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WCC Olympic Athletes

Aug. 1, 2008

WCC OLYMPIC ATHLETES

Twenty current and former WCC student-athletes and coaches, representing six different countries, competed against the best that the world had to offer in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. With the XXIX Olympiad coming to a close on August 24, 2008, the world looks back at one of the most memorable Olympic Games. The WCC was well represented on the medal podium as 11 of the 20 WCC representatives earned a medal in their respective sports.

WCC MEDAL COUNT
NAME SCHOOL
SPORT
COUNTRY
MEDAL
Simon Aspelin

MEN'S TENNIS
SWEDEN

Rob Browning

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL
(Team Leader)

UNITED STATES

Stephanie Cox

WOMEN'S SOCCER

UNITED STATES

Merrill Moses

MEN'S WATER POLO

UNITED STATES

Reid Priddy

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL

UNITED STATES

Sean Rooney

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL

UNITED STATES

Terry Schroeder
(Head Coach)

MEN'S WATER POLO

UNITED STATES

Jesse Smith

MEN'S WATER POLO

UNITED STATES

Jeff Stevens

BASEBALL

UNITED STATES

Troy Tanner
Coach of Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh

WOMEN'S BEACH VOLLEYBALL

UNITED STATES

Aly Wagner

WOMEN'S SOCCER

UNITED STATES

WCC IN THE 2008 BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES

Below is a list of all of the current and former WCC student-athletes that participated in the Olympic games. Read their stories and follow their journey as they represented their countries on the ultimate stage.

