Stanford student athletes and alumni brought home 12 golds and 20 medals in total from this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. Ahead of a ceremony that will honor the Cardinal’s Olympians at halftime during the Homecoming football game against Arizona this weekend, The Daily had a chance to talk to seven current students who competed at the Games.
Over the 19 days of competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, current Stanford athletes and alumni took 16 medals—equivalent to 17th in the world amongst participating country. Stanford finished third in the collegiate Olympic medal count behind USC and Cal, and tied USC for earning the most gold medals. Here are some Cardinal highlights of the last week of Olympic competition.
Five Stanford women’s water polo players, past and current, collected Olympic gold medals as Team USA defeated Spain 8-5 in the final round of the women’s water polo tournament.
Thirty-seven Stanford-affiliated athletes, including five current student-athletes, are competing at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Thirty-seven Stanford students and alumni will be competing in the next couple of weeks in the London 2012 Olympic Games, leading to hopes of yet another large medal haul for the Cardinal. Here we present some of the potential highlights for Stanford fans, focusing on the teams and athletes most likely to be able to bring home gold based on past success:
Had Stanford competed as its own country in the Beijing Olympics, it would have placed 11th — tied with Japan — in total Olympics medals. This summer is shaping up to be no different, as track and field athletes, synchronized swimmers, divers and water polo players, among others, prepare for the impending games in London.
Stanford’s women’s water polo team swept both major awards given out by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC), while six athletes were named All-Americans.
The top-ranked Stanford women’s water polo team travels to the National Collegiate Championship in Ann Arbor this weekend with a couple of lofty goals: a successful tournament would give the Cardinal its first national championship since 2002 and earn a 101st team title for Stanford athletics as a whole.