Part 1: Coach Bolster Part 2 Coming Soon! Part 3 Coming Soon!

NEW YORK – The 2012 London Olympics are just around the corner! Who better to discuss Team USA with and preview the Olympics than our own Olympic sport experts right here at Columbia?

In the first segment of this three-part 2012 London Olympics preview, host Dalen Cuff gets some expert analysis from Columbia head men’s swimming coach Jim Bolster on the thrilling men’s swimming battles that will take place in the coming weeks.

Columbia head men's swimming coach Jim Bolster discusses Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and other swimmers to watch for at the 2012 Olympics. (Columbia University Athletics | Stephen K. Lee)

In the second part, we will catch up with Columbia head field hockey coach Marybeth Freeman, who will be attending the 2012 Olympics as a fan, gives her expert. The Lions recently welcomed 2008 and 2012 Olympian Caroline Nichols to the field hockey coaching staff. Make sure to tune in next week for this interview and follow Team USA’s progress as coach Nichols’ goes for the gold!

Dalen, who played basketball for Lions from 2002-03 through 2005-06, is also one of the gameday analysts for Be sure to check out Dalen’s thoughts on the U.S. men’s basketball team’s path to a gold medal in the third part of this special next week!

Here’s a quick breakdown of the Columbia current and former student-athletes and coaches in the 2012 London Olympics:

Current and Former Columbia Student-Athletes
Sherrif Farrag ’09CC (fencing – men’s foil – Egypt)
Erison Hurtault ’07CC (track – men’s 400m – Dominica)
Nick LaCava ’09CC (rowing – men’s lightweight four – USA)
Nzingha Prescod '15CC (fencing - women's foil - USA)
Nicole Ross '12CC (fencing- women's foil - USA)
Jeff Spear '10CC (fencing - men's sabre - USA)
Lisa Stublic ’06CC (women’s marathon – Croatia)
James Williams '07CC (fencing - men's sabre - USA)

Current Columbia Coaches
Michael Aufrichtig (modern pentathlon coach – fencing portion – USA)
Caroline Nichols (women’s field hockey – USA)