Athletes are listed alphabetically


Warren Anderson
SCHOOL: Loyola Marymount
YEARS: 2003-06
SPORT: Men's Crew (alternate)
COUNTRY: United States
NEWS LINKS:
- Row, row, row your Olympic boat
Simon Aspelin
SCHOOL: Pepperdine
YEARS: 1994-97
SPORT: Men's Tennis
COUNTRY: Sweden
NEWS LINKS:
-Olympic silver never far from proud Swede Aspelin
-Aspelin Wins Silver Medal at Olympics
-Aspelin reaches Olympics Doubles Finals against Swiss' Federer
- Pepperdine Alums Get Ready for Olympics
- Aspelin, Knowle win U.S. Open men's doubles title
Rob Browning (Team Leader)
SCHOOL: Saint Mary's
YEARS: Current Head Coach WVB
SPORT: Men's Volleyball
COUNTRY: United States
NEWS LINKS:
-Rob Browning's Blog from Beijing
-Tragedy weighing on U.S. volleyball coach
- Browning to Attend Third Straight Olympics
Stephanie Cox
SCHOOL: Portland
YEARS: 2003-07
SPORT: Women's Soccer
COUNTRY: United States
NEWS LINKS:
-Elk Grove Soccer Star Wins Olympic Gold Medal
-Cox helps lead U.S. to only goal in shutout of Japan
- Local athlete defends gold
- This Second Chance Could Be Golden: Stephanie Cox' Return to the Olympic Team
- U.S. WNT Arrives in China, Travels to Qinhuangdao for First Matches
- Cox Named To USA Olympic Team
- Cox Named 2008 Mike Gilleran WCC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
- Cox Official U.S. Soccer Bio
Brian Goorjian (Head Coach)
SCHOOL: Pepperdine
YEARS: 1974-76
SPORT: Men's Basketball
COUNTRY: Australia
NEWS LINKS:
-Goorjian a keeper: Coach K
-Team USA heads to medal round against its toughest challenger
-Boomers keep medal hopes alive
-'Give Bogut a fair go': Goorjian
-Boomers crush Iran
-Boomers coach Brian Goorjian defends superstar Andrew Bogut
-Boomers desperately seeking solutions
-Goorjian lauds most talented squad in six years
- Goorjian nervous over Dream Team test
- Goorjian hard at work getting Boomers ready for Beijing
- Boomers just hitting full pace: Goorjian
- Goorjian finds his happy place
Matt Madigan (Head Coach)
SCHOOL: Santa Clara
YEARS: 1987-91
SPORT: Women's Quad Scull
COUNTRY: United States
NEWS LINKS:
- Local leads U.S. rowing team to Beijing
- FortiusOne Takes Teamwork From the Office to the River
- Two Former Broncos To Represent The U.S. In Beijing
Derek Mandell
SCHOOL: Portland
YEARS: 2004-08
SPORT: Men's Track & Field
COUNTRY: Guam
NEWS LINKS:
-Mandell Sets PR in the 800 at Beijing Olympics
- Former Portland Pilots runner closing in on Olympic dream
- Mandell to Run for Guam in the 2008 Summer Olympics
- Guam's Olympic Team Prepares for Beijing
Patrick Mills
SCHOOL: Saint Mary's
YEARS: 2007-present
SPORT: Men's Basketball
COUNTRY: Australia
NEWS LINKS:
-U.S. team, an easy winner, impressed with St. Mary's Mills
-U.S. rolls, but Mills shines
-Coaches tip Mills to join NBA
-Odds and ends with Patrick Mills
-Saint Mary's star Mills stands out at Olympics
-Manu on Mills: He's going to be great
-Mills Scores Game-High 22 Points Against Argentina
-No way to celebrate birthday for Mills
-Patrick Mills a flag-bearer for his people
-Dream Team talks up Boomers' Olympic Games chances
- Mills Shines In Pre-Olympic Loss Against Team USA
- Mills Scores 14 as Australia Drops 95-91 Thriller To Manu Ginobili and Defending Gold Medal Champs Argentina
- Mills a boon for Boomers
- Patrick Mills prepares for first Olympics
- Olympics Interview: Patrick Mills (Audio)
- Australia vs. USA Game to be Broadcast at McCovey's Restaurant
- Mills' Olympic Dream Becomes A Reality
Merrill Moses
SCHOOL: Pepperdine
YEARS: 1997-00
SPORT: Men's Water Polo
COUNTRY: United States
NEWS LINKS:
-Moses, U.S. men can't deny Hungary third consecutive water polo gold
-Moses Keeps The U.S. Afloat
-U.S. and Hungary to meet for men's gold
-US water polo wins again, advances at Olympics
-U.S. win over China not easy
-Former Peninsula water polo star Moses fulfills his Olympic dream
-Link to Merrill's Blog on NBC.com
- Merrill Moses Hopes to Lead Men's Water Polo Team to Olympic Podium
- Olympic Fire Rekindled
- Getting To Know USA Olympic Water Polo Player Merrill Moses
- One on one with Merrill Moses
Haley Nemra
SCHOOL: San Francisco
YEARS: Incoming Freshman
SPORT: Women's Track & Field
COUNTRY: Marshall Islands
NEWS LINKS:
-Marysville-Pilchuck grad Haley Nemra lives an Olympic dream
