local athletes in beijing

archery

Butch Johnson

Events: Individual, team
When competes: Aug. 9-15
New England roots: Johnson was born in Worcester and grew up in Webster. He lives in Woodstock, Conn.
Career highlights: Johnson is heading to the Olympics for the fifth time. He is one of four repeat Olympian archers on the US team and won a gold medal in 1996 and a team bronze in 2000. He has also won the US outdoor national title four times.

boxing

Demetrius Andrade

Events: Welterweight
When competes: Aug. 10-24.
New England roots: Andrade was born and raised in Providence, R.I.
Career highlights: Nicknamed ‘‘Boo Boo,’’ Andrade, 20, won the US Championships in 2005 and won the National Gold Gloves in 2006 and ’07. He also won the AIBA World Championships in 2007.

cycling

Adam Craig

Events: Mountain Biking
When competes: Final — Aug. 23
New England roots: Craig was born in Bangor, Maine, and grew up in Corinth, Maine. He graduated from the University of Maine.
Career highlights: Craig has won 12 national titles across mountain biking disciplines and recently won the pro men’s cross-country race at the USA Cycling National Championships in Vermont. He recorded an eighth-place finish last season in Offenburg, Germany, one of two Americans to place in the top-10 in a World Cup race. He was also the only American with top-20 finishes at four WC races.

fencing

Emily Cross

Events: Individual foil, team foil
When competes: Aug. 10-16.
New England roots: Cross will be a senior in the fall at Harvard.
Career highlights: Cross is a two-time All-America selection and won an individual NCAA national title as a freshman in 2005 and was a part of Harvard’s NCAA team national championship in ‘06. Cross also won consecutive under-20 World Championships in 2005 and ’06 and is ranked 12th in the world, making her the highest-ranked US female fencer ever.

Tim Morehouse

Events: Individual, team
When competes: Aug. 11-17.
New England roots: Morehouse graduated from Brandeis University in 2000.
Career highlights: A three-time All-American at Brandies from 1997-2000, Morehouse was voted the NCAA men’s saber fencer of the year in 2000. He is a five-time member of the US Senior National Team and is ranked No. 2 in the US in men’s saber. This will be his second Olympics after being listed as a replacement in the 2004 Athens Games.

field hockey

Dina Rizzo

Position: Forward
When competes: Aug. 10-12.
New England roots: Rizzo was born in Boston and grew up in Walpole.
Career highlights: Rizzo, 28, was on Maryland’s NCAA national championship team in 1999 and its runner-up team in 2001. Since 2002, she has been on the USA national squad and since 2000, she has played in 10 national competitions.

Kelly Doton

Position: Back
When competes: Aug. 10-12.
New England roots: Doton was born in Greenfield and lives there.
Career highlights: The Wake Forest graduate won NCAA individual national titles in 2002 and ’03. Doton was also named the ACC Player of the Year in 2002 and was the Honda Award winner as the national player of the year in 2003. She has been on the USA National Squad since 2005 and she also placed second at the 2007 XV Pan American Games.

gymnastics

Alicia Sacramone

Events: Artistic
When competes: Aug. 10-15.
New England roots: Sacramone was born in Boston, but grew up and lives in Winchester. She attended Brown University and turned professional following the 2007 World Championships.
Career highlights: The 20-year-old just missed qualifying for the Athens Games in 2004, but bounced back to win gold on the floor at the ’05 World Championships. She led the US to the 2007 World Championship and received a bronze medal in the vault and a silver in floor exercise. She was named the Ivy League’s Rookie of the year during her freshman season at Brown and set school records on the vault, floor, and also on the all-around.

judo

Daniel McCormick

Events: Judo (heavyweight)
When competes: Aug. 15.
New England roots: McCormick lives in Wakefield.
Career highlights: A first-time Olympian, McCormick won gold medals at the 2007 Fall Classic National Championships, the 2006 San Jose Buddhist Sensei Memorial Tournament, and three other tournaments in 2005, including the Collegiate National Judo Championships.

