Hamilton will have four athletes at this summer’s Olympic Games in London, two men and two women. The action for Hamilton’s athletes begins this morning, even before the opening ceremonies which won’t happen until Friday. The first match of women’s soccer takes place this morning at 11:30am as Team Canada will take on Japan in the group stage. Hamilton’s own Melissa Tancredi is among those selected to play for Canada. The game can be seen live on Sportsnet and RDS.

Take a look below at the rest of the athletes representing Canada, and Hamilton, at the Olympics. The biographies are the official bios from the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Reid Coolsaet (Marathon)
Born: July 29, 1979 | Male | 173 cm | 64 kg
Birth Place: Hamilton, ON | Residence: Guelph, ON

Reid Coolsaet qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games after finishing third in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 16, 2011, with a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes, 55 seconds. In 2010, he knocked more than five minutes off his personal best at the same race, recording a time of 2:11:22 hours for tenth place.

His first attempt at the marathon came in 2009 and his time of 2:17:10 was good enough to win a national championship. At the IAAF Worlds in Berlin the same year he finished in 25th spot. Reid will be one of three Canadians heading to the London Games this year, where hopes to break Jerome Drayton’s 36-year old Canadian record of 2:10:09

August 12th – 5am ET – Men’s Marathon [ TSN ]

Shona Thorburn – (Women’s Basketball)
Born: August 7th, 1982 | Female | 178cm | 64kg
Birth Place: England | Residence:Hamilton, ON

Shona Thorburn, a seven year veteran of the national team, will be making her first appearance at an Olympic Games after Canada defeated Japan 71-63 to earn the final Olympic berth at the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turkey.

She is a veteran of the national team programs having been a member of the youth, junior and senior teams beginning in1998. She was a member of the 2011 national team that competed in the FIBA Americas tournament.

The 5’10 guard from Hamilton, Ontario was selected seventh overall in the 2006 Women’s National Basketball Association draft by the Minessota Lynx. Thorburn spent two years in the WNBA before heading over to Spain where she currently plays for the professional club Girona.

London 2012 will mark Canada’s first Olympic appearance since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, when it finished in tenth place.

July 28th – 6am ET – Canada vs Russia [ CTV ]
July 30th – 3pm ET – Canada vs Great Britain [ SPORTSNET ]
August 1st – 4am ET Canada vs France [ CTV / V ]
August 3rd – 9:30am ET Canada vs Brazil [ SPORTSNET ]
August 5th – 9:30am ET Canada vs Australia [ SPORTSNET ]

Melissa Tancredi (Women’s Soccer)
Born: December 27, 1981 | Female | 175 cm | 73 kg
Birth Place: Hamilton, ON | Residence: Acaster, ON

She has been a regular in the Canadian starting lineup since 2007. She is recognized as one of the best women’s football strikers in the world. In 2008, Tancredi led the Canadian women’s soccer team in at least two categories leading up to and including the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing: goals scored and broken noses. She was Canada’s top scorer during Olympic qualifying four years ago, scoring four times as the team earned its first Olympic berth; in Beijing at the Olympic Games, she broke her nose for the seventh time, colliding with teammate Kara Lang.

Tancredi burst on to the scene at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China, where she scored the second-fastest goal in World Cup history (just 37 seconds from the start of the September game with Australia). She also played at the 2011 World Cup, where she started three games for 199 minutes. Tancredi won a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games.

From Ancaster, Ontario, Tancredi has been playing soccer since the age of four. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame in 2004, she played her most recent seasons professionally in Sweden.

Melissa will play the forward position and wear #14 when she plays for Canada.

July 25th – 11:30am ET – Canada vs Japan [ SPORTSNET / TSN / RDS ]
July 28th – 9:30am ET – Canada vs South Africa [ CTV ]
July 31st – 9:30am ET Canada vs Sweden [ SPORTSNET ]

Kyle Jones (Triathlon)
Born: November 15, 1984 | Male | 176cm | 65kg
Birth Place: Hamilton, ON | Residence: Victoria, BC

Kyle Jones will be making his first appearance at an Olympic Games when he competes in the Triathlon event in London.

In 2011 Jones won gold at the Pan American Cup in Ixtapa, Mexico. He also won three gold medals at Asian Cup events and earned a fourth-place finish at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Jones holds second place finishes at the National Championships in 2009 and 2010 and won a Junior National Championship in 2003.

August 7th – 6:30am ET – Men’s Triathlon [ TSN / V ]

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