USC's Amazing Olympic Gold Medal Streak Continues With Klete Keller
Aug. 17, 2004
When swimmer Klete Keller anchored the U.S. men's 800-meter freestyle relay to victory today (Aug. 13) in the 2004 Athens Olympics, it kept alive an amazing USC streak: a Trojan has won a gold medal in every summer Olympics since 1912.Keller held off the newly-crowned 200 and 400 Olympic champion Ian Thorpe of Australia over the race's final 100 meters to propel the U.S. to a new American record time of 7:07.33. His relay teammates were Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Peter Vanderkaay. Australia finished second in 7:07.46 and Italy was third in 7:11.83.Keller, who in previous days captured a bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle and finished fourth in the 200 freestyle, lettered at USC in 2001 and 2002. He was an All-American and 3-time NCAA freestyle champion while at Troy. He already owned a silver (800 free relay) and bronze (400 freestyle) medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics.It was the eighth medal already won by a current, former or future Trojan in the 2004 Games. Athletes who attended USC before, during or after their Olympic appearance now have collected 105 golds, 62 silvers and 58 bronzes.USC's medal haul likely will increase in the coming days. Troy is represented by 36 past, present and future athletes competing in 7 sports in the 2004 Athens Games.USC has sent more athletes to the Olympic Games than any other university. Since its first Olympian in 1904, there have been 358 Olympic athletes with a USC affiliation.