Day 3 of the 2012 London Olympics will see a slew of activity among athletes with D.C. area ties.
The day begins bright and early on the basketball court, where former George Mason University guard Tony Skinn leads Nigeria against Tunisia (4:00 a.m.). That game will be followed by Nene-led Brazil taking on Australia (6:15 a.m.) and Team USA against Kevin Seraphin and France at 9:30 a.m.
Staying in the professional ranks, D.C. United's Andy Najar will likely play a big role for Honduras in their soccer match against Spain at St. James' Park in Newcastle, England (2:45 p.m.).
But the local presence on Olympic teams isn't just limited to the professions. Richmond-born Reid Priddy will lead the USA men's volleyball team against Serbia in their first match of the Games (11:45 a.m.).
The men's water polo team boasts D.C.-born Peter Hudnut. He and his mates get in the pool for the first time Sunday with a preliminary match against Montenegro (2:40 p.m.).
The women's field hockey team has three members with area ties: Virginia Beach-raised Caroline Nichols, Shannon Taylor (formerly of Midlothian, Va.), and Claire Laubach (born and raised in Centreville, Va.). These ladies and the rest of their mates take on Germany at 4:15 p.m. Sunday.
And then there is the women's gymnastics team, represented by Virginia Beach's Gabby Douglas. The women's qualification event begins at 4:30 a.m. Sunday.
Finally, Gordonsville, Virginia's Will Coleman will finally take part in the individual dressage event in equestrian Sunday morning at 6:20 a.m. Coleman's U.S. team is in third place after the first day of that competition.
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