Georgia Bulldogs: Teresa Edwards

Dozens of competing countries will not be as well-represented as the University of Georgia will be at the upcoming Olympics in London.

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Hector Guerrero/Getty ImagesGeorgia alum Jarryd Wallace will compete for the USA in the Aug. 29-Sept. 9 Paralympic Games in London.
Not only will 26 former, current and future Bulldogs represent 12 different countries in London, but diving coach Dan Laak will serve as an assistant for the U.S. team and former five-time UGA Olympian Teresa Edwards will serve as the Chef de Mission, a liaison between Team USA and the Olympic organizers.

“We’ll all be watching the Olympics with a keener eye, knowing that so many Bulldogs will be competing,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said in a statement. “I think it’s great that we have current, past and future student-athletes participating in the Olympics, and there’s no question they will share a unique bond in London. It shows how special the Georgia programs represented are, in terms of their foundation, their tradition and their success in their arenas.”

Men’s tennis star John Isner is perhaps the best known of Georgia’s Olympic contingent, but he is not the only Bulldog who could make headlines in the coming weeks. Allison Schmitt will compete in four swimming events in London and might be UGA’s top medal hopeful. Eleven other Bulldogs swimmers -- plus diver Chris Colwill -- and 10 track and field competitors make up the bulk of the competitors with UGA ties.

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Former Georgia All-American and two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain was announced Monday as one of this year’s 12 inductees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

“It was very sweet,” McClain told TV interviewer Jim Nantz from the podium at the announcement ceremony in New Orleans. “It’s always good to feel like you’re part of a family and knowing from the past, my best friend Teresa Edwards was inducted last year of course she always talks about how great it feels and how the Hall treats you so nice, so it’s a wonderful feeling and I’m so honored.”

McClain will be inducted alongside players Reggie Miller, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes, coach Don Nelson, official Hank Nichols and team, the All-American Red Heads. They will join five previously announced directly elected inductees: player Mel Daniels, Don Barksdale, Chet Walker, coach Lidia Alexeeva and contributor Phil Knight.

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