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A Return to London

The Olympics return to London for the first time since 1948 and for the third time overall, as London also played host to the Summer Games in 1908. In 1948, Ivy athletes combined to win 19 medals, including eight golds, three silvers and eight bronzes. In 1908, 12 medals were earned by Ivy athletes, including six golds, three silvers and three bronzes.

Complete 1908 Recap
Originally scheduled to take place in Rome, the Italian government gave up the right to host the 1908 Games when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 1906. Marching with the United States was John Baxter Taylor (Penn ’08). Taylor would become the first African-American to win a gold medal. His Olympic experience started with what was one of the most controversial events in Olympic history – the 1908 400-meter race.

The 400-meter final included four men: Wyndham Halswelle of Great Britain, and Americans William Robbins, John C. Carpenter (Cornell ’07), and Taylor. In the homestretch, the race came down to Halswelle and Carpenter. Officials contended that Carpenter obstructed Halswelle’s pursuit to take the lead and ripped the finish line tape before the race finished. The race was to be re-run without Carpenter two days later. In a show of solidarity, Taylor and Robbins refused to participate, leaving Halswelle to walk around the track to earn the gold medal.

Taylor would later win his gold medal in the sprint medley relay, the first relay race in Olympic history. The team, which also included Taylor’s Penn teammate and two-time Olympian Nathaniel J. Cartmell, won the race by three seconds, making Taylor the first African-American to win a gold medal. Taylor tragically passed away in December 1908, at the age of 26, from typhoid.

Complete 1948 Recap
After a 12-year absence due to World War II, the Games returned to London in 1948.

Fencer Norman Armitage (Columbia), competing in his fourth of six Olympics, led the U.S. sabre team to a bronze medal. He also won the ‘Friendship Trophy’ as the most outstanding American fencer. Armitage went on to be selected at the only U.S. flag bearer at the 1952 and 1956 Games.

Yachting proved to be a fertile medal ground for the Ivies in 1948. Crimson father and son Paul Smart and Hilary Smart ’47 won the gold medal in the Star class (a 6.9-meterlong shallow keelboat). While at Harvard, Paul Smart was a pole vaulter and a member of the ice hockey and soccer teams. The United States 6-meter boat won gold with three Crimson sailors on the five-man team including Alfred E. Loomis ’50, James H. Smith, Jr. ’48, and James H. Weekes. The Swallow (a boat similar to the Star but with a smaller sailing area), was part of Olympic yachting only for the 1948 Games and Owen C. Torrey, Jr. (Harvard ’47) won the bronze medal with fellow sailor Lockwood Pine.

Yale rower Stu Griffing, who won a bronze medal in the coxless fours at the 1948 Games,  was recently featured in The New York Times:
Their Golden Years

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Closing Thoughts

After 19 days of history, heartbreak and redemption the Games of the XXX Olympiad came to an end on Sunday with the London Games’ closing ceremonies. As the torch is quite literally passed to Brazil, it is an appropriate time to look back at some of the memorable moments that involved the Ivy League’s 49 athletes as well as several League coaches who took part in the London Games.

History was made for the United States on the fencing strips when the women’s epee team of Maya Lawrence (Princeton ’02), Susannah Scanlan (Princeton ’14), Courtney Hurley and Kelley Hurley downed Russia in sudden death, 31-30, to win the Bronze medal in dramatic fashion – the first ever Olympic women’s epee medals for the U.S. history.

Team USA on the podium (l-r): Courtney Hurley. Maya Lawrence, Susannah Scanlan and Kelley Hurley (TeamUSA.org).

History was also made in the women’s eights final at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre – and not just because eight Ivy League alumnae combined for five Gold and three Silver medals. When the USA boat, including Caryn Davies (Harvard ’05), Esther Lofgren (Harvard ’09), Susan Francia (Penn ’04), Caroline Lind (Princeton ’06) and Taylor Ritzel (Yale ’10), edged the Canadian boat, including Andreanne Morin (Princeton ’06), Lauren Wilkinson (Princeton ’11) and Ashley Brzozowicz (Yale ’04), to take the Gold, Davies won a medal for the third consecutive Summer Games.

