July 24, 1996
USC's Olympic Gold Medal Streak Remains Alive
LOS ANGELES, CA --USC's amazing streak of having a Trojan win a gold medal in every summer Olympics since 1912 remains intact thanks to the gold-medal performances this past week in Atlanta of Balazs Kiss of Hungary (hammer throw), Brad Bridgewater (200-meter backstroke) and Kristine Quance (400-meter medley relay). USC's other medalist so far in Atlanta is Germany's Bjorn Zikarsky (400-meter freestyle relay), who won a bronze. USC--represented by 32 past, present and future athletes in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta--figures to see its medal count increase with a week of competition still remaining.
Leading medal candidates include Lisa Leslie in basketball, Inger Miller and Mark Crear in track, Jacque Jones in baseball, Bryan Ivie and Paula Weishoff in volleyball, and Dot Richardson and Sheila Cornerll in softball. USC has sent more athletes to the Olympic Games than any other university. Since 1904, there have been 300 athletes who attended USC before, during or after their Olympic appearance. To date, they have collected 192 medals (90 gold, 56 silver and 47 bronze).