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Sept. 3, 2004

List of Big Ten athletes who participated in the 2004 Olympic Games in PDF Format
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PARK RIDGE, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference brought home a total of eight medals after capturing five golds, two silvers and a bronze at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. At least 68 Conference athletes and coaches competed at this year’s Summer Games, which took place from August 13-29. The group of League competitors, which included 21 former Olympians and six past medalists, represented 15 different countries and all 11 Big Ten institutions in 14 different sports.

Both Michigan and Wisconsin boasted two gold medalists each, as Wolverine swimmers Dan Ketchum and Peter Vanderkaay, and Badgers’ swimmer Carly Piper and men’s rower Beau Hoopman claimed first in their respective events. Ohio State’s Katie Smith donned her second-straight gold medal as a member of the USA women’s basketball team.

Piper joined her teammates on the podium in the 800-meter freestyle relay after capturing gold with a world record time of 7:53.42. A UW senior-to-be, Piper set the bar high for future Badger Olympians as she was the first female Badger swimmer ever to compete in the Olympics. Ketchum and Vanderkaay captured gold in the same event. Vanderkaay swam the third leg of the gold-medal relay team that won in a time of 7:07.33, while Ketchum competed during the preliminary heat.

Hoopman and Ohio State’s Bryan Volpenhein helped the United States rowing team to its first gold medal in the Olympic men’s eight in 40 years. Sitting seven seat, the 2003 UW graduate helped guide the boat during the preliminary heat in a world-record time of 5:19.85 over 2,000 meters. The U.S. won the event in 5:42.48, after fighting off a steady headwind and a Netherlands team the Americans beat by four seats.

For the second-consecutive Olympics, the Buckeyes’ Smith won gold on the basketball court. The U.S. claimed a 74-63 victory over rival and previously unbeaten Australia in the gold-medal game, but was without the services of Smith, who tore cartilage in her right knee during the August 22 game against China.

Capturing the silver medal for the United States were former Buckeye Blaine Wilson, a member of the runner-up USA men’s gymnastics squad, and Michigan’s Kate Johnson in women’s rowing. Ohio State’s Becky Jasontek collected a bronze medal as a member of the women’s synchronized swimming team.

Also contributing to the list of medal winners were current and former Michigan men’s swimming coaches Bob Bowman and Jon Urbancheck, respectively, both of whom served as assistants to the U.S. team. Bowman is also the personal coach of phenom Michael Phelps, who earned an Olympic-record eight medals including six gold medals and two bronze. Ohio State’s head men’s gymnastics coach Miles Avery was an assistant for the silver-medal winning U.S. squad.

Big Ten student-athletes and coaches have been a part of the Olympic experience on more than 1,117 occasions, including many making multiple trips to the international event. That list of Conference standouts has accumulated at least 433 medals, including 196 of the gold variety. The winter games have also been rewarding, as 12 members of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” United States hockey team were from Minnesota and Wisconsin.

2004 OLYMPIC PARTICIPANTS FROM BIG TEN SCHOOLS
Participants included all current and former student-athletes, coaches or alumni (ex. individuals competing in weightlifting who attended a Big Ten school) who participated in the Olympics. If the participant was a current or former coach at a Big Ten institution, their current position appears in parentheses (i.e. asst. coach, former head coach, etc.).

