Athletics


2014 - Sochi, Russia
Andras Haklits (Croatia)bobsled


OLYMPIAN SPORT
1936 - Berlin, Germany
Bobby Packard track & field: 200-meter dash
Forrest "Spec" Towns track & field: 110-meter hurdles (gold medal)
Henry Wagnon baseball
1956 - Melbourne, Australia
Reid Patterson swimming & diving
1976 - Montreal, Canada
James Barrineau high jump
1980 - Moscow, Soviet Union (U.S. boycott)
Mel Lattany track & field: 100-meter dash, 400-meter relay
1984 - Los Angeles, United States
Lester Benjamin (Antigua) long jump
*Robert Dover equestrian
Norman Edwards (Jamaica) track & field: 400-meter relay (silver medal)
Teresa Edwards basketball (gold medal)
Vern Fleming basketball (gold medal)
Mary Lubawski (Canada) swimming & diving
Allan Murray (Bahamas) swimming & diving
Andrea Thomas (Canada) gymnastics
Lucy Wener gymnastics
1988 - Seoul, South Korea
Willie Anderson basketball (bronze medal)
*Robert Dover equestrian
Teresa Edwards basketball (gold medal)
Erika Hansen swimming & diving
Dawda Jallow (Gambia) track & field: 400-meter dash
Katrina McClain basketball (gold medal)
Hope Spivey gymnastics
Lori Strong (Canada) gymnastics
Gwen Torrence track & field: 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash
1992 - Albertville, France
Herschel Walker bobsled
1992 - Barcelona, Spain
*Robert Dover equestrian (bronze medal)
Teresa Edwards basketball (bronze medal)
Stacey Galloway (Canada) gymnastics
Dawda Jallow (Gambia) track & field: 400-meter dash
Hakan Karlsson (Sweden) swimming & diving
Katrina McClain basketball (bronze medal)
David McLellan (Canada) swimming & diving
Allan Murray (Bahamas) swimming: 50-meter freestyle
Matthew O'Connor (Great Britain) swimming & diving
Lori Strong (Canada) gymnastics
Gwen Torrence track & field: 200-meter dash (gold medal), 400-meter relay (gold medal), 1600-meter relay (silver medal)
1996 - Atlanta, United States
Wan Abdullah (Malaysia) swimming: 200-meter individual medley, 400-meter individual medley, 400-meter medley relay
Gudrun Arnardottir (Iceland) track & field: 400-meter hurdles
Jan Bielecki (Denmark) hammer throw
Eileen Diaz gymnastics
*Robert Dover equestrian
Teresa Edwards basketball (gold medal)
Debbie Ferguson (Bahamas) track & field: 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash,
400-meter relay (silver medal)
Thomas Ingalsbe weightlifting
Dawda Jallow (Gambia) track & field: 400-meter dash
Wolfgang Kreissig (Germany) track & field: high jump
Jon Magnusson (Iceland) track & field: decathlon
Katrina McClain basketball (gold medal)
Allan Murray (Bahamas) swimming: 50-meter freestyle
Sheila Taormina swimming: 800-meter freestyle relay (gold medal)
Gwen Torrence track & field: 400-meter relay (gold medal), 100-meter dash (bronze medal)
2000 - Sydney, Australia
Wan Abdullah (Malaysia) men's swimming: 200m and 400m medley relays
Amanda Adkins women's swimming: 200m backstroke
Gudrun Arnardottir (Iceland) track & field: 400m hurdles
Jack Bauerle women's swimming: assistant coach
*Robert Dover equestrian
Jon Magnusson (Iceland) track & field: decathlon
Jan Bielecki (Denmark) track & field: hammer throw
Julie Black Equestrian
Kim Black women's swimming: freesyle (relay alt)
Teresa Edwards women's basketball
Debbie Ferguson (Bahamas) track & field: 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay (gold medal)
Mike Fung-A-Wing (Suriname) men's swimming: 100m backstroke
Nicholas Kintz (France) men's swimming: freestyle relay (bronze medal)
Kristy Kowal women's swimming: 200m breaststroke (silver medal)
Wolfgang Kreissig (Germany) track & field: high jump
Andras Haklits (Croatia) track & field: hammer throw
Katrina McClain women's basketball alternate
Thorey Elisdottir (Iceland) track & field: pole vault
Chris Murray (Bahamas) men's swimming: sprint freestyle
Kyle Salyards men's swimming: 200m breaststroke
