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The Ivy League’s tradition in the Olympics is unparalleled. Since the first Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, in 1896, Ivy athletes have thrived on the international stage every four years in both the Summer and Winter Games.

With memorable performances that live in the Olympics lore, athletes from Ivy League schools have amassed an amazing total of 474 medals (through the 2008 Summer Olympics). This count would rank ninth on the all-time medal table if the Ivy League’s eight institutions collectively were a country, as noted in the September 1, 2008, edition of Sports Illustrated.

Ivy athletes have enjoyed great success in the most recent Games with 42 athletes bringing home 14 medals (five gold, seven silver and two bronze) from the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China and 19 athletes securing 10 medals (six gold, three silver and one bronze) from the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.

Now Ivy athletes are focused on the 2012 London Games to once again uphold and represent the rich and storied tradition of Ivy League athletes in international competition.

This blog is maintained by the Ivy League’s communications department, including Associate Executive Director Scottie Rodgers and Assistant Executive Directors Dan Colleran and Trevor Rutledge-Leverenz. The historical records date back to research that began in summer 2004.

All material gathered from other sources is linked per “fair use” guidelines. Photos are found via public searches. Copyright 2012 Council of Ivy League Presidents. All rights reserved.

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