Each year, the Big Ten Conference awards the Big Ten Medal of Honor to the most outstanding male and female senior student-athlete on each B1G campus. Olivia Aepli is one of four women’s finalists for the 2020 award.
A native of Dublin, Ohio, Olivia Aepli was named to the All-Big Ten Championship Team twice and earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors two times. In 2018, she tied for first place on uneven bars at the Big Ten Championships. At the 2019 Championships, she earned a spot on the all-championship team on vault. As a senior, she appeared in all nine meets and won six event titles, including three on uneven bars. The team captain appeared in all 13 meets for the Buckeyes as a junior, winning six event titles, and competed on vault, bars and floor at NCAA Regionals. As a sophomore, Aepli competed in every meet for the Buckeyes and had nine podium finishes. She also competed in all 12 meets as a freshman. Aepli graduated in May with a degree in marketing. She is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
The Big Ten Conference’s most exclusive award was the first of its kind in intercollegiate athletics to recognize academic and athletic excellence. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” Big Ten schools currently feature almost 9,500 student-athletes, but only 28 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In the 100-plus years of the Medal of Honor, almost 1,400 student-athletes have earned this distinction.