Jon Magnusson, Iceland track & field: Decathlon
Courtney Shealy women's swimming:
4x100m freestyle relay (gold medal)
backstroke/freestyle relay
Julia Stowers women's swimming: freestyle
Sheila Taormina track & field: Triathlon
2004 -Athens, Greece
Courtney Kupets
gymnastics
Courtney McCool gymnastics
Debbie Ferguson (Bahamas)
track & field: 200-meter dash (bronze), 100-meter dash, 400-meter relay
Reese Hoffa (United States)
track & field: shot put
Jennifer Dahlgren (Argentina)
track & field: hammer throw
Andras Haklits (Croatia)
track & field: hammer throw
Jon Arnar Magnusson (Iceland)
track & field: decathlon
Thorey Elisdottir (Iceland)
track & field: pole vault
Maritza Correia (United States)
swimming
Kara Lynn Joyce (United States)
swimming
Sheila Taormina* (United States)
track & field: triathlon
Amanda Weir (United States)
swimming & diving
Sarah Poewe (Germany)
swimming
Josh Laban (Virgin Islands)
swimming
Brian Schrader (Virgin Islands)
swimming (coach)
Nicholas Kintz (France)
swimming
Damian Alleyne (Barbados)
swimming
Miguel Mendoza (Phillipines)
swimming
*ex-swimmer competed in triathlon
2008 - Beijing, China
Jack Bauerle (United States) swimming (w): head coach
Chris Colwill (United States) diving: 3m & Synch. 3m Springboard
Jenny Dahlgren (Argentina) track & field (w): hammer throw
Thorey Elisdotti (Iceland) track & Field (W): Pole Vault
Debbie Ferguson (Bahamas) track & field (w): 100m & 200m
Hyleas Fountain (United States) track & field (w): heptathlon
Sultana Frizell (Canada) track & field (w): hammer throw
Andras Haklits (Croatia) track & field (w): hammer throw
Reese Hoffa (United States) track & field (m): shot put
Dan Laak (United States) diving (m): assistant coach
Kara Lynn Joyce (United States) swimming (w): 4x100m free relay (silver medal)
Sarah Poewe (Germany) swimming (w): 100m & 200m breast
Troyden Prinsloo (South Africa) swimming (m): 1,500m free
Sebastien Rouault (France) swimming (m): 400m & 1,500m free
Allison Schmitt (United States) swimming (w): 200m free; 4x200m free
Levern Spencer (St. Lucia) track & field (w): high jump
Gil Stovall (United States) swimming (m): 200m fly
Patricia Sylveste (Grenada) track & Field (W): Long Jump
Sheila Taormina (United States) swimming (w): modern pentathlon
Wendy Trott (South Africa) swimming (w): 400m & 800m breast
Neil Versfeld (South Africa) swimming (m): 200m breast
Josh Laban (Virgin Islands)
swimming
2012 - London, England
Allison Schmitt (USA) swimming - 200 freestyle (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 400 freestyle (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (bronze)
Shannon Vreeland (USA) swimming - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Andrew Gemmell (USA)swimming
Amanda Weir (USA)swimming
Kara Lynn Joyce (USA)swimming
Aleksandra Putra (Poland)swimming
Wendy Trott (South Africa)swimming
Troyden Prinsloo (South Africa)swimming
Sarah Poewe (Germany)swimming
Brittany MacLean (Canada)swimming
Matias Koski (Finland)swimming
Yousef Alaskari (Kuwait)swimming
Ediz Yildirimer (Turkey)swimming
Chris Colwill (USA)diving
Dan Laak (USA)assistant diving coach
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (Bahamas)track & field
Reese Hoffa (USA)track & field - shot put (bronze)
Kibwe Johnson (USA)track & field
Andras Haklits (Croatia)track & field
Martin Maric (Croatia)track & field
Shaunae Miller (Bahamas)track & field
Hyleas Fountain (USA)track & field
Jenny Dahlgren (Argentina)track & field
Sultana Frizell (Canada)track & field
Levern Spencer (St. Lucia)track & field
Jarryd Wallace (USA)2012 U.S. Paralympic track & field
John Isner (USA)men's tennis
Brittany Rogers (Canada)gymnastics
Lizzie Reid (England)volleyball
Teresa Edwards (USA)Chef de Mission for the U.S. Olympic Team
Connor Nolte (USA)digital media intern
Mike Mobley (USA) media relations

