Full Circle: Penn’s DeFrantz Hands Out Gold

On Thursday morning after the United States women’s 8 boat held off Canada to win Olympic Gold for the second consecutive Olympics, Penn’s Anita DeFrantz, bestowed fellow Ivy League grads Caryn Davies (Harvard ’05), Esther Lofgren (Harvard ’09), Susan Francia (Penn ’04), Caroline Lind (Princeton ’06) and Taylor Ritzel (Yale ’10) and the rest of the U.S. team their Gold Medals.

A 1976 bronze medalist at the Montreal Games with the USA women’s eights, DeFranz is currently on the IOC’s Juridical Commission, the Finance Commission and the Sport and Law Commission. She is also the chair of the IOC’s Women and Sport Commission and the IOC Athletes’ Commission Election Committee and won her Olympic Bronze a year before graduating from Penn’s law school.

Earlier this year, http://www.IvyLeagueSports.com ran a feature on DeFrantz as part of a Black History Month celebration. To read that feature, click the link below:
The Ivy Influence: Anita DeFranz



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