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Toby Stevenson Takes Silver In Olympic Men's Pole Vault Competition
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/27/2004

Aug. 27, 2004

Athens, Greece - Toby Stevenson (1997-2000 at Stanford) earned a silver medal in the finals of the men's pole vault competition at the Olympics on Friday when he cleared 5.90 meters (19 feet, 4 1/4 inches). Only an Olympic record vault of 5.95 meters (19-6 1/4) by fellow American Timothy Mack denied Stevenson of a gold medal.
"Everybody brought their 'A game' tonight, and luckily for us, we got a gold and a silver," said Stevenson of the American effort. "I'm disappointed that I lost, but am I disappointed that I got a silver? Hell, no. We've been here two weeks, saying to each other, 'let's get a gold and a silver,' half joking and half serious. And we did it!"

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Toby Stevenson cleared 5.90 meters (19 feet, 1/4 inches) to earn an Olympic silver medal in the men's pole vault on Friday

"I'm absolutely ecstatic I won the silver," added Stevenson. "It is the culmination of the last 15 years of my life - paying my dues, taking all the jokes about the helmet. It really legitimizes my life as an athlete."

Erin Dobratz (Stanford senior in 2004-05) and Sara Lowe (Stanford freshman in 2004-05) added bronze medals Friday on the final day of the 2004 Olympic synchronized swimming competition. Dobratz and Lowe were both members of an American squad that finished third with 97.418 total points in the team event to medal in the team competition for the first time since 1996. Team USA was in third place after the first day of the event after scoring 48.584 points in the Technical Routine on Thursday and stayed in that position with 48.834 points in Friday's Free Routine for a two-day total of 97.418. Russia took the gold with a final total score of 99.501. Courtney Stewart (Stanford freshman in 2004-05) also competed in the team event for a fifth-place Canadian squad that scored 47.584 points in the Team Technical Routine on Thursday and 47.667 points on Friday for a grand total of 95.251.
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With the three medals earned on Friday, a group of 42 Stanford affiliates competing or coaching in the 2004 Olympics has now tallied 17 medals (three gold, seven silver, seven bronze).

Tony Azevedo (Stanford senior in 2004-05), Lance Beaubien (1996-99 at Stanford) and Wolf Wigo (1993-96 at Stanford) helped the United States' men's water polo squad snap a three-game losing streak at the 2004 Games with a 6-5 victory over Australia. Azevedo, who leads the Americans with 12 Olympic goals in 2004, picked up a hat trick and played a whopping game-high 126 minutes. Wigo added a goal, while Beaubien played but did not score. Friday's win improves Team USA's record at the 2004 Olympics to 3-3 and moves the Americans into a seventh-place classification match against Italy on Sunday, August 29.
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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 as the American women combined with the country's men's swimming team 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.

For the first day at the 2004 Games, no athletes or coaches affiliated with Stanford are scheduled to compete on Saturday, August 28. On the final day of the Olympics on Sunday, August 29, Gabe Gardner (1998 at Stanford) and the American men's volleyball squad will go for a bronze medal against Russia, while Azevedo, Beaubien and Wigo play for seventh-place in men's water polo.

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    Stanford Olympians Scheduled To Compete On Saturday, August 28
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    Stanford Olympians Scheduled To Compete On Sunday, August 29
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    Tony Azevedo - Men's Water Polo ... 7th-Place Classification Match versus Italy (Not Televised)

    Lance Beaubien - Men's Water Polo ... 7th-Place Classification Match versus Italy (Not Televised)

    Gabe Gardner - Men's Volleyball ... Bronze Medal Match versus Russia (2 am, PT, CNBC, Live Broadcast)

    Wolf Wigo - Men's Water Polo ... 7th-Place Classification Match versus Italy (Not Televised)

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