-Nemra is over her head and loving it
-Marysville runner: Olympics ceremony 'amazing,' nerve-wracking
-Marysville teen goes to Olympics for island nation
- Incoming Don Haley Nemra to Represent the Marshall Islands in the Olympic Games
- Marysville teen to race as Olympian for the Marshall Islands
- The accidental Olympian out of Marysville
Reid Priddy
SCHOOL: Loyola Marymount
YEARS: 1997-00
SPORT: Men's Volleyball
COUNTRY: United States
NEWS LINKS:
-Richmond native wins Olympic gold in volleyball
-US beats Russia to reach Olympic volleyball final
-U.S. men's volleyball team rallies into the semifinals
-Richmond native Priddy says U.S. doesn't fear any team in Olympics
- Priddy Olympic Blog
- Former MP grad spearheading U.S. men's volleyball
- Reid Priddy Named to USA Men's Volleyball Olympic Team
- Priddy faces volleyball whirlwind ahead of Olympics
Ryan Radmanovich
SCHOOL: Pepperdine
YEARS: 1993
SPORT: Baseball
COUNTRY: Canada
NEWS LINKS:
- Expect the unexpected when Canadian Olympic baseball team plays
- Olympic ballplayers have Somerset past
- 'Crash' Radmanovich content with his lot
Sean Rooney
SCHOOL: Pepperdine
YEARS: 2002-05
SPORT: Men's Volleyball
COUNTRY: United States
NEWS LINKS:
-U.S.A. Takes Silver in Water Polo
-Land of Lincoln linked with volleyball
-Volleyball teammates living in the moment
- Rooney Named to U.S. Olympic Team
- Rooney close to realizing long-held Olympic dream
- Sean Rooney Featured by USA Volleyball
Sophie Schmidt
SCHOOL: Portland
YEARS: 2006-present
SPORT: Women's Soccer
COUNTRY: Canada
NEWS LINKS:
- Canada Wins Olympic Opener
- Canadian women's soccer team names Olympic squad
Terry Schroeder (Head Coach)
SCHOOL: Pepperdine
YEARS: 1986-05
SPORT: Men's Water Polo
COUNTRY: United States
NEWS LINKS:
-Aggressive Hungary wears down underdog U.S.
-U.S. Coach Knows the Art of Winning
-Santa Barbara native forever bronzed in Olympic history
-How did the U.S. men's water polo team get so good?
-U-S-A... all the way?
-Water Polo Comeback Kids
-Americans upset Croats in Olympic water polo
-Coach Terry Schroeder wants more than a 'sloppy' victory
-U.S. win over China not easy
-Water polo coach wants team to dominate
- U.S. Olympic Water Polo Coach: Terry Schroeder
- One on one with Terry Schroeder
- U.S. water polo coach puts value in values
Christine Sinclair
SCHOOL: Portland
YEARS: 2001-05
SPORT: Women's Soccer
COUNTRY: Canada
NEWS LINKS:
-Canadians face the end of an era
-Canadian women fall to U.S. in Olympic soccer
-Soccer girls could be country's biggest Olympic story
-Soccer squad aims to kick past USA
-Sweden to be toughest Olympic soccer test: Sinclair
-Sinclair scores only goal as Canada ends up with tie with China
- Christine Sinclair Olympic Blog
- Canada Wins Olympic Opener
- Christine Sinclair: Ready to strike
- GOALS: Many down, more to go (we hope)
- Shy Sinclair does her talking on the field
- Canadian Women's Team Have Lofty Olympic Goals
Jesse Smith
SCHOOL: Pepperdine
YEARS: 2002-05
SPORT: Men's Water Polo
COUNTRY: United States
NEWS LINKS:
-Water polo players watch alumni in Games
- One on one with Jesse Smith
- U.S. Olympic Water Polo player: Jesse Smith
Jeff Stevens
SCHOOL: Loyola Marymount
YEARS: 2003-05
SPORT: Baseball
COUNTRY: United States
NEWS LINKS:
-US looking ominous in baseball
-U.S. baseball team beats Japan, 4-2
-East Bay baseball Olympians prepare
- Former Lion Jeff Stevens Named to U.S. Olympic Baseball Team
- Stevens takes Olympic pick in stride
- Stevens has talent, mentality
Troy Tanner (Head Coach)
SCHOOL: Pepperdine
YEARS: 1983-87
SPORT: Women's Beach Volleyball
COUNTRY: United States
NEWS LINKS:
-The name is the same, but beach and indoor volleyball a world apart
- Misty May-Treanor-Kerri Walsh Set to Defend Olympic Beach Volleyball Gold
- New coach, new game for women's best
- Pepperdine Alums Get Ready for Olympics
Aly Wagner
SCHOOL: Santa Clara
YEARS: 1999-02
SPORT: Women's Soccer
COUNTRY: United States
NEWS LINKS:
- Aly Wagner overcame injury to make U.S. soccer roster
- Aly Wagner Podcast
- U.S. WNT Arrives in China, Travels to Qinhuangdao for First Matches
- Wagner talks about the U.S. soccer team, her life
- Going for the gold again
- 11 Questions with Aly Wagner