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IMG College Well-Represented in Beijing Olympics

Aug 25, 2008

Dozens of athletes representing IMG College properties participated in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

At the end of the games, athletes from the University of Texas had literally set the gold standard for IMG College properties. Ten of the 14 medals won by current or former Longhorn athletes were gold. Eight of the ten gold medals were won by men's swimmers (Ricky Berens, Aaron Peirsol (2), Dave Walters, Ian Crocker, Garrett Weber-Gale(2) and Brendan Hansen), while Melanie Walker won the 400-meter hurdles for her gold and Sanya Richards was on the 4x400-meter winning relay team. Former Longhorns have also added two silvers (Aaron Peirsol and Cat Osterman) and two bronzes (Sanya Richards and Taylor Teegarden).

Athletes with University of Florida ties also fared very well, claiming a total of 14 medals, five of which were gold. Swimmer Ryan Lochte won two gold and two bronze medals, while Dara Torres (three silvers) and Caroline Burckle (bronze) have also claimed medals. Heather Mitts won gold as a part of the USA women's soccer team, while DeLisha Milton-Jones was on the gold medal-winning USA women's basketball team. Kerron Clement claimed gold and silver medals in track and field, Novlene Williams-Mills claimed a bronze in track and field, while Matt LaPorta claimed a bronze medal with the USA baseball team.

IMG College athletes excelled in the pool. In addition to the Texas swimmers, Michigan's Peter Vanderkaay won one gold and one bronze medal, while Tennessee's Christine Magnuson and Arizona's Lacey Nymeyer each took home a silver.

Athletes representing Southeastern Conference schools won a total of 51 medals in this year's games.

IMG College would like to congratulate every Olympian from our collegiate properties. The talent coming from these universities is evident in the outstanding performances that the world saw during the 2008 Olympic games. To all of the participants, IMG College offers our most sincere congratulations!

Gold (20)

Aaron Peirsol, swimming, Univ. of Texas (2)
Garrett Weber-Gale, swimming, Univ. of Texas (2)
Ricky Berens, swimming, Univ. of Texas
Dave Walters, swimming, Univ. of Texas
Ian Crocker, swimming, Univ. of Texas
Brendan Hansen, swimming, Univ. of Texas
Melanie Walker, track & field, Univ. of Texas
Sanya Richards, track and field, Univ. of Texas
Ryan Lochte, swimming, Univ. of Florida (2)
Kerron Clement, track and field, Univ. of Florida
Heather Mitts, soccer, Univ. of Florida
DeLisha Milton-Jones, basketball, Univ. of Florida
Candace Parker, basketball, Univ. of Tennessee
Kara Lawson, basketball, Univ. of Tennessee
Tamika Catchings, basketball, Univ. of Tennessee
Peter Vanderkaay, swimming, Univ. of Michigan
Tayshaun Prince, basketball, Univ. of Kentucky

Silver (14)

Aaron Peirsol, swimming, Univ. of Texas
Cat Osterman, softball, Univ. of Texas
Dara Torres, swimming, Univ. of Florida (3)
Kerron Clement, track & field, Univ. of Florida
Christine Magnuson, swimming, Univ. of Tennessee
Monica Abbott, softball, Univ. of Tennessee
Lacey Nymeyer, swimming, Univ. of Arizona
Jennie Finch, softball, Univ. of Arizona
Lovieanne Jung, softball, Univ. of Arizona
Caitlin Lowe, softball, Univ. of Arizona
Kim Glass, volleyball, Univ. of Arizona
Betsey Armstrong, water polo, Univ. of Michigan

Bronze (10)

Peter Vanderkaay, swimming, Univ. of Michigan
Nick Willis, track and field, Univ. of Michigan
Ryan Lochte, swimming, Univ. of Florida (2)
Caroline Burckle, swimming, Univ. of Florida
Matt LaPorta, baseball, Univ. of Florida
Novlene Williams-Mills, track & field, Univ. of Florida
Sanya Richards, track and field, Univ. of Texas
Taylor Teegarden, baseball, Univ. of Texas
Jason Donald, baseball, Univ. of Arizona