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Jessica Mendoza And Team USA Women's Softball Win Olympic Gold
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/23/2004

Aug. 23, 2004

Athens, Greece - Jessica Mendoza (1999-2002 at Stanford) and the Team USA women's softball squad completed a gold medal run with a 5-1 victory over Australia on Monday. Mendoza's medal was the first gold won by a Stanford affiliate at the 2004 Games and the first Olympic medal in her career. The American softball team, who has now captured the gold medal in three consecutive Olympics, finished the 2004 Games with new records for both wins and consecutive victories with nine each. Team USA dominated the 2004 Olympic Tournament with a perfect 9-0 mark, outscoring opponents by a total of 51-1 as only a sixth inning run by the Aussies in Monday's finals kept the Americans from shutting out their opponents throughout their entire 2004 Olympic schedule. The Americans also extended their overall win streak to 79 in a row dating back to July 2003. Mendoza was 0-for-3 in Monday's gold medal victory and finished the Olympics with a .250 (5-20) batting average, adding a double, a triple, five RBI and three walks, while starting all nine games in left field.
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Patricia Miranda (1998-2002 at Stanford) picked up a bronze medal in the first-ever women's wrestling competition at the Olympics on Monday. Miranda, who had won three Elimination Pool D matches on Sunday, suffered a 9-0 defeat to eventual gold medalist Irini Merleni (Ukraine) in the semifinals, before coming back for a 12-4 win over Angelique Berthenet (France) to take the bronze.
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The two medals won by Stanford affiliates on Monday brings the school's 2004 total to eight (one gold, six silver, one bronze). Stanford has a total of 42 affiliates either competing or coaching in the 2004 Games.

Other Stanford affiliates competing Saturday at the Olympics included Tony Azevedo (men's water polo), Lance Beaubien (men's water polo), Julie Foudy (women's soccer), Gabe Gardner (men's volleyball), Courtney Stewart (synchronized swimming - Canada), Kerri Walsh (women's beach volleyball) and Wolf Wigo (men's water polo).

The American men's water polo team lost its third straight contest at the Olympics with a 9-4 defeat at the hands of Serbia and Montenegro on Monday to end its medal hopes. Wigo (1993-96 at Stanford) contributed one point, while Azevedo (Stanford senior in 2004-05) and Beaubien (1996-99 at Stanford) were held scoreless. The Americans finished fourth in Preliminary Pool A action with a 2-3 record and will begin consolation bracket play on Friday. The American will need to win their two consecutive matches to finish seventh, beginning with a contest versus the winner of a Wednesday consolation match between Kazakhstan and Australia.
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Foudy (1989-92 at Stanford) and the American women's soccer team advanced to the gold medal match with a clutch 2-1 overtime victory over defending World Cup champions Germany in an Olympic semifinal on Monday. Foudy started and played 65 minutes in the contest, firing off one shot. Team USA will take on Brazil, a 1-0 winner over Sweden in Monday's other semifinal, in the gold medal match on Thursday, August 26. The United States beat Brazil by a score of 2-0 when the teams played earlier in the 2004 Olympics on Saturday, August 14.
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Gardner (1998 at Stanford) made his 2004 Olympic debut when he came off the bench to score two points (1 kill, 1 serve) for the Team USA men's volleyball squad in its 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22) victory over previously unbeaten Brazil. The victory gave the Americans a third-place finish in Pool B action and set-up a quarterfinal matchup against Greece on Wednesday, August 25. Team USA was one of three squads to finish with 3-2 Pool B records and received the third seed overall behind Brazil (4-1) and Italy (1-3). Russia (3-2) also advanced to the quarterfinals from Pool B.
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Stewart (Stanford freshman in 2004-05) and her synchronized swimming partner Fanny Letourneau placed sixth in Preliminary Technical Routine for Canada in the Duet competition. The duo finished with 47.500 points and will continue the Duet event Tuesday with the Free Routine Preliminaries.
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Walsh (1997-2000 at Stanford) and playing partner Misty May knocked off fellow Americans Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs in a highly-anticipated semifinal match on Monday, 21-18, 21-15. Walsh led the way with a match-high 18 kills for top-ranked duo, who recorded its 14th win in a row over their American counterparts. The victory moved the unbeaten (6-0) and top-seeded May and Walsh into the gold medal match against Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede of Brazil on Tuesday, August 24. The gold medal contest will be a rematch of the 2003 World Championships won by May and Walsh. The American duo holds a 13-7 all-time advantage over the Brazilians and has won all three meetings between the teams this year. Behar and Bede were the silver medalists at the 2000 Games in Sydney. No American team had ever won an Olympic medal in the beach volleyball, which debuted at the Olympics in 1996, but Walsh and May have already assured themselves of medaling in 2004. The duo has won each of its six matches at the 2004 Olympics in straight sets.
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Current head women's softball coach John Rittman concluded his assignment as a 2004 Olympic assistant for Team USA when the Americans won the gold on Monday. Current Stanford head women's swimming coach Richard Quick finished his sixth Olympic coaching assignment as an assistant with the USA women's swimming team that combined with the American men's swimming squad for an Olympic-high 28 swimming medals. The Team USA swimmers also had the highest medal count in each of the three 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 head coach for Team USA.

  • Stanford At The 2004 Olympics
  • NBC Olympics.com

    Stanford Olympians Scheduled To Compete On Tuesday, August 24
    Olympian - Sport ... Event (Television Station, Broadcast Time)

    Margie Dingeldein - Women's Water Polo ... Semifinals versus Italy (MSNBC, 7 am, PT, Live Broadcast)

    Malindi Elmore (Canada) - Women's Track and Field ... 1500 Meters Round 1 (NBC, 12:35 am, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)

    Ellen Estes - Women's Water Polo ... Semifinals versus Italy (MSNBC, 7 am, PT, Live Broadcast)

    Jackie Frank - Women's Water Polo ... Semifinals versus Italy (MSNBC, 7 am, PT, Live Broadcast)

    Ogonna Nnamani - Women's Volleyball ... Quarterfinals versus Brazil (NBC, 12:35 am, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)

    Courtney Stewart (Canada) - Synchronized Swimming ... Duet Free Routine Preliminaries (Bravo, 2 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)

    Logan Tom - Women's Volleyball ... Quarterfinals versus Brazil (NBC, 12:35 am, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)

    Brenda Villa - Women's Water Polo ... Semifinals versus Italy (MSNBC, 7 am, PT, Live Broadcast)

    Kerri Walsh - Women's Beach Volleyball ... Finals versus Brazil (NBC, 8 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)


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