★ UW’S FIRST OLYMPIAN 1912 Men’s Track
A few months after tying the world record in the 100 meters (10.8) at a meet in Pullman, sprinter J. Ira Courtney competed in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics as the first UW Olympian. He won heats in the 100- and 200-meter races, but lost both races in the semifinals.
★ FIRST OLYMPIC MEDAL 1920 Men’s Track
August “Gus” Pope was the first Husky athlete to win an Olympic medal, earning the bronze medal in discus at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. Pope later took fourth in discus at the 1924 Olympics in Paris, and as a UW senior, he won NCAA titles in discus and shot put.
★ HUSKIES RUFFLE HITLER 1936 Men’s Crew
With stroke Don Hume overcoming illness, UW’s men’s eight won gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics with Adolf Hitler in attendance. The Husky rowers scored a remarkable come-from-behind victory over the favored German and Italian boats just three years before Hitler invaded Poland.
★ JACK OF ALL TRADES 1936 Men’s Swimming
Jack Medica was Washington’s first Olympic gold medalist in an individual event and is the only athlete in UW history to win three medals. At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Medica won gold in the 400-meter freestyle and took silver in the 1,500-meter freestyle and as part of the 800-meter freestyle relay.
★ BRINGING IT HOME 1948 Men’s Crew
The UW’s “Clipper Too” won gold in men’s coxed fours at the 1948 London Olympics. The dominating performance prompted UW Alumni Director R. Bronsdon “Curly” Harris to lobby the State Legislature for a shellhouse on campus. Conibear Shellhouse opened a year later.
★ GIRL POWER 1972 Women’s Swimming
Lynn Colella became the first UW woman to win an Olympic medal, earning silver in the 200-meter butterfl y at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. UCLA’s Karen Moe won gold and set the world record while Stanford’s Ellie Daniel took bronze, giving the Pac-8 a sweep of the medals.
★ MAJOR MILESTONE 1984 Women’s Crew
Washington had three women in the U.S. eight-oared shell that was coached by current UW women’s rowing coach Bob Ernst, ’79. Coxswain Betsy Bear, Shyril O’Steen and Kristine Norelius powered the Americans past Romania and the Netherlands for the first gold medal in U.S. women’s rowing history.
★ WINTER WONDERLAND 1992 Women’s Skiing
The only Husky athlete to win an Olympic winter medal, Hilary Lindh took silver in women’s downhill at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. During her 11-year career in World Cup racing, Lindh had three victories, five podiums, and 27 top-ten finishes.
★ SOLO SAVES THE DAY 2008 Women’s Soccer
Former UW goalkeeper Hope Solo led the U.S. to the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She made several key stops, including a diving save in overtime, to lead the U.S. to a dramatic 1-0 win against rival Brazil. It was the Americans’ third gold medal in four Olympics.
★ FRIENDS FOREVER 2008 Women’s Crew
Having led the UW to national titles in 2001 and 2002, Anna (Mickelson) Cummins and Mary Whipple won gold as part of the women’s eight at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It was the first gold for the U.S. since Ernst led the Americans to the 1984 Olympic title.