2024 Summer Olympics | Games of the XXXIII Olympiad - Candidate Cities
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University of Southern California
There have been more Trojans in the Olympics than from any other university in the world – if USC were its own nation in the Olympics, it would rank tied for 8th in the world in total gold medals earned. USC’s participation in the Olympics dates back to 1904, when Emil Breitkreutz’06 traveled to St. Louis, becoming the first USC student to compete in the Olympic Games.
All told, USC’s Olympians have won 587 places on Olympic teams, and have taken home 135 gold medals, 87 silver and 65 bronze. As of the 2012 Olympic Games, if USC were a country entering its athletes in the Olympic Games, its 287 all-time Summer Olympics medals would place it 16th among all participating countries. And in six different Olympics, USC’s medal count would have positioned it among the top 10 competing nations.
University of California, Los Angeles
UCLA owns one of the richest Olympic traditions of any University. Overall, UCLA has won 251 all-time Summer Olympics medals - 126 gold, 65 silver and 60 bronze. The Bruins have had at least one competitor in every Olympics since 1920 with one exception (1924), and UCLA has won a gold medal in every Olympics in which the U.S. competed since 1932.
A total of 398 Bruins have combined to make 650 Olympic appearances.The first Bruin Olympian participated in 1920, just one year after the founding of the university - Clyde A. Swendsen was a member of the water polo team.
USC Total: 135 all-time Summer Olympics gold medals
UCLA Total: 126 all-time Summer Olympics gold medals
USC+UCLA Total: 261 all-time Summer Olympics gold medals
France: 202 all-time Summer Olympics gold medals
Italy: 198 all-time Summer Olympics gold medals
Hungary: 167 all-time Summer Olympics gold medals