USC and the Olympics

| 1 Comment

The 2010 Winter Olympic Games are underway in Vancouver, and in rare form, you're not going to find a Trojan among the hundreds of athletes from around the world.

A stunning 391 USC alumni have been Olympians over the years, but only three of those have participated in the Winter Games, and none this year. American figure skater Randy Gardner (1976, 1980), American biathlete Lyle Barber Nelson (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988) and Puerto Rican bobsledder Mike Gonzales (1998, 2002) are the three Trojans who earned a combined eight spots in various Winter Olympics. None of them won medals.

Gonzales was a decathlete on the Trojan track team while in school, while Gardner and Nelson merely attended USC as students.

Click here for a full list of all of USC's Olympians from 1904 to the present.


The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, seen here in the opening ceremony on Friday, do not feature a Trojan. Only three USC alumni have participated in the Winter Olympics. [Photo courtesy of Getty Images]

1 Comment

FYI, there was a Trojan competing in Vancouver:
USC student Jung-Hwa, representing South Korea, competed in the Freestyle Skiing: Women's Moguls.
Unfortunately, she didn't qualify to compete in the medal round.

Leave a comment