The Gold Medalists from the U.S. Women’s 8 boat (Allison Frederick/US Rowing)

As part of the USA women’s eights boat in 2008, Davies (as well as Francia and Lind) earned a Gold medal and she was also part of the USA women’s eight boat that won Silver at the 2004 Athens Games. Prior to Davies, the last Ivy alum to medal in three consecutive Summer Olympics was Frederick Morgan Taylor (Dartmouth ’25), who captured gold in the 400-meter hurdles sat the 1924 Paris Games and followed with a bronze in 1928 in Amsterdam and a silver at the 1932 Los Angeles Games. Davies became the first female Ivy graduate to medal at three consecutive Summer Games.

But the Olympics are not always about medals and records. They are often about endurance, triumph, years of dedication and, sometimes, heartbreak. For Ivy fans – at least the several gathered in front of a laptop on last Friday afternoon at the League office – the women’s 1,500m final showed that side of the Games, too. Morgan Uceny (Cornell ’07) was positioned to possibly become the first U.S. medalist in the event but she was clipped by another runner in the pack and fell to the track as her Olympic hopes were lost.

But the London Games also provided some redemption stories. For example, when Diana Matheson (Princeton ’08) slotted home a rebound goal for the Canadian women’s soccer team in the 92nd minute of the Bronze medal game, she made history by leading Canada to the country’s first medal at the Summer Games in a traditional team sport since 1936 (men’s basketball won Silver in Berlin). That Bronze medal triumph came just days after a heartbreaking 4-3 semifinal loss to the United States, which came in added time after 120 minutes of thrilling action could not separate the teams. In picture form, the Canadians went from a striking low to an Olympic high:

On the front page of The New York Times, Diana Matheson (#8) is pictured in the foreground following Canada’s 4-3 loss to the U.S.

Diana Matheson scored the Bronze medal-winning goal (Canadian Press).

For the first time ever, the Ivy League had representatives on both a men’s and women’s basketball team in the same Olympic Games. Harvard sophomore Temi Fagbenle was a starter for the host Great Britain squad, and Koko Archibong (Penn ’03) played for Team Nigeria. It also marked the first time that multiple Ivies competed in one Olympics at the same time. Although neither squad made it past group play, both Fagbenle and Archibong played significant minutes for their respective teams and proved that Ivy League basketball is still a force to be reckoned with, just as it was when Bill Bradley (Princeton ’65) led the US team to Gold in 1964.

Fagbenle and Scanlon were not the only current Ivy athletes to compete in the Summer Games. Princeton sent a trio to the US field hockey team in sisters Julia and Katie Reinprecht. Columbia sophomore Nzingha Prescod was a member of the US women’s foil team. Two recent Ivy graduates in Columbia’s Nicole Ross (US fencing, women’s foil) and Princeton’s Donn Cabral (US track & field, steeplechase), also competed in London.

Kayla Harrison and Jimmy Pedro celebrate her Gold medal victory (USA Today).

Brown’s Jimmy Pedro ’94, who competed in judo in four Olympics himself, winning Bronze in 1996 and 2004, coached Kayla Harrison to Gold in the half heavyweight division. Harrison became the first American, male or female, to take Gold in judo, punctuating a marvelous comeback from a tough childhood.

As a teenager, Harrison was the victim of sexual abuse by her former coach, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2007 and banned for life by USA Judo. At age 16, Harrison went to Massachusetts to train at Pedro’s Judo Center, run by Jimmy and his father, and they immediately worked to lift her spirit while at the same time honing her skills on the mat. Harrison’s toughness combined with the Pedro’s help proved to be a Golden combination.

Thanks for following along with us as we tracked the League’s impressive group of athletes and coaches who helped make the London Games memorable.

– Dan & Trevor

P.S. – Further showcasing how the London Games will also be remembered as the first fully engaged social media Olympics, we are aware that McKayla was not impressed by this blog.

