John Williams of Middleburg was among the five riders named yesterday to the Olympic eventing team by the U.S. Equestrian Federation.
Williams will be aboard Carrick, a Canadian Thoroughbred, for the three-day competition, which includes dressage, cross-county and show jumping.
Also on the U.S. team are Kim Severson of Keene, Va., aboard Winsome Adante; Darren Chiacchia (Windfall2), Julie Richards (Jacob Two Two) and Amy Tryon (My Beau).
David O'Connor of The Plains, a silver medalist in this event in 1996 and a bronze medalist in 2000, was named to the team as an alternate, along with Will Faudree, Jan Thompson of Purcellville and Heidi White of Duvall, Va. Tryon is also an alternate with her second horse, Poggio II.
The show jumping team, finalized earlier this week, includes Chris Kappler (Royal Kaliber), Beezie Madden (Authentic), McLain Ward (Sapphire) and Peter Wylde (Fein Cera).
The dressage team will be named Monday.
Haywood Nabs U.S. Mountain Biking Spot
Sue Haywood was given the lone women's spot on the U.S. mountain biking team.
Haywood finished one point ahead of Mary McConneloug in the international standings for the year that ended Monday, according to USA Cycling.
"Sue has a history of getting stronger and faster as the year goes on," said Steve Johnson, USA Cycling's Olympic team leader. "She's a legitimate medal contender. And she's seen the course in Athens already. . . . That hopefully gives her a leg up."
Officially, the International Cycling Union came up with a different point total for the cyclists. While it did not publish rankings on Monday, that total would have shown McConneloug 14 points ahead of Haywood.
But USA Cycling nominated Haywood because the UCI didn't credit her with 15 points she earned at a race in Idaho last summer.
"That feeling I've had all week in the pit of my stomach has been replaced by elation," Haywood said. "Mathematically, I'd always felt I'd gotten it by one point, but when there was this talk of philosophical interpretation of the UCI rankings I really, really started to worry."
McConneloug was traveling in Austria yesterday and not immediately available to comment.
Haywood is ranked fourth in the world; McConneloug is ranked No. 2.
Volleyball, Weight Lifting, Softball
The United States beat world champion Italy, 25-20, 17-25, 18-25, 25-22, 17-15, in the World Grand Prix women's volleyball tournament. . . .
Polish weightlifter Szymon Kolecki, who won a silver medal at the Sydney Games, tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone and is expected to be barred from the Olympics. . . .
Left-hander Lori Harrigan pitched a three-hitter to lead Team USA to its 51st consecutive victory, 5-0 over the Midwest Collegiate All-Stars Thursday night in Stevens Point, Wis.