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Military Athletes, Coaches Named to U.S. Olympic Team

By Master Sgt. Stephen Barrett, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 8, 1996 – The Armed Forces Sports Office released its list of DoD athletes and officials slated to attend the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. The games begin July 19.


Eighteen military athletes earned spots in women's basketball, shooting, Greco-Roman wrestling, track, men's team handball and weightlifting by competing in U.S. Olympic trials. Ten others qualified as alternates in boxing, Greco-Roman wrestling, shooting and women's team handball. Six have coaching roles.


Karen White of the Armed Forces Sports Office said two Army athletes have a chance for a berth in the modern pentathlon. Top-ranked and two-time Olympian Michael Gostigian is favored to win one slot. However, Spc. Scott Christie and 1st Lt. Jim Gregory rank second and third and have a chance at berths.


Of the six coaches, two have head coaching duties. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Rob Hermann heads the U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling team and is assisted by Air Force Master Sgt. Richard Estrella and Army Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Thomas.


In team handball, Army Reserve Capt. Rick Oleksyk coaches the men's squad, while Army Capt. Rhett Nichols serves as an assistant. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jesse Ravelo is an assistant with the U.S. boxing team.

The following are members of the U.S. Olympic Team:


Basketball - Women

1st Lt. Ruthie Bolton (A), Mobile, Ala., guard 



Lt. Col. Terry Anderson (A), Dallas, men's rapid fire pistol

Maj. William Roy (AF), Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., men's skeet

Capt. John McNally (A), Heath, Texas, men's rapid fire pistol

Capt. Glenn Dubis (A), Fort Benning, Ga., men's 3 x 40 rifle and men's air rifle

Capt. Rob Harbison (A), Fort Benning, Ga., men's 3 x 40 rifle and men's air rifle

Staff Sgt. Libby Callahan (A), Washington, D.C. women's sport pistol

Staff Sgt. Bret Erickson (A), Fort Benning, Ga., men's trap

Sgt. Eric Uptagraft (A), Fairmont, W.Va., men's prone

Sgt. Terry Wentzel Dewitt (A), Fort Benning, Ga., women's double trap 

Sgt. Todd Graves (A), Fort Benning, Ga., men's skeet

Spc. David Alcoriza (A), Fort Benning, Ga., men's double trap


Team Handball - Men

1st Lt. David DeGraff (AF),  Atlanta Military Entrance Processing

Station, circle runner 

2nd Lt. Michael Thornberry (A), Atlanta Recruiting Battalion, defense 


Track and Field

*Lt. Ronnie Harris (N), Bureau of Naval Personnel, Arlington, Va., 5,000 meters


* Finished third at U.S. at Olympic Trials, but needs to meet Olympic qualifying standards to compete in Atlanta.



Cpl. Tom Gough (MC), Camp Pendleton, Calif., 200 pounds


Wrestling - Greco-Roman

Staff Sgt. Derrick Waldroup (A), Fort Benning, Ga., 198 pounds

Spc. Rodney Smith (A), Fort Benning, Ga., 149.5 pounds


The following are alternates for the U.S. Olympic team:



Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Carter (N), USS Detroit, 119 pounds

Staff Sgt. Ronald Simms (AF), Langley Air Force Base, Va., 165 pounds

Sgt. Fareed Samad (A), Fort Bragg, N.C., 147 pounds 

Spc. Olanda Anderson (A), Fort Bragg, N.C., 178 pounds



Cpl. Ken Johnson (A), Fort Benning, Ga., men's 3 x 40 rifle


Team Handball - Women

Capt. Kirsten Howe (A), Atlanta Recruiting Battalion, wing 

Staff Sgt. Tonia Stubbs (A), Atlanta Recruiting Battalion, defense


Wrestling - Greco-Roman

Capt. Jeffrey Green (A), Fort Benning, Ga., 286 pounds

Sgt. Shon Lewis (A), Fort Benning, Ga., 125.5 pounds

Spc. Keith Sieracki (A), Fort Benning, Ga., 163 pounds

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