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Julie Foudy And Team USA Women's Soccer Squad Win Olympic Gold
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/26/2004

Aug. 26, 2004

Athens, Greece - Julie Foudy (1989-92 at Stanford) and the American women's soccer team reclaimed the Olympic gold medal they captured in 1996 with a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over Brazil on Thursday. Abby Wambach scored the game-winning goal in the 112th minute off a corner kick by Kristine Lilly and the Americans, who won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics, held off Brazil for the remainder of the contest. Foudy, who had suffered a sprained ankle in the semifinals just three days ago, played all 120 minutes and took one shot in the contest. She is one of five 2004 Team USA members -- along with Brandi Chastain, Mia Hamm, Joy Fawcett and Lilly - remaining from the United States' winning 1991 World Cup team. Hamm, Fawcett and Foudy have all announced their retirement from the National Team.
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Julie Foudy and the Team USA women's soccer squad earned the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics with a 2-1 overtime win over Brazil on Thursday

Four former Stanford women's water polo players also earned a bronze medal on Thursday when Team USA came through with a 6-5 victory over Australia to help ease a gold medal loss to the Aussies at the 2000 Games in Sydney. Ellen Estes (1999-2002 at Stanford) picked up a hat trick and scored the game-winning goal with 2:20 remaining to lead the American effort. Jackie Frank (2000-03 at Stanford) set the tone by shutting out the Australians in the first half to stake Team USA to a 4-0 lead at the break and finished the contest with seven saves. Margie Dingeldein (1999-2002 at Stanford) and Brenda Villa (2000-03 at Stanford) both played but did not score. Villa finished 2004 Olympic competition with a team-high seven goals for the Americans, who finished with a 3-2 record at the Games.
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The five medals won by Stanford affiliates on Thursday were the most on any single day by the group at the 2004 Games. Stanford has a total of 42 affiliates either competing or coaching in the 2004 Olympics that have now combined to win 14 medals (three gold, six silver, five bronze).

Erin Dobratz (Stanford senior in 2004-05), Sara Lowe (Stanford freshman in 2004-05) and Courtney Stewart (Stanford freshman in 2004-05) also competed in synchronized swimming at the Olympics on Thursday. Dobratz and Lowe participated Thursday in the Team Technical Routine for an American squad that is third at the halfway point of the event with 48.584 points. Stewart is a member of a Canadian team that scored 47.584 points in the Team Technical Routine to currently place fifth. Synchronized swimming competition at the 2004 Olympics ends with the Team Free Routine on Friday, August 27. The action on Thursday and Friday will both account for half of the final scoring in the team event.
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All three Stanford affiliates coaching at the 2004 Olympics have concluded their assignments. Current head women's softball 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 Stanford women's swimming head coach Richard Quick served as an assistant coach for the 2004 Team USA women's swimming squad in his sixth Olympic coaching assignment. The American women combined with the Team USA men's swimming squad for an Olympic-high 28 swimming medals. The two 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 the men's tennis head coach for Team USA.

  • Stanford At The 2004 Olympics
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    Stanford Olympians Scheduled To Compete On Friday, August 27
    Olympian - Sport ... Event (Television Station, Broadcast Time)

    Tony Azevedo - Men's Water Polo ... Consolation Bracket versus Australia (Not Televised)

    Lance Beaubien - Men's Water Polo ... Consolation Bracket versus Australia (Not Televised)

    Erin Dobratz - Synchronized Swimming ... Team Free Routine (NBC, 8 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)

    Gabe Gardner - Men's Volleyball ... Semifinals versus Brazil (NBC, 12:35 am, PT, on Saturday, August 28, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)

    Sara Lowe - Synchronized Swimming ... Team Free Routine (NBC, 8 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)

    Toby Stephenson - Men's Track And Field ... Pole Vault Finals (NBC, 8 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)

    Courtney Stewart (Canada) - Synchronized Swimming ... Team Free Routine (NBC, 8 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)

    Wolf Wigo - Men's Water Polo ... Consolation Bracket versus Australia (Not Televised)

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