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Long Island athletes heading to the 2012 Olympics

BRANDON ESCOBAR, HONDURAS Sport: wrestling/121 pounds Age: 21

BRANDON ESCOBAR, HONDURAS
Sport: wrestling/121 pounds
Age: 21
LI Connection: Two-time Suffolk County champion for Rocky Point High School.
At a glance: The son of Honduran immigrants, he is using his dual citizenship to compete for Honduras’ Olympic team. First Olympics. When he competes: Aug. 10.
Read a profile on Escobar
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Local athletes who earned spots in the 2012 London Olympics.

SUE BIRD, UNITED STATES Sport: Basketball Age: 31
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SUE BIRD, UNITED STATES
Sport: Basketball
Age: 31
LI Connection: Raised in Syosset, where she played two years of high school ball before transferring to Christ the King in the Queens.
At a glance: She is one of seven women to be an NCAA (with UConn, 2000, 2002), WNBA (Seattle Storm, 2004 and 2010) and Olympic champion (2004, 2008). In two Olympics, her U.S. team is 16-0.
When she competes: July 28, 30, Aug. 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11.
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DEBBIE CAPOZZI, UNITED STATES Sport: sailing/women’s Elliott 6m
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DEBBIE CAPOZZI, UNITED STATES
Sport: sailing/women’s Elliott 6m (match racing)
Age: 31
LI Connection: Raised in Bayport, where her parents were members of the local yacht club; occasionally works at the family’s Italian ice shop in Patchogue.
At a glance: A sailor since she was a child, she was a collegiate national champion at Old Dominion and finished seventh at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the since-discontinued Yngling class. Second Olympics.
When she competes: July 29, 30, 31, Aug. 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

AMANDA CLARK, UNITED STATES Sport: sailing/women’s 470 (two-person
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AMANDA CLARK, UNITED STATES
Sport: sailing/women’s 470 (two-person dinghy)
Age: 30
LI Connection: Life-long Shelter Island resident
At a glance: A sailor before she started grammar school, she became the youngest female to qualify for the U.S. national team at 15. A 2008 Olympian, she finished 12th in Beijing.
When she competes: Aug. 3, 4, 5, 7, 8.

BRANDON ESCOBAR, HONDURAS Sport: wrestling/121 pounds Age: 21
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

BRANDON ESCOBAR, HONDURAS
Sport: wrestling/121 pounds
Age: 21
LI Connection: Two-time Suffolk County champion for Rocky Point High School.
At a glance: The son of Honduran immigrants, he is using his dual citizenship to compete for Honduras’ Olympic team. First Olympics. When he competes: Aug. 10.
Read a profile on Escobar

JAMEL HERRING, UNITED STATES Sport: boxing/light welterweight Age:
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JAMEL HERRING, UNITED STATES
Sport: boxing/light welterweight
Age: 26
LI Connection: Born and raised in Coram, began boxing at 15 at the Veterans Memorial Boxing Club in Shirley.
At a glance: A member of the U.S. Marine Corps who has served two tours of duty in Iraq, he is stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He qualified for the Olympics by winning the USA National title in March, then taking bronze at the American Qualifier in Rio de Janeiro. When he competes: July 31, Aug. 4, 8, 10, 11.
Read a profile on Jamel Herring

LISA KARCIC, CROATIA Sport: basketball Age: 25 LI
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LISA KARCIC, CROATIA
Sport: basketball
Age: 25
LI Connection: A two-time Nassau County player of the year and three-time All-Long Island player for New Hyde Park High School.
At a glance: A Villanova grad who has been playing professionally in Europe, she is using her dual citizenship, as the daughter of a Croatian-born father, to compete for Croatia in her first Olympics.
When she competes: July 28, 30, Aug. 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11.

MARIA MICHTA, UNITED STATES Sport: track & field/race
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MARIA MICHTA, UNITED STATES
Sport: track & field/race walking
Age: 26
LI Connection: Nesconset resident, graduate of Sachem High School and C.W. Post College.
At a glance: Began competitive race walking as a high school freshman. Three-time national champion at the 20-kilometer Olympic distance. This is her first Olympics.
When she competes: Aug. 11.
Read about Maria Michta's at the USA Olympic Trials

ERIK STORCK, UNITED STATES Sport: sailing/men’s 49er (two-person
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ERIK STORCK, UNITED STATES
Sport: sailing/men’s 49er (two-person dinghy)
Age: 27
LI Connection: Born and raised in Huntington and graduated from St. Anthony’s High School, began sailing at Centerport Yacht Club.
At a glance: A former youth champion and top sailor at Dartmouth, he has been competing internationally for years. This is his first Olympics.
When he competes: July 30, 31, Aug. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8.

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