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A London Wrap: Individual Results Overview

On Friday, Aug. 10 the last three of the League’s 49 athletes concluded participation at the 2012 London Games. Here is an event-by-event look at the results:

Brown
Craig Kinsley ’11, USA (men’s track and field, javelin)
– Qualification: 23rd (of 44) in 78.18

Nikola Stojic ’97, Serbia, (rowing, men’s coxless pair)
– Heat 1: 4th (of 5) in 6:23.87
– Repechage: 2nd (of 4) in 6:26.61
– Semifinal A/B 2: 6th (of 6) in 7:07.78
– Final B: dns

Columbia
Sherif Farrag ’09, Egypt (fencing, men’s foil)
– Team Foil Round of 16: Great Britain def. Egypt, 45-33 (Farrag L: 5-4, L: 5-3, L 5-2)

Erison Hurtault ’07, Dominica (men’s track and field, 400m)
– Heat 7: 5th (of 6) in 46.05 (season best)

Nick LaCava ’09, USA (rowing, men’s lightweight four)
– Heat 1: 5th (of 5) in 6:02.42
– Repechage: 1st (of 4) in 6:00.86
– Semifinal A: 5th (of 6) in 6:05.06
– B Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:09.23

Nzingha Prescod ’15 USA (fencing, women’s foil)
– Indiv. Foil Rd. of 32: Aida Mohamed (Hungary) def. Prescod, 15-10
– Team Foil Quarterfinals: Korea def. USA, 45-31 (Prescod T: 2-2, L: 5-4, W: 6-4)
– Team Foil Consolation 5-8: USA def. Japan, 44-22 (Prescod W: 4-0, W: 5-0, W: 6-4)
– Team Foil Consolation 5-8: Poland def. USA, 45-39 (Prescod L: 5-3, L: 4-2, L: 7-5)

Nicole Ross ’12, USA (fencing, women’s foil)
– Indiv. Foil Rd. of 32: Ines Boubakri (Tunisia) def. Ross, 15-8
– Team Foil Quarterfinals: Korea def. USA, 45-31 (Ross L: 5-3, W: 4-3, L: 9-6)
– Team Foil Consolation 5-8: USA def. Japan, 44-22 (Ross W: 6-5)
– Team Foil Consolation 5-8: Poland def. USA, 45-39 (Ross did not fence)

Jeff Spear ’10, USA (fencing, men’s sabre)
– Team Sabre Consolation 5-8: Belarus def. USA, 45-35 (Spear L: 5-3, L: 5-3, L: 5-3)

Lisa Stublic ’06, Croatia (women’s track and field, marathon)
– Marathon: 52nd (of 118) in 2:34:03

James Williams ’07, USA (fencing, men’s sabre)
– Indiv. Sabre Rd. of 32: Nikolay Kovalev (Russia) def. Williams, 15-12
– Team Sabre Quarterfinals: Russia def. USA, 45-33 (Williams L: 5-3, L: 5-3, T: 5-5)
– Team Sabre Consolation 5-8: China def. USA, 45-28 (Williams L: 5-4, W: 8-5, L: 5-2)
– Team Sabre Consolation 5-8: Belarus def. USA, 45-35 (Williams did not fence)

Cornell
Muhammad Halim ’08, Virgin Islands (men’s track & field, triple jump)
– Group B: 9th (of 14) in 16.39

Ken Jurkowski ’03, USA (rowing, men’s single sculls)
– Heat 6: 3rd (of 5) in 7:08.49
– Quarterfinal 3: 5th (of 6) in 7:18.27
– C/D Semifinal 2: 6th (of 6) in 7:56.51
– D Final: dns

Morgan Uceny ’07, USA (women’s track and field, 1,500m)
– Heat 3: 2nd (of 15) in 4:06.87
– Semifinal 1: 3rd (of 12) in 4:05.34
– Finals: dnf

Dartmouth
Anthony Fahden ’08, USA (rowing, men’s lightweight four)
– Heat 1: 5th (of 5) in 6:02.42
– Repechage: 1st (of 4) in 6:00.86
– Semifinal A: 5th (of 6) in 6:05.06
– B Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:09.23

Sean Furey ’04, USA (men’s track & field, javelin)
– Qualification: 37th (of 44) in 72.81

Evelyn Stevens ’05, USA (women’s road cycling)
– Road Race: 24th (of 66 entrants) in a time of 3:35:56

