Although a few soccer games have been played, the Olympics don't truly start until after the opening ceremonies. Those take place, this Friday Night at 7:30. So in honor of the Olympics, I'd like to share with you a list of those Olympians with Lehigh Valley ties.

Bobby Lea (USA) - Track Cycling - Last year's World Series of Bicycling Rider of the Year and a fan favorite at our very own Valley Preferred Cycling Center. He'll be looking for gold in the Omnium.

Nijsane Nicholas Phillip (TRI) - Track Cycling - A regular at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center, Nijsane will be competing in the Sprint and  Keirin.

Elizabeth "Ebee" Price (USA) - Gymnastics - Named as an alternate to the gymnastics squad, she's from Coopersburg, PA and trained at the Parkettes National Gymnastics Training Center in Allentown.

Lauren Tamayo [nÈe Franges] (USA) - Track Cycling - 1999 Junior National from just outside of Trexlertown and a product of the Air Products Developmental Cycling Program, she's racing for gold in the Women's Team Pursuit.

Simon Van Velthooven (NZL) - Track Cycling - Also a regular at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center, he'll be competing in the Keirin and Team Sprint.


Here's the times to tune in and see these athletes with Lehigh Valley ties: (All times are EST)

Women's Gymnastics Team Final July 31 at 11:30 a.m. Men's Team Sprint Qualifications are August 2nd at 11:15 a.m.* Women's Team Pursuit Qualifications are August 3rd at 11:56 a.m. Men's Sprint Qualifications are August 4th at 5:00 a.m.* Men's Omnium 250m Time Trial August 4th at 5:30 a.m. Men's Keirin Round 1 is August 7th at 5:00 a.m.* Men's Omnium 30km Points Race August 4th at 11:54 a.m. Men's Omnium Elimination Race August 4th at 1:25 p.m. Men's Omnium 4km Individual Pursuit August 5th at 5:00 a.m. Men's Omnium 15km Scratch Race August 5th at 12:01 p.m. Men's Omnium 1km August 5th at 1:16 p.m.

*Not to be presumptuous but I'm only listing qualification times. If they qualify you'll see them again.

Click here for the full Olympic schedule.