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 students (117) and coaches/faculty members (12) that have made an appearance as athletes or medaled at the Olympic Games, plus one athlete for the boycotted 1980 Summer Olympics. The University had its most representatives participating in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games with 21 participants earning eight medals, also the most ever.[1]

Appearances and medal winners by sport[edit]

Totals are through the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Sport Appearances 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total
Track and field 52 5 9 5 19
Gymnastics 24 0 0 1 1
Fencing 18 0 1 3 4
Volleyball 14 0 2# 5 7
Wrestling 14 3 1 1 5
Soccer 9 0 0 2 2
Basketball 7 1 1 1 3
Swimming & Diving 6 2 0 3 5
Cycling 7 0 0 0 0
Rifle 4 0 0 0 0
Field Hockey 3 0 0 3§ 3
Short Track Speedskating 3 0 0 1 1
Archery 2 1 0 1 2
Rowing 2 0 0 1 1
Figure skating 2 1 0 0 1
Kayaking 2 0 0 0 0
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 173 13 14 27 54

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 attendance 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 bronze medal-winning Canada women's team
# both on the 2012 silver medal-winning USA women's team
all on the 2016 bronze medal-winning USA men's and women's teams
§ all on the 1984 bronze medal-winning USA women's team

Olympians[edit]

Nate Cartmell

1904[edit]

Fred Englehardt, 1904

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)
United States Fred Englehardt[3] Track and field Med 2.png (triple jump)
Lee Talbott

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
Harold Barron
William Cox
Larry Shields

1920[edit]

Belgium Antwerp

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States Harold Barron Track and field Med 2.png (110m hurdles)
United States Alan Helffrich[4][5] Track and field
United States Larry Shields Track and field Med 1.png (3000m team)
Med 3.png (1500m)

1924[edit]

France Paris

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States William Cox Track and field Med 3.png (3000m team)
United States Schuyler Enck Track and field Med 3.png (800m)
United States Alan Helffrich Track and field Med 1.png (4 × 400m relay)
United States Carl Madera [4] Boxing
United States Charles Moore, Sr. [4] 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 [6] 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
Walter Bahr, with Vice-President Joe Biden in 2010

1948[edit]

United Kingdom London

Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States Walter Bahr [7] Soccer
United States William Bonsall Gymnastics
United States Louis Bordo Gymnastics
United States Barney Ewell Track and field Med 1.png (4 × 100m relay)
Med 2.png (100m)
Med 2.png (200m)
United States Herman Goffberg Track and field
United States Bill Koll [8] 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 (3000m 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 [9][10][11] Figure skating

1956[edit]

Australia Melbourne

Name Sport
United States Horace Ashenfelter Track and field
United States Ronald Coder [4] Soccer
United States Dick Dyer [3][12][13] Fencing
United States Richard Packer [4] Soccer
United States Karl Schwenzfeier (Schier) [4] 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 [9][10][11] Figure skating Med 1.png (pair skating)
United States Edgar Seymour Bobsled

1960[edit]

Italy Rome

Name Sport
Sweden Jean Cronstedt Gymnastics
United States Dick Dyer [3][12][13] Fencing
United States Garland O'Quinn Jr.[14] Gymnastics
United States Ed Moran[4][5] Track and field

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 [15] Swimming Med 1.png (4 × 100m freestyle relay)
Med 3.png (200m freestyle)
United States James Culhane [4] 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 [15] Swimming Med 1.png (4 × 100m 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 (-Vreugdenhil) Rowing
Sweden Lennart Hedmark Track and field
Norway Knut Hjeltnes Track and field
United States Al Jackson[4][5] Track and field
United States Steven Kaplan Fencing
Canada Romel Raffin Basketball
United States Susan Rojcewicz [16] 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 [4] Gymnastics
United States Wayne Young Gymnastics

1980[edit]

Russia Moscow

Jana Angelakis, Greg Fredericks, Charlene Morett, Christine Larson-Mason,[17] 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

Charlene Morett
Lou Banach
Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States Jana Angelakis Fencing
United Kingdom Terry Bartlett Gymnastics
United States Lou Banach[18] Wrestling (freestyle) Med 1.png (light heavyweight)
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

Knut Hjeltnes
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 J-Me Carney[3][19] Cycling
United States Mary Ellen Clark Diving Med 3.png (10m platform)
United States Greg Elinsky [4] Wrestling
United States Suzie McConnell Basketball Med 3.png (team)
United Kingdom Ian Shelley Gymnastics
Republic of Ireland Barry Walsh Track and Field
United States Rich Weiss [20] Kayaking

