ARKANSANS IN THE OLYMPICS
There are several Arkansans to keep track of this year in the Olympic Games that kick off with the opening ceremony on Friday, July 25. Here's a look at some of the athletes and when they can be seen on NBC television (all times listed are in Central Standard Time), online at NBCOlympics.com or through NBC's "Live Extra" mobile phone app.
Spearmon, former Razorbacks and Fayetteville High sprinter, has been given a second chance at the Olympics. Spearmon, who finished third in the 200-meter race in 2008's Bejing Olympics, was later disqualified for stepping out of his lane. The first round of the men's 200-meter race is set to begin at 5:50 a.m. Aug. 7, with semifinals at 2:10 p.m. Aug. 8 and the final scheduled for 2:55 p.m. Aug. 9.
Isaksen hopes to bring home the gold in the modern pentathlon, an event that combines running, fencing, riding, swimming and shooting. Born in Fayetteville, she grew up on a farm in Northwest Arkansas and has been riding and shooting since she was a young girl, she says. Isaksen competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics at age 16, but did not medal. See her play in this five-part event starting at 2 a.m. Aug. 12.
Cherobon-Bawcom, a former runner at Harding University, qualified for the 2012 London Olympics in the 10K race last month. A native of Kenya, she started running at age 20 when she was told it could help her get a scholarship. She will be Harding's first Olympic athlete. After becoming a naturalized citizen in 2011, Cherobon-Bawcom was able to represent Team USA in championships and now will represent the nation at the 2012 Olympics. See her in the 10,000-meter race at 3:25 p.m. Aug. 3.
Gay is a former Razorback (originally from Kentucky) who will be competing for Team USA in track and field. He is hoping to bring home the gold for Team USA in the men's 100-meter race, an event for which he holds the American record. Gay, known for being one of the two sprinters to have beaten the legendary Jamaican runner Usain Bolt, helped the Razorbacks win a national championship in 2003. The preliminaries for the 100-meter will be at 4 a.m. Aug. 4, with the first round beginning at 6:30 a.m. on the same day. See the semifinal at 1:45 p.m. and final at 3:50 p.m. Aug. 5.
Tinsley is a Little Rock native who has made it onto the 2012 Olympic track team running the 400-meter hurdles. He attended Pulaski Robinson High School. The first round of men's 400-meter hurdles begins at 5:15 a.m. Aug. 3, with semi-finals the following day at 1 p.m. and the final round on at 2:45 p.m. Aug. 6.
Scott, who completed his master's degree at the University of Arkansas, will be competing in the games as a member of the USA's pole vaulting team. The pole vault qualifying round begins at 4 a.m. Aug. 8 and will be followed by the final at 1 p.m. Aug. 10.
Regina George, a University of Arkansas sprinter, will represent Nigeria during the Olympic Games in London this summer. A rising senior, George broke her school record, set in early June 2012, at the 2012 All Nigeria Athletics Championships. She will be running both the women's 400-meter (qualifying round: 6 a.m. Aug. 3, at semifinal: 2:05 p.m. Aug. 4, at final: 3:10 p.m. Aug. 5) and the 4x400-meter relay (round one: 1:10 p.m. Aug. 10, final: 2:25 p.m. Aug. 11.).
MARY ALICE MITFORD
Mary Alice Mitford is a 26 year-old Magnolia native who will be playing for the U.S. Paralympic Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team. Mary Alice graduated from the University of Alabama. See her play for Team USA starting Aug. 30 with a 9:15 a.m. game against France.
Cragg was born in Johannesburg and under Arkansas Razorbacks track and field coach John McDonnell won NCAA titles in 3,000- and 10,000-meter races on the track. He was 2004 Southeastern Conference athlete of the year. He'll compete in the 5,000-meter races for Ireland in his second Olympics appearance. Round 1 is at 4:45 a.m. Aug. 8; the final is 1:30 p.m. Aug. 11.
Sutej, 23, a native of Slovenia, was a pole-vaulter for the Arkansas Razorbacks and was named an NCAA Champion in 2011 and is an a.m.erican collegiate record holder with a best of 4.54 meters. She'll compete for Slovenia. Qualifying round is 4:20 a.m. Aug. 4, final 1 p.m. Aug. 6.