Bruin Olympians Shine in 2012 London Olympics
Aug. 12, 2012
UCLA continued its strong Olympic tradition at the just-completed 2012 London Games. Of the 34 Bruins representing their respective countries at the Games, 12 came away medal-winners, including six gold medal athletes and two gold medal-winning coaches. UCLA's all-time medal count now stands at an impressive 250 medals, half of which are gold.
The six gold medals in 2012 came in three team sports - women's soccer and women's water polo just minutes apart on Aug. 9 and men's basketball on Aug. 12. Representing UCLA on the USA Soccer gold medal squad were Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux and assistant coach and former UCLA women's soccer head coach Jillian Ellis. The U.S. women won their third-straight Olympic gold, and it was the second-straight gold medal win for Cheney and Ellis. Former Bruin player and coach Adam Krikorian guided the USA Women's Water Polo team to its first-ever gold medal. Four-time NCAA champions Kelly Rulon and Courtney Mathewson were key players for the U.S. in London. Rulon's medal was the second in her career, as she has previously won bronze in 2004. NBA All-Stars Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook represented UCLA on the USA Men's Basketball team, which won its second-straight gold medal.
Earning silver medals were former UCLA rowing assistant coach Mark Hunter in the lightweight double sculls and Dawn Harper in the 100m Hurdles with a personal best time. Both Hunter and Harper are now two-time Olympic medalists. Additionally, UCLA Volleyball legend Karch Kiraly was an assistant coach for the USA Women's Volleyball team, which won the silver medal.
Junior Chelsea Stewart won the lone medal by a current UCLA student-athlete, taking bronze with the Canadian women's soccer team.
Overall, 396 Bruins have combined to make 648 Olympic appearances and have now won 250 Olympic medals - 125 gold, 65 silver, and 60 bronze. UCLA, which was founded in 1919, has had at least one competitor in every Olympics since 1920 with one exception (1924), and UCLA has won a gold medal in every Olympics in which the U.S. has competed since 1932. Since 1984, Bruins have won 85 gold medals, and the six gold medals won this year rank tied for fifth among all universities.
Final 2012 Olympic Games Medal Count
Gold - 6 (Lauren Cheney, W. Soccer; Sydney Leroux, W. Soccer; Kevin Love, M. Basketball; Courtney Mathewson, W. Water Polo; Kelly Rulon, W. Water Polo; Russell Westbrook, M. Basketball)
Silver - 2 (Dawn Harper, W. Track & Field - 100m Hurdles; Mark Hunter, Rowing - Lightweight Double Scullts)
Bronze - 1 (Chelsea Stewart, W. Soccer)
Note: Jillian Ellis, Karch Kiraly and Adam Krikorian coached teams to medals. Ellis was an assistant coach for the gold medal-winning U.S. women's soccer team. Kiraly was an assistant coach for the silver medal-winning U.S. women's volleyball team. Krikorian was the head coach of the gold medal-winning U.S. women's water polo team. Coaches are not technically awarded medals at the Olympic Games.
UCLA's 2012 Olympians
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