 

*Robert Dover was a UGA student but not a Bulldog athlete.

2000 Olympic gold medalist
women's 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay

OLYMPIAN PROFILES

WAN ABDULLAH
Wan Abdullah was as a member of the 1996 Malaysian Olympic Team. He was an Honorable Mention All-American in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley in 1995. Abdullah had Georgia's top time in the 400-yard individual medley in 1995, 3:59.30 at the SEC Championships.

WILLIE ANDERSON
Willie Anderson, a two-time All-Southeastern Conference performer with the Bulldogs, was a member of the 1988 United States Olympic basketball team which won a bronze medal. Anderson finished his career at Georgia as the No. 8 all-time scorer (1,350 points) and No. 4 in assists (334). Anderson continued his career in the NBA, playing for the San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and others.

GUDRUN ARNARDOTTIR
Gudrun Arnardottir, a five-time SEC Champion and five-time All-American, qualified for Iceland's 1996 Olympic team. Arnardottir finished third in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles at the NCAA Championships in both 1995 and 1996. She finished 12th at the 1995 World Championships in the 400-meter individual hurdles.

JAMES BARRINEAU
James Barrineau, who held the indoor (7-3) and outdoor (7-5) high jump records at Georgia for nine years, was a member of the 1976 Olympic track and field team. As an Olympian, Barrineau finished 11th overall in the high jump. While with the Bulldogs, Barrineau won two SEC high jump titles (1976 & 1977) and was runner-up at the 1976 NCAA Indoor Championships. He was also named an All-American in both the indoor and outdoor high jump from 1975-77. Barrineau participated in the 1980 Olympic Trials but finished fifth, barely missing a second chance at Olympic fame. He also placed 8th in the 1984 Olympic Trials. As a freshman, Barrineau was the United States Junior Champion in the high jump.

JACK BAUERLE
women's swimming, United States
UGA: Student-athlete, 1971-74; women's coach, 1980-present; men's coach, 1984-present
Highlights: Four NCAA titles with the women, 5-time NCAA and 13-time SEC
Coach of the Year
Olympics: Women's head coach

LESTER BENJAMIN
Lester Benjamin, a member of Georgia's 1984 NCAA-champion 400-meter relay team, represented his home country of Antigua in the 1984 Olympic Games and had the distinction of carrying his nation's flag in the opening ceremonies. With the Bulldogs, Benjamin was a four-time All-American and won the 1984 Commissioner's Trophy for the highest individual score at the SEC Championships. He set the SEC long jump record in 1984 with a leap of 26-3 3/4. Benjamin currently holds four school records at Georgia: the long jump, triple jump, 400-meter relay, and 800-meter relay.

CHRIS COLWILL
Men's diving, United States
UGA: 2004-06, 2007
Highlights: Three-time NCAA champion, 2006 NCAA Diver of the Year
Olympic events: 3-meter springboard and 3-meter synchro

NORMAN EDWARDS
Norman Edwards, one of the greatest sprinters in Georgia track history, competed for Jamaica in the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He was a semifinalist in the 100-meter dash and was a member of the 400-meter relay team. Edwards lettered at Georgia from 1983-86 and has the fourth best time in Bulldog history in the 100-meter dash.

