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Tracking Minnesota's Olympians

  • August 13, 2012 - 12:03 AM

Tracking Minnesotans

The 14 Minnesota athletes competing for Team USA in the London Olympics and how they fared.

Lindsey Berg Volleyball (women's indoor)

Tie: Gophers •Twitter: @Napela

Finished: Missed the quarterfinals with a strained Achilles tendon but returned for the semifinals to help lead Team USA into the gold medal match against Brazil on Saturday. The U.S. won the first set 25-11, but Brazil took the next three to bring home gold, relegating the favored U.S. squad to the silver.

Ali Bernard Wrestling (women's 72kg freestyle)

Tie: New Ulm • Twitter: @asbernard86

Finished: Came in second in the U.S. trials but earned a spot on the team when her trials opponent tested positive for marijuana before the games. Bernard hoped to make the most of the second chance, but she lost in her first bout and was eliminated.

Chas Betts Wrestling (84kg Greco-Roman)

Tie: St. Michael •Twitter: @chasbetts

Finished: Defeated Keitani Graham of Micronesia 6-0, 1-0 in his opening bout but fell to Cuba's Pablo Shorey Hernandez in the next round and was eliminated after Shorey Hernandez lost in the quarterfinals.

Rachel Bootsma Swimming (women's 100-meter backstroke)

Tie: Eden Prairie •Twitter: @r_bootsma15

Finished: The recent high school graduate made it to the semifinals of the 100 backstroke but finished 11th and didn't advance to finals. She came back to swim in the 4x100 medley relay prelims and -- though she didn't swim in the finals -- Bootsma received a gold medal when the U.S. team took first place.

Kelci Bryant Diving (women's 3M synchronized)

Tie: Gophers •Twitter: @Kelci_Bryant

Finished: Combined with partner Abby Johnston to win the silver medal, earning the first U.S. Olympic medal ever in synchronized diving. "It's amazing," Bryant said afterward. "It's a lot of hard work. ... We made it happen."

Kara Goucher Track (women's marathon)

Tie: Duluth •Twitter: @karagoucher

Finished: After competing in the Beijing Olympics in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, Goucher moved up in distance for the London Games. She finished 11th in the marathon with a time of 2:26:07.

Megan Kalmoe Rowing (women's quad sculls)

Tie: From St. Croix Falls, Wis., grew up in Minneapolis

Twitter: @megankalmoe

Finished: With a time of 6:40.63, Kalmoe and her quad sculls team won a bronze medal. The U.S. had not won an Olympic medal in the event since 1984. "The girls emptied the tank," Kalmoe said. "We had our best performance, I think."

Kevin Love Men's basketball

Tie: Timberwolves •Twitter: @kevinlove

Finished: Love had nine points and nine rebounds in a 107-100 gold medal victory over Spain on Sunday, capping a tournament in which he proved quite valuable to a team full of stars. "He's one of the real unsung heroes on this team," said director of USA basketball Jerry Colangelo.

Lynx players Women's basketball

Seimone Augustus (Twitter: @seimoneaugustus), Maya Moore (@MooreMaya), Lindsay Whalen, pictured (@Lindsay_13)

More ties: Whalen from Hutchinson, Gophers

Finished: Played key roles in several games for the dominant U.S. women's team, which breezed to the gold medal Saturday with an 86-50 victory over France. They combined to average nearly 25 points per game for Team USA, which won its fifth consecutive gold medal.

Alise Post Cycling (women's BMX)

Tie: St. Cloud • Twitter: @alisepost11

Friday: Qualified eighth in her seeding run and was in position during the semifinals to advance to the finals. But two crashes -- the big one on her last semifinal run -- knocked her out of contention.

Susie Scanlan Fencing

Tie: St. Paul •Twitter: None

Finished: Lost in women's individual epee, but she came back to help the U.S. win a bronze medal in the team epee. Scanlan competed in team quarterfinals and semifinals before giving up her spot in the bronze medal match, won by the U.S. over Russia.

Amanda Smock Track (women's triple jump)

Tie: Melrose •Twitter: @AJTSMOCK

Finished: She scratched on her first jump and was too short on her remaining two jumps, failing to advance past the prelims. "To be here at the Olympic Games is awesome, and I think with each passing year this is going to mean more and more," she said.

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