Aug. 24, 2004
Athens, Greece -
Kerri Walsh (1997-2000 at Stanford) and playing partner Misty May won a gold medal in beach volleyball on Tuesday by finishing off an unbeaten run through the 2004 Olympics with a straight set win (21-17, 21-11) over the Brazilian duo of Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede. The American duo won all seven of its matches at the Games in straight sets with the Olympic MVP Walsh leading the way. The Olympic gold medal was the first won by an American women's team in beach volleyball in a sport that made its debut at the 1996 Games. The gold was also only the second Olympic beach volleyball medal captured by the United States' women with the first coming earlier in day on Tuesday when Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs earned the bronze with a 21-18, 15-21, 15-9 victory over Australia's Natalie Cook and Nicole Sanderson. The gold was also the first Olympic medal of any kind for both May and Walsh.
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The medal won by Walsh brings the total won by Stanford affiliates at the 2004 Olympics to nine (two gold, six silver, one bronze). Stanford has a total of 42 affiliates either competing or coaching in the 2004 Games.
Other Stanford affiliates competing Tuesday at the Olympics included Margie Dingeldein (women's water polo), Malindi Elmore (women's track and field - Canada), Ellen Estes (women's water polo), Jackie Frank (women's water polo), Ogonna Nnamani (women's volleyball), Courtney Stewart (synchronized swimming - Canada), Logan Tom (women's volleyball) and Brenda Villa (women's water polo).
The U.S. women's water polo team fell just short in its quest to reach the Olympic gold medal game with a 6-5 loss to Italy in the semifinals on Tuesday. Dingeldein (1999-2002 at Stanford), Estes (1999-2002 at Stanford) and Villa (2000-03 at Stanford) had a goal each to keep the Americans in the contest. Estes tied the game at 5-5 with just 1:11 to go and the U.S. had possession in the last 30 seconds, but an offensive foul turned the ball over to the Italians with 17 second remaining and Manuela Zanchi fired a shot into the back of the net with two seconds left to win the match. Frank (2000-03 at Stanford), who registered four saves for Team USA in the contest, was in the net for the entire match. The Americans will next play for the bronze medal versus Australia on Thursday, August 26. Villa continues to lead Team USA in scoring at the Olympics with seven goals.
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Elmore (1999-2003 at Stanford) made her Olympic debut in the first round of the women's track and field 1500 meters competing for Canada, finishing 32nd overall with a time of 4:09.81. Elmore did not qualify for the 1500 meter semifinals scheduled for Thursday, August 26.
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The American women's volleyball team with Nnamani (Stanford senior in 2004-05) and Tom (1999-2002 at Stanford) was eliminated from the Olympics on Tuesday when a late rally fizzled against unbeaten Brazil in a heartbreaking 3-2 quarterfinal defeat (25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-27, 15-6). The top-ranked U.S. overcame erratic serving and unforced errors early in the match to knot up the contest, 2-2, after dropping the first two sets, but Brazil won the fifth game to advance to the Olympic semifinals. Nnamani was a spark off the bench for Team USA, posting 12 points on 12 kills, while Tom added 11 points on nine kills and two blocks.
"I think tonight's match was good in the fact that we showed a lot of fight and a lot of heart coming back from being down two sets," said Tom. "I am very proud of our girls, especially the girls who came off the bench. They gave their all out there. I hope people who saw our team tonight are proud of us even though we lost because I know I always will be."
"Things just didn't go our way," added Nnamani. "It's just crazy...a short 15-point set, can't even get a point, and we're down six-zero. It just happens that way sometimes. We just couldn't execute. We ran out of gas at the end. We worked so hard emotionally, physically and mentally to come back from being down 0-2. Things just didn't go our way in the fifth set and Brazil played an excellent match. They did a great job from the start."
Tom finished the Olympics with a team-high 99 points (79 kills, 13 blocks, 7 serves) for the Americans, while Nnamani contributed 36 points (34 kills, 2 blocks). The United States finished with a 2-4 record in six matches at the 2004 Games.
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Stewart (Stanford freshman in 2004-05) and her synchronized swimming partner Fanny Letourneau advanced to the Free Routine finals of the Duet competition scheduled for Wednesday, August 25. The Canadian duo is in sixth place after two days of preliminary action after posting a combined two-day total of 95.251 points. The duo scored 47.500 points during the Technical Routine competition on Tuesday and added 47.667 points in Tuesday's Free Routine preliminaries.
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All three Stanford affiliates coaching at the 2004 Olympics have concluded their coaching 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 head women's swimming coach Richard Quick coached in his sixth Olympic Games 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 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
Stanford Olympians Scheduled To Compete On Wednesday, August 25
Olympian - Sport ... Event (Television Station, Broadcast Time)
Jackie Edwards (Bahamas) - Women's Track And Field ... Long Jump Qualifying Round (NBC HDTV, TBA)
Gabe Gardner - Men's Volleyball ... Quarterfinals versus Greece (NBC, 8 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)
Barb Lindquist - Triathlon ... Final (NBC, 8 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)
Jonathan Riley - Men's Track And Field ... 5000 Meters Round 1 (NBC, 12:35 pm, PT, on Thursday, August 26, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)
Toby Stevenson - Men's Track And Field ... Pole Vault Qualifying Round (NBC HDTV, TBA)
Courtney Stewart (Canada) - Synchronized Swimming ... Duet Free Routine Finals (NBC, 8 pm, PT, Tape-Delayed Broadcast)