Olympic medals galore for the Cardinal

David Gonzalez Alumna Kerri Walsh

Alumna Kerri Walsh, center, won gold in beach volleyball at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Breaking a university record, Stanford athletes raked in 25 medals during last month's Olympic Games. The total haul by current and former members of the Cardinal roster included eight gold, 13 silver and four bronze medals.

Stanford's last best Olympic showing was during the 1924 games in Paris, when the university claimed 21 medalists.

Three of this year's winners are current students. Elle Logan, '10, took a gold in rowing (women's eight), while Elaine Breeden, '10, and Jessica Steffens, '09, won silver medals in swimming (4 x 100 meter medley relay) and water polo, respectively.

Stanford boasted more athletes than any other school at the Beijing Olympics, with 48 students and alumni competing for eight countries.

Among the highlights were performances by Kerri Walsh, '00, and partner Misty May-Treanor, who successfully defended their 2004 gold medal in beach volleyball. Gabe Gardner, '00, and Kevin Hansen, '04, helped the U.S. men's volleyball team win the gold by upsetting top-ranked Russia and Brazil in the tournament's final two matches.