Erik Storck ’07, USA (sailing)
– Men’s 49er R1: 6th (of 20), +0:54
– Men’s 49er R2: 10th (of 20), +1:14
– Men’s 49er R3: 16th (of 20), +1:39
– Men’s 49er R4: 1st (of 20) in 29:36
– Men’s 49er R5: 7th (of 20) +0:45
– Men’s 49er R6: 13th (of 20) +1:35
– Men’s 49er R7: 20th (of 20) +3:15
– Men’s 49er R8: 18th (of 20) +1:57
– Men’s 49er R9: 2nd (of 20) +0:10
– Men’s 49er R10: 17th (of 20) +2:05
– Men’s 49er R11: 5th (of 20) +0:59
– Men’s 49er R12: 20th (of 20) +4:21
– Men’s 49er R13: 17th (of 20) +3:03
– Men’s 49er R14: 8th (of 20) +1:35
– Men’s 49er R15: 17th (of 20) +3:00
– Men’s 49er Final Standings: 15th (of 20) with 157 points

Harvard
Brodie Buckland ’06, Australia (rowing, men’s pair)
– Heat 2: 2nd (of 5) in 6:24.83
– A/B Semifinal 2: 3rd (of 6) in 7:02.12
– A Final: 5th (of 6) in 6:29.28

Caryn Davies ’05, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Temi Fagbenle ’15, Great Britain (women’s basketball)
– Group B Play: Australia def. Great Britain, 74-58 (Fagbenle 4 pts., 1 asst., 3 reb., 2 stl. in 16:33)
– Group B Play: Canada def. Great Britain, 73-65 (Fagbenle 6 pts., 3 asst., 6 reb., 1 blk., 2 stl. in 25:58)
– Group B Play: Russia def. Great Britain, 67-61 (Fagbenle 6 pts., 5 reb., 3 blk. in 20:26)
– Group B Play: France def. Great Britain, 80-77 ot (Fagbenle 2 pts., 2 reb., 1 stl. in 15:41)
– Group B Play: Brazil def. Great Britain, 78-66 (Fagbenle 6 pts., 4 reb., 1 asst., 2 blk. in 17:14)

Malcolm Howard ’05, Canada (rowing, men’s eight)
– Heat 2: 4th (of 4) 5:37.91
– Repechage: 2nd (of 6) in 5:27.41
– A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 5:49.98 – Silver Medal

Samyr Laine ’06, Haiti (men’s track & field, triple jump)
– Group A: 6th (of 19) in 16.81
– Final: 11th (of 12) in 16.65

Esther Lofgren ’09, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
– A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Alex Meyer ’10, USA (swimming, 10km)
– Men’s 10km: 10th (of 25) in 1:50:48.2

Will Newell ’11, USA (rowing, men’s lightweight four)
– Heat 1: 5th (of 5) in 6:02.42
– Repechage: 1st (of 4) in 6:00.86
– Semifinal A: 5th (of 6) in 6:05.06
– B Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:09.23

Henrik Rummel ’09, USA (rowing, men’s four)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 4) in 5:54.88
– Semifinal A/B2: 1st (of 6) in 6:01.72
– A Final: 3rd (of 6) in 6:07.20 – Bronze Medal

Penn
Koko Archibong ’03, Nigeria (men’s basketball)
Group A Play: Nigeria def. Tunisia, 60-56 (Archibong 1 reb., 1 stl. in 4:52)
Group A Play: Lithuania def. Nigeria, 72-53 (Archibong 2 pts., 3 reb., 1 stl. in 12:48)
Group A Play: USA def. Nigeria, 156-73 (Archibong 1 reb., 2 asst. in 14:09)
Group A Play: Argentina def. Nigeria, 93-79 (Archibong 1 reb. in 3:19)
Group A Play: France def. Nigeria, 79-73 (Archibong 2 reb., 2 asst. in 8:01)

Susan Francia ’04, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
– A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Princeton
Donn Cabral ’12, USA (men’s track & field, steeplechase)
– Rd. 1: 4th (of 13) in 8:21.46
– Final: 8th (of 15) in 8:25.91

Sara Hendershot ’10, USA (rowing, women’s pair)
– Heat 1: 2nd (of 5) in 6:59.29
– A Final: 4th (of 6) in 7:30.39

Maya Lawrence ’02, USA (fencing, women’s epee)
– Indiv. Epee Rd. of 32: Lawrence def. Mara Navarria (Italy), 15-12
– Indiv. Epee Rd. of 16: Rossella Fiamingo (Italy) def. Lawrence, 15-7
– Team Epee quarterfinals: USA def. Italy, 45 – 35 (Lawrence W: 6-4, W: 4-0, L: 7-5)
– Team Epee semifinals: Korea def. USA, 45 – 36 (Lawrence W: 3-1, L: 4-1, L: 9-6)
– Team Epee cons. finals: USA def. Russia, 31-30 (Lawrence W: 3-1, L: 4-1, L: 9-6) – Bronze Medal

