Oct. 7, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - While billions around the world were enthralled by the spectacle, pageantry and performances of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Stanford community took great pride in its own 49 current or former student-athletes or affiliates who competed in the Games.
Stanford will celebrate their accomplishments with a public reception involving 15 of those Olympians on Friday, Oct. 10, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Arrillaga Plaza, located on campus between the Arrillaga Family Sports Center and Avery Aquatic Center. The event is part of the university's Reunion Homecoming weekend.
Current Stanford athletes scheduled to appear are: Elaine Breeden ('09, swimming), Jillian Harmon ('09, basketball), Arantxa King ('11, track and field), Elle Logan ('10, rowing), Lindsay Meyer ('12, rowing), Ali Riley ('10, soccer), Julia Smit ('09, swimming), and Jessica Steffens ('09, water polo).
Former Stanford athletes scheduled to appear are: Nicole Barnhart ('05, soccer), Rachel Buehler ('07, soccer), Jackie Edwards ('92, track and field), Matt Gentry ('05, wrestling), Peter Hudnut ('03, water polo), Michael Robertson ('07, track and field), Brenda Villa ('03, water polo).
Stanford athletes collected a school-record 25 medals - eight gold, 13 silver and four bronze. Among those at Friday's event are three gold medalists (Barnhart, Buehler, and Logan) and five silver medalists (Breeden, Hudnut, Smit, Steffens, and Villa).
Logan, part of the United States' winning women's eight crew, is the only current Stanford student-athlete among the Cardinal Olympic champions.
Stanford net haul - subtracting multiple medals for the same team sports - was six golds and 15 medals, totals that would have placed the university No. 13 as a country in golds and No. 17 in medals.
Among the other activities on campus over the weekend are eight intercollegiate athletic events and eight alumni contests.
Intercollegiate events, by day:
Friday - women's swimming vs. Oregon State (2 p.m.), men's soccer vs. San Diego State (4:30 p.m.), women's soccer vs. Oregon (7 p.m.), women's volleyball vs. Arizona (7 p.m.).
Saturday - football vs. Arizona (2 p.m.).
Sunday - women's soccer vs. Oregon State (noon), women's volleyball vs. Arizona State (2 p.m.), men's soccer vs. UCLA (2:30 p.m.).
Alumni events, by day:
Saturday - swimming (9 a.m.), men's soccer (9 a.m.), women's water polo (10 a.m.), softball (10 a.m.).
Sunday - men's volleyball (9 a.m.), men's rugby (10 a.m.), women's lacrosse (10:30 a.m.), baseball (alumni vs. alumni, noon; alumni vs. varsity, 1:30 p.m.).