Stanford athletes garner 24 medals at Olympics

Current and former Cardinal athletes win gold, silver or bronze in 13 events

Had Stanford University been its own country at the Beijing Olympics it would rank 19th best in the world in medals won by present or former Stanford athletes.

Current and former Cardinal athletes in 11 sports gathered medals in 13 events, for a total of 24 bronze, silver or gold medals.

Hypothetically, Stanford's Athletics Department can claim bragging rights over 69 nations that received at least one medal.

Stanford grads won five gold medals in Men's volleyball (Kevin Hansen, Gabe Gardner); Women's soccer (Rachel Buehler, Nicole Barnhart); Rowing (Adam Kreek); Men's swimming (Ben Wildman-Tobriner); and Women's beach volleyball (Kerri Walsh).

Cardinal affiliates took home five silver medals in Men's water polo (Tony Azevedo, Peter Hudnut, Layne Beaubien, Peter Varellas); Women's water polo (Brenda Villa, Alison Gregorka, Jessica Steffens); Softball (Jessica Mendoza, Lauren Lappin, coach John Rittman); Women's volleyball (Logan Tom, Ogonna Nanamani); and Women's swimming (Julia Smit).

Three bronze medals were awarded to Stanford products in Women's swimming (Smit); Men's tennis (Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan); and Baseball (John Gall).

The 24 medals set a Stanford record.

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Posted by counting problem
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2008 at 9:33 am

In medal counts, I believe a team medal counts as one, so when America won the 4x400 track relay, they counted it as one gold medal, not 4. The above appears to double and triple count team events. Not to take away from the Stanford Athletic program, it definately attracts and develops good athletes.

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Posted by Math wiz
a resident of another community
on Aug 27, 2008 at 12:44 am

You are so correct. That's why it reads: five golds, five silvers and three bronze. Stanford would have been the 19th best "nation" with those 13 medals, even though a total of 24 medals were distributed. Men's volleyball counted as one goal medal, even though two Stanford athletes received medals. Women's soccer counted as one gold medal, even though two Stanford athletes received medals. Rowing, Men's swimming, Women's beach volleyball each counted as one gold medal. So "Stanford" won five gold medals while seven Stanford athletes received medals. The same holds true for silver: five sports, five silver medals toward the "Stanford" total, while 13 silver medals were given out. Three bronze medals were awarded to "Stanford" and four were given out. Team Stanford wins 13 medals, while 24 are officially handed out to individuals. It all makes sense in the end. And I flunked math in school.

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