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Stanford Well-Represented at Upcoming Summer Olympics
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 07/16/2008

July 16, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - A total of 47 Stanford-affiliated athletes (46) and coaches (1) will represent the United States and six other countries at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad to be held in Beijing, China from August 8-24.

In addition to the United States, Stanford athletes will also represent the countries of Austria, Brazil, Canada, Kenya, New Zealand and Tunisia. Of the 46 Stanford-affiliated athletes that will be competing in Beijing, 11 are current student-athletes.

Four years ago at the Summer Games in Athens, Stanford was represented by a total of 42 athletes and coaches who combined to win 17 medals, including three gold, seven silver and seven bronze. Stanford's medal count for the 2004 Summer Games was just four shy of the school-record 21 medals picked up by Stanford athletes at the 1924 Olympics in Paris, France.

Stanford will be well-represented in the water sports, with 21 athletes competing in the sports of swimming (8), water polo (7) and rowing (6). Stanford associates will also be competing in the sports of women's basketball (2), cycling (1), men's soccer (2), women's soccer (3), softball (3), tennis (2), track and field (6), men's indoor volleyball (2), women's beach volleyball (1), women's indoor volleyball (2) and wrestling (1).

Eight Stanford associates representing five different countries have qualified for the Olympics in swimming. Current women's Stanford team members Elaine Breeden (100 and 200 fly) and Julia Smit (4x100 and 4x200 free relay), along with Ben Wildman-Tobriner `07 (50 free, 400 free relay), punched their tickets to Beijing at the U.S. Olympic Trials earlier this month in Omaha, Neb. Four current Stanford men's swimmers--David Dunford (Kenya), Jason Dunford (Kenya), Philip Morrison (Brazil) and Markus Rogan (Austria), along with Tobias Oriwol '06 (Canada)--will also be in Beijing.

Stanford will also be well-represented in water polo, with seven current and former athletes occupying spots on the United States team. On the men's side, Tony Azevedo '05, Layne Beaubien '99, Peter Hudnut '03 and Peter Varellas '06 will lead the U.S. team in its quest for a gold medal, while Stanford alums Alison Gregorka '07 and Brenda Villa '03 along with Cardinal senior Jessica Steffens will compete on the women's team. Azevedo and Villa will captain their respective teams.

Six Stanford alums will be competing in track and field. Ryan Hall '06 is one of America's top hopefuls in the marathon after winning the Olympic Trials in New York's Central Park last November with a time of 2:09.02. Ian Dobson '05 qualified for the 5,000 meters on the strength of his third place finish at Olympic Trials in Eugene. In the field events, Jillian Camarena '05 and recent alum Erica McLain '08 will be competing in the shot put and triple jump, respectively, while Michael Robertson '07 will compete in the discus. In addition, Leila Ben-Youssef '04 will be representing Tunisia in the pole vault and Arantxa King '11 will be representing Bermuda in the long jump.

In volleyball, national team veterans Logan Tom '03 and Ogonna Nnamani '05 hope to lead Team USA to its first medal since 1992, when it secured a bronze medal in Barcelona. Gabe Gardner `99 and Kevin Hansen '04, MA `05 have earned spots on the men's team, which is ranked third in the world behind Brazil and Russia. Gardner will be making his second Olympic appearance and Hansen his first. Kerri Walsh '00 and partner Misty May-Treanor, the world's top-ranked beach volleyball team, will look for a repeat of their gold medal-performance of four years ago in Athens.

Current Stanford women's basketball player Jillian Harmon, who helped the Cardinal to an appearance in the national championship game this past season, along with recent graduate Clare Bodensteiner '07, will compete for New Zealand.

Rachel Buehler '08 and Nicole Barnhart '05 are part of a talented U.S. women's soccer team that will look to capture its second straight gold medal and third overall since 1996. Ali Riley, who will return for her junior season at Stanford in the fall, will be competing for New Zealand.

A pair of former Stanford men's soccer players -- Simon Elliott '98 and Ryan Nelsen '00--have earned spots on the New Zealand National Team which will be included in the same group as host China, Brazil and Belgium. A former midfielder for Fulham in the English Premier League, Elliott played two seasons at Stanford and earned third team NSCAA All-America honors in 1998. Nelsen was the Pac-10 and NSCAA Player of the Year in 2000, helping the Cardinal to a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Former Stanford softball players Jessica Mendoza '02, MA `03 and Lauren Lappin '06 will help Team USA in its quest for a fourth straight Olympic gold medal. For the second straight Olympiad, Stanford softball head coach John Rittman will serve as an assistant coach on the United States team.

