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USC Olympians Virtual Speaker Series Set

Sep 18, 2020

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LOS ANGELES—"Cardinal & Gold Conversations With USC Olympians," a four-session virtual speaker series featuring some of the greatest names in USC's storied Olympic heritage, including Allyson Felix, April Ross, John Naber and Amy Rodriguez, will be held monthly through the end of 2020.

The online series, free to all Trojan fans, is sponsored by the Trojan Athletic Fund and the Heritage Association.

Each one-hour session, which will begin with a moderated Q&A with the Olympians and then open up to questions from the public, begins at 4 p.m. PT.

USC has produced more Olympians, medalists and gold medalists than any other U.S. university.  A Trojan has won a gold medal at every Summer Olympics since 1912.

The series' first session, on Sept. 23, will celebrate USC's Olympic indoor and beach volleyball tradition.  Panelists will include beach great April Ross (2012 silver medalist, 2016 bronze) and indoor stars Murphy Troy (2016 bronze) and Nicole Davis (2008 and 2012 silvers).  Current women's beach volleyball head coach Dain Blanton (2000 gold) will moderate. Sign up HERE.

USC's unprecedented Olympic track and field history will be the topic of the Oct. 14 session. It will feature sprinters Allyson Felix (6 golds, 3 silvers) and Andre De Grasse (1 silver, 2 bronzes in 2016) and hurdler Nia Ali (2016 silver). Sign up HERE

On Nov. 18, Troy's remarkable Olympics aquatics heritage will be highlighted. Joining the session will be swimmers Ous Mellouli (gold in 2008, gold and bronze in 2012) and Haley Anderson (2012 silver) and water polo players Kaleigh Gilchrist (2016 gold) and J.W. Krumpholz (2008 silver). Trojan legend John Naber, who won 4 gold medals and a silver at the 1976 Olympics, will moderate. Sign up HERE

The series concludes with a Dec. 9 session featuring a trio of USC Olympic greats, basketball's Cynthia Cooper-Dyke (1988 gold, 1992 bronze), soccer's Amy Rodriguez (golds in 2008 and 2012) and tennis' Steve Johnson (2016 bronze). Sign up HERE

Founded in 1923, the Trojan Athletic Fund (TAF) provides direct funding for USC Athletics' 21 varsity sports. TAF members form a global group of more than 8,000 alumni, parents, former student-athletes and friends who collectively contribute to the annual educational and competitive success of more than 650 Trojan student-athletes. To learn more about the Trojan Athletic Fund and ways to support USC student-athletes, visit

The Heritage Association is USC's student-athlete alumni network and is comprised of over 750 active members.  The mission of the Heritage Association is to create a united community among USC's student-athlete alumni through philanthropy.

Sept. 23 April Ross (beach volleyball)
Murphy Troy (volleyball)
Nicole Davis (volleyball)
Dain Blanton (women's beach volleyball coach)
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Oct. 14 Allyson Felix (track & field)
Andre De Grasse (track & field)
Nia Ali (track & field)
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Nov. 18 Ous Mellouli (swim & dive)
Haley Anderson (swim & dive)
Kaleigh Gilchrist (water polo)
J.W. Krumpholz (water polo)
John Naber (swim & dive)
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Dec. 9 Cynthia Cooper-Dyke (basketball)
Amy Rodriguez (soccer)
Steve Johnson (tennis)
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