Stanford will be well-represented at the Olympics


A total of 40 Stanford-affiliated athletes, including one current and former coach plus a handful of alternates, will participate at the Games of the XXX Olympiad, currently under way in London, England.


The Cardinal athletes and coaches represent a total of eight countries in London. Twenty-eight Stanford athletes and two coaches will represent the United States, followed by Canada (three), Kenya (two) and Austria, Bermuda, Greece, New Zealand and Nigeria each with one athlete.


Of the Stanford-affiliated athletes headed to London, five are current student-athletes.


At the Beijing Games in 2008, 49 Stanford athletes combined to win 25 medals, including eight gold, 13 silver and four bronze. The 25 medals set the record for most won by Stanford athletes at a single Olympics, eclipsing the former mark of 20 established at the 1924 Paris Games. The total haul also exceeded that of all but 11 nations that competed in Beijing, tying for 11th with Japan at 25 medals.


Stanford will be most-represented in the water-based sports in London, with 22 athletes and one coach participating in the sports of water polo (nine), rowing (five), swimming (four), diving (three) and synchronized swimming (one).


Additional sports featuring Stanford-affiliated athletes include track and field (six), soccer (four), indoor volleyball (two), tennis (two), beach volleyball (one), gymnastics (one) and wrestling (one).


The nine Cardinal water polo players representing both U.S. men's and women's water polo is the most of any school. Women's team captain Brenda Villa ('03) will play in her fourth Olympics, joined by alumna Jessica Steffens ('10) in her second Olympics and current Cardinal athletes Annika Dries ('14), Melissa Seidemann ('13) and Maggie Steffens ('16) making their debuts. On the men's side, the quartet of team captain Tony Azevedo ('05), Layne Beaubien ('99), Peter Hudnut ('03) and Peter Varellas ('06) returns for the second straight Olympics. For Azevedo, it is his fourth straight Olympic appearance and for Beaubien his third in a row.


Four of Stanford's international Olympians will compete in the swimming lanes, headlined by Austria's Markus Rogan '04 (200-meter individual medley, 4x200-meter freestyle relay), who won a pair of silver medals at the 2004 Athens Games. Competing in his fourth Olympic Games, Rogan will carry the Austrian flag into Friday's opening ceremony in London.


The Dunford Brothers, David '10 (50-meter and 100-meter freestyles) and Jason '09 (100-meter butterfly), representing Kenya, and Tobias Oriwol '06 (200-meter backstroke, 4x200-meter freestyle relay) of Canada will all compete in their second straight Olympics.


Sophomore diver Kristian Ipsen ('15), the reigning Pac-12 Men's Diving Freshman of the Year, will compete in 3-meter synchronized diving with partner Troy Dumais, while Cassidy Krug will compete in the women's 3-meter springboard in London. Both American divers will be coached in London by current Stanford head diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone.


Maria Koroleva ('12) will compete for the U.S. in the synchronized swimming duet competition with Mary Killman. Former Stanford synchronized swimming head coach Heather Olsen will serve as analyst for NBC's synchro coverage.


Stanford men's rowing boasts four U.S. Olympians, the most of any program on the American squad. David Banks ('05) and Jake Cornelius ('05) will row with the U.S. eight, Alex Osborne ('09) will be part of the U.S. quadruple sculls crew and Silas Stafford ('08) teams up with Tom Peszek as the U.S. men's pair entry. Banks will be competing in his second straight Olympics.


On the women's side, Elle Logan ('11) will row with the U.S. eight for the second straight Olympics, attempting to help the boat defend its 2008 Olympic gold medal. Stanford women's rowing head coach Yasmin Farooq will also be in the booth for NBC serving as its rowing analyst for the fourth straight Olympics.


Out on the track, Stanford will be represented by two-time U.S. Olympians Jillian Camarena-Williams '04 (shot put) and marathoner Ryan Hall '05, along with two-time Olympian Arantxa King '11 (long jump) of Bermuda and first-timers Amaechi Morton '12 (400-meter hurdles) of Nigeria and Katerina Stefanidi '12 (pole vault) of Greece.


Former Stanford head coach Edrick Floreal will serve as jumps coach/decathlon coach for the U.S. track and field team in London.


U.S. women's national teamers Rachel Buehler ('08) and Nicole Barnhart ('05) return to the soccer pitch for their second straight Olympics joined by Kelley O'Hara ('11) as the American side goes for its third straight gold medal. Ali Riley ('11) will appear in her second Olympics, playing for New Zealand.


Christen Press ('11) was named an alternate for the U.S. team in May.


The men's tennis doubles draw will feature the U.S. duo of twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan ('98) making its third Olympic appearance in London. The Bryans, who captured bronze four years ago in Beijing, enter the draw as the second-ranked doubles team in the world, according to the latest ATP rankings.