TERESA EDWARDS
Teresa Edwards, a four-year starter for the Lady Bulldogs, is the only basketball player, male or female, in United States history to compete in five Olympic Games. She was the youngest member of the 1984 team which won the gold medal in Los Angeles during the summer following her sophomore year at UGA. Edwards then helped the U.S. to another gold medal in 1988 and a bronze medal in 1992. She was the one athlete from all competitors chosen to read the Athlete's Oath at the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta where she won a third gold medal. Edwards capped her international career as co-captain of the gold medal-winning U.S. team in 2000. With Georgia, Edwards was an All-American in 1985 and 1986 while leading the Lady Bulldogs to Final Four appearances in 1983 and 1985. She holds the Georgia career records for assists and is fifth on the school's all-time scoring list.

DEBBIE FERGUSON
Debbie Ferguson, the 1996 NCAA Indoor Champion in the 200-meter dash, qualified for the Bahamian Olympic Team for the Atlanta Games. Ferguson was an outdoor All-American in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes in 1996 and won both events in 1998.

VERN FLEMING
Vern Fleming, a four-year starter for Georgia, was a member of the 1984 United States gold medal-winning Olympic basketball team. With the Bulldogs, Fleming was an All-American in 1984 and a member of the All-SEC First Team in 1983 and 1984. He set six Georgia career records, including those for total points and assists. Fleming played for several NBA teams, including the Indiana Pacers and New Jersey Nets.

STACEY GALLOWAY
Gymnast Stacey Galloway competed for her native Canada in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Galloway was a five-time Canadian National Team member and the 1994 Canadian National Champion on the Uneven Bars. She was a member of the silver medal-winning Commonwealth Games team in 1994.

ERIKA HANSEN
Erika Hansen, a two-time All-American, was a member of the 1988 United States Olympic Team. Hansen was the 1989 NCAA Champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a time of 16:00.4, a Georgia record. She was also the SEC Champion that season and earned two All-America and two honorable mention All-America awards.

DAWDA JALLOW
Dawda Jallow, a two-year letterman in track and field for the Bulldogs, was a member of the Gambian Olympic Team in 1988, 1992 and 1996. Jallow, who holds the Gambian record for the 200-meter dash, reached the quarterfinals of the 1988 Olympics in the 400. At Georgia, Jallow was a two-time All-American and was the anchor of the school record-setting 1,600-meter relay team.

KARA LYNN JOYCE
Women's swimming, United States
UGA: 2004-07
Highlights: 18-time NCAA champion, two silver medals at 2004 Olympics
Olympic event: 400 freestyle relay

HAKAN KARLSSON
Hakan Karlsson, a three-time honorable mention All-American at Georgia, was a 1992 Swedish Olympian. He placed 18th in the 100-meter freestyle and fourth as a member of Sweden's 400-meter freestyle relay team. With the Bulldogs, Karlsson was a member of four school record-setting relay teams: the 200 and 400-yard medleys and the 200 and 400-yard freestyle relays. He also set school records in the 100-yard freestyle (44.10) and the 100-yard butterfly (48.61).

COURTNEY KUPETS
Kupets was a member of the 2004 silver medal-winning women's gymnastics United States Olympic team in Athens, Greece. Kupets also took home an individual medal, winning bronze on the uneven bars. She also finished ninth in the all-around and fifth on the balance beam.

DAN LAAK
Diving, United States
UGA: Diving coach, 1987-present
Highlights: 2006 and 2008 National Diving Coach of the Year
Olympics: Assistant diving coach

MARY LUBAWSKI
Mary Lubawski competed for her native Canada in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Lubawski was a four-time letterman (1985-88) at Georgia. She was an All-American and two-time Honorable Mention All-American.

