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    Indiana University's Olympic Participants:
    1904 | 1932 | 1936 | 1948 | 1952 | 1956 | 1960 | 1964 | 1968
    1972 | 1976 | 1980 | 1984 | 1988 | 1992 | 1996 | 2000 | 2004

    IU's Olympic heritage is continuing in terms of competing and coaching. In Athens, six individuals with ties to IU represented the United States, while one former IU athlete represented the host-country, Greece.Here is a brief recap of how each individual fared at the 2004 Olympic Games:

    • Cassandra Cardinell along with former Hoosier All-American Sara Hildebrand finished seventh overall after faltering on their first dive of the finals of the synchro 10-meter event. The tandem scored only a 31.80 on their first dive of the evening before rebounding to finish seventh with a score of 302.22. The tandem scored an 80.58, their top score of the Olympics, on their most difficult dive.

    • Sara Hildebrand wrapped up her Olympic Game competition in the finals of the 10-meter platform with a 10th-place finish overall. She scored 62.37 points on a 2 1/2 reverse somersault in the tuck position on her first dive. Hildebrand then netted 69.12 points on her second dive with an armstand back double somersault with 1 1/2 twists in the free position. In rounds three and four of the finals, Hildebrand missed with scores of 46.53 and 55.68. Once again, the former three-time Big Ten Diver of the Year scored her best dive on her last attempt. In the fifth and final round of the finals, Hildebrand did a back 2 1/2 somersault with 1 1/2 twists in the pike position for 6.5s, 7.0s and 7.5s. Her fifth round total was her only dive over 70 points at 70.38. She finished the event with a score of 484.77.

    • Kimiko Soldati battled through shoulder injuries to finish 21st in the 3-meter springboard diving competition. She compiled a total of 252.36 points, just 14 points shy of qualifying for the semi-final round.

    • Rose Richmond narrowly missed the cut to the finals of the women's long jump, with a 20th-place finish overall in the qualifying round with a leap of 6.46m/21-2.25. Richmond, a 2003 graduate of IU, earned this mark on her first attempt and had marks of 6.14m/20-1.75 and 6.29m/20-7.50 to follow.

    • Vasili Spanos was part of the Greek national baseball team that won for the first time ever in Olympic baseball history after defeating Italy 12-7. Greece finished with a 1-6 record, putting them in seventh place overall. While Spanos did not play in Greece's only victory, he did get eight at bats and saw action at third base and as the designated hitter over the course of the seven games.

    • Phil Trinter along with his teammate Paul Cayard captured a fifth-place finish in the Keelboat Men-Star sailing competition. The duo racked up a total of 87 points (71 net points) after at the completion of 11 total races. Trinter and Cayard turned in two first-place finishes (1st race and 7th race) as well as a third place finish in the fifth race. The pair finished behind fourth-place finisher Switzerland (82 points), bronze medalists-France (69 points), silver medalists-Canada (65.2 points) and gold medalists-Brazil (60 points)

    Few universities, or even nations can match IU's overall Olympic record. A total of 167 IU athletes have competed in the Olympics, and these individuals have represented 14 nations. On 12 occasions Olympic coaches have come from IU.

    Three IU coaches have been honored by coaching twice in the Olympics: James "Doc" Counsilman for swimming in 1964 and 1976, Hobie Billingsley for diving in 1968 and 1972 and Jeff Huber for diving in 2000 and 2004. Counsilman had a streak of nine straight Olympics -- from 1956 through 1988 -- with at least one medalist, a record believed to be unmatched in any sport in Olympic history.

    Two coaches with ties to IU have won gold medals in team competition: former coach Bob Knight for basketball in 1984, and Tara VanDerveer for basketball in 1996.

    For athletes, the IU medal count is 84 including 48 gold, 16 silver, and 20 bronze. Prior to the 2004 Olympics, at least one IU athlete medaled at every Summer Olympics since 1932. The most productive year was 1968 in Mexico City, with 17 medals for IU competitors.

    At the 1972 Games in Munich, swimmer Mark Spitz collected seven gold medals, a record that has never been matched. IU athletes received a total of 15 medals that year, including 11 gold.

    Four years later in Montreal, IU also left it's mark with a Hoosier in the headlines almost every day. IU swimming great Gary Hall carried the U.S. flag at the opening ceremonies. Scott May was a scoring standout and Quinn Buckner, the captain for the gold medal-winning basketball team. The swimming star was IU's Jim Montgomery, with three gold medals. Hall and diver Cynthia Potter also won medals. IU's James "Doc" Counsilman was the head coach of the most successful U.S. swimming team ever, with 12 golds and 10 silvers in 13 events. Hoosier track coach Sam Bell coached the American distance runners.

    Hoosier Olympic Notes

    167 Olympians (including coaches, judges, and representation separately)
    85 Men's Swimming and Diving
    34 Men's Track and Field
    15 Women's Swimming and Diving
    8 Men's Basketball
    7 Soccer
    6 Wrestling
    5 Men's Cycling
    2 Women's Basketball
    2 Women's Track and Field
    1 Softball
    2 Baseball
    1 Volleyball
    1 Fencing
    1 Rifle
    1 Men's Tennis
    1 Canoe
    1 Sailing

    Total IU Medals
    48 Gold Medals
    16 Silver Medals
    20 Bronze Medals

    14 - The number of nations in addition to the United States for which a former Hoosier has competed:
    Australia
    Austria
    Brazil
    Canada
    Denmark
    France
    Germany
    Greece
    Honduras
    Hong Kong
    Ireland
    Jamaica
    Mexico
    Nigeria
    Spain

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