July 25, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - With 11 former Florida State track & field athletes participating in the 2012 London Olympic Games, which open Friday, the Seminoles rank as one of the most well-represented programs in the nation.
Yet there's more to FSU contingent than athletic excellence. Four of the former `Noles - Lacy Janson, Kimberly Williams, Ciaran O'Lionaird and Gonzalo Barroilhet - each earned Capital One Academic All-America honors during their collegiate careers.
Only one other program in NCAA Division I will be represented by more former Academic All-America honorees in London. West Virginia will have four competitors and one coach taking part in the Games.
In all, 55 Olympians earned Capital One Academic All-America honors. The Seminoles competing are a diverse group, representing four different countries in four distinctively different events.
Janson, the lone member of United States team among the distinguished group, was a first-team honoree in 2006 for the `Noles and will make her inaugural Olympic appearance in the pole vault. Williams, a two-time Academic All-America selection, represents Jamaica in her initial Olympic foray and will compete in the triple jump.
On the men's side, Barroilhet will be making his second Olympic appearance, representing Chile in the decathlon. The 2012 ACC Outdoor Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year also collected the third Academic All-America honor of his career this past spring. O'Lionaird, who earned his Academic All-America honor in 2011, will represent Ireland in the 1500-meter run.
Florida State's contingent is representative of a strong showing by Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes who belong to this elite group of Olympians. The ACC has produced 10 Academic All-America athletes who will compete in the Games, which ranks second only to the Pac-12's 11.