LDS athletes mine Oly 'metals'

Days after LDS gymnast Guard Young won a silver medal, American rower Megan Dirkmaat — a member from San Jose, Calif. — collected Olympic hardware of her own.

Sister Dirkmaat was part of the U.S. crew that placed second in the Aug. 22 women's eight finals. The Americans finished 1.86 seconds behind gold-medalists of Romania, according to U.S. Rowing.

Church member Tairia Mims Flowers enjoyed a golden Games. A utility player on the U.S. women's softball team, Sister Mims Flowers and her teammates breezed through the Olympic tournament. Team USA went undefeated, giving up only one run during the Games. Sister Mim Flowers is from Tucson, Ariz.

Meanwhile, LDS wrestler Rulon Gardner was unable to defend his Olympic crown Aug. 25. Brother Gardner later defeated Sajad Barzi of Iran 3-0 in a consolation bout to secure the bronze medal. Brother Gardner won the gold medal at the 2000 Games in Sydney, upsetting Russian wrestling legend Alexander Karelin in the 120kg division.

A few LDS athletes, such as wrestler Cael Sanderson and volleyball player Ryan Millar, were still competing at press time. Here's how other LDS athletes have fared:

Marsha Baird, Track and Field, Trinidad & Tobago — finished 25th in women's heptathlon.

Tiffany Lott-Hogan, Track and Field, USA — finished 20th in women's heptathlon.

Leonard Myles-Mills, Track and Field, Ghana — eliminated in semifinal heat.

John Nunn, Track and Field, USA — finished 26th in 20km race walk.

James Parker, Track and Field, USA — eliminated in hammer throw semifinal.

Grant Robison, Track and Field, USA — eliminated in 1,500 meters semifinal.

Lucia Fernanda Palerma, Rowing, Argentina — eliminated in women lightweight double skulls heats.

Mosiah Rodriguez, Gymnastics, Brazil — eliminated during qualifying rounds of various individual events.

Justin Wilcock, Diving, USA — eliminated during 3-meter springboard preliminaries.

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