You are hereApril 2012 Newsletter

April 2012 Newsletter

Midwest Olympians and Paralympians - April 2012

Midwest Chapter
of U.S. Olympians & Paralympians 
midwest olympians/paralympians logo

April 2012   

Dear Diane Simpson-Bundy,

Happy Spring!  Congratulations to our World Cup winter competitors and good luck to those who have earned and will compete for slots on Team USA at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games! 


We have many events to attend this Olympic Year spring and summer.   Please join us as the U.S. Olympians Association hosts its first Walk to London in cities across the country, including Chicago on June 16 at the World Sport Chicago Family Sports Festival.  


On a sad note, we announce the passing of Willie May (athletics, 1960), who won a silver medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the Olympic Games and led the Evanston Township High School track team to more than nine state titles during his tenure that included serving for 15 years as the school's first African-American athletic director.


Midwest Chapter officers:

 * President - Diane Simpson-Bundy (Gymnastics, 1988)

 * Vice President - Tony Brooks (Rowing, 1972, 1976)

 * Vice President - Steve Gregg (Swimming, 1976)

 * Treasurer - John Vande Velde (Cycling, 1968, 1972)

 * Secretary - Linda Mastandrea (Wheelchair Athletics 1992, 1996)


Help promote the fellowship of Olympians, Paralympians, elite hopefuls and coaches here in the Midwest.  Pay your $30 dues.

Email to contribute or with highlights. 


In This Issue
Upcoming Events/Events Held
USOC / USA Paralympics News
Midwest Olympians/Paralympians in the News
World Sport Chicago
Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming Events / Events Held 
Chicago's Midwest Chapter Walk to London event will be held at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, at the World Sport Chicago Family Sports Festival held at Armour Square Park.
   Participants will walk nearly one mile with YOU-our Olympians and Paralympians-with their mileage counted toward our USOA goal to walk to London.  You and U.S. Olympians Association President Willie Banks (athletics, 1980, 1984, 1988) will help host a ceremony to open the festival in the park followed by clinics led by you and other professional athletes from
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
   Sign up now and commit to a two-hour block of time. We need athletes to for meet-and-greets, the walk, and to teach clinics to up to 4,000 youth and their families in more than 25 different sports, including swimming, water polo and synchronized swimming, this year.  Thanks to World Sport Chicago, professional sports teams and more than 50 community sports organizations for supporting us at this event! Email World Sport Chicago's Rasheed Ward or Rusty Benton at  and to participate.

Kids4Trees is coming up May 9-11 at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie near Joliet.


   Kids4Trees is a partnership between the World Olympians Association and the U.S. Forest Service that brings Olympians and students together to plant trees and foster environmental responsibility, awareness and understanding.  Thanks ahead of time to former National Park Service staff member Gary Morgan (athletics, 1988) and Ron Urick (canoe/kayak, 1988), for volunteering for the half-day event.

Speaker Needed for The British School of Chicago

The Midwest Chapter seeks an athlete/speaker with connections to London 2012 either by training in England or with plans to attend the upcoming Summer Olympic Games to speak to students at The British School of Chicago between now and the end of June. Contact Diane Simpson-Bundy at if you want to inspire students and teach them a few life and physical activity lessons. 




USOC / USA Paralympics in the News

International Olympic Day is on June 23. Many sites need Olympians and Paralympians to appear at their club/event including: In Illinois: Bloomingdale, Channahon, Chicago, Lake Zurich, Palatine, Prospect Heights, Rock Island, Scott AFB, Sycamore, Villa Park and Waukegan; Iowa: Clinton and West Des Moines; Minnesota: New Brighton, Rochester and West Saint Paul; Wisconsin: Eau Claire and Muskegon. Sign up with to participate.



