List of Pennsylvania State University Olympians

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The List of Pennsylvania State University Olympians is a list of former or current Penn State student-athletes (93) or coaches (10) that have made an appearance as athletes or medaled at the Olympic Games. The University had its most representatives participating in the 2012 London Olympic Games with 19 participants and the most medals since the 1924 Olympic Games with 5 medals.[1]

Appearances and Medal-Winners By Sport[edit]

Sport Appearances 1 2 3 Total
Track and field 44 5 7 5 17
Gymnastics 24 0 0 1 1
Fencing 12 0 1 1 2
Wrestling 9 1 1 1 3
Basketball 7 1 1 1 3
Soccer 7 0 0 2 2
Volleyball 6 0 2# 0 2
Swimming & Diving 5 2 0 3 5
Rifle 4 0 0 0 0
Field Hockey 3 0 0 3§ 3
Short Track Speedskating 3 0 0 1 1
Cycling 3 0 0 0 0
Figure skating 2 1 0 0 1
Rowing 2 0 0 1 1
Bobsled 1 0 0 0 0
Beach Volleyball 1 0 0 0 0
Boxing 1 0 0 0 0
Tug-of-war 1 0 0 0 0
Total 135 10 12 19 41

an athlete is considered to have appeared once in each sport entered each time the Games of an Olympiad or Winter Games were held, including appearances as alternates

number of times that a person received an Olympic medal or honor for finishing among the top three in an event

# both on the 2012 silver medal-winning USA women's team

both on the 2012 bronze medal-winning Canada women's team

§ all on the 1984 bronze medal-winning USA women's team

Olympians[edit]

1904[edit]

United States St. Louis

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States Nate Cartmell [2] Track and field Med 2.png (100m)
Med 2.png (200m)

1908[edit]

United Kingdom London

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States Nate Cartmell [2] Track and field Med 1.png (1600m medley relay)
Med 3.png (200m)
United States Lee Talbott Track and field
Wrestling
Tug-of-war

1920[edit]

Belgium Antwerp

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States Harold Barron Track and field Med 2.png (110 m hurdles)
United States Marion Shields Track and field Med 1.png (3000 m team)
Med 3.png (1500 hurdles)

1924[edit]

France Paris

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States William Cox Track and field Med 3.png (3000 m team)
United States Schuyler Enck Track and field Med 3.png (800 m)
United States Alan Helffrich Track and field Med 1.png (4x400 m relay)
United States Carl Madera [3] Boxing
United States Charles Moore, Sr. [3] Track and field
Japan Katsutoshi Naito Wrestling Med 3.png (freestyle featherweight)
United States John Romig Track and field
United States Arthur Studenroth Track and field Med 2.png (cross country team)

1928[edit]

Netherlands Amsterdam

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States Ray Conger [4] Track and field
United States John Romig Track and field
United States Al Bates Track and field Med 3.png (long jump)

1932[edit]

United States Los Angeles

Name Sport
United States Paul Rekers Track and field

1948[edit]

United Kingdom London

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States Walter Bahr [5] Soccer
United States William Bonsall Gymnastics
United States Louis Bordo Gymnastics
United States Barney Ewell Track and field Med 1.png (4x100 m relay)
Med 2.png (100m)
Med 2.png (200m)
United States Herman Goffberg Track and field
United States Bill Koll [6] Wrestling (freestyle)
United States Ray Sorensen Gymnastics
United States Curt Stone Track and field

1952[edit]

Finland Helsinki

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States Horace Ashenfelter Track and field Med 1.png (3000 m steeplechase)
United States William Ashenfelter Track and field
United States Curt Stone Track and field

1952 Winter Olympic Games

Norway Oslo

Name Sport
Austria Kurt Oppelt [7][8][9] Figure skating

1956[edit]

Australia Melbourne

Name Sport
United States Horace Ashenfelter Track and field
United States Ronald Coder [3] Soccer
United States Richard Packer [3] Soccer
United States Karl Schwenzfeier (Schier) [3] Gymnastics
United States Curt Stone Track and field
United States Armando Vega Gymnastics

1956 Winter Olympic Games

Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
Austria Kurt Oppelt [7][8][9] Figure skating Med 1.png (pair skating)
United States Edgar Seymour Bobsled

1960[edit]

Italy Rome

Name Sport
United States Garland O'Quinn Jr. Gymnastics
Sweden Jean Cronstedt Gymnastics

