Aug. 29, 2004
Athens, Greece -
A total of 15 Stanford affiliates combined for 17 medals at the 2004 Olympic Games, including three gold, seven silver and three bronze. Stanford's final medal count for the 2004 Games that ended on Sunday was just four shy of the school-record 21 medals picked up by Stanford affiliates at the 1924 Olympics in Paris, France. A total of 42 Stanford-affiliated athletes (37), coaches (3) and alternates (2) were in Athens for the 2004 Games.
Julie Foudy (women's soccer; 1989-92 at Stanford), Jessica Mendoza (women's softball; 1999-2002 at Stanford) and Kerri Walsh (women's beach volleyball; 1997-2000 at Stanford) all earned gold medals.
Stanford affiliates to pick up silver medals at the 2004 Games included Tara Kirk (women's swimming ... 4x100 medley relay; 2000-04 at Stanford), Samantha Magee (women's rowing ... women's eights; Stanford junior in 2004-05), Markus Rogan (men's swimming ... 100 back, 200 back; 2000-04 at Stanford), Toby Stevenson (men's track and field ... pole vault; 1997-2000 at Stanford) and Jenny Thompson (women's swimming ... 4x100 free relay, 4x100 medley relay).
Margie Dingeldein (women's water polo; 1999-2002 at Stanford), Erin Dobratz (synchronized swimming ... team event; Stanford senior in 2004-05), Ellen Estes (women's water polo, 1999-2002 at Stanford), Jackie Frank (women's water polo; 2000-03 at Stanford), Sara Lowe (synchronized swimming ... team event; Stanford freshman in 2004-05), Patricia Miranda (women's wrestling ... 48 kg/105.5 lbs; 1998-2002 at Stanford) and Brenda Villa (women's water polo, 2000-03 at Stanford) added bronze medals.
All three Stanford affiliates coaching at the 2004 Olympics also helped coach their athletes to medals. Current women's softball head coach John Rittman was an assistant for the Team USA squad that wrapped up its third straight Olympic gold medal on Monday, August 23. Current women's swimming head coach Richard Quick served as an assistant for the 2004 Team USA women's swimming squad in his sixth Olympic coaching assignment as the American women combined with the country's men's swimming team for an Olympic-high 28 swimming medals. The men's and women's Team USA swimming squads also combined for the highest medal count in each of the three medal categories -- gold (12), silver (9) and bronze (7). Former Stanford men's tennis player Patrick McEnroe (1985-88 at Stanford) coached Marty Fish to a silver medal as Team USA's men's tennis head coach.
Three Stanford associates competed Sunday on the final day of the 2004 Olympics, helping the American men's water polo team to a 9-8 victory over Russia that gave the United States a seventh-place finish. Tony Azevedo (Stanford senior in 2004-05) had his second consecutive hat trick while playing a game-high 151 minutes and Layne Beaubien picked up a pair of goals. Wolf Wigo also played but did not score. Azevedo finished the Olympics with 15 goals, tied with Russia's Revaz Chomakhidze for the most at the 2004 Games. The Americans completed a seven-game run at the 2004 Games with a 4-3 record.
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Other Stanford affiliates that participated in the 2004 Olympics included Caroline Bruce (women's swimming; Stanford freshman in 2004-05), Bob Bryan (men's tennis; 1997-98 at Stanford), Mike Bryan (men's tennis; 1997-98 at Stanford), Kristen Caverly (women's swimming; Stanford junior in 2004-05), Gabe Gardner (men's volleyball; 1998 at Stanford), Kristin Heaston (women's track and field; current Stanford assistant strength coach), Dana Kirk (women's swimming; Stanford junior in 2004-05), Tara Kirk (women's swimming; 2000-04 at Stanford), Barb Lindquist (triathlon; 1987-91 at Stanford), Ogonna Nnamani (women's volleyball; Stanford senior in 2004-05), Jonathan Riley (men's track and field; 1997-2002 at Stanford), Grant Robison (men's track and field; 2000-04 at Stanford), Jamie Schroeder (men's rowing, Stanford senior in 2004-05), Christine Thorburn (women's cycling; 1999 M.D. at Stanford) and Logan Tom (women's volleyball; 1999-2002 at Stanford).
Peter Hudnut (men's water polo; 1999-2002 at Stanford) and Lauren Lappin (women's softball; Stanford junior in 2004-05) were Olympic alternates but did not compete in the 2004 Games.
All Stanford affiliates were members of Team USA Olympic squads other than Edwards (Bahamas), Elmore (Canada), Kolker (Canada), Kremer (Luxemborg), Rogan (Austria) and Stewart (Canada).
Stanford At The 2004 Olympics