1996[edit]

United States Atlanta

Bronze statue of Rich Weiss by Tyler Mark Richardella
Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
Japan Sanshiro Abe Wrestling
United Kingdom Dominic Brindle[21] Gymnastics
United States Mary Ellen Clark Diving Med 3.png (10m platform)
United States Peter Cox Fencing
United States Salima Davidson[4] Volleyball
United States Glenn Dubis Rifle
United States C.J. Hunter Track and field
United States Suzanne Paxton Fencing
United States Tom Strzalkowski Fencing
United States Rich Weiss [20] Kayaking
United States Rod White [3] Archery Med 1.png (men's team)

2000[edit]

Australia Sydney

Glenn Dubis
Kolat in November 2015
Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States J-Me Carney[3] Cycling
United States Glenn Dubis Rifle
United States Sammie Henson[22] Wrestling Med 2.png (Bantamweight, Freestyle)
United States Cary Kolat[23] Wrestling
United States Kerry McCoy Wrestling
Germany Alexander Weber Fencing Med 3.png (team sabre)
United States Christie Welsh [4] Soccer
United States Rod White [3] Archery Med 3.png (men's team)

2002[edit]

United States Salt Lake City

Name Sport
United States Allison Baver Short Track Speedskating

2004[edit]

Greece Athens[24]

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 [4] Track and field
United States Cael Sanderson [25] 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
Adam Wiercioch

2008[edit]

China Beijing[26]

Aleesha Barber
Mike Friedman
Jan Jagla
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 Nontapat Panchan Fencing
United States Kevin Tan Gymnastics Med 3.png (team)
Poland Adam Wiercioch Fencing Med 2.png (team épée)
United States Doris Willette [4] Fencing
Allison Baver

2010[edit]

Canada Vancouver

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

2012[edit]

United Kingdom London[27]

Daniel Gómez Tanamachi
Felix Aronovich
Carmelina Moscato
Erin Mcleod
Bridget Franek
Megan Hodge
Shana Cox (right)
Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States Matt Anderson Volleyball
Israel Felix Aronovich Gymnastics
Jamaica Dominique Blake [4] Track and field (4 × 400m relay) [28][29]
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 [4] Volleyball
United States Bridget Franek Track and field
United States Alisha Glass [4] Volleyball
Mexico Daniel Gómez 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 Jake Varner [30][31] Wrestling Med 1.png (96 kg, Freestyle)
United States Ryan Whiting [32] Track and field
United States Doris Willette Fencing

2016[edit]

Brazil Rio de Janeiro[33]

Nicole Fawcett
Matt Anderson
Max Holt
Alisha Glass
Joe Kovacs
Monica Aksamit
Ali Krieger
Alyssa Naeher
Aaron Russell
Miles Chamley-Watson
Name Sport Medal (if app.) and event
United States Monica Aksamit Fencing Med 3.png (team saber)
United States Matt Anderson Volleyball Med 3.png (team)
United States Matt Baranoski Cycling
United States Miles Chamley-Watson Fencing Med 3.png (team foil)
United States Nicole Fawcett [4] Volleyball
United States Alisha Glass Volleyball Med 3.png (team)
Mexico Daniel Gómez Tanamachi Fencing
Mexico Carlos Guerra Volleyball
United States Christa (Harmotto) Dietzen Volleyball Med 3.png (team)
United States Darrell Hill Track and field
United States Megan (Hodge) Easy [4] Volleyball
United States Max Holt Volleyball Med 3.png (team)
United States Joe Kovacs Track and field Med 2.png (shot put)
United States Ali Krieger Soccer
United States Bobby Lea Cycling
United States Virgin Islands Eddie Lovett [34] Track and field
United States Frank Molinaro Wrestling
United States Alyssa Naeher[35] Soccer
United States Aaron Russell Volleyball Med 3.png (team)
Republic of Ireland Shane Ryan Swimming
United States Katarzyna Trzopek Fencing

Paralympics[edit]

2004[edit]

Greece Athens

Name Sport
United States Jeff Hantz[36] Track and field

2008[edit]

China Beijing

Name Sport
United States Maggie Redden[36] Track and field

See also[edit]

