Three Air Force Athletes Competing In Olympics
Aug. 5, 2004
WASHINGTON -- After years of hard work, only days remain before three Air Force athletes will compete at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens.
Thousands of athletes have begun arriving and checking into the Olympic Village, with opening ceremonies scheduled for Aug. 13.
Second Lt. Seth Kelsey, 22, of Brush Prairie, Wash., will compete in the men's epee fencing event. He is a 2003 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he earned a degree in behavioral science. The lieutenant has earned Senior "A" World Cup bronze medals in Tallin, Estonia, in 2002 and Havana in 2003.
Capt. Kevin Eastler, 26, of Framington, Maine, will compete in the 20-kilometer race walk during the track and field portion off the games. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1999 with a degree in mechanical engineering. While he placed second in the 2000 Olympic trials, he was denied a spot in the games because he failed to earn an "A" qualifying time. At this year's trials he placed third with a time of 1:28:49.
First Lt. James Parker, 28, of Great Falls, Mont., is also competing during the track and field portion of the games. The lieutenant will compete in the hammer throw. He majored in exercise science at Utah State, where he was a state discus champion and two-time state shot put champ. Lieutenant Parker placed first in the 2004 Olympic trials and was the 2003 USA Outdoor champion.