Public Affairs

Meet the CSU's Olympic Team

July 19, 2012
By Elizabeth Chapin

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games begin July 27. Get to know “Team CSU”—the 18 CSU Olympians who’ll be going for the gold in London.

Howard Bach
Howard BachCSU Fullerton

Howard Bach will be returning for another chance at Olympic gold on the USA badminton team. Bach competed in the 2004 Athens Games and the 2008 Beijing Games, where he and his doubles partner, Bob Malaythong, made it to the quarter finals—a first for the Americans in the sport. Bach earned his bachelor's degree in finance at CSU Fullerton in 2007.

Keisha Baker

Track and Field, Women’s 400m Relay
Keisha BakerSan Diego State

San Diego State student Keisha Baker will make her first Olympic appearance in the women’s 400m relay. She is currently a student in SDSU’s joint master's degree program in public health and social work.

Karen Bardsley
Women’s Soccer (Great Britain)
Karen BardsleyCSU Fullerton

Karen Bardsley, who played on the CSU Fullerton women’s soccer team from 2002-06, will be a goalkeeper for Great Britain’s women’s soccer team at the London Games. She is the second Titan women’s soccer player to make it to the Olympics. After graduation, Bardsley was a volunteer coach with the Titans and played professionally for three seasons.

Stephanie Brown Trafton

Track and Field, Women's Discus
Stephanie Brown TraftonCal Poly San Luis Obispo, Sacramento State

Stephanie Brown Trafton won gold in the women's discus in Beijing, securing Team USA’s first gold medal in track and field at the 2008 Games and the United States’ first women's discus medal since 1932. The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo alumna and volunteer director of operations for track and field at Sacramento State is a front-runner in the women’s discus in London.

Sharon Day

Track and Field, Women’s Heptathlon
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Sharon DayCal Poly San Luis Obispo alumna Sharon Day is one of the country’s top competitors in the heptathlon—a track and field contest made up of seven events: 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m, long jump, javelin throw and 800m. In 2008, Day made the U.S. Olympic Team in the high jump. In 2011, she won her first U.S. outdoor title in the heptathlon, and moved on to the Olympic heptathlon roster the next year. Day also played soccer at Cal Poly and was named 2003 Big West Conference Freshman of the Year.

Tayyiba Haneef-Park

Women’s Volleyball
Tayyiba Haneef-ParkCSU Long Beach

CSU Long Beach grad Tayyiba Haneef-Park will make her third Olympic appearance in London, where the team looks to improve upon the silver medal it won in Beijing. Haneef-Park had an outstanding volleyball career at CSULB, where as a freshman she helped the team to the 1998 NCAA championship and led the 49ers to a 33-1 record as a senior in 2001.

Magnolia Howell
Track and Field, Women's 400m Relay (Trinidad & Tobago)
Magnolia HowellCSU Long Beach

CSU Long Beach track standout Magnolia Howell will be competing for her home country of Trinidad & Tobago. While at CSULB, Howell became one of the top sprinters in the Big West conference and achieved a school record in the 4x100 relay. Howell earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from CSULB in 2007.

Carmelita Jeter
Track and Field, Women's 100m, 200m
Carmelita JeterCSU Dominguez Hills

Owning the second-fastest 100m time in history at 10.64 seconds, it is not surprising that CSU Dominguez Hills alumna Carmelita Jeter has established herself as a serious medal contender in London. Jeter is the most decorated track and field athlete in the history of CSU Dominguez Hills, where she graduated with a degree in physical education in 2004.

David Lee

Men’s Volleyball
CSU Long Beach

David LeeDavid Lee will make his second Olympic appearance in London, where the U.S. men will attempt to defend the gold medal they won in 2008. During his senior year at CSU Long Beach, Lee was named a first-team All-American and helped lead the 49er volleyball team to the NCAA title match. Lee, who majored in human development, says he has an "aggressive attitude" on the court and is known for "random yelling" during matches.

Paul Lotman

Men’s Volleyball
Paul LotmanCSU Long Beach

Paul Lotman, one of 14 players competing for the U.S. in the World Volleyball League, will make his Olympic debut in London. During his senior year at CSU Long Beach in 2008, Lotman was named national co-player of the year and also appeared on the U.S. senior national team.

Marti Malloy
Judo, Women’s Lightweight
Marti MalloySan José State

San José State graduate Marti Malloy is set to make her Olympic debut in London and will enter the Games as a top 10 ranked fighter in her weight class. At SJSU, the four-time collegiate champion trained under former U.S. Olympic judo coach Yosh Uchida. A diehard Spartans fan, Malloy continues to train with members of the university judo team as she prepares for London.

Misty May-Treanor

Women’s Beach Volleyball
Misty May-TreanorCSU Long Beach

Arguably the finest player in women's beach volleyball history, Misty May-Treanor is seeking a third consecutive Olympic gold medal with partner Kerri Walsh Jennings at the London Games. During her senior year at Long Beach State, May-Treanor led her team to an undefeated season and the NCAA title.

David McKienzie

Men’s Volleyball
David McKienzieCSU Long Beach

David McKienzie will make his Olympic debut in London, more than a decade after first appearing for the U.S. senior national volleyball team. McKienzie played four years at CSU Long Beach, graduating in 2001 as a three-time All-American. McKienzie’s older sister also attended CSU Long Beach and was on the women's 1993 NCAA championship team.

Kenneth Medwood
Track and Field, Men's 400m Hurdles (Belize)
Kenneth MedwoodCSU Long Beach

Former CSU Long Beach track star Kenneth Medwood will be competing in the men’s 400m hurdles for his home country of Belize. During his senior year at CSULB, Medwood was a multiple All-Big West honoree, qualified for the national championships in the 400m hurdles, and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA meet.

Kim Rhode

Shooting, Women’s Skeet and Trap
Cal Poly Pomona

Kim RhodeCal Poly Pomona food marketing and agribusiness management student Kim Rhode is hoping to make history at the London Olympics this summer. If she places in the top three, she will become the first American to win medals in individual events at five consecutive Olympics. Rhode is only 33 years old, but has already competed in four Olympics and taken home a medal at each (two gold, one bronze, one silver) in shooting events.

Khadevis Robinson

Track and Field, Men’s 800m
Cal State L.A.

Khadevis RobinsonKhadevis “KD” Robinson’s combined eight USA Indoor and Outdoor titles make him one of the best 800m runners of his era. In addition to his work as a pro-athlete, inspirational speaker and mentor, Robinson currently serves as president of the Track and Field Athletes Association and is a track coach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Robinson earned a master’s in public administration from Cal State L.A. in 2004.

Dorian Scott

Track and Field, Men’s Shot Put (Jamaica)
San Diego State

Dorian ScottSan Diego State assistant coach Dorian Scott will represent Jamaica in the shot put. Scott’s qualifying shot put throw of 20.72 meters qualified him for his second consecutive Olympic Games. While representing Jamaica at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, he finished 15th overall. Scott just completed his first season as the Aztecs' throws coach, helping guide senior Whitney Ashley to the NCAA title in the discus.

Danielle Scott-Arruda

Women’s Volleyball
CSU Long Beach

Danielle Scott-ArrudaDanielle Scott-Arruda will make history in London when she will become the first U.S. volleyball player to make five Olympic teams. In 1993, Scott-Arruda was nominated for the Sullivan Award after leading the 49ers to the NCAA title and becoming the first Big West athlete to be named All-Conference in two sports, volleyball and basketball. Although she is a CSU Long Beach alumna, Scott-Arruda finished her liberal studies degree at San Diego State while she was training with the national team.