1964[edit]

Japan Tokyo

Name Sport
United States Kathy Corrigan Gymnastics
United States Greg Weiss Gymnastics

1968[edit]

Mexico Mexico City

Name Sport Medal (if app. and event)
United States Jane Barkman-Brown [10] Swimming Med 1.png (4x100m freestyle relay)
Med 3.png (200m freestyle)
United States James Culhane [3] Gymnastics
United States Steve Cohen Gymnastics
Sweden Lennart Hedmark Track and field
United States William Reilly Track and field

1972[edit]

Germany Munich

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States Marshall Avener Gymnastics
United States Jane Barkman-Brown [10] Swimming Med 1.png (4x100m freestyle relay)
United States James Culhane Gymnastics
United States Steven Hayden Track and field
Sweden Lennart Hedmark Track and field
The Bahamas Mike Sands Track and field

1976[edit]

Canada Montreal

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States Marshall Avener Gymnastics
United States Diane Braceland Rowing
Sweden Lennart Hedmark Track and field
Norway Knut Hjeltnes Track and field
United States Steven Kaplan Fencing
Canada Romel Raffin Basketball
United States Susan Rojcewicz [11] Basketball Med 2.png (team)
The Bahamas Mike Sands Track and field
United States Michael Shine Track and field Med 2.png (400m hurdles)
United States Gene Whelan [3] Gymnastics
United States Wayne Young Gymnastics

1980[edit]

Russia Moscow

Jana Angelakis, Gregory Fredericks, Charlene Morett, Christine Larson-Mason,[12] Knut Hjeltnes (Norway) and Romel Raffin (Canada) were all named to their respective Olympic teams but did not participate due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott.

1984[edit]

United States Los Angeles

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States Jana Angelakis Fencing
United Kingdom Terry Bartlett Gymnastics
United States Glenn Dubis Rifle
Norway Knut Hjeltnes Track and field
United States Christine Larson-Mason Field Hockey Med 3.png (team)
United States Charlene Morett Field Hockey Med 3.png (team)
Canada Romel Raffin Basketball
United States Brenda Stauffer Field Hockey Med 3.png (team)

1988[edit]

South Korea Seoul

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United Kingdom Terry Bartlett Gymnastics
United States Ken Chertow Wrestling
United States Glenn Dubis Rifle
Norway Knut Hjeltnes Track and field
United States Suzie McConnell Basketball Med 1.png (team)
Canada Romel Raffin Basketball

1992[edit]

Spain Barcelona

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United Kingdom Terry Bartlett Gymnastics
United States Mary Ellen Clark Diving Med 3.png (10 m platform)
United States Suzie McConnell Basketball Med 3.png (team)
United Kingdom Ian Shelley Gymnastics

1996[edit]

United States Atlanta

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
Japan Sanshiro Abe Wrestling
United States Mary Ellen Clark Diving Med 3.png (10 m platform)
United States Peter Cox Fencing
United States Salima Davidson[3] Volleyball
United States Glenn Dubis Rifle
United States C.J. Hunter Track and field
United States Suzanne Paxton Fencing
United States Tom Strzalkowski Fencing

2000[edit]

Australia Sydney

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States Glenn Dubis Rifle
United States Sammie Henson[13] Wrestling Med 2.png (Bantamweight, Freestyle)
United States Kerry McCoy Wrestling
Germany Alexander Weber Fencing Med 3.png (team sabre)
United States Christie Welsh [3] Soccer

2002[edit]

United States Salt Lake City

Name Sport
United States Allison Baver [3] Short Track Speedskating

2004[edit]

Greece Athens[14]

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
South Africa Eugene Botes Swimming
Puerto Rico Ramon Hernandez Beach volleyball
United States Kerry McCoy Wrestling
United States Connie Moore Track and field
United States Cael Sanderson [15] Wrestling Med 1.png (Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle)
Puerto Rico Luis Vargas Gymnastics

2006[edit]

Italy Torino

Name Sport
United States Allison Baver Short Track Speedskating

2008[edit]

China Beijing[16]

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
Nigeria Toyin Augustus Track and field
Trinidad and Tobago Aleesha Barber Track and field
United States Michael Friedman Cycling
Germany Jan Jagla Basketball
United States Bobby Lea Cycling
Canada Erin McLeod Soccer
Suriname Kirsten Nieuwendam Track and field
Thailand Nonpatat Panchan Fencing
United States Kevin Tan Gymnastics Med 3.png (team)
Poland Adam Wiercioch Fencing Med 2.png (team épée)
United States Doris Willette Fencing

