City Hall Dubs Today 'USC Olympic Champions Day'
Nov. 9, 2012
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry and others on the City Council in declaring Friday (Nov. 9) "USC Olympic Champion Day" in the city of Los Angeles during a ceremony at City Hall.
Eleven Trojan Olympians, including two-time gold medalist swimmer Rebecca Soni, gold medal water polo player Lauren Wenger as well as silver medalists Haley Anderson (swimming), Nicole Davis (volleyball), Bryshon Nellum (track) and Josh Mance (track) were in attendance, as was USC President C. L. Max Nikias, members of the Athletic Department's administration and a handful of horn players and drummers from the USC Trojan Marching Band.
The other USC Olympians in attendance included current swimmers Stina Gardell (Sweden) and Kasia Wilk (Poland), current water polo player James Clark (Australia), Canadian track cyclist Joseph Veloce and junior sprinter Aaron Brown (Canada).
Perry and Villaraigosa were among a host of city officials who praised USC and its Olympic Heritage during the ceremony in the council chambers. USC was represented by 41 current and former athletes at the 2012 Olympics in London and set school records for gold (12) and overall medals (25). The Trojans' contingent represented 18 countries in seven sports (swimming, track and field, volleyball, beach volleyball, water polo, soccer and track cycling). USC also extended its streak of winning at least one gold medal in every summer Games since 1912.
"We couldn't be prouder," Villaraigosa said. "I'm a Bruin, but I've got an honorary doctorate from USC and I'm very proud of that. Today we honor these great Olympic athletes. We have one of the best universities in the world here in Los Angeles in USC. As a Bruin, I can tell you, I'm proud."
Said USC President Nikias: "We hold a special place in our heats at USC for the many student-athletes who display their remarkable talents by stepping onto the Olympic stage. They have defied great odds, overcome tremendous adversity and created great memories."