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2012 London Olympics: Penn State Athletics Well-Represented At Summer Games

The 2012 London Olympic Games officially kicked off Friday evening with a dramatic opening ceremony, and Saturday will see the first full day of official competition for athletes. Penn State athletics will have a strong representation at this year's games, with 19 Penn State students or alums competing in seven sports, on both the men's and women's side in fencing, track and field and volleyball.

More on the Nittany Lions' presence in London, via Ben Jones of

Four competitors are current students at Penn State, while 14 alumni and one Nittany Lion coach will compete as well. Eight athletes will represent seven countries other than the U.S., including Canada, Great Britain, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Suriname.

Penn State athletes have won 23 medals, including five gold medals. Former men's gymnastics assistant coach, Kevin Tan, is the most recent Penn Stater to medal, winning a team bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Suzie McConnell was the last Penn Stater to earn gold medal as a member of the 1988 U.S. women's basketball team.

For full coverage of London 2012, head over to SB Nation's Olympics hub.

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