FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004
Trey Davis (510) 987-0056
UC FINISHES AS 12TH LEADING "COUNTRY" IN THE MEDALS
RACE AT ATHENS OLYMPICS
The University of California sent 110 athletes--
winning 35 medals including 12 gold -- to the recently concluded 2004
Olympic Games in Athens, Greece,
a larger contingent than many countries. Historically, participants
with UC connections have performed well in these international competitions
and the Summer Games proved to be no exception. In fact, if UC were
country, its 2004 medal total would have been exceeded by only 11
UC students and alumni won a total of 12 gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze
Among Olympic athletes winning multiple medals were swimmers and
UC alums Natalie Coughlin, 22, [UC Berkeley], who led the UC participants
with five medals including two gold and two silver, and Jason Lezak,
28, [UC Santa Barbara], who won one gold medal and one bronze.
Five members of the gold-medal U.S. softball team honed their athletic
prowess at UCLA -- Lisa Fernandez, 33, described by Sports Illustrated
as the country's best softball player and who won her third consecutive
Olympic gold medal, Tairia Flowers, 23, Amanda Freed, 24, Stacey
Nuveman, 26, and Natasha Watley, 22.
Joy Fawcett, 36, [UC Berkeley/UCLA] has been a mainstay of the
U.S. women's soccer team for years, and helped the squad win the
medal this summer.
The U.S. duo of Holly McPeak, 35, [UC Berkeley/UCLA] and Elaine
Youngs, 34, [UCLA] brought home the bronze in beach volleyball.
Other gold medal winners with UC connections included Pete Cipollone,
33, [UC Berkeley] in men's eight rowing, Joanna Hayes, 27, [UCLA]
in the 100-meter hurdles, and Monique Henderson, 21, [UCLA] in
1600-meter relay.This success in Athens topped by two the number
of UC medals (34) from the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. UC would
have also finished seventh
among the world's nations at the Sydney games (beaten out by U.S.,
Russia, China, Australia, Germany and France).
More background on UC's 2004 Olympians: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/summerolympics2004.html
List of UC medal winners in Athens: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/2004olympicsmedalists.html
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