Ronda Rousey

Events: Judo (middleweight)
When competes: Aug. 12.
New England roots: Rousey lives in Wakefield.
Career highlights: In her second Olympiad, Rousey has perhaps the best chance to take home the US' first judo gold. She placed ninth at Athens in the half-middleweight category and won six gold medals in 2007, including the Pan American Games in Brazil, the British Open and the Vienna World Cup. A five-time national champion, Rousey won all three matches at the US Olympic trials by ippon. The Santa Monica, Calif. native has championship roots -- her mother, AnnMaria, was the first American world champion in the sport (1984).

Taraje Williams-Murray

Events: Judo (half-lightweight)
When competes: Aug. 10.
New England roots: Williams-Murray lives in Wakefield and attends Boston University.
Career highlights: Williams-Murray, a native of Bronx, N.Y., is a four-time national champion, winning gold medals in 2003-05 and in 2007, and was a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team at Athens. In 2003, he was named outstanding athlete at the national championships, and earned the best technique award at the 2005 event. The 23-year-old won bronze at the national championships in 2006 when he moved up to the 66 kg weight category and also won bronze at this year's Pan American Championships for his first medal at the event.

rowing

Michelle Guerette

Events: Single sculls
When competes: Aug. 9-14.
New England roots: Guerette was born and raised in Bristol, Conn. She attended Harvard University and lives in Cambridge.
Career highlights: Guerette rowed in the quadruple sculls in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, which finished fifth and rowed in the 2005 and 2007 world championships, finishing third each time. She was named Harvard’s top female senior athlete in 2002.

Ken Jurkowski

Events: Single sculls
When competes: Aug. 9-14.
New England roots: Jurkowski lives in his hometown, New Fairfield, Conn., and attended Cornell University.
Career highlights: Jurkowski, a three-time national team member and first-time Olympian, won the single sculls at the 2008 Olympic Team Trials won single sculls at the first 2008 and first 2006 National Selection Regatta.

Elliot Hovey

Events: Men’s double sculls
When competes: Aug. 9-16.
New England roots: Hovey was born in Boston, attended the Salisbury School in Salisbury, Conn., and his hometown is Manchester-by-the-sea, Mass
Career highlights: Hovey teamed with fellow California Rowing Club member Wes Piermarini (West Brookfield) to win this year’s Double Sculls Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. Hovey also won a national championship with the Union Boat Club of Boston in the 4x in 2004.

Wes Piermarini

Events: Men’s double sculls
When competes: Aug. 9-16.
New England roots: From West Brookfield, Piermarini was born in Northhampton and attended Worcester Academy and the University of Massachusetts.
Career highlights: He was a three-time New England gold medalist at UMass, won double sculls, open single sculls, and single sculls dash at the 2006 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, and won the elite single sculls dash at the 2005 USRowing championships. Piermarini qualified for the Olympics on the small-boat trials in West Windsor, N.J.

Cameron Winklevoss

Events: Men’s pair
When competes: Aug. 9-14.
New England roots: Cameron is from Greenwich, Conn., and attended Harvard University.
Career highlights: Cameron qualified with his identical twin brother Tyler at the US qualifier in Princeton, N.J. He was a member of Harvard’s national championship eight-man boat teams in 2003 and ’04.

Tyler Winklevoss

Events: Men’s pair
When competes: Aug. 9-14.
New England roots: Tyler is from Greenwich, Conn., and attended Harvard University.
Career highlights: Tyler was also a member of Harvard’s national championship eight-man boat teams in 2003 and ’04.

Dan Walsh

Events: Men’s Eight
When competes: Aug. 10-16.
New England roots: Walsh was born and lived in Norwalk, Conn. He attended Northeastern University.
Career highlights: This will be Walsh’s second Olympics after he was an alternate for the eight-man crew in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Walsh is an eight-year member of the US Senior National Team and won a bronze medal at the 2006 World Championship.

Wyatt Allen

Events: Men’s Eight
When competes: Aug. 10-16.
New England roots: Allen is from Portland, Maine, and attended Portland High School.
Career highlights: Allen was a part of the gold medal men’s eight team in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. A six-time senior national team member, Allen was also named the USRowing Male Athlete of the Year in 2007. Most recently, he won the eight-man event at the 2007 USRowing National Championships.

Elle Logan

Events: Women’s eight
When competes: Aug. 10-17.
New England roots: Logan was born in Portland, Maine, and her hometown is Boothbay Harbor, Maine. She attended the Brooks School in North Andover for three years before enrolling at Stanford University.
Career highlights: This is Logan’s first Olympic appearance. She was named a first-team All-American in 2007 and won a bronze medal in the ’07 FISA Under 23 Championships. Logan was also a member of the 2004 and 2005 New England and National Champions in women’s four-seat.