Caroline Lind ’06, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
– A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Sam Loch ’06, Australia (rowing, men’s eight)
– Heat 1: 2nd (of 4) in 5:32.43
– Repechage: 4th (of 6) in 5:28.67
– A Final: 6th (of 6) in 5:51.87

Diana Matheson ’08, Canada (women’s soccer)
– Group F Play: Japan def. Canada, 2-1 (Matheson 90 mins. played)
– Group F Play: Canada def. South Africa, 3-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 2 SOG)
– Group F Play: Canada tied Sweden, 2-2 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 2 Shots, 1 SOG)
– Quarterfinals: Canada def. Great Britain, 2-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 1 shot)
– Semifinals: USA def. Canada, 4-3 (extra time) (Matheson 120 mins. played)
– Bronze Medal Game: Canada def. France, 1-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, GWG in 92nd minute) – Bronze Medal

Andreanne Morin ’06, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 2: 1st (of 3) in 6:13.91
– A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:12.06 – Silver Medal

Glenn Ochal ’08, USA (rowing, men’s four)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 4) in 5:54.88
– Semifinal A/B2: 1st (of 6) in 6:01.72
– A Final: 3rd (of 6) in 6:07.20 – Bronze Medal

Robin Prendes ’11, USA (rowing, men’s lightweight four)
– Heat 1: 5th (of 5) in 6:02.42
– Repechage: 1st (of 4) in 6:00.86
– Semifinal A: 5th (of 6) in 6:05.06
– B Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:09.23

Julia Reinprecht ’14, USA (field hockey)
– Group B Play: Germany def. USA, 2-1 (J. Reinprecht 44 mins. played)
– Group B Play: USA def. Argentina, 1-0 (J. Reinprecht 47 mins. played)
– Group B Play: Australia def. USA, 1-0 (J. Reinprecht 40 mins. played)
– Group B Play: New Zealand def. USA, 3-2 (J. Reinprecht 45 mins. played)
– Group B Play: South Africa def. USA, 7-0 (J. Reinprecht 47 mins. played)
– 11/12th-place game: Belgium def. USA, 2-1 (J. Reinprecht 43 mins. played)

Katie Reinprecht ’13, USA (field hockey)
– Group B Play: Germany def. USA, 2-1 (K. Reinprecht 48 mins. played)
– Group B Play: USA def. Argentina, 1-0 (K. Reinprecht 50 mins. played)
– Group B Play: Australia def. USA, 1-0 (K. Reinprecht 50 mins. played)
– Group B Play: New Zealand def. USA, 3-2 (K. Reinprecht 56 mins. played)
– Group B Play: South Africa def. USA, 7-0 (K. Reinprecht 56 mins. played)
– 11/12th-place game: Belgium def. USA, 2-1 (K. Reinprecht 57 mins. played, 2 shots)

Susannah Scanlan ’14, USA (fencing, women’s epee)
– Indiv. Epee Rd. of 64: Olena Kryvystka (Ukraine) def. Scanlan, 15-13
– Team Epee quarterfinals: USA def. Italy, 45 – 35 (Scanlan W: 6-4, W: 4-0, L: 7-5)
– Team Epee semifinals: Korea def. USA, 45 – 36 (Scanlan L: 7-5, L: 4-3, L: 5-3)
– Team Epee cons. finals: USA def. Russia, 31-30 (Scanlan did not fence) – Bronze Medal

Gevvie Stone ’07, USA (rowing, women’s single sculls)
– Heat 5: 3rd (of 5) in 7:33.68
– Quarterfinal 2: 2nd (of 6) in 7:39.67
– Semifinal A/B 2: 4th (of 6) in 7:52.98
– B Final: 1st (of 6) in 7:45.24

Soren Thompson ’05, USA (fencing, men’s epee)
– Indiv. Epee Rd. of 64: Joerg Fiedler (Germany) def. Thompson, 15-4

Lauren Wilkinson ’11, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 2: 1st (of 3) in 6:13.91
– A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:12.06 – Silver Medal