COURTNEY McCOOL
Kupets was a member of the 2004 silver medal-winning women's gymnastics United States Olympic team in Athens, Greece.

DAVE McLELLAN
Dave McLellan competed for Canada in the 1992 Olympic Games. McLellan swam the 1500-meter freestyle in Barcelona. He was Georgia's top swimmer in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 1996, with a best time of 15:29.91.

ALLAN MURRAY
Allan Murray, a 1993 All-American for the Bulldogs, was a member of the 1992 and 1996 Bahamian Olympic team, placing 21st in the 50-meter freestyle in 1992. Murray set the school record in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 19.97 and was also a member of the record-setting 200-yard medley relay team (1:29.30) while at Georgia. Murray placed ninth in the 50-meter freestyle at the 1992 Pan American Games.

MATTHEW O'CONNOR
Matthew O'Connor, an NCAA qualifier in the 200-yard backstroke for the Bulldogs, was a member of the 1992 British Olympic Team. In Great Britain, O'Connor is the national record-holder in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:02.88. He also holds the Georgia school record in the 200-yard backstroke (1:47.43). O'Connor placed second in both the 100- and 200-meter backstrokes at the British Nationals.

BOBBY PACKARD
Bobby Packard, also known as "The Bullet" during his track days at Georgia, competed in the 1936 Olympic Games held in Berlin. Packard reached the semifinals of the 200-meter dash, breaking the old Olympic record in his heat, only to see Jesse Owens later smash it. With the Bulldogs, Packard was the 1936 SEC Champion in the 100- and 220-yard dashes and was named an All-American in the 100-yard dash.

REID PATTERSON
During the 1950s, Reid Patterson, a member of the 1956 Olympic swim team, was regarded as "America's Fastest Man in the Water." Patterson placed fourth in the Olympic 100-meter freestyle, ahead of all other Americans. Later that year Patterson would establish a world record in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 25 seconds flat. As a member of the United States National Team touring Japan, Patterson anchored three relay teams. He set one world record, in the 200-meter freestyle relay, and two American records, in the 400-meter freestyle and 400-meter medley relays. During his distinguished career at Georgia, Patterson set six SEC records: the 50-, 100-, and 220-yard freestyles, the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes, and the 150-yard individual medley.

TROYDEN PRINSLOO
Men's swimming, South Africa
UGA: Rising sophomore
Highlights: 2008 NCAA runner-up in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle
Olympic event: 1,500 freestyle

ALLISON SCHMITT
Women's swimming, United States
UGA: Incoming freshman
Highlights: Ranked third in the world this year in the 200 freestyle
Olympic events: 200 freestyle, 800 freestyle relay

HOPE SPIVEY
Hope Spivey, one of the greatest collegiate gymnasts ever, was a member of the 1988 United States Olympic gymnastics team that finished fourth in Seoul, South Korea. With the Bulldogs, Spivey was an All-American in each of her four years (1991-94) while compiling more perfect 10's (27) than any other collegiate gymnast ever. She was the 1991 National Champion in the all-around, floor exercise, and vault competitions and the 1994 NCAA Floor Exercise Champion. Spivey also competed on the United States gold medal-winning team at the 1987 Pan American Games.

GIL STOVALL
Men's swimming, United States
UGA: 2005-08
Highlights: 2008 NCAA champion in the 200 butterfly
Olympic event: 200 butterfly

LORI STRONG
Lori Strong, a former Lady Bulldog gymnast, was a two-time member of the Canadian Olympic Team (1988 and 1992). A six-time All-American at Georgia, Strong was the 1994 NCAA Uneven Bars Champion and the Regional Uneven Bars Champion in both 1994 and 1995. She was ranked first in the country in the all-around for most of 1996. Strong has competed in more national events than any other gymnast in history.

