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Olympic history at UC

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The University of Cincinnati added two more medals to its Olympic hardware count in 2008. Overall, UC has had 16 Olympic competitors who have earned seven medals: four gold, two silver and one bronze.


UC Medalists


Mary Wineberg, Ed '02
2008 gold medal for United States
Track: 4X400-meter relay

Jenny Kemp, att '75
1972 gold medal for United States
Swimming: 4X100 freestyle relay

George Wilson, Ed '64
1964 gold medal for United States

Oscar Robertson, Bus '60, HonDoc '07
1960 gold medal for United States


David Payne, att '04
2008 silver medal for United States
Track: 110-meter hurdles

Tina Gustafsson, att '82
1980 silver medal for Sweden
Swimming: 4X100 freestyle relay


Michelle MacPherson, Ed '90
1984 bronze medal for Canada
1980 Canadian Olympic team
Swimming: 4X100 medley relay

Other UC Olympians

Ted Corbitt, Ed '42
1952 U.S. Olympic team and the first black U.S. marathoner in Olympic history

Kelly Salchow, DAAP '96
2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic team Quadruple sculls

Becky Ruehl, DAAP '00
1996 4th-place finish for United States

Nicole Hayes, A&S '07
2000 Palau Olympic team
100-meter freestyle

Carlo Piccio, Bus '05
2000 Phillipines Olympic team
400-meter individual medley, 1,500-meter freestyle

Jeppe Nielsen, A&S '98
2000 Denmark Olympic team
800 freestyle relay

Honza Vitazka, Bus '99
2000 Czech Republic Olympic team
100 butterfly, 200 and 400 individual medley

Pelle Wikstrom, att '82
1980 Sweden Olympic team
100 & 200 freestyle

Joe Morris, Eng '17
1912 U.S. Olympic team
100-meter freestyle

Nearly Olympians
Sharon Moore Furlong, A&S '74, qualified for the 1980 U.S Olympic volleyball team but never got to compete because the U.S. boycotted the Moscow Games.

Cheryl Cook, Ed '85, helped the U.S. basketball team win gold at the 1983 Pan-American Games and silver at world championships, but an ankle injury during Olympic tryouts stopped her from making the 1984 team.

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