plan for the games and it is going to be a busy but exciting time. Unfortunately, I will not be travelling to London. I will be in Colorado posting stories and watching the events on TV. There was a company-wide town hall meeting last week before everyone started heading to London to prepare. They started off showing a slide with all of the new employees. Patrick Sandusky, head of communications, picked my name out of a list of about 50 people and had me stand up and said, "Typically we have some of our interns sing their fight song when they're hired. Go ahead." I've never sung a single note in public before. It was fight or flight. I could either be a good sport and play along or be too cool and sit back down. I "sang" five words "Glory, Glory to ole Georgia", sat down, and turned bright red.  But if I have to sing anything in front of an entire company there are no other words I'd rather sing!


Connor Nolte (left) with Rau'Shee Warren, three-time Olympian in boxing.

Olympians on campus

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Today we were lucky to have two of Georgia's 24 2012 Olympians on campus to train and meet with the media. Former Bulldogs Chris Colwill (diving) and Reese Hoffa (shot put) were here Tuesday and was there to catch up with the Bulldog greats. Check out Colwill's interview here. Hoffa's to follow.

Colwill was a three-time NCAA champion and a five-time SEC champion while at Georgia (2004-06, 08). He qualified for the London Games by winning the three-meter springboard at the U.S. Trials in Washington in June.

Meanwhile, Hoffa launched a world-leading mark of 72-2 1/4 in the shot put to win his Olympic Trials at the University of Oregon last month, clinching a berth in his third straight Olympics. He was a five-time All-America for Georgia from 1998-2001.
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