Longhorn Olympians By the Numbers

More than 10,000 athletes will represent 204 nations when the London Olympics kick off this Friday. But we prefer to count the Longhorn Nation and round up to 205. Here are the vital stats on the University’s storied Olympics legacy.

21: Longhorns competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics

2: Longhorns coaching in the 2012 Summer Olympics

1: Longhorn athletic trainer who will be working on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s medical staff

7: Sports in which Longhorn athletes will compete: women’s volleyball, women’s swimming, women’s track and field, men’s swimming, men’s diving, men’s track and field, and men’s basketball.

8: Nations represented by Longhorn athletes. In addition to the United States, they’ll be competing for Canada, Haiti, Mexico, Jamaica, Liberia, Nigeria, and the Virgin Islands.

19: Number of Olympic Games in which Longhorns have won medals.

1936: First Olympics during which a Longhorn athlete won a medal. That year, Adolph Kiefer won the 100-meter backstroke for the United States and set a new world record in Berlin.

117: Total number of Olympic medals won by Longhorns from 1936 t0 2010.

57: The percent of those 117 Longhorn medals that are gold. UT Olympians have won 67 gold medals, 32 silver medals, and 18 bronze medals.

28th: The Longhorn Nation’s rank—if UT were a country—in the all-time total Olympic medal list. We would be ranked between Greece (114 medals) and Belgium (139 medals).

Sanya Richards-Ross, BBA ’06, Life Member, has won three Olympic medals in women’s track and field. Photo via André Zehetbauer.


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