Kerri Walsh ('00) will make her fourth Olympic appearance in London, and third on the beach, partnering up once again with Misty May-Treanor in search of a third consecutive gold medal. Walsh played for the U.S. indoor volleyball team at the 2000 Sydney Games.


Stanford also will be represented on the U.S. indoor team in London, as Logan Tom ('03) makes her fourth Olympic appearance and is joined by first-timer Foluke Akinradewo ('09) as the U.S. aims for gold after capturing silver four years ago in Beijing.


In wrestling, Matt Gentry ('05) will represent Canada in the freestyle 74-kg class for the second straight Olympics. Gentry, Stanford's only NCAA champion, qualified for London in March by winning gold at the Pan American Olympic Qualification Tournament.


Also representing Canada will be sophomore women's gymnast Kristina Vaculik, who was named to the Canadian team in June. At the Canadian Olympic Trials Vaculik won the uneven bars and finished second in the beam and the all-around competition.


Stanford graduate Don Roberts, M.D., who earned a bachelor's degree in human biology on The Farm and later his M.D. from the Stanford School of Medicine, will serve as the team physician for the USA Basketball Men's Olympic Team in London.



Name Sport Stanford Affiliation

Foluke Akinradewo Women's indoor volleyball Graduated in 2009

Tony Azevedo Men's water polo Graduated in 2005

David Banks Men's Eight (8+) rowing Graduated in 2005

Cynthia Barboza Women's indoor volleyball (alternate) Graduated in 2008

Nicole Barnhart Women's soccer Graduated in 2004

Layne Beaubien Men's water polo Graduated in 1999

Bob Bryan Men's tennis doubles Turned pro in 1998

Mike Bryan Men's tennis doubles Turned pro in 1998

Rachel Buehler Women's soccer Graduated in 2007

Jillian Camarena-Williams Women's shot put Graduated in 2004

Jake Cornelius Men's Eight (8+) rowing Graduated in 2005

Annika Dries Women's water polo Class of 2014

Gabe Gardner Men's volleyball (alternate) Graduated in 1999

Ryan Hall Men's marathon Graduated in 2005

Kevin Hansen Men's volleyball (alternate) Graduated in 2004

Peter Hudnut Men's water polo Graduated in 2003

Kristian Ipsen Men's 3-meter synchro diving Class of 2015

Maria Koroleva Women's synchronized swimming Class of 2015

Cassidy Krug Women's 3-meter springboard diving Graduated in 2007

Elle Logan Women's Eight (8+) Graduated in 2011

Kelley O'Hara Women's soccer Graduated in 2010

Alex Osborne Men's Quadruple Sculls (4x) Graduated in 2009

Christen Press Women's soccer (alternate) Graduated in 2011

Kristin Richards Women's indoor volleyball (alternate) Graduated in 2006

Logan Tom Women's indoor volleyball Graduated in 2003

Melissa Seidemann Women's water polo Class of 2013

Silas Stafford Men's Pair (2-) rowing Graduated in 2008

Jessica Steffens Women's water polo Graduated in 2010

Maggie Steffens Women's water polo Class of 2016

Brenda Villa Women's water polo Graduated in 2003

Peter Varellas Men's water polo Graduated in 2006

Kerri Walsh Women's beach volleyball Graduated in 2000


Name Country/Sport Stanford Affiliation

David Dunford Kenya/men's swimming Graduated in 2010

Jason Dunford Kenya/men's swimming Graduated in 2009

Matt Gentry Canada/men's wrestling Graduated in 2005

Aranxta King Bermuda/women's track and field Graduated in 2012

Amaechi Morton Nigeria/men's track & field Graduated in 1012

Tobias Oriowol Canada/men's swimming Graduated in 2006

Ali Riley New Zealand/women's soccer Graduated in 2010

Markus Rogan Austria/men's swimming Graduated in 2004

Katerina Stefanidi Greece/women's track & field Graduated in 2012

Kristina Vaculik Canada/women's gymnastics Class of 2015


Edrick Floreal Track and field Jumps, decathlon coach

Ben Lee Badminton Head coach

Dr. Rick Schavone Diving assistant coach

Lily Zhang Palo Alto High Women's table tennis

— Stanford Sports Information


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Posted by WonderWho?
a resident of another community
on Jul 27, 2012 at 9:43 am

Add Toby Stevenson to the Stanford Olympian list - he is in London as Katerina Stefanidi's coach.

Also, Steve Solomon of Australia will be competing in the 400m in track and field. He will be a Stanford freshman this fall.

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Posted by Mitt Stanford
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 27, 2012 at 9:56 am

Mitt spent a year at Stanford, before he went off to do his missionary work, didn't he?

No one seems to be in a hurry to claim him, after his stellar day yesterday.

Good luck, Stanford Olympians!

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I'll claim Mitt! :-)

And, yes, good luck to Stanford athletes and the rest of Team USA!!!

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