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UCLA Sends 55 Players and Coaches to 2004 Olympic Games


Keeping up withits unprecedented Olympic tradition, UCLA will send 55 players and coaches tothe 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. UCLA is expected to have severalathletes competing for other countries in sports that have not named theirteams yet, so please check back periodically for updates to this list.

Over the pastnine decades prior to the 2004 Games, 387 men and women athletes, coaches andtrainers have represented UCLA in the Summer Olympic Games. The first two BruinOlympians participated in 1920, just one year after the founding of theuniversity. Edward S. Butler competed in the long jump and Clyde A. Swendsenwas a member of the water polo team.

The Bruins havehad 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 1932with the exception of 1980 (boycott). Overall, the Bruins have won 195 medals -98 gold, 51 silver and 46 bronze.

In 1932, UCLAathletes captured their first gold Olympic medals, winning five gold, onesilver 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 theeight-meter yacht Angelita, skipperedby 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) wonbronze 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, TashaSchwikert (alternate); Canada – Kate Richardson

W. Soccer — U.S.A. – Joy Fawcett, former UCLA headcoach; 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. — AmyAcuff (high jump), Shelia Burrell (heptathlon), Gail Devers (100m hurdles),John Godina (shot put), Joanna Hayes (100m hurdles), Monique Henderson (4x400mRelay 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, AdamWright

W. Water Polo – U.S.A. – Guy Baker (coach), RobinBeauregard, Natalie Golda, Thalia Munro, Nicolle Payne, Kelly Rulon, AmberStachowski, Gabrielle Domanic (alternate); Australia – Kelly Heuchan



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