A singer, an actor, a tennis player, a model, and a leader, Temi Fagbenle ’15 is also a game-changer on the basketball court. Since picking up the game just five short years ago, Fagbenle has already helped alter the culture of three basketball programs.
When she takes the court as a starter and the youngest player on Great Britain’s national team, she will attempt to take the once-floundering team to new heights.
Rounding out Harvard’s representatives at the 2012 London Olympics are two rowers from the dominant Crimson heavyweight boat of the mid-2000s.
Malcolm Howard ’05 and Brodie Buckland ’06 will represent Canada and Australia, respectively, as they try to recapture the success of their undefeated Harvard years. Howard returns to the defending Gold-Medal winning Canadian eight while Buckland makes his Olympic debut in the pair.
At the start of the open water 10k, dozens of participants take off on a course with no lanes to limit accidental (and deliberate) contact in water that can range from dangerously cold to dangerously hot.
To be successful, a racer has to be both responsible and completely irresponsible. He has to pace himself so as not to run out of steam, but then push his body to an unimaginable extreme. To succeed, a swimmer also needs the help of others, who must keep a good pace and allow him to draft behind them, decreasing the amount of energy needed to propel oneself through the turbulent water.
It didn’t take long for Will Newell ’11 to go from novice to Olympic-caliber rower.
“Will didn’t start rowing until his junior year in high school,” said Linda Muri, Harvard’s lightweight freshman coach. “He had very good recommendations from his high school coach, but he was a little bit of a wild card.”
When Henrik Rummel ’09 was born in Copenhagen 24 years ago, few would have expected him to become an Olympic athlete.
Fewer would have expected him to be competing for the United States.