Current and former USC products earned 21 medals at the Beijing Olympics, including nine golds.
The haul is the Trojans second-best showing at an Olympiad, trailing on the 1984 games in Los Angeles.
The full release from USC Sports Informationafter the jump.
The full release from USC Sports Information:
-USC ATHLETES WIN 21 MEDALS-INCLUDING 9 GOLDS-AT 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS
LOS ANGELES-USC athletes of the present and past won 21 medals-9 golds, 10 silvers and 2 bronzes-at the just-concluded 2008 Beijing Olympics.
It was Troy's second highest overall medal count, behind only the 24 medals it won at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, and equalled the university's second highest gold medal total, behind only the 10 golds it won at the 1948 London Games.
In fact, if USC athletes had competed as a country in 2008, they would have placed 13th in the overall medal standings in the Beijing Games (and tied for eighth in golds).
Four of USC's gold medals came in swimming, with 3 victorious Trojans competing for the United States and 1 for Tunisia: Americans Rebecca Soni (200-meter breaststroke), Klete Keller (800-meter freestyle relay) and Erik Vendt (800-meter freestyle relay) and Tunisian Ous Mellouli (1500-meter freestyle).
Amy Rodriguez helped the U.S. women's soccer team win in the gold medal match, while Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson were key factors in the U.S. women's basketball team's capturing of gold and Gabe Gardner was part of the gold medal-winning U.S. men's volleyball team. Allyson Felix ran a leg on the U.S. gold medal-winning 1600-meter relay team.
Soni also won silver medals in the 100-meter breaststroke and 400-meter medley relay, while Felix also collected a silver in the 200-meter dash. Five Trojans-Patty Cardenas, Kami Craig, Brittany Hayes, Moriah Van Norman and Lauren Wenger-won silver medals with the U.S. women's water polo team, while J.W. Krumpholz was on the U.S. men's water polo team that brought home a silver. Nicole Davis was the libero on the silver medalist U.S. women's volleyball team.
Larsen Jensen of the U.S. won a bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle, while Great Britain's Natasha Danvers-Smith captured a bronze in the 400-meter hurdles.
Soni, Rodriguez, Craig and Krumpholz are current USC student-athletes.
In all, 40 athletes with a USC affiliation competed in Beijing (that is USC's second most ever, behind the 45 Trojan competitors in the 2000 Sydney Games). They competed in 9 sports and represented 16 countries in Beijing.
USC has sent more athletes to the Olympic Games than any other university. Since 1904, there have been 384 athletes who attended USC before, during or after their Olympic appearance. They have collected 257 medals (121 golds, 76 silvers and 60 bronzes), including at least one gold medal in every summer Olympics since 1912. If USC competed as a country, its 257 all-time medals would rank 19th most in the world, while its 121 gold medals would be 13th most.
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TROJANS IN THE 2008 SUMMER OLYMPICS
NAME (COUNTRY) YEAR (LOC.) SPORT EVENT MEDAL/PLACE
Marvin Anderson (Jamaica) '08 (Beijing) Track 200m Second Round
Bibiana Candelas (Mexico) '08 (Beijing) Beach Volleyball Prelims
Patty Cardenas (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Water Polo Silver
Rodrigo Castro (Brazil) '08 (Beijing) Swimming 200m Freestyle Semifinals
400m Free Relay Heats
800m Free Relay Heats
Kami Craig (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Water Polo Silver
Natasha Danvers-Smith '08 (Beijing) Track 400m hurdles Bronze
Nicole Davis (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Volleyball Silver
Torri Edwards (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Track 100m 8th
400m Relay First Round
Allyson Felix (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Track 200m Silver
1600m Relay Gold
Gabe Gardner (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Volleyball Gold
Blythe Hartley (Canada) '08 (Beijing) Diving 3m Springboard 4th
Brittany Hayes (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Water Polo Silver
Zoe Hoskins (Canada) '08 (Beijing) Rowing Pairs 9th
Katinka Hosszu (Hungary) '08 (Beijing) Swimming 200m IM Heats
400m IM Heats
Larsen Jensen (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Swimming 400m Freestyle Bronze
1500m Freestyle 5th
Asia Kaczor (Poland) '08 (Beijing) Volleyball Prelims
Klete Keller (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Swimming 800m Free Relay Gold
Tamas Kerekjarto (Hungary) '08 (Beijing) Swimming 200m Butterfly Heats
200m IM Heats
800m Free Relay Heats
Sofia Konoukh (Russia) '08 (Beijing) Water Polo 7th
J.W. Krumpholz (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Water Polo Silver
Brigita Langerholc (Slovenia) '08 (Beijing) Track 800m Semifinals
Lisa Leslie (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Basketball Gold
Ous Mellouli (Tunisia) '08 (Beijing) Swimming 200m Freestyle Heats
400m Freestyle 5th
1500m Freestyle Gold
Eva Orban (Hungary) '08 (Beijing) Track Hammer Throw Prelims
Aniko Pelle (Hungary) '08 (Beijing) Water Polo 4th
Ankur Poseria (India) '08 (Beijing) Swimming 100m Butterfly Heats
Zoltan Povazsay (Hungary) '08 (Beijing) Swimming 800m Free Relay DNP
Amy Rodriguez (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Soccer Gold
Carol Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) '08 (Beijing) Track 200m First Round
400m First Round
Felix Sanchez '08 (Beijing) Track 400m Hurdles First Round
Rebecca Soni (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Swimming 100m Breaststroke Silver
200m Breaststroke Gold
400m Medley Relay Silver
Inga Stasiulionyte (Lithuania) '08 (Beijing) Track Javelin Throw Prelims
Tina Thompson (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Basketball Gold
Moriah Van Norman (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Water Polo Silver
Gabriela Varekova '08 (Beijing) Rowing Double Sculls 6th
Erik Vendt (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Swimming 800m Free Relay Gold
Mark Warkentin (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Swimming 10K Open Water 8th
Lauren Wenger (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Water Polo Silver
Angela Williams (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Track 400m Relay First Round
Jesse Williams (U.S.) '08 (Beijing) Track High Jump Prelims