Asian American Olympians Make Their Way to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics

By Keen Hung Lee

Kayla Bashore-Smedley is an Asian American field hockey player who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics for the United States women’s national field hockey team in the women’s event. Bashore-Smedley is of Korean descent, but she grew up in Shoemakersville, Pa. and lives in Chula Vista, California. At age 15, Bashore-Smedley picked up a hockey stick for the very first time and from that moment on, she never put it down. She was recognized for her skills and earned a scholarship to Indiana University, where she led the NCAA tournament.


Clarissa Chun

Clarissa Kyoko Mei Ling Chun is an American Olympic Women’s freestyle 48 kg (105.5 lbs) wrestler, who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Chun defeated 2004 Olympic gold medalist, Iryna Merleni of Ukraine, winning a bronze medal in women’s freestyle wrestling. On April 22, 2012, Chun became the first women’s freestyle wrestler to be nominated to her second Olympic Team after performing at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling in Iowa City, Iowa. Chun was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Kapolei, Hawaii. Her mother is Japanese-American and her father is Chinese-American.


Lindsey Berg

Lindsey Berg is an American volleyball player. She debuted in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, she earned the silver medal. Berg was in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 16, 1980. Berg is of Hawaiian-Chinese-Portuguese and Lithuanian heritage.

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