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Jenny Thompson Becomes Most Decorated Olympian In American History
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/21/2004

Aug. 21, 2004

Athens, Greece - Jenny Thompson (1991-95 at Stanford) became the most decorated Olympian in American history when she picked up her 12th career Olympic medal as a member of the United States' second-place 4x100 medley relay women's swimming team on Saturday. Thompson, who is competing in her fourth Olympic Games, and her American teammates finished the race in a time of 3:59.12, while an Australian team set a new world record to win the event in 3:57.32. Thompson swam her 100 meter butterfly leg in 58.41.

"That was my last Olympic swim race," said Thompson, who was denied her ninth Olympic gold medal and remained tied for the most Olympic gold medals by an American swimmer with eight. "I am so proud of the women on my team."

"She has so many medals she can't fit them all around her neck," added relay teammate Kara Lynn Joyce.

Thompson, who had earned a silver medal at the 2004 Games last Saturday as a member of the Americans' second-place 4x100 free relay squad, was also seventh in the finals of the 50 free with a time of 25.11. Inge De Bruijn of the Netherlands won Saturday's 50 free in 24.58.

Tara Kirk (2000-04 at Stanford) was also awarded with her first Olympic medal on Saturday for her contribution to the USA's 4x100 medley relay silver medal winning team on Friday when she swam the fastest breaststroke leg of the day (1:07.08) in the first of two heats to help the Americans qualify second for the finals in 4:02.82. Amanda Beard swam the breaststroke for the United States in the finals of the event on Saturday.

The United States won the medal count in swimming with a total of 28, including an Olympic-high 12 gold medals.
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Other Stanford affiliates competing Saturday at the Olympics included Tony Azevedo (men's water polo), Lance Beaubien (men's water polo), Kerri Walsh (women's beach volleyball) and Wolf Wigo (men's water polo).

The American men's water polo squad suffered its second straight defeat to drop to 2-2 in Group A Preliminary action, falling 9-7 to Russia. Three Stanford Olympians scored five of the Americans' seven goals with Azevedo (Stanford senior in 2004-05) and Beaubien (1996-99 at Stanford) tallying a pair of goals each, and Wigo (1993-96 at Stanford) contributing one. The U.S. men conclude Group A Preliminary action versus Serbia and Montenegro (also 2-2 in Group A Preliminary action) on Monday, August 23. The Americans have already assured themselves a spot in the quarterfinals beginning on Wednesday, August 25.
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Walsh (1997-2000) and playing partner Misty May rolled into the women's beach volleyball quarterfinals with a 21-11, 21-18 victory over Jia Tian and Fei Wang of China in a Round of 16 match. The top-seeded Americans and 2003 world champions improved to 4-0 at the Olympics, winning all four matches in straight games. Walsh and May will next face Canada's Guylaine Dumont and Annie Martin in a quarterfinal match on Sunday, August 22. One more victory by each the Walsh/May duo and their American counterparts Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs would set-up a showdown between the teams in one semifinal on Monday, August 23. The American teams are trying to become the first women from the United States to win an Olympic medal in the sport, which debuted at the Games in 1996.
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Current Stanford head women's swimming coach Richard Quick completed his sixth Olympic coaching assignment as an assistant for the American women's team on Saturday, while current head women's softball coach John Rittman will continue his assignment as an Olympic assistant for Team USA when softball action resumes Sunday. Former Stanford men's tennis player Patrick McEnroe (1985-88 at Stanford) also continued his tenure as the head coach for the USA's men's tennis team.

Stanford Olympians Scheduled To Compete On Sunday, August 22
Olympian - Sport ... Event (Television Station, Broadcast Time)

Samantha Magee - Women's Rowing ... Women's Eight Final (CNBC, 11 pm, PT, on Saturday, August 21, Live Broadcast; NBC, 10 am/5 pm, Tape-Delayed Broadcasts)

Jessica Mendoza - Women's Softball ... Semifinals versus Greece (CNBC, 11 pm, PT, on Saturday, August 21, Live Broadcast)

Patricia Miranda - Women's Wrestling ... Women's Freestyle First Round (CNBC, 1 am/12 pm, PT, Live Broadcast)

Oganna Nnamani - Women's Volleyball ... Pool B Game versus Cuba (NBC, 2 pm, PT, Live Broadcast)

Logan Tom - Women's Volleyball ... Pool B Game versus Cuba (NBC, 2 pm, PT, Live Broadcast)

Kerri Walsh - Women's Beach Volleyball ... Quarterfinals versus Canada (NBC, 4/7 pm, PT, NBC, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)

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