These are the unforgettable Olympic performances of the NCAA athletes

The Tokyo Olympics were packed with action and definitely worth the year’s wait. With the games over, it’s time to look back at the medal count.

The US came out on top with a total of 113 medals, including 39 golds – also good for number one. China is second with a total of 88 medals and the Russian Olympic Committee is third with 71 medals.

With so many medals won, let’s take a look at some of the NCAA schools with notable performances from current, former or future student-athletes.


Another Olympic Games, another series of strong performances by swimmer Katie Ledecky. The swimming star won two gold medals in the women’s 800m and 1500m freestyle. She also won two silver medals in the women’s 400m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay.

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Other gold medal winners from Stanford include Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson (women’s volleyball), Alix Klineman (women’s beach volleyball), Valarie Allman (athletics) and later Aria Fischer, Makenzie Fischer, Jamie Neushul and Maggie Steffens for women’s water polo.

Brooke Forde and Torri Huske each won a silver medal for swimming, while Regan Smith won two bronze and one bronze. Bronze medalists include Tierna Davidson, Kelley O’Hara and Christen Press for women’s soccer, as well as Simone Manuel for swimming and Alexander Massialas for the men’s team silver foil.


If anyone has one Tokyo to remember, it’s swimmer Caeleb Dressel, who has won five gold medals. The five events are the men’s 4×100 freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 50m freestyle and 4×100 medley relay. Teammate Robert Finke also won two gold medals.

Adriana Leon and Deanne Rose both won gold medals in women’s soccer.

Silver medal winners include Grant Holloway (athletics), Mark Kolozsvary (baseball) and Michelle Moultrie, Aubree Munro and Kelsey Stewart for softball. Natalie Hinds and Kieran Smith both won bronze medals in swimming.

Southern California

The US gold medal winning women’s water polo team has four members from USC: Kaleigh Gilchrist, Stephania Haralabidis, Paige Hauschild and Amanda Longan. Other USC gold medalists are Rai Benjamin (athletics), Kendall Ellis (athletics), Andre De Grasse (athletics), Dalilah Muhammad (athles), Michael Norman (athletics) and April Ross (women’s volleyball) Beach).

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Benjamin and Muhammad also scored silver medals. So does Anni Espar in women’s water polo and Kostas Genidounias in men’s. Ellis and De Grasse won bronze medals in track and field.


The United States men’s basketball team beat France 87-82 in the final game, meaning the Bruins had two gold medals of their own – Jrue Holiday and Zach LaVine – taking the gold. Rachel Fattal, Maddie Musselman and Alys Williams won gold medals for the women’s water polo performance. Jessie Fleming (women’s soccer) brought UCLA another gold medal.

When it comes to silver medals, UCLA also has representation: Ally Carda, Rachel Garcia and Delaney Spaulding won them in softball. Jordan Chiles hit one in gymnastics and Eric Filia in baseball.

Abby Dahlkemper and Samantha Mewis (softball) took home bronze in women’s football.


Social media users can’t know enough about the family of gymnast Suni Lee reacting to her Olympic performance. If Auburn’s letter of intent to join gymnastics is correct