Pac-12 athletes rack up 108 individual medals at 2020 Tokyo Olympics
[Last updated September 27 at 3:52 p.m. PT]
SAN FRANCISCO – Pac-12-affiliated athletes took home 108 individual medals at the recently-concluded 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the most among all conferences.
Ninety-one past, present and future students and current coaches combined to earn those 108 medals, which included 35 golds. Pac-12 medals came in 18 different sports and the Conference’s podium finishers represented 12 different National Olympic Committees – Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Spain and the United States.
Counting medals won as part of the same relay, boat or team as one collective medal, athletes with Pac-12 ties helped their National Olympic Committees earn 60 medals at the 2020 Games. If the Conference was a country, it would have finished fifth in the overall medal count behind the United States (113), China (88), Russian Olympic Committee (71) and Great Britain (65). Of those 60 collective medals, 17 were gold, which would have tied Australia for sixth among all National Olympic Committees.
The Pac-12 sent 326 total Olympic athletes to Tokyo, which included competitors from every Pac-12 institution. The Conference had an Olympian on 57 of the 206 National Olympic Committees that had athletes entered in the Games (27.7 percent). When including alternate athletes and coaching staffs, the size of the Pac-12 delegation grew to 373.
Pac-12-affiliated athletes on Team USA contributed to 36 of the United States’ 113 medals in Tokyo (31.9 percent), either as individual medalists or members of medal-winning teams or relays. One quarter of U.S. medalists at the Games were from the Pac-12 (65 of 257).
Of the 626 total athletes on the U.S. Olympic Team at the Games, 132 were past, present or future students or current coaches at Pac-12 institutions (21.1 percent). The Conference’s representation on Team USA led all leagues.
Pac-12 Olympic medalists came from each of the league’s 12 schools. STANFORD led the way among all U.S. universities with 26 total individual medals, including 10 gold, seven silver and nine bronze. USC was second in the overall medal count with 21 medals, and topped all U.S. universities with 11 golds. CALIFORNIA athletes took home 16 total individuals medals, UCLA 14, WASHINGTON eight and OREGON five. ARIZONA STATE, ARIZONA and UTAH each had four, WASHINGTON STATE three, COLORADO two and OREGON STATE one.
Of the Pac-12’s 91 Olympic medalists at the 2020 Tokyo Games, 74.7 percent were women (68). They were responsible for 80 of the Conference’s 108 total individual medals and 28 of its 35 golds.
Conference athletes collected medals in 18 sports, led by 24 individual medals in swimming, 17 in track and field, 16 in water polo, 11 in softball, nine in soccer and seven in rowing.
While current Pac-12 coaches and Pac-12 alumni served as head coaches and assistant coaches on a number of medal-winning staffs, note that coaches are not technically awarded medals at the Olympic Games.