UCLA Sends 55 Players and Coaches to 2004 Olympic Games
Keeping up with its unprecedented Olympic tradition, UCLA will send 55 players and coaches to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. UCLA is expected to have several athletes competing for other countries in sports that have not named their teams yet, so please check back periodically for updates to this list.
Over the past nine decades prior to the 2004 Games, 387 men and women athletes, coaches and trainers have represented UCLA in the Summer Olympic Games. The first two Bruin Olympians participated in 1920, just one year after the founding of the university. Edward S. Butler competed in the long jump and Clyde A. Swendsen was a member of the water polo team.
The Bruins have had at least one competitor in every Olympics since 1920 with one exception (1924), and UCLA athletes have won a gold medal in every Olympics since 1932 with the exception of 1980 (boycott). Overall, the Bruins have won 195 medals - 98 gold, 51 silver and 46 bronze.
In 1932, UCLA athletes captured their first gold Olympic medals, winning five gold, one silver and three bronze medals. The gold medals were won by John E. Biby Jr., Richard F. Moore and William H Cooper, three of the 12 crew members of the eight-meter yacht Angelita, skippered by Owen Churchill, and by gymnasts Ray Bass (rope climb) and Dallas Bixler (high bar). Dr. Phillip R. Erenberg earned a silver medal in club swinging, while George G. Jefferson (athletics-pole vault), Thomas F. Connolly (gymnastics-rope climb) and Edward Carmichael (gymnastics-vaulting horse) won bronze medals.
2004 Olympians (55) (as of Aug. 2, 2004)
Baseball — Greece – Nick Theodorou
M. Basketball – Larry Brown, former UCLA head coach (Head Coach)
M. Beach Volleyball — U.S.A. – Stein Metzger, Jeff Nygaard, Kevin Wong (alternate); Australia – Mark Williams; Norway – Bjorn Maaseide
W. Beach Volleyball — Holly McPeak, Elaine Youngs, Annett Davis (alternate), Jenny Johnson Jordan (alternate)
M. Gymnastics — Steve McCain (alternate)
W. Gymnastics — U.S.A. – Mohini Bhardwaj, Tasha Schwikert (alternate); Canada – Kate Richardson
W. Soccer — U.S.A. – Joy Fawcett, former UCLA head coach; Mexico – Iris Mora
Softball – U.S.A. — Lisa Fernandez, Amanda Freed, Tairia Mims, Stacey Nuveman, Natasha Watley; Australia – Tanya Harding
W. Swimming — Sweden — Malin Svahnstrom (800m relay); Singapore – Nicolette Teo (100m/200m breast)
M. Tennis — Poland – Marcin Matkowski (doubles); Bahamas – Mark Knowles (doubles)
Track & Field –
U.S.A. — Amy Acuff (high jump), Shelia Burrell (heptathlon), Gail Devers (100m hurdles), John Godina (shot put), Joanna Hayes (100m hurdles), Monique Henderson (4x400m Relay Pool), Sheena Johnson (400m hurdles), Mebrahtom Keflezighi (10,000m, Marathon), Bob Larsen, former UCLA head coach (Distance Coach), Michelle Perry (heptathlon), Seilala Sua (discus)
Other Countries — Trinidad & Tobago – Ato Boldon (100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay); Great Britain – Malachi Davis (400m, 4x400m Relay); South Korea - Yoo Kim (pole vault)
M. Volleyball — Erik Sullivan
W. Volleyball — Wiz Bachman
M. Water Polo — Brandon Brooks, Brett Ormsby, Adam Wright
W. Water Polo – U.S.A. – Guy Baker (coach), Robin Beauregard, Natalie Golda, Thalia Munro, Nicolle Payne, Kelly Rulon, Amber Stachowski, Gabrielle Domanic (alternate); Australia – Kelly Heuchan