Anna Goodale

Events: Women’s eight
When competes: Aug. 10-17.
New England roots: Goodale was born in Montville, Maine and her hometown is Camden, Maine.
Career highlights: A three-time All-American at Syracuse University, Goodale won golds at the eight at the 2008 FISA World Cup stop in Munich and the stop in Lucerne, at the 2007 FISA World Championships, and at the 2006 FISA World Championships. This is her first Olympics.

sailing

Stu McNay

Events: 470
When competes: Aug. 9-17.
New England roots: McNay was born in Boston, attended Roxbury Latin High School, Yale University, and lives in Lincoln.
Career highlights: McNay ranked second on the US Sailing Team, 470 class in 2005; was a two-time Collegiate All-American at Yale; and came in first in the 2001 North American Championship, V-15 class.

Tim Wadlow

Events: 49er Position: Skipper
When competes: Aug. 9-17.
New England roots: Wadlow was born in Westerly, R.I., attended Boston University, and lives in Beverly.
Career highlights: Wadlow has won several regattas, including the 2002 Gorge Regatta, the 2003 and 2004 Rolex Miami OCR and the 2003 Saronikos Gulf Regatta. He was named the 1997 College Sailor of the year while at BU.

shooting

Stephen Scherer

Events: 10m air rifle
When competes: Aug. 11.
New England roots: Scherer is from Billerica.
Career highlights: A freshman at Army, Scherer is the third Cadet to qualify for the Olympics in shooting, the first in 40 years and is the first-ever freshman.

Emily Caruso

Events: 10m air rifle
When competes: Aug. 9.
New England roots: Caruso was born in Stamford, Conn., and was raised in Fairfield, Conn. She graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., in 2000.
Career highlights: This is Caruso’s second trip to the Olympics after qualifying for Athens in 2004. She was named the 2001 Female Shooter of the Year and won the 2002 National Championship in air rifle.

soccer

Charlie Davies

Position: Forward
When competes: Aug. 7-13.
New England roots: Davies was born and grew up in Manchester, N.H., and he played two years of soccer at Boston College.
Career highlights: Davies made the US senior national team in 2007 and was named to the US roster for the 2007 Copa America. While at BC, he recovered from a knee injury to set the school’s season scoring record for goals (15) and points (36).

Michael Parkhurst

Position: Defender
When competes: Aug. 7-13.
New England roots: Parkhurst was born and raised in Providence, R.I. He lives in Foxborough.
Career highlights: The New England Revolution star is one of the top defenders in Major League Soccer, earning 2007 MLS Defender of the Year honors. He won the league’s rookie of the year award in 2005 and Parkhurst was named a second-team All-American during his junior and sophomore seasons at Wake Forest. (Editor's note: Parkhurst is filing occasional diary entries from Beijing for Boston.com. Check them out here ...)

swimming

Elizabeth Beisel

Events: 200m back, 400-meter individual medley.
When competes: Aug. 9-16.
New England roots: Beisel was born, raised, and lives in Saunderstown, R.I. She attends North Kingstown HS.
Career highlights: The 15-year-old Beisel is the youngest member of the US swim team. She qualified for her first Olympics by posting second place finishes at the Olympic Trials in the 200-meter back (2:06.92) and the 400-meter IM (4:32.87); in both races, the winners set world records. She won four titles at the Rhode Island high school championships and set two state records. Beisel is the first Olympic swimmer from Rhode Island in 44 years.

Ian Crocker

Events: 100-meter fly, 4x100-meter medley relay
When competes: Aug. 14-17.
New England roots: Crocker was born and raised in Portland, Maine. He graduated from Chevrus High School in 2000.
Career highlights: The three-time Olympian and 100-meter butterfly world record-holder finished second in the event at the Olympic Trials behind Michael Phelps. Crocker won gold medals in the 4x100 medley relay in the Sydney and Athens Games. He also won a silver medal in the 100-meter fly and a bronze in the 4x100-meter free relay. He upset Phelps in the 2003 World Championships in the 100-meter fly when Crocker became the first man to swim the event in under 51 seconds.

