2012 London Olympics: The Orange Want the Gold

Meet Shannon Taylor, the “other” Orange Olympian.

The 2012 summer Olympic games are just getting underway in London and your Syracuse Orange are well represented.

We all know about Carmelo Anthony and his exploits with Team USA basketball, especially after he dropped 25 (23 in the first half) against Spain in the final pre-Olympic tune up.  And that’s not to mention Syracuse basketball coaches Jim Boeheim and Mike Hopkins, who are serving as assistant coaches.  There is, though, another former Orange in London looking to come away with some hardware.

Former SU field hockey star Shannon Taylor was named to the US Olympic team in June and will be digging for gold across the pond.  Taylor is an adopted Orange.  She only played one year at SU after transferring from Richmond.  She made the most of her time, though, leading the 2008 Orange field hockey team to a 22-2 record and the Final Four, chipping in 79 points on 31 goals and 17 assists.

Taylor has been with the US Field Hockey since she left SU, playing with the developmental team in 2009 before being called up to the senior team in 2010.

Team USA is in Pool B with Argentina, Germany, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.  Their first game is on June 31 against Argentina.

Taylor and the 10th-ranked team have their work cut out for them.  The United States has medaled only once in women’s field hockey during Olympic competition, earning bronze in 1984 (2 years before Taylor was born).  This squad is on the right track, though, having won the Pan-American games for the first time in to qualify for the Olympics.

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