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Ivies in Beijing Recap

2008 Beijing Summer Games
10,942 Athletes, 204 Countries, 302 Events

The Ivy League was represented by 42 athletes at the Games and took home 14 medals — five gold, seven silver and two bronze.

The Ivy League's blog IviesinBeijing.com blog drew an impressive 53,581 viewers during its peak days during the Beijing Games.

Launched on July 30, 2008, the blog featured 216 stories, including a daily feature for all 16 days of competition, 40 Ivy@50 Olympic stories, daily recaps of individual and team performances and special video features. The site received an average of 8.3 posts over the 26 days that content was developed, equating to a new post just under every 2.88 hours.

IviesinBeijing.com hit its first documented milestone during the Opening ceremonies, as the total number of page views reached 25,000 just as China’s Yao Ming watched the fireworks overhead to close the immensely entertaining program. The site received its 50,000th page view just prior to the Closing ceremonies.

Much of the success of the site can be attributed to coverage the blog garnered from media giants New York Magazine, Sports Illustrated and Deadspin and sport-specific Web sites Row2k, Track and Field News and TrackShark, amongst others.

The blog featured a unique graphical identity highlighted by a different masthead each day that celebrated the culture and traditions of China. One of the site’s most important features was the breadth of historical information. It displayed — in database form — all of the known Ivy League athletes since the start of the modern Olympic Games in 1896, the total number of medals won at each subsequent Olympic Games and several variables unique to Ivy League athletes, including family ties to the Olympics, Ivy Olympic record books and the rich tradition of Ivy Leaguers that have represented international federations at the Olympic Games.

The IviesInBeijing.com blog was developed in June 2008, coupled with research that began in summer 2004, by the collective creative effort of former Ivy Office Assistant Directors Alex Searle and Wes Harris and former Associate Director Brett Hoover.

Name School Sport
 Portia McGee
Brown University
Women's Rowing
 Alicia Sacamore
Brown University
Women's Gymnastics
 Nikola Stojic
Brown University
Women's Rowing
 Anna Willard
Brown University
Women's Athletics
 Erison Hurtault
Columbia University
Men's Athletics
 Courtney King-Dye
Columbia University
Women's Athletics
 Erinn Smart
Columbia University
Woman's Fencing
 James Williams
Columbia University
Men's Fencing
 Ken Jurkowsky
Cornell University
Men's Rowing
 Jen Kaido
Cornell University
Women's Rowing
 Craig Henderson
Dartmouth College
Men's Soccer
 Adam Nelson
Dartmouth College
Men's Athletics
 Dominic Seiterle
Dartmouth College
Men's Rowing
 Jarrod Shoemaker 
Dartmouth College
Men's Triathalon
 James Blake
Harvard University
Men's Tennis
 Emily Cross
Harvard University
Women's Fencing
 Caryn Davies
Harvard University
Women's Rowing
 Michelle Guerette
Harvard University
Women's Rowing
 Malcolm Howard
Harvard University
Men's Rowing
 Noam Mills
Harvard University
Men's Fencing
 Pat Todd
Harvard University
Men's Rowing
 Cameron Winklevoss
Harvard University Men's Rowing
 Tyler Winkleovss
Harvard University
Men's Rowing
 Susan Francia 
University of Pennsylvania
Women's Rowing
 Tom Paradiso
University of Pennsylvania
Men's Rowing
 Steve Coppola
Princeton University
Men's Rowing
 Sandra Fong
Princeton University
Women's Shooting
 Doug Lennox
Princeton University
Men's Swimming
 Caroline Lind
Princeton University
Women's Rowing
 Samuel Loch
Princeton University
Men's Rowing
 Diana Matheson
Princeton University
Women's Soccer
 Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum
Princeton University
Women's Equestrian
 Andreanna Morin
Princeton University
Women's Rowing
 Lia Pernell
Princeton University
Women's Rowing
 Bryan Tay
Princeton University
Men's Swimming
 Paul Teti
Princeton University
Men's Rowing
 Konrad Wysocki
Princeton University
Men's Basketball
 Thomas Barrows, III
Yale University
Men's Sailing
 Ashley Brzozwics Yale University
Women's Rowing
 Sada Jacobson
Yale University
Women's Fencing
 Stu McNay
Yale University
Men's Sailing
 John West
Yale University
Men's Rowing