Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Cardinal and GOLD (School Pride)

Besides boasting the #1 ranked football team in the country, USC sent 40 athletes to Beijing this summer to amass an impressive collection of medals.

Here's an exerpt from an article at USC times:

Rebecca Soni led a group of Trojan athletes past and present that continued USC’s Olympics success with 21 medals in Beijing.

USC athletes added nine gold, 10 silver and two bronze medals – more medals than at Athens in 2004 or Sydney in 2000 – to its impressive Olympics resume, bringing the university’s all-time tally to 121 gold, 76 silver and 60 bronze. It was Troy's second highest overall medal count, behind only the 24 medals it won at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

If USC athletes had competed as a country this year, they would have placed 13th in the overall medal standing in the Beijing Games (and tied for eighth in golds). USC athletes have taken home at least one gold medal from every Summer Olympics since 1912.

In all, 40 Trojan athletes competed at the Olympics, extending USC’s record total of all-time Olympians to 384.

For a complete list of USC's 2008 Olympic results, past stories and photos of this year's gold medal winners, visit

“The entire Trojan Family is extremely proud of the performance of our current and former athletes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics,” USC athletic director Mike Garrett said.

USC athletes excelled in team sports, led by gold medals from Lisa Leslie ’94 and Tina Thompson ’97 on the U.S. women’s basketball team. Leslie and Thompson both started for the U.S., which dominated opponents by an average of 38 points. It’s the fourth gold medal for Leslie.

“In my fourth Olympics, to have four gold medals, it obviously shows a level of dominance that I’ve been able to participate in with so many great players,” Leslie said. “It would be shameful to try to take all the credit for myself when I’ve had so many awesome teammates. So, for me, I just pass that on to my teammates that will go on in the future to represent our country.”

1 comment:

caljoy said...

Oh no the USC propaganda begins again......hee-hee
Go gold and purple LSU !!