Athletics News
    July 22, 1996

    Thirty Trojans To Compete In 1996 Summer Olympics; USC's Amazing Gold Medal Streak On The Line

    LOS ANGELES, CA -- USC will be represented by 30 past, present and future athletes at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

    USC has sent more athletes to the Olympic Games than any other university. From 1904 to 1992, there have been 281 athletes who attended USC before, during or after their Olympic appearance. They have collected 188 medals (87 gold, 55 silver and 46 bronze), including at least one gold medal in every summer Olympics since 1912. USC Olympians have represented 37 countries and participated in 23 sports.

    Leading candidates to keep USC's gold-medal streak alive in 1996 include 6 Americans--4-time gold medalist swimmer Janet Evans (800-meter freestyle), centerfielder Jacque Jones, center Lisa Leslie, softballers Dot Richardson and Sheila Cornell, and sprinter Inger Miller (400-meter relay)--plus hammer thrower Balazs Kiss of Hungary.

    Of USC's 1996 Olympians, 11 will compete in track and field, 10 in swimming, 2 in volleyball, 2 in softball, 2 in tennis, 1 in basketball, 1 in baseball and 1 in diving. In all, Trojans will compete for the United States and 13 other countries (Australia, Belgium, Ecuador, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, Spain, Zimbabwe) in 8 different sports.

    Besides Evans, who competed in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, this will be repeat Olympic appearances for Trojan swimmers Desmond Koh of Singapore (1992), Arthur Li of Hong Kong (1988 and 1992), John Steel of New Zealand (1992) and Bjorn Zikarsky of Germany (1988), tracksters Jean-Paul Bruwier of Belgium (1992), Sau Ying Chan of Hong Kong (1992), Udeme Ekpenyong of Nigeria (1992) and Jesus Olivan of Spain (1992), volleyballers Bryan Ivie (1992) and Paula Weishoff (1984 and 1992) of the U.S., and diver Maria Elena Romero of Mexico (1992).

    Miller's father, Lennox, was a silver medalist in 1968 and bronze medalist in 1972 in the 100-meter dash for Jamaica (he also competed at USC). Koh is one of 3 Trojan athletes who have earned a Rhodes Scholarship.

    USC head swim coach Mark Schubert will serve as an assistant coach for the U.S. women's team.

    The following is a list of USC's 1996 Summer Olympians (as of July 22):

    Name (Country)Sport/EventUSC Affiliation
    Kehinde Alade'fa (Nigeria)Track (400m IH)Lettered 1994-96
    Byron Black (Zimbabwe)Tennis (Singles, Doubles)Lettered 1988-91
    Wayne Black (Zimbabwe)Tennis (Singles, Doubles)Lettered 1992-94
    Brad Bridgewater (USA)Swimming (200m backstroke)Lettered 1996
    Jean-Paul Bruwier (Belgium)Track (400m IH)Lettered 1994
    Sau Ying Chan (Hong Kong)Track (100m HH)Lettered 1994-95
    Sheila Cornell (USA)Softball1989 USC master's degree
    Mark Crear (USA)Track (110m HH)Lettered 1990 and 1992
    Udeme Ekpenyong (Nigeria)Track (400m)Lettered 1995
    William Erase (Nigeria)Track (110m HH)Incoming Sophomore
    Janet Evans (USA)Swimming 1995 USC graduate/Current
    (400m free, 800m free)assistant coach
    Paul Greene (Australia)Track (400m)Lettered 1993-94
    Bryan Ivie (USA)VolleyballLettered 1988-91
    Arthur Li (Hong Kong)Swimming Lettered 1992-95
    (100m fly.,50m free.,100m free.)
    Jacque Jones (USA)BaseballLettered 1994-96
    Balazs Kiss (Hungary)Track (Hammer Throw)Lettered 1993-96
    Desmond Koh (Singapore)SwimmingLettered 1993-94
    Mark Kwok (Hong Kong)Swimming1996 Freshman
    Lisa Leslie (USA)BasketballLettered 1991-94
    Inger Miller (USA)Track (200m, 400m relay)Lettered 1991-94
    Jesus Olivan (Spain)Track (Long Jump)Lettered 1987
    Kristine Quance (USA)Swimming (100m BS., 200m IM.)1996 Junior
    Dot Richardson (USA)SoftballResident at USC Medical
    Maria Elena Romero (Mexico)Diving (3-meter platform)Lettered 1994-96
    Jason Shelton (Jamaica)Track (100m)1996 Junior
    John Steel (New Zealand)Swimming (100m freestyle)Lettered 1992-95
    Bela Szabados (Hungary)Swimming (400m freestyle)Incoming Sophomore
    Cito Vasconcellos (Ecuador)Swimming1996 Junior
    Paula Weishoff (USA)VolleyballLettered 1980
    Bjorn Zikarsky (Germany)Swimming Lettered 1990-91
    (100m freestyle, 400m free. relay)