Athletes and coaches with Stanford ties snag 17 Olympic medals, including three golds
A total of 15 athletes and coaches with Stanford ties combined for 17 medals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens: three gold medals, seven silvers and seven bronzes.
Thirty-seven athletes, three coaches and two alternates participated in the Olympics, which ended Sunday. This year's medal count was just four shy of the school-record 21 medals at the 1924 Olympics in Paris.
The gold medal winners were Julie Foudy, B.S. '93, midfielder on the U.S. women's soccer team; Jessica Mendoza, B.A. '02, M.A. '03, left fielder on the U.S. women's softball team; and Kerri Walsh, B.A. '00, one half of the U.S. women's beach volleyball team.
Stanford's current women's softball head coach, John Rittman, was the assistant coach for the Team USA squad that won its third straight Olympic gold medal. Stanford's current women's swimming head coach, Richard Quick, served as an assistant for the U.S. women's swimming squad in his sixth Olympic coaching assignment. The American men's and women's swim teams combined for an Olympic-high 28 medals.
Former Stanford tennis player Patrick McEnroe, B.A. '88, served as Team USA's men's tennis head coach. The squad included silver medalist Mardy Fish.
Also, alumna swimmer Jenny Thompson, B.A. '95, became the most decorated Olympian ever, with 12 medals won over four Olympic Games.
All but five athletes and coaches with Stanford ties were members of Team USA Olympic squads. A complete listing of the affiliates and their achievements can be found at http://gostanford.collegesports.com/ot/2004-olympics.html.