Penn State Nittany Lions
List of Pennsylvania State University people

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Penn State Olympians" (PDF). 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 Mallon, Bill (21 Sep 2017). "USA OLYMPIANS AND THEIR COLLEGES". Retrieved 2017-10-14. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Alternate on team; traveled to Olympic Games but did not compete.
  5. ^ a b c Penn State Track and Field/Cross Country 2012. State College, Pennsylvania USA. 2012. p. 105. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ a b "Winter Olympic Games: Athleticism in the Snow, 2010 Games: February 12-28, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada". Archived from the original on 2013-05-15. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  11. ^ a b "Olympedia, Kurt Oppelt Biographical information". Archived from the original on 2013-12-30. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  12. ^ a b Phinizy, Coles (December 5, 1955). "AMERICA'S DIM HOPES FOR ITS FIRST OLYMPIC FENCING TITLE ARE BRIGHTENED CONSIDERABLY BY TWO DETERMINED NEW BLADES". Sports Illustrated. 3 (23). Retrieved 2017-10-15. 
  13. ^ a b "Dick Dyer". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2017-10-15. 
  14. ^ Mallon, Bill (21 Sep 2017). "USA OLYMPIANS AND THEIR COLLEGES". Retrieved 2017-10-14.  O'Quinn attended the U.S. Military Academy as an undergraduate and Penn State as a graduate student.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ After her 1975 college graduation at Southern Connecticut, Sue Rojcewicz became a physical education instructor and assistant basketball coach at Penn State.
  17. ^ "GEO-POLITICS AND AMERICAN ATHLETES DENIED OLYMPIC OPPORTUNITIES PROFILED". Sports Perspectives. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  18. ^ Mallon, Bill (21 Sep 2017). "USA OLYMPIANS AND THEIR COLLEGES". Retrieved 2017-10-14.  Banach attended the University of Iowa as an undergraduate and Penn State as a graduate student in 1988.
  19. ^ Motko, Carla (Oct 21, 1997). "Cycling club hoping to add to its list of accomplishments". Retrieved 2017-10-15. 
  20. ^ a b Mallon, Bill (21 Sep 2017). "USA OLYMPIANS AND THEIR COLLEGES". Retrieved 2017-10-14.  Weiss attended Colorado School of Mines as an undergraduate and Penn State as a graduate student. He drowned in a kayaking accident on the White Salmon River in Washington state in 1997.
  21. ^ "Nissen Emery Award". USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ Mallon, Bill (21 Sep 2017). "USA OLYMPIANS AND THEIR COLLEGES". Retrieved 2017-10-14.  In 1993, Kolat began his collegiate career at Penn State. He transferred to Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 1995.
  24. ^ 2004 PSU Olympians
  25. ^ Cael Sanderson attended and coached at Iowa State University before becoming Penn State's head wrestling coach in 2009.
  26. ^ 2008 PSU Olympians
  27. ^ "Big Ten totals 35 medals, including 15 Gold, at Olympics". Big Ten Network. Retrieved 2017-10-15. 
  28. ^ "TRACK AND FIELD OLYMPIANS TO BE RECOGNIZED". University Park, Pennsylvania. Oct 4, 2012. Retrieved 2016-08-14. Blake, a member of Penn State's NCAA Champion 4x400 in 2008, also had a successful London experience, earning a bronze medal as a member of Jamaica's 4x400 relay pool. 
  29. ^ Walker, Howard (23 June 2017). "Dominique Blake finally returns bronze medal". Jamaican Observer. Retrieved 1 November 2017. Dominique Blake handed over the 4x400m relay medal she was erroneously presented with, having never competed in the heats or the final of the event at the 2012 Olympics. 
  30. ^ Jake Varner won the gold medal in the 96 kg freestyle category at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Afterward he became an assistant coach at Penn State under Cael Sanderson. A student-athlete at Iowa State, he was 2009 and 2010 NCAA champion and finished second in the 2007 and 2008 NCAA championships, while being coached by Sanderson.
  31. ^ "American Jacob Varner takes 96kg freestyle wrestling gold". BBC. August 13, 2012. 
  32. ^ 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.
  33. ^ "School record 20 Penn Staters participating in Rio Olympic Games". July 19, 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  34. ^ Aydin, Tim (Aug 1, 2016). "Reppin' In Rio: Penn Staters In The 2016 Olympic Games". Black Shoe Diaries. Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved 2016-08-11.  A former University of Florida athlete, Eddie Lovett was a Penn State volunteer assistant coach at the time of the 2016 Rio Olympics, where he represented the U.S. Virgin Islands in the 110-meter hurdles.
  35. ^ "FIFA Tournaments – Alyssa NAEHER – Playing career at FIFA Tournaments". FIFA. Retrieved 2017-10-27. player didn't appear in any matches 
  36. ^ a b Penn Staters in the Olympics (curated display). University Park, Pennsylvania: Penn State All-Sports Museum. 5 April 2017.