Most of the athletics who will be participating in the 2012 Olympics will represent the US Team, but there are others who were one-time residents that are stars on other national teams. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch(Woody, 2012) 16 of the athletics are originally from from Virginia. This is to re-introduce the athletics you may not recognize as former Richmond residents and as a reminder to watch for their outcomes at the Olympics.
Nina Ligon was born in Thailand but raised in Esmont, VA in Goochland County, where her family still owns a farm. She began riding at age 5 years under her mother suggestion and joined the Deep Run Hunt Pony Club in Manakin-Sabot, VA just outside of Short Pump. She attended Collegiate High School .Her second interest other than the sport of equestrian is the violin, which she played for 13 years. She left Virginia to attend Stanford University, but was granted a temporary release for the Olympics. As a dual resident of both the US and Thailand, she felt compelled to represent her native land of Thailand. For more information visit www.ninaligon.com/Site/About.html . Congratulate and follow her Facebook page.
Reid Priddy was born in Richmond, Virginia. He moved to Florida where he began playing volleyball as a part of the school physical education program. His family moved to Arizona where he played on the volleyball varsity team. He completed his degree in communication studies at Loyola Marymount College in California I 2000/. He becomes a part of the US tam in 2000, 2008 and now in 2012. He played professionally for Russia. He home is based in California with his wife and one child. For more information about Priddy, visit www.reidpriddy.com and www.teamusa.org/athletics/PR/Reid-Priddy.com.
Quanitra Hollingsworth who resided in Chesapeake, VA attended Virginia Commonwealth University at the age of 16 in 1988. She majored in operations research and minored in computer science. And of course, she played on the women’s basketball team. She has become one of the all-time high scorers for VCU before joining the WNBA’s New York Liberty team. Then she played for Lithuania, Latvia and Hungary before deciding to play with Turkey’s Olympic team for 2012.
Other Richmond residents to note are: Shannon Taylor who attended James River High School and will play for the US Field Hockey Team and Kellie Wells, who also attended James River High School and will paly for the US Track and Field Team.
Congratulations to all sixteen of Virginia residents who are participating in the 2012 Olympics in London.
Special note: Gabby Thomas from Chesapeake won a spot to compete on best all-around for the US Gymnastic Team and Shannon Taylor scored the goal to win against Argentina that will advance the US Field Hockey Team.