Midwest Olympians/Paralympians in the News

For the first time in 40 years, Jim Brewer (basketball, 1972) will join members of the U.S. Olympic Team including Philadelphia 76ers Coach Doug Collins, at a reunion Aug. 23-26 at Georgetown College in Kentucky.  Brewer, Collins and the U.S. Men's Basketball Team lost to the Soviet Union 51-50 after a controversial end to the game allowed the Soviets another chance amid confusion surrounding free throws by Collins when a final three seconds were put back on the clock by referees.


U.S. Olympians Association Vice President Carol Brown (rowing, 1976, 1980, 1984) returns to Belding Elementary School in Chicago on May 4 as students and faculty complete their second annual World Fit Program. Also joining World Fit this year are Morton School of Excellence and Perspectives Charter Schools Joslin campus, where Kentucky basketball NCAA star Anthony Davis attended.


Kelci Bryant (diving, 2008) and her partner, Abigail Johnston, nipped the Canadian duo by 2.70 points to win a silver medal behind China in synchronized diving at the 2012 FINA Diving World Series in Beijing at the end of March.


Paralympic Medalist Goaltender Steve Cash of Overland, Mo., made seven saves as reigning Paralympic and World champion Team USA downed Korea 5-1 in the title game of the 2012 International Paralympic Committee Sledge Hockey World Championships. Kevin McKee of Davenport, Iowa, who has trained with the RIC Blackhawks, was also on the roster.


Oak Park High School graduate's Ellis Coleman, 20, became the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic Team in wrestling on April 22, when he defeated Chicago's Joe Betterman 2-0 in the Greco-Roman finals of the 132-pound weight class at the Olympic trials. Northwestern University graduate and two-time NCAA and Pan American Games champion Jake Herbert also made the squad in the 185-pound freestlye division as he defeated Travis Paulson in the best of three series. 


Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and reigning WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings (basketball, 2004, 2008) has been appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Women's Sports Foundation.  Catchings, a three-time FIBA World Championship medalist, seven-time WNBA All-Star, and four-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, exhibits outstanding community service through her Catch the Stars Foundation that empowers youth through literacy, fitness and mentoring. The current president of the WNBA Players Association, Catchings has also been named to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, along with 2008 teammates including Candace Parker and the Chicago Sky's Sylvia Fowles.  Sky player and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Swin Cash is also on the Olympic squad, coached by U.S. Olympic Team assistant Doug Bruno.


Olympic Silver Medalists Lisa Chesson of Planfield, Ill., and Jessie Vetter of Cottage Grove, Wis., helped Team USA to second place at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in Burlington, Vt., as the Americans fell short of their fourth straight title in a 5-4 overtime loss to Canada.  Other regional athletes on the team were: Wisconsin's Brianna Decker and Amanda Kessel, and Illinois players Megan Bozek and Kendall Coyne.


Chicago-native Shani Davis (speedskating, 2006, 2010) teamed with Urbana, Ill.'s Jonathan Kuck (2010) and Brian Hansen (2010) of Glenview, Ill., to win silver in the team pursuit behind the host Dutch in 3 minutes, 43.42 seconds in March at the Essent ISU 2012 World Single Distance Speedskating Championships at Heerenveen, the Netherlands.  Kuck took bronzes in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races as well.  Two-time Olympic champion Davis added a third in the 1,000 meters (after winning last season) and a fourth place in the 1,500 meters.


Olympic hopeful in gymnastics Gabby Douglas continues to dazzle. The 16-year-old who trains at Chow's Gymnastics in West Des Moines topped the field at the American Cup with 61.299 points this March-but it didn't count. Current World Champion Jordyn Wieber and Alexandra Raisman, who finished with 61.032 and 60.832 points apiece and were on the gold medal-winning team at World Championships with Douglas, were the two named athletes as Wieber won her second consecutive and third all-around American Cup title.  Douglas captured the gold medal on the uneven bars a couple of weeks afterward at the Pacific Rim Championships, which reigning Wieber won.  Douglas faces steep competition for the 2012 Olympic team berth with Nastia Liukin, teammate Shawn Johnson, Chellsie Memmel, Alicia Sacramone, Mackenzie and Bridgette Caquatto, and Anni Li, the daughter of former Chinese Olympic Medalists and Illinois-based coaches Jiani Wu and Yuejiu Li.   


