Georgians strike gold at Olympics

Allison Schmitt was a five-time NCAA champion at UGA. (AP photo)

Allison Schmitt was a five-time NCAA champion at UGA. (AP photo)

Two athletes with Georgia connections are celebrating gold medal performances at the London Olympics.

Former UGA swimmer Allison Schmitt won the gold medal Tuesday in the 200-meter freestyle with an Olympic record time of 1:53.61, almost two seconds faster than the silver medalist.

Schmitt, a five-time NCAA champion at Georgia, also won silver in the 400 freestyle and bronze in the 4×100 freestyle relay.

“I got a whole collection of them now,” said Schmitt, of Michigan, who also won a relay bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “Right now, they’re somewhere in my room — a secret place,” she told the Detroit News. “I kind of stashed them.”

Vincent Hancock of Eatonton also won gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. (AP photo)

Vincent Hancock of Eatonton also won gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. (AP photo)

Vincent Hancock of Eatonton won gold in skeet shooting.

Hancock, who also won a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, missed only two of 150 shots, an Olympic record.

Still that wasn’t good enough for him.

“All I know is I want to be perfect every time,” Hancock told the Washington Post. “It’s just something inside of me. I’m a competitor through and through. … My wife gets onto me all the time. Even if we’re playing tic-tac-toe, I will get competitive about it.”

Hancock is a sergeant in the Army, stationed in Fort Benning.

11 comments Add your comment

old dog

August 1st, 2012
12:57 pm

Congrats to both! Looks like another home-coming celebration for Vince……we did it four years ago and will again!

UGA89

August 1st, 2012
1:44 pm

Vincent did not go to UGA he is from the state. He is only 23 yrs old, married with two kids and this is his second Olympics!!

DB

August 1st, 2012
2:29 pm

Former Georgia swimmer ?
Schmitt redshirted this past season as she trained in Baltimore with Coach Bob Bowman and a club that included Michael Phelps to prepare for the Olympics.- Per GeorgiaDogs.com
Try reporting the facts next time.

Warnell Dawg

August 1st, 2012
2:48 pm

Schmitt attends UGA, but isn’t from Georgia.

tm

August 1st, 2012
3:04 pm

Kathleen Hersey a Marist grad is swimming in the finals of the butterfly today

Dangerous

August 1st, 2012
3:31 pm

A competitor through and through. I love it, you go Joe Dirt!

Name(required)

August 1st, 2012
4:07 pm

Sure she’s kinda weird-looking and her orientation is ambiguous, but that’s no reason to call Allison Schmit a bulldog.

Greg

August 1st, 2012
4:29 pm

Correction about Schmitt: After the Olympics, she will be back on the UGA swim team. She took the season off to get ready for the Olympics. http://www.ncaa.com/news/swimming-women/article/2012-06-25/schmitt-looking-return-olympics

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JC

August 2nd, 2012
2:03 pm

Forgot Chaunte Lowe

lex

August 4th, 2012
5:14 am

No news about 200m fly swimmer Kathleen Hersey?