John Gall '00, Stanford's all-time career leader in hits, doubles and RBI, will be competing for Team USA in the baseball competition. Gall becomes the sixth Cardinal baseball player to compete in the Olympics.

In tennis, Bob and Mike Bryan '98, currently the No. 2 ranked doubles team in the world, will make their second Olympic appearance after advancing to the quarterfinals in the doubles competition four years ago in Athens.

In rowing, a pair of Stanford alums -- David Banks '05 (men's four) and Jamie Schroeder `05 (men's quadruple sculls) will join current student-athletes Elle Logan (women's eight) and Lindsay Meyer on the U.S. team, while Adam Kreek '06 (men's eight) and Sabrina Kolker '03 (women's pair) will represent Canada.

Matt Gentry '05, who won Stanford's only individual NCAA wrestling title as a junior in 2004, will compete for Canada in the 74kg freestyle, becoming the program's first male Olympian.

Christine Thorburn, who earned her M.D. from Stanford in 2002, will make her second Olympic appearance in cycling.

Two Stanford coaches -- Heather Olson `99 (synchronized swimming) and Yasmin Farooq (women's rowing) -- will also be on hand in Beijing working as color analysts for NBC. Head men's basketball coach Johnny Dawkins is also serving as Director of Player Personnel for Team USA.

Fans can follow the progress of Stanford athletes in Beijing at gostanford.com beginning August 1.

Stanford's 2008 Olympic Roster

United States Olympians (33)

Azevedo, Tony '05 Men's Water Polo
Banks, David '05 Men's Rowing (Men's Four)
Barnhart, Nicole '05 Women's Soccer
Beaubien, Layne '99 Men's Water Polo
Breeden, Elaine Women's Swimming (100 fly, 200 fly)
Bryan, Bob '98 Men's Tennis (Doubles)
Bryan, Mike '98 Men's Tennis (Doubles)
Buehler, Rachel `08 Women's Soccer
Camarena, Jillian '04 Women's Track and Field (Shot Put)
Dobson, Ian '05 Men's Track and Field (5000 meters)
Gall, John '00 Baseball
Gardner, Gabe '99 Men's Volleyball
Gregorka, Alison '07 Women's Water Polo
Hall, Ryan '06 Men's Track and Field (Marathon)
Hansen, Kevin '04 Men's Volleyball
Hudnut, Peter '03 Men's Water Polo
Lappin, Lauren `06 Softball
Logan, Elle Women's Rowing (Women's Eight)
McLain, Erica '08 Women's Track and Field (Triple Jump)
Meyer, Lindsay Women's Rowing (Women's Eight)
Mendoza, Jessica '02 Softball
Nnamani, Ogonna `05 Women's Volleyball
Rittman, John Softball (Assistant Coach)
Robertson, Michael '07 Men's Track and Field (Discuss)
Schroeder, Jamie '05 Men's Rowing (Quadruple Sculls)
Smit, Julia Women's Swimming (4x100 and 4x200 free relay)
Steffens, Jessica Women's Water Polo
Thorburn, Christine, M.D. '99 Cycling
Tom, Logan '03 Women's Volleyball
Varellas, Peter '06 Men's Water Polo
Villa, Brenda `03 Women's Water Polo
Walsh, Kerri '00 Women's Beach Volleyball
Wildman-Tobriner, Ben `07 Men's Swimming (50 free, 400 free relay)

Stanford Olympians Representing Other Countries (14)

Austria
Rogan, Markus Men's Swimming (100 and 200 Backstroke)

Brazil
Morrison, Phillip Men's Swimming (800 Free Relay)

Canada
Gentry, Matt '05 Wrestling (74 kg Freestyle)
Kreek, Adam '06 Men's Rowing (Men's Eight)
Kolker, Sabrina '03 Women's Rowing (Women's Pair)
Oriwol, Tobias '06 Men's Swimming (200 Backstroke)

Kenya
Dunford, David Men's Swimming (50 Free)
Dunford, Jason Men's Swimming (100 fly, 100 Free)

New Zealand
Bodensteiner, Clare '07 Women's Basketball
Elliott, Simon `98 Men's Soccer
Harmon, Jillian Women's Basketball
Nelsen, Ryan '00 Men's Soccer
Riley, Ali Women's Soccer

Tunisia
Ben-Youssef, Leila `04 Women's Track and Field (Pole Vault)

Stanford Participation in Recent Olympiads
2008 (Beijing) 47
2004 (Athens) 42
2000 (Sydney) 34
1996 (Atlanta) 49
1992 (Barcelona) 38
1988 (Seoul) 38


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