Dear USC Community,

As you know, USC has a tremendously proud Olympic tradition. We have produced more Olympians, more Olympic medalists, and more Olympic gold medalists than any other American university. Given our exceptionally distinguished history, and as we look forward to Friday’s opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics, I want to share a list of the Trojan athletes who will be competing. These stellar athletes represent nations all over the world, and head to London with the Trojan Family’s collective, steadfast support.

To offer some historic context, you may be interested to know that since the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, 396 Trojan athletes have competed in the Olympic Games. These athletes have brought home 123 gold, 78 silver, and 61 bronze medals. If USC competed as a country, its 262 total medals would place it seventeenth among all nations in the world. In terms of gold medals, and again if it were a nation, USC would be twelfth. To date, USC Olympians have represented 57 different nations and have participated in 28 different sports.

These are remarkable athletic feats, and we take significant pride in the many accomplishments of our athletes. They represent their nations—and our beloved university—with such distinction. In the coming weeks, you can follow our current Olympians at We all look forward to cheering their performances, and to building on the university’s illustrious Olympic history.


C. L. Max Nikias