2010[edit]

Canada Vancouver

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States Allison Baver Short Track Speedskating Med 3.png (3000m Relay)

2012[edit]

United Kingdom London [17]

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States Matt Anderson Volleyball
Israel Felix Aronovich Gymnastics
Jamaica Dominique Blake Track and field
United States Miles Chamley-Watson Fencing
United Kingdom Shana Cox Track and field
United States Natalie Dell Rowing Med 3.png (quadruple sculls)
United States Nicole Fawcett [3] Volleyball
United States Bridget Franek Track and field
United States Alisha Glass [3] Volleyball
Mexico Daniel Gomez-Tanamachi Fencing
United States Christa Harmotto Volleyball Med 2.png (team)
United States Megan Hodge Volleyball Med 2.png (team)
United States Bobby Lea Cycling
Canada Erin McLeod Soccer Med 3.png (team)
Canada Carmelina Moscato Soccer Med 3.png (team)
Suriname Kirsten Nieuwendam Track and field
Puerto Rico Tommy Ramos Gymnastics
United States Ryan Whiting [18] Track and field
United States Doris Willette Fencing

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Penn State Olympians". Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  2. ^ a b Nate Cartmell attended the University of Pennsylvania and later served as head coach of track and field at Penn State from 1922–33. After his Olympic years, he embarked on a coaching career in 1910 that led to coaching stints at seven other institutions, both before and after Penn State.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Alternate on team; traveled to Olympic Games but did not compete.
  4. ^ Ray Conger ran track for Iowa State in college, later obtained a Masters Degree in physiology, and then did further graduate work at Columbia. From 1931–36 he taught zoology at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where he also coached track. He then joined the faculty at Penn State and was a professor of physical education preceding his retirement in 1970.
  5. ^ Walter Bahr was the captain of the U.S. national team in the 1950 FIFA World Cup when, in what is considered one of the greatest upsets in sports history, it defeated England, 1-0, with Bahr assisting on the lone goal. Later he became the men's soccer coach at Penn State from 1974–1988.
  6. ^ Bill Koll attended Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) and later became professor of Health and Physical Education, as well as head coach of the Penn State wrestling team from 1965–1979, which included unbeaten dual meet campaigns in 1967, 1970 thru 1972, and 1974.
  7. ^ a b After 1956, Kurt Oppelt skated in ice shows with his partner, Sissy Schwarz, and was the coach of the Royal Dutch Figure Skating Team from 1957–1960. He later settled in the United States. In 1967, Oppelt became an instructor at Penn State in its College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. In 1996 he received the Golden Medal of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria.
  8. ^ a b "Winter Olympic Games: Athleticism in the Snow, 2010 Games: February 12-28, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada". Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  9. ^ a b "Olympedia, Kurt Oppelt Biographical information". Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  10. ^ a b At the time of the 1968 Olympics, Jane Barkman was age 16; later she became Penn State assistant swim coach and went on to become head coach at Princeton.
  11. ^ After her 1975 college graduation at Southern Connecticut, Sue Rojcewicz became a physical education instructor and assistant basketball coach at Penn State.
  12. ^ "GEO-POLITICS AND AMERICAN ATHLETES DENIED OLYMPIC OPPORTUNITIES PROFILED". Sports Perspectives. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  13. ^ Sammie Henson was undefeated and two-time NCAA champion at Clemson University. From 2000–2002 he was assistant wrestling coach at Penn State. During his time there, Henson assisted head coach Troy Sunderland in taking the Nittany Lions from 35th in the country to sixth with a pair of top-five recruiting classes in just two years.
  14. ^ 2004 PSU Olympians
  15. ^ Cael Sanderson attended and coached at Iowa State University before becoming Penn State's head wrestling coach in 2009.
  16. ^ 2008 PSU Olympians
  17. ^ http://btn.com/2012/08/13/big-ten-totals-35-medals-including-15-gold-at-olympics/
  18. ^ Ryan Whiting, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., and 2010 alumnus of Arizona State University, was a volunteer coach on the Penn State track and field staff. He was the defending World Indoor Champion in the shot put and represented the U.S. at the 2011 IAAF World Outdoor Championships and 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships. He was also a six-time NCAA Champion while competing at Arizona State.