Illinois Country Sport
Ilkay Dikmen* Turkey Women’s Swimming and Diving
Perdita Felicien* Canada Women’s Track and Field
Jenny Kallur* Sweden Women’s Track and Field
Susanna Kallur* Sweden Women’s Track and Field
Kevin Sullivan (volunteer asst. coach) Canada Men’s Track and Field
Indiana Country Sport
Cassandra Cardinell United States Women’s Swimming and Diving
Kimiko Hirai-Soldati* United States Women’s Swimming and Diving
Sara Reiling-Hildebrand* United States Women’s Swimming and Diving
Rose Richmond* United States Women’s Track and Field
Vasili Spanos* Greece Baseball
Phil Trinter* United States Sailing
Iowa Country Sport
Jessica Bashor* Greece Softball
Lindsey Bashor* Greece Softball
Joe Williams* (former asst. coach) United States Wrestling
Michigan Country Sport
Courtney Babcock* Canada Women’s Track and Field
Tim Broe (asst. coach) United States Men’s Track and Field
Andrew Hurd Canada Men’s Swimming and Diving
Kate Johnson* – SILVER United States Women’s Rowing
Dan Ketchum – GOLD United States Men’s Swimming and Diving
Kate MacKenzie* United States Women’s Rowing
Tom Malchow* United States Men’s Swimming and Diving
Andy Potts* United States Triathalon
Kevin Sullivan* Canada Men’s Track and Field
Peter Vanderkaay – GOLD United States Men’s Swimming and Diving
Stephen Warner* United States Men’s Rowing
Alan Webb United States Men’s Track and Field
Nick Willis New Zealand Men’s Track and Field
Michigan State Country Sport
Paul Terek* United States Men’s Track and Field
Minnesota Country Sport
Lindsey Berg* United States Women’s Volleyball
Mike Brown Canada Men’s Swimming and Diving
Igor Cerensek Croatia Men’s Swimming and Diving
Mario Delac Croatia Men’s Swimming and Diving
Martin Gustavsson* Sweden Men’s Swimming and Diving
Garrett Lowney* United States Wrestling
Allen Ong* Malaysia Men’s Swimming and Diving
Northwestern Country Sport
Mike Alexandrov Bulgaria Men’s Swimming and Diving
Ohio State Country Sport
Raj Bhavsar* United States Men’s Gymnastics – alternate
Louise Bond-Williams England Women’s Fencing-Sabre
Robert Gary (head cross Country coach) United States Men’s Track and Field
Gulsah Gunenc Turkey Women’s Swimming and Diving
Becky Jasontek* – BRONZE United States Synchronized Swimming
Nick Rees* Bahamas Men’s Swimming and Diving
Jason Rogers United States Men’s Fencing-Sabre
Katie Smith* – GOLD United States Women’s Basketball
Bryan Volpenhein – GOLD United States Men’s Rowing
Blaine Wilson* – SILVER United States Men’s Gymnastics
Penn State Country Sport
Eugene Botes* South Africa Men’s Swimming and Diving
Ramon Hernandez* Puerto Rico Men’s Beach Volleyball
Kerry McCoy* United States Wrestling
Connie Moore* United States Women’s Track and Field
Luis Vargas Puerto Rico Men’s Gymnastics
Purdue Country Sport
Javier Diaz* Mexico Men’s Track and Field
Nedzad Mulabegovic Croatia Men’s Track and Field
Wisconsin Country Sport
Kathy Butler* England Women’s Track and Field
Beau Hoopman* – GOLD United States Men’s Rowing
Adam Mania Poland Men’s Swimming and Diving
Kirk Penney* New Zealand Men’s Basketball
Carly Piper – GOLD United States Women’s Swimming and Diving
Matt Smith* United States Men’s Rowing

*Alumnus

2004 OLYMPIC COACHES FROM BIG TEN SCHOOLS
Participants can include all current and former student-athletes, coaches or alumni (ex. individuals coaching weightlifting who attended a Big Ten school) who will be participating in the upcoming Olympics as coaches.

Illinois (current position) Country Olympic Position
Kevin Hambly (volunteer asst. coach) United States Women’s Volleyball Asst. Coach
Indiana (current position) Country Olympic Position
Jeff Huber (diving coach) United States Diving Asst. Coach
Iowa (current position) Country Olympic Position
Tom Brands* (former asst. coach) United States Wrestling Asst. Coach
Michigan (current position) Country Olympic Position
Bob Bowman (head coach) United States Men’s Swimming Asst. Coach
Steve Fraser* (former student) United States Wrestling Head Coach (Greco-Roman)
Jon Urbanchek (former head coach) United States Men’s Swimming Asst. Coach
Ohio State (current position) Country Olympic Position
Miles Avery (head coach) United States Men’s Gymnastics Asst. Coach
Doug Beal* (former head coach) United States Men’s Volleyball Head Coach
Linda Witter (head coach) United States Synchronized Swimming Asst. Coach
Penn State (current position) Country Olympic Position
Beth Alford-Sullivan (head coach) United States Women’s Track & Field Asst. Coach
Jeri Daniels-Elder* (former asst. coach) United States Women’s Track & Field Asst. Coach
Wisconsin (current position) Country Olympic Position
Matt Imes* (former student) United States Men’s Rowing Asst. Coach

*Alumnus