Yale
Ashley Brzozowicz ’04, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 2: 1st (of 3) in 6:13.91
– A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:12.06 – Silver Medal

Charlie Cole ’07, USA (rowing, men’s four)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 4) in 5:54.88
– Semifinal A/B2: 1st (of 6) in 6:01.72
– A Final: 3rd (of 6) in 6:07.20 – Bronze Medal

Tess Gerrand ’10, Australia (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 1: 2nd (of 4) in 6:20.89
– Repechage: 3rd (of 5) in 6:18.63
– A Final: 6th (of 6) in 6:18.86

Sarah Lihan ’10, USA (women’s sailing)
Women’s 470 R1: 7th (of 20) +3:20
Women’s 470 R2: 3rd (of 20) +1:06
Women’s 470 R3: 5th (of 20) +1:10
Women’s 470 R4: 7th (of 20) +1:12
Women’s 470 R5: 19th (of 20) +2:27
Women’s 470 R6: 20th (of 20) +2:38
Women’s 470 R7: 3rd (of 20) +1:04
Women’s 470 R8: 9th (of 20) +2:04
Women’s 470 R9: 17th (of 20) +3:03
Women’s 470 R10: 9th (of 20) +3:21
Women’s 470 Standings: 9th (of 20) after 10 races with 78 points
Women’s 470 Medal Race: 10th (of 10) +3:33
Women’s 470 Final Standings: 9th (of 20) with 98 points

Stu McNay ’05, USA (men’s sailing)
Men’s 470 R1: 17th (of 27) +2:15
Men’s 470 R2: 22nd (of 27) +2:58
Men’s 470 R3: 10th (of 27) +1:43
Men’s 470 R4: 3rd (of 27) +0:52
Men’s 470 R5: 23rd (of 27) +3:41
Men’s 470 R6: 23rd (of 27) +4:07
Men’s 470 R7: 6th (of 27) +1:10
Men’s 470 R8: 18th (of 27) +1:55
Men’s 470 R9: 7th (of 20) +1:38
Men’s 470 R10: 4th (of 20) +1:21
Men’s 470 Final Standings: 14th (of 20) with 108 points

Taylor Ritzel ’10, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
– A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

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Medal Update

With three days remaining and several athletes still in contention for Olympic glory in the form of medals, the Ivy League’s 49 athletes at the 2012 London Games have combined for 15 medals thus far, including five Gold, four Silver and six Bronze medals.

Twelve of the 15 medals came in the rowing action at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre, including the five Gold and four Silver medals. Off the water, Princeton’s Maya Lawrence ’02 and Susannah Scanlan ’14 helped Team USA to a bronze medal in the women’s epee team competition – an historic triumph as it marked the first women’s epee medal in U.S. history (the event was added to the Olympic program in 1996).

The Ivy League rowing total of 12 medals was boosted by the women’s eight final in which the U.S. boat and its five Ivy league graduates captured Gold. Led by a trio of Ivy League grads, the Canadian women’s eight boat placed second to claim the silver. With a Gold as part of the American W8+ boat, Caryn Davies (Harvard ’05) made history with her third consecutive Summer Olympic medal. Prior to Davies, the last Ivy alum to medal in three consecutive Summer Olympics was Frederick Morgan Taylor (Dartmouth ’25), who won medlas at the 1924, 1928 and 1932 Games in the 400-meter hurdles.

The fifteen medals surpasses the total that Ivy Leaguers earned at the 2008 Beijing Games (14). The last time Ivy Leaguers combined for back-to-back Summer Olympics with at least 14 medals was in 1984 and 1988, when the League earned 16 medals in Los Angeles and Seoul, respectively.