SHEILA TAORMINA
Sheila Taormina, the 1991 SEC Champion in the 400-yard individual medley, is a member of the 1996 United States Olympic swim team. She is a part of the 800-meter freestyle relay team. Taormina was a four-time All-American and six-time Honorable Mention All-American as a Bulldog. She made the SEC Academic Honor Roll three consecutive years (1989-91).

ANDREA THOMAS
Andrea Thomas, a member of the 1987 and 1989 University of Georgia NCAA Champion gymnastic teams, represented Canada in the 1984 Olympic games. Thomas was an All-American three consecutive years on the balance beam (1987-89) and in 1990 she became the SEC Balance Beam Champion with a league championships record of 9.85. At the 1984 Olympic Trials, Thomas won the all-around competition.

GWEN TORRENCE
Gwen Torrence, undoubtedly Georgia's greatest female track athlete ever, was a member of the United States Olympic Team in 1988, 1992, and 1996. In 1992, Torrence won gold medals in the 400-meter relay and the 200-meter dash and a silver medal in the 1,600-meter relay. At Georgia, Torrence was the 1987 NCAA Champion in the indoor 55-meter dash and the outdoor 100- and 200-meter dashes. She also was the 1986 NCAA Champion in the indoor 55-meter dash. Torrence, an 11-time All-American, set six indoor and six outdoor school records. Torrence has held the number one ranking in the world in the 200 meters several times, and was the World Champion in the 100 meters in 1994. In 1996 she won the bronze medal in the 100-meter and the old in the relay.

FORREST "SPEC" TOWNS
Spec Towns, a three-time All-American in track and field for the Bulldogs, was the 1936 Olympic Champion in the high hurdles, winning with a record time of 14.1 seconds. Two weeks later at Oslo, Norway, Towns set the world record (13.7) in the 110-meter high hurdles--a mark which stood for 14 years. During his prime from 1935 -37, Towns won over 60 consecutive events while leading Georgia to the 1937 SEC championship. He went on to become head track coach at the University of Georgia, a job he held from 1938-75. The Bulldogs won 21 SEC outdoor titles during his tenure. Towns was inducted into the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1967 and was elected to the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1975.

NEIL VERSFELD
Men's swimming, South Africa
UGA: Rising senior
Highlights: Placed fourth at the 2007 NCAAs in the 200 breaststroke
Olympic event: 200 breaststroke

HENRY WAGNON
Henry Wagnon, a three-year letterman in both football and baseball for the Bulldogs, was part of the 1936 Olympic baseball team. Wagnon was among 22 delegates to the International Sports Congress in Berlin whose members demonstrated the American game to other nations. Officials had hoped to include baseball in the 1940 Olympics, but due to politics and unrest in the world, Olympic baseball did not make its debut as a medal sport until 40 years later. Wagnon, who captained the Diamond Dogs, was drafted three times in his career (New York Yankees twice, Detroit Tigers) but opted for a coaching career after graduation.

HERSCHEL WALKER
Herschel Walker, perhaps the greatest all-around athlete in Georgia's history, competed in the 1992 Winter Olympic Games as a member of the United States bobsled team. Herschel was named an All-American in all three of his seasons with the Bulldog football team (1980-82) and won the Heisman Trophy in 1982. He set an astonishing 11 NCAA records, 16 SEC records, and 42 school records. In track, Herschel was an All-American in 1981 for his performance on Georgia's NCAA runner-up 400-meter relay team and in 1982 in the 60-yard dash. Herschel began is pro football career in 1983 in the USFL. He has played for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants.

LUCY WENER
Lucy Wener, a four-time All-American on the uneven bars, was chosen to represent the United States in the 1984 Olympics, but a knee injury prevented her from competing. By winning the 1986, 1987, and 1989 NCAA Uneven Bars titles, Wener became the only Georgia gymnast to claim three national titles in the same event. She captured her last title with the first perfect 10.0 in NCAA Championships history.

2000 Olympic gold medalist
women's 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay

*Robert Dover was a UGA student but not a Bulldog athlete.

 



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