Olympic Bronze Medalist Lana Gehring (speedskating, 2010) of Glenview raced to a bronze medal in the 500 meters at the 2012 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships. 


Two-time Olympic Relays Gold and Individual Silver Medalist Matt Grevers (swimming, 2008) is engaged. Grevers grew up in Lake Forest and proposed to fellow U.S. National Team swimmer Annie Chandler when she offered him his medal for winning his specialty - the 100-meter backstroke-at the Missouri Grand Prix just before Valentine's Day.  Kudos to the YouTube-sensation couple! 


World record-holders Jessica Galli (2000, 2004, 2008) of Savoy, Ill., Amanda McGrory (2008) and Anjali Forber-Pratt (2008) of Champaign, and Tatyana McFadden (2004, 2008) at University of Illinois, are among those expected to compete for spots at the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Trials held at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis June 29-July 1.  Galli won five medals (gold, three silvers, bronze) at the Beijing Paralympic Games and silver in Athens, while McGrory won four (gold, two silvers, bronze), and Forber-Pratt two bronzes.  McFadden is a six-time Paralympic Medalist.


Chicago Fire Goalkeeper Sean Johnson was named to the U.S. U-23 Men's Soccer National Team roster, along with LA Galaxy Midfielder Michael Stephens of Naperville, Ill.  But Team USA failed to advance to the Olympic Games, as the team tied El Salvador 3-3 to give El Salvador a first-place finish in Group A of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament that put the United States third and out of the running to advance.


Olympic Champion Evan Lysacek (figure skating, 2006, 2010) has been named sports envoy to the United States. He travels to Sweden and Belarus to conduct clinics and promote education and fitness supported by the U.S. State Department and U.S. Figure Skating.


Paralympian Greta Neimanas (cycling, 2008) of Chicago won the gold medal in the scratch race on the final day at the 2012 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships presented by Samsung at the Velo Sports Center in Carson, Calif., in February.  Neimanas added two silvers to her medal count.


Congratulations to javelin thrower Tom Pukstys (athletics, 1992, 1996), who is a United States assistant coach and the official throws coach for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


Katherine Reutter (speedskating, 2010) of Champaign, Ill., who won silver and bronze medals at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, was named a finalist for the James E. Sullivan award given by the Amateur Athletic Union.  She won four medals at the 2011 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships and 13 medals last season. She was the 1,500-meter world champion in 2011 en route to becoming the first American woman in short track to win an individual and overall World Cup title.


windsurfing bob willis apr 12Bob Willis, 25, of Chicago, has earned his Olympic spot in windsurfing, RS: X class. The sailor, who graduated from Francis Parker High School, grew up training at Columbia Yacht Club. He won the Olympic berth because of his results as top U.S. finisher in two 2011 regattas: Sail for Gold at the 2012 Summer Games venue in Weymouth, England, and the 2012 World Championships in Perth, Australia.  Now he is training in Italy in preparation for World Cup in France.  "It's always a battle with funding in sailing," Willis said. "Half our budget comes from U.S. Sailing."


Vic Wunderle (archery, 2000,2004,2008), who has been training for London, won gold in men's recurve at the 2012 World Archery Indoor Championships with the team of Brady Ellison and Jake Kaminski in Las Vegas.  Wunderle was named recently as one of five Olympians who could successfully compete in "The Hunger Games" in an article posted at Yahoo! Sports, along with decathlete Bryan Clay, wrestler Henry Cejudo, triathlete Laura Bennett, and taekwondo's Mark Lopez.


