Cardinal and Gold Medal Heritage

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USC athletics will celebrate its proud Olympic tradition, which boasts more Olympians, gold medalists and overall medalists than any other U.S. university, as we follow Trojans past and current on the road to London 2012.

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Naber-Haden-Nikias.jpg"Everybody talks about the 'spirit of Troy,'" said four-time Olympic gold medalist John Naber (pictured with C.L. Max Nikias and Pat Haden).  "One of the few ways we can actually measure the 'spirit of Troy' is by the athletic performance and the pride the university takes in its student-athletes.  There's no question this school produces champions athletically and academically."

Naber was the swimming star of the 1976 games in Montreal, but he prepared for the summer of his life like every other Trojan.

"I was a resident adviser in 1975, so I cluttered my life with worrying about incoming freshman," Naber reminisced.  "But I was very much aware that it would be the last year of my life that I was not an Olympian and I was expected to carry the mantle for USC in Montreal."

The "mantle" features 122 gold medals with at least one in every summer Olympics since 1912. 

Several champions were honored at "Salute to Troy," including Naber, war hero Louis Zamperini and track star Quincy Watts (all in the video below), and many more will be announced at football games and profiled on the blog.

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