Bernard Muir appointed to Olympic advisory committee

Bernard Muir
Bernard Muir

BERNARD MUIR was recently selected as a member of the Collegiate Advisory Council of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

The USOC announced the formation of the Collegiate Advisory Council to guide and strengthen Olympic sport programming at the collegiate level. The 11-member council is the first of its kind and represents the latest step taken by the USOC to increase collaboration with NCAA member institutions and conferences to elevate national engagement and support of Olympic sport opportunities.

Collegiate athletics are critical to Team USA’s success, with nearly 80 percent of 2016 U.S. Olympians – and 85 percent of American medalists – having collegiate ties.

For instance, during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, Olympians with Cardinal ties produced a school-record 27 medals (14 gold, 7 silver, 6 bronze), surpassing the previous best of 25 (8 gold, 13 silver, 4 bronze) from the 2008 Beijing Games. Of Stanford’s 27 medals, 14 came from women’s swimming, including KATIE LEDECKY, ’20, who claimed five medals to establish a Stanford record for a single Olympics. SIMONE MANUEL, ’18, made history as the first African-American woman to capture an individual medal in swimming when she won gold in the 100-meter freestyle.