Here is a look at the League’s 15 medal winners so far at the XXX Olympiad:

Harvard
Caryn Davies ’05, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Malcolm Howard ’05, Canada (rowing, men’s eight)
– Heat 2: 4th (of 4) 5:37.91
– Repechage: 2nd (of 6) in 5:27.41
– A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 5:49.98 – Silver Medal

Esther Lofgren ’09, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
– A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Henrik Rummel ’09, USA (rowing, men’s four)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 4) in 5:54.88
– Semifinal A/B2: 1st (of 6) in 6:01.72
– A Final: 3rd (of 6) in 6:07.20 – Bronze Medal

Penn
Susan Francia ’04, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
– A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Princeton
Maya Lawrence ’02, USA (fencing, women’s epee)
– Indiv. Epee Rd. of 32: Lawrence def. Mara Navarria (Italy), 15-12
– Indiv. Epee Rd. of 16: Rossella Fiamingo (Italy) def. Lawrence, 15-7
– Team Epee quarterfinals: USA def. Italy, 45 – 35 (Lawrence W: 6-4, W: 4-0, L: 7-5)
– Team Epee semifinals: Korea def. USA, 45 – 36 (Lawrence W: 3-1, L: 4-1, L: 9-6)
– Team Epee cons. finals: USA def. Russia, 31-30 (Lawrence W: 3-1, L: 4-1, L: 9-6) – Bronze Medal

Caroline Lind ’06, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
– A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

Diana Matheson Princeton ’08, Canada (women’s soccer)
– Group F Play: Japan def. Canada, 2-1 (Matheson 90 mins. played)
– Group F Play: Canada def. South Africa, 3-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 2 SOG)
– Group F Play: Canada tied Sweded, 2-2 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 2 Shots, 1 SOG)
– Quarterfinals: Canada def. Great Britain, 2-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, 1 shot)
– Semifinals: USA def. Canada, 4-3 (extra time) (Matheson 120 mins. played)
– Bronze Medal Game: Canada def. France, 1-0 (Matheson 90 mins. played, gamewinning goal) – Bronze Medal

Andreanne Morin ’06, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 2: 1st (of 3) in 6:13.91
– A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:12.06 – Silver Medal

Glenn Ochal ’08, USA (rowing, men’s four)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 4) in 5:54.88
– Semifinal A/B2: 1st (of 6) in 6:01.72
– A Final: 3rd (of 6) in 6:07.20 – Bronze Medal

Susannah Scanlan ’14, USA (fencing, women’s epee)
– Indiv. Epee Rd. of 64: Olena Kryvystka (Ukraine) def. Scanlan, 15-13
– Team Epee quarterfinals: USA def. Italy, 45 – 35 (Scanlan W: 6-4, W: 4-0, L: 7-5)
– Team Epee semifinals: Korea def. USA, 45 – 36 (Scanlan L: 7-5, L: 4-3, L: 5-3)
– Team Epee cons. finals: USA def. Russia, 31-30 (Scanlan did not fence) – Bronze Medal

Lauren Wilkinson ’11, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 2: 1st (of 3) in 6:13.91
– A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:12.06 – Silver Medal

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Ashley Brzozowicz ’04, Canada (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 2: 1st (of 3) in 6:13.91
– A Final: 2nd (of 6) in 6:12.06 – Silver Medal

Charlie Cole ’07, USA (rowing, men’s four)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 4) in 5:54.88
– Semifinal A/B2: 1st (of 6) in 6:01.72
– A Final: 3rd (of 6) in 6:07.20 – Bronze Medal

Taylor Ritzel ’10, USA (rowing, women’s eight)
– Heat 1: 1st (of 5) in 6:14.68
– A Final: 1st (of 6) in 6:10.59 – Gold Medal

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Former Harvard Defensive Lineman Now Running NBC’s Olympic Coverage

IviesinLondon.com is dedicated to highlighting the achievements of all the current and former Ivy Leaguers who are competing or coaching in the 2012 Summer Games. But the League’s presence in London does not stop on the court, or the field or in/on the water. In fact, what American fans watch online and on TV is being orchestrated by none other than a former Ivy student-athlete.

Jim Bell has served as executive producer of NBC’s The Today Show for the past seven years. He knows the course of the broadcast will be dictated by the action in the Games. But the former Crimson defensive tackle is up to the task.

As a member of Harvard’s defensive line from 1986-88, Bell was part of the Crimson’s Ivy League champion squad in 1987. He culminated his collegiate career with a first-team All-Ivy selection in 1988, along with fellow defensive lineman Don Peterson. Bell started at NBC soon thereafter when he was hired in 1990 to profile athletes for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He has worked each Summer Games since, as well as the 2002 Winter Olympics.