Eric Vendt

Events: 4x200 free relay
When competes: Aug. 12-14.
New England roots: Vendt was born in Wellesley, grew up in North Easton and attended Boston College High School.
Career highlights: This will be Vendt’s third Olympics after winning silver medals in the 400-meter IM in Sydney and Athens. He retired from swimming after the Athens Games, but rejoined the sport in 2006. He had previously been more of a distance swimmer — competing in the 1,500-meter freestyle and 400-meter IM — but he finished sixth in the 200-meter freestyle at the Olympic Trials to qualify for a spot on the 4x200-meter free relay team. Vendt was named the 2002 NCAA Swimmer of the Year while at the University of Southern California and is the first American to break the 15-minute barrier in the 1,500-meter freestyle.

track & field

Joanne Dow

Events: 20k Race Walk
When competes: Aug. 21.
New England roots: Dow was born, raised, and lives in Manchester, N.H. She attended the University of New Hampshire.
Career highlights: Dow is a three-time USA Outdoor champion and five-time USA Indoor champion. The mother of two was also a Pan American Games bronze medalist in 2003 and qualified for her first Olympics this year after attempts dating back to 1996.

Kevin Eastler

Events: 20km walk
When competes: Aug. 16.
New England roots: Eastler was born and raised in Farmington, Maine.
Career highlights: A four-time USA 20km champion, Eastler qualified for his second Olympics at the 20-kilometer race walk win at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. He won the 2007 USA 50km and ’06 USA Outdoor 30km championships. He finished 21st in the 20km race walk in the 2004 Athens Games.

Shalane Flanagan

Events: 5,000m, 10,000M
When competes: Aug. 15-22.
New England roots: Flanagan grew up and lives in Marblehead.
Career highlights: This will be the second games for Flanagan. She ran the 5,000 meters at the Athens Games and finished 22d in the first round. She qualified for Beijing by setting the 10,000-meter field record at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., with a time of 31 minutes 34.81 seconds. She qualified for the 5,000 a week later. Recently, she ran the 10,000 meters for the first time and broke the American record with a time of 30:34.49. She also holds American records in the 3,000 meters and the 5,000 meters. She was a 10-time NCAA All-American and two-time NCAA cross-country champion at the University of North Carolina.

Jarrod Shoemaker

Events: Triathlon
When competes: Aug. 19.
New England roots: Born in Concord and raised in Sudbury, Shoemaker attended Dartmouth College.
Career highlights: Shoemaker, 26, is the 2005 Triathlon Under23 World Champion and won four smaller triathlons — the New York Pan American Triathlon Cup, the Bridgeport Pan American Cup, the Rye Westchester Pan American Cup and the Drummondville Pan American Cup — between 2005 and ’07.

Andrew Wheating

Events: 800 meters
When competes: Aug. 20-23.
New England roots: Wheating’s hometown is Norwich, Vt., and he attended Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire.
Career highlights: The sophomore at the University of Oregon qualified in dramatic fashion when he finished second at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., running a personal-best 1:45:03. The 6-foot-5-inch, 20-year-old was a runner-up in the 800 meters at the NCAA Championships and he is also the first native of Vermont to run a sub-4:00 mile, when he clocked a 3:58.16 at the Oregon Relays in late May.

Anna Willard

Events: 3,000-meter steeplechase
When competes: Aug. 15-17.
New England roots: Willard was born in Brunswick, Maine, and grew up in Greenwood. She graduated from Brown University in 2006.
Career highlights: It’s Willard’s first Olympics and also the Olympic debut for her event. She advanced with a win at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., breaking the American record with a time of 9:27:59. During her time at Brown, she held nine school records in the distance medley relay. She had a year of eligibility remaining so she attended the University of Michigan and was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Year after winning the conference steeplechase, 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter titles.

weightlifting

Carissa Gump

Position: 63kg
When competes: Aug. 12.
New England roots: Gump’s hometown is Essex, Vt.
Career highlights: Though she tried weightlifting for two days in eighth grade before giving up the sport, Gump has bounced back nicely to win several national weightlifting competitions, including the 2008 National Championships, the ’05 and ’07 Collegiate national championships, and the ’05 Pan American Championships. She also holds seven American weightlifting records.