Georgia on our minds

Sheila Taormina has competed in Olympic Games in Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing. AP Photo/Armando Franca

On Jan. 27, 1785, the University of Georgia is founded, becoming the first state-chartered university in the United States. Since then, several star athletes have walked the Athens campus, including Sheila Taormina, who is the only woman to compete in three different sports in different Olympic Games. In 1996 in Atlanta, she won gold in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. In 2000 and 2004, she competed but did not medal in the triathlon. In 2008, she competed in the modern pentathlon. Other noteworthy Georgia graduates include former WNBA star Teresa Edwards, former LPGA star Vicki Goetze and swimmers Kim Black and Kristy Kowal.