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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.

Ivy League Athlete List in 2008 Summer Olympics
Thomas Barrows, III, Yale (2010) • Sailing - U.S. Virgin Islands
James Blake, Harvard (2002) • Tennis - United States
Ashley Brzozowicz, Yale (2004) • Rowing - Canada
Steve Coppola, Princeton (2006) • Rowing - United States
Emily Cross, Harvard (2009) • Fencing - United States
Caryn Davies, Harvard (2004) • Rowing - United States
Sandra Fong, Princeton (2012) Shooting - United States
Susan Francia, Penn (2004) • Rowing - United States
Michelle Guerette, Harvard (2002) • Rowing - United States
Craig Henderson, Dartmouth (2008) • Soccer - New Zealand
Malcolm Howard, Harvard (2005) • Rowing - Canada
Erison Hurtault, Columbia (2007) • Athletics - Dominica
Sada Jacobson, Yale (2005) • Fencing - United States
Ken Jurkowsky, Cornell (2003) • Rowing - United States
Jen Kaido, Cornell (2003) • Rowing - United States
Courtney King-Dye, Columbia (2004) • Equestrian - United States
Doug Lennox, Princeton (2009) • Swimming - Puerto Rico
Caroline Lind, Princeton (2006) • Rowing - United States
Samuel Loch, Princeton (2006) • Rowing - Australia
Diana Matheson, Princeton (2008) • Soccer - Canada
Portia McGee, Brown (2001) • Rowing - United States
Stu McNay, Yale (2005) • Sailing - United States
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Princeton (1992) • Equestrian - Germany
Noam Mills, Harvard (2012) • Fencing - Israel
Andreanna Morin, Princeton (2005) • Rowing - Canada
Adam Nelson, Dartmouth (1997) • Athletics - United States
Tom Paradiso, Penn (1997) • Rowing - United States
Lia Pernell, Princeton (2003) Rowing - United States
Alicia Sacramone, Brown (2010) • Gymnastics - United States
Dominic Seiterle, Dartmouth (1998) • Rowing - Canada
Jarrod Shoemaker, Dartmouth (2004) • Triathlon - United States
Erinn Smart, Columbia (2002) • Fencing - United States
Nikola Stojic, Brown (1997) • Rowing - Serbia
Bryan Tay, Princeton (2012) • Swimming - Singapore
Paul Teti, Princeton (2001) • Rowing - United States
Pat Todd, Harvard (2002) • Rowing - United States
Josh West, Yale (1998) • Rowing - Great Britain
Anna Willard, Brown (2006) Athletics - United States
James Williams, Columbia (2007) • Fencing - United States
Cameron Winklevoss, Harvard (2004) • Rowing - United States
Tyler Winklevoss, Harvard (2004) • Rowing - United States
Konrad Wysocki, Princeton (2004) • Basketball - Germany
 
Ivy League Medalists in 2008 Summer Olympics
5 gold, 7 silver, 2 bronze (14 medals)
Steve Coppola, Princeton (2006) • Rowing - United States, Bronze
Emily Cross, Harvard (2009) • Fencing - United States, Silver
Caryn Davies, Harvard (2004) • Rowing - United States, Gold
Susan Francia, Penn (2004) • Rowing - United States, Gold
Michelle Guerette, Harvard (2002) • Rowing - United States, Silver
Malcolm Howard, Harvard (2005) • Rowing - Canada, Gold
Sada Jacobson, Yale (2005) • Fencing - United States, Silver and Bronze
Caroline Lind, Princeton (2006) • Rowing - United States, Gold
Alicia Sacramone, Brown (2010) • Gymnastics - United States, Silver
Dominic Seiterle, Dartmouth (1998) • Rowing - Canada, Gold
Erinn Smart, Columbia (2002) • Fencing - United States, Silver
Josh West, Yale (1998) • Rowing - Great Britain, Silver
James Williams, Columbia (2007) • Fencing - United States, Silver

Ivy League Athlete List in 2008 Summer Olympics (By School)
Brown (4) - Portia McGee (Seattle, Wash.); Alicia Sacramone (Winchester, Mass.); Nikola Stojic (Belgrade, Serbia); Anna Willard (Greenwood, Maine)

Columbia (4) - Erison Hurtault (Aberdeen, N.J.); Courtney King-Dye (New Milford, Conn.); Erinn Smart (Brooklyn N.Y.); James Williams (San Francisco, Calif.)

Cornell (2) - Ken Jurkowsky (New Fairfield, Conn.); Jennifer Kaido (West Leyden, N.Y.)

Dartmouth (4) - Craig Henderson (Wellington, New Zealand); Adam Nelson (Atlanta, Ga.); Dominic Seiterle (Victoria, British Columbia); Jarrod Shoemaker (Sudbury, Mass.)

Harvard (9) - James Blake (Tampa, Fla.); Emily Cross (New York, N.Y.); Caryn Davies (Ithaca, N.Y.); Michelle Guerette (Bristol, Conn.); Malcolm Howard (Victoria, British Columbia); Noam Mills (Kfar Saba, Israel); Patrick Todd (Cincinnati, Ohio); Cameron Winklevoss (Greenwich, Conn.); Tyler Winklevoss (Greenwich, Conn.)

Penn (2) - Susan Francia (Abington, Pa.); Tom Paradiso (Blue Bell, Pa.)

Princeton (12) - Steve Coppola (Buffalo, N.Y.); Sandra Fong (New York, N.Y.); Doug Lennox (Lake Forest, Ill.); Caroline Lind (Greensboro, N.C.); Sam Loch (Sydney, New South Wales); Diana Matheson (Oakville, Ontario); Andreanne Morin (Westmount, Quebec); Lia Pernell (Seattle, Wash.); Paul Teti (Upper Darby, Pa.); Konrad Wysocki (Frankfurt, Germany); Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (Bremen, Germany)

Yale (5) - Thomas Barrows (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands); Ashley Brzozowicz (Toronto, Ontario); Sada Jacobson (Dunwoody, Ga.); Stu McNay (Chestnut Hill, Mass.); Josh West (Santa Fe, N.M.)

 

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.