U.S. Service Members on Team USA
Representing the United States in the Olympics is an achievement and an honor; being able to represent them while you also represent the United States military is even more remarkable for the time commitment required by both. But that didn’t stop these athletes!
Sixteen active duty and reserve members of the United States Armed Forces help make up the 2012 United States Olympic Team competing in London, England. Comprised of members of the Army (13), Navy (1), Air Force (1), and Marine Corps (1), these service members have honed their talents over the years to near perfection. Some are in their service’s Sports or World Class Athletes Program; others not.
In alphabetical order, they are
- Army Spc. Dennis Bowsher, pentathalon
- Army Sgt. 1st Class Dremiel Byers, wrestling
- Army Sgt. Glenn Eller, shooting
- Army Sgt. Vincent Hancock, shooting
- Marine Corps Sgt. Jamel Herring, boxing
- Air Force Capt. Seth Kelsey, fencing
- Army Spc. Justin Lester, wrestling
- Army Agt. Spenser Mango, wresting
- Army Staff Sgt. Michael McPhail, shooting
- Army Sgt. John Nunn, track and field
- Army Sgt. 1st Class Jason Parker, shooting
- Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Richmond, shooting
- Army Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson, shooting
- Army Sgt. 1st Class Daryl Szarenski, shooting
- Army Sgt. 1st Class Eric Uptagrafft, shooting
- Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Sandra Uptagrafft, shooting
For Army Sgt. 1st Class Daryl Szarenski and Army Sgt. Glenn Eller, this will be their fourth Olympic games each. Marine Corps Sgt Jamel Herring will the first United States Marine represented in Olympic boxing in 20 years. And those last two, Army Sgt. 1st Class Eric Uptagrafft and Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Sandra Uptagrafft? Married, serving in separate branches of the armed forces, and going to the Olympics together.
Hopefully you’ve already tuned in to the NBC broadcasts of the Olympics (from July 27th to August 12th). It’s available both on regular television (check your local listings) and LiveExtra (online through NBC). NBC is also hosting an Olympics website separate from its usual website for viewer convenience.