World Sport Chicago

world sport chicagoWSC has welcomed Paralympic Gold Medalist Susan Katz (wheelchair basketball, 2004) to its staff as director of Paralympic and Disability Sport.  Katz is the former public relations manager for U.S. Paralympics and a University of Illinois graduate, who has worked for ESPN, Lakeshore Foundation and the U.S. Olympic Committee.  Katz finished her first Ironman and qualified for the 2011 World Championships.  She replaces Paralympic Games coach Pam Redding, who has relocated to California.

Athlete Ambassadors make their second school visit to speak about goals and values at area schools.


World Sport Chicago hosts the 2012 Valor Games Midwest for 150 ill, wounded or injured service members Aug. 13-15.



Mark Your Calendar for these 2012
  World Sport Chicago - supported events


April 29: American Cancer Society Walk & Roll event


May 9-11: Kids4Trees at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie near Joliet


June 16: Walk to London 2012 at World Sport Chicago Family Sports Festival at Armour Square Park


July 27 - Aug. 12: 2012 Olympic Games, London, England


Aug. 13-15: 2012 Valor Games Midwest


Aug. 29-Sept. 9: 2012 Paralympic Games, London, England




On behalf of the Midwest Officers, I hope you enjoyed reading this and let us know if you have any news items or photos to share for our upcoming issue.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.  


Diane Simpson-Bundy
President, Midwest Chapter


world sport chicago
Quick Links
London 2012
Summer Olympics

U.S. Olympians Association


U.S. Paralympics




Members are stepping forward to pay their dues these past several years!  The dues help keep the chapter active and this newsletter going. 

2012 Paid Members:


Tony Brooks       

(rowing, 1972, 1976) 


Janet Gerhauser Carpenter  

(figure skating, 1952)


Jeanne Collier  

(diving, 1964)


Bonnie Blair Cruikshank (speedskating, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1994)


 Dave Cruikshank (speedskating, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1998)

Diane Simpson-Bundy (gymnastics, 1988)  






2011 Paid Members:

Diane Bolin Kelley (gymnastics, 1968)

Chuck Burke
 (speedskating, 1952, 1956)

Ella Chafee
(swimming, 1964, 1968; athletics, 1968; fencing, 1996)

Hope Chafee

(swimming, 1964, 1968; archery, 1976)

Ian Chafee
(Paralympic team manager, 1976, 1980, 1984)

Jeanne Collier
(diving, 1964)

Randy Dean 
(team handball, 1976)

Brian Hansen
(speedskating, 2010)

Adolph Kiefer
(swimming, 1936)

Jackie Klein Fie (gymnastics, 1956)


 Twila Majkowski (cross country skiing, 1976)

   Bill Mulliken

(swimming, 1960) 


Tom Pukstys

(athletics, 1992, 1996)


Jack Rusher

(rowing, 1988, 1992) 


Cindy Eckert Rusher (rowing, 1988, 1992) 


Diane Simpson-Bundy (gymnastics, 1988)

Bob Szyman, PhD

  (Paralympic Coach, 1976, 1980, 1984; Wheelchair Athletics Team Leader, 1984, 1988)


John Vande Velde
(cycling, 1968, 1972)


Dues are $30 annually and are much appreciated.  President Diane Simpson-Bundy accepts checks payable to:
Midwest Chapter of U.S. Olympians and Paralympians
a 501(c)(7) organization. Mail to: 1849 Winnetka Rd., Northfield IL  60093.
Our Sponsors

Would you like to sponsor this spot?

Olympians and Paralympians will support your business if they know about it!

Contact Diane Simpson-Bundy for details.

Join Our Mailing List
This email was sent to by |  

Brenda Barrera | Web Content Consultant | Norfolk | VA | 23503

Already a Member? Send us your Bio!

Olympic Rings

Being featured on U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Midwest Chapter Official Website is easy.  Simply fill out this form-- upload your picture and provide a bio and get your own page on this site.

World Sport Chicago

World Sport Chicago