In 2005, Bell joined The Today Show, and has helped the program earn five Emmys, seven Edward R. Murrow Awards and nine Headliner Awards. Bell himself won Emmys for his work on the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2002 Olympics and a Peabody for NBC’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony. Bell also earned Emmys for the 1997 NBA Finals and Wimbledon tennis in 1998.

Bell took over as producer of NBC’s Olympic coverage from his mentor, Dick Ebersol (Yale ’71), who resigned as NBC Sports chairman in May but then returned to the sports division as a senior advisor to Mark Lazarus, chairman of the NBC Sports Group. Ebersol will continue to assist with NBC’s Olympic Coverage, which means that NBC’s Olympic coverage will be under the direction of not one, but two Ivy League graduates.

Read more about Bell:
NY Times: With Ebersol Gone, NBC Passes Broadcast Baton to ‘Today’ Producer

ShermanReport: Meet Jim Bell, NBC’s Executive Producer For Olympics

Baltimore Sun: Established Storytelling, New-media Outlets for Olympics and NBC

Journal Sentinel: NBC-TV’s London Olympics has a new Orchestra Leader

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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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Kathy Delaney-Smith’s Olympic Diary – August 2

Kathy Delaney-Smith, head coach of Harvard women’s basketball, will spend 10 days traveling to London to watch Crimson rising sophomore Temi Fagbenle compete in the 2012 Olympic Games. Delaney-Smith will be keeping a diary as she experiences the Olympics with her son, Jared, for the first time as the coach of an Olympian.

August 1 – Touching Down
London is beautiful. I got up very early (time change!) and took a nice long walk in Hyde Park. It turned out to be a bad decision because I spent the rest of the day walking all over London and in Olympic Park collecting tickets before Temi’s game. London is doing it right and I am so impressed with how smooth everything is. I love the tube and didn’t even get lost.

Unfortunately Great Britain lost a very exciting, close game to Russia, but I felt Temi was very strong. She is a force on the defensive end and had some real strong offensive moves as well (six points, five rebounds, three blocks). It was very impressive given her age and experience! She is definitely the youngest player by several years that I have seen on any team.

I wasn’t able to connect with Liz (O’Leary, head coach of Radcliffe heavyweight crew) and Cory (Bosworth, assistant women’s basketball coach) yet. Temi’s game was sold out so they couldn’t get tickets. Jared comes tomorrow so I did the game solo and got to appreciate an incredible home crowd. What an experience for Temi, playing in front of her home crowd. They had several chances to win today but some great shots just didn’t fall. I am really looking forward to Friday’s game vs France and I promise pictures.

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On Repeat – Ivy Alums Looking for Back-to-Back Medals

Five of the Ivy League’s 48 athletes at the 2012 London Games won medals at the 2008 Beijing Games including Caryn Davies (Harvard ’05), Susan Francia (Penn ’04), Caroline Lind (Princeton ’06), Malcolm Howard (Harvard ’05) and James Williams (Columbia ’07).

Davies, Francia and Lind all captured Gold in 2008 as part of the United States’ women’s eight boat. The trio – as well as Ivy additions Esther Lofgren (Harvard ’09) and Taylor Ritzel (Yale ’10)  – will have a chance to repeat on Thursday, August 2 when they take part in the A Final. The American women’s eight boat qualified for the A Final when it finished first in Heat 1 with a time of 6:14.68.

Howard took home a Gold from Beijing as part of Canada’s men’s eight boat. Howard and the Canadians finished second in the repechage in a time of 5:27.41 to book their place in the A Final, which will be run on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Williams was a member of the Team USA sabre squad that finished with a Silver in Beijing. On Friday, August 3, Williams and his U.S. sabre teammates Daryl Homer and Tim Morehouse return to the strips in search of a medal. The Americans will open the knockout-style tournament with a match versus Russia.

The last Ivy athletes to earn back-to-back Olympic medals were Harvard’s Davies and Yale’s Sada Jacobson. Davies won Silver with the U.S. women’s eights at the 2004 Athens Games in addition to Beijing. Jacobson (Yale ’05) took home a Bronze in individual women’s sabre from Athens and followed with an individual women’s sabre silver and a team bronze in Beijing. The last Ivy athlete to win Gold in back-to-back Olympics was David Berkoff (Harvard ’89) who was part of the U.S. 400 medley relay teams that finished first at the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Games.

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