USC Athletes Win 17 Medals--Including 8 Golds--At 2004 Athens Olympics
Aug. 29, 2004
USC athletes of the past, present and future won 17 medals-8 golds, 5 silvers and 4 bronzes-at the just-concluded 2004 Athens Olympics. In fact, if USC athletes had competed as a country, they would have tied for 16th in the overall medal standings in the Athens Games. The majority of USC's gold medal haul came in swimming, with 5 victorious Trojans competing for the United States: Lindsay Benko, Rhi Jeffrey and Kaitlin Sandeno (all in the 800-meter freestyle relay), Klete Keller (800-meter freestyle relay) and Lenny Krayzelburg (400-meter medley relay). Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson helped lead the U.S. to gold in women's basketball, while Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic won the gold in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. Sandeno also won a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley and a bronze in the 400-meter freestyle. Other silver medalists were Benko (400-meter freestyle relay), Larsen Jensen (1500-meter freestyle) and Erik Vendt (400-meter individual medley) for the U.S. swim team and Allyson Felix (200 meters) for the U.S. track squad. USC's other bronze medal winners were Keller (400-meter freestyle) and Gabe Woodward (400-meter freestyle relay) for the U.S. and Blythe Harley of Canada (10-meter synchronized platform diving). In all, 34 athletes with a USC affiliation competed in Athens. USC has sent more athletes to the Olympic Games than any other university. Since 1904, there have been 357 athletes who attended USC before, during or after their Olympic appearance. They have collected 234 medals (112 golds, 64 silvers and 58 bronzes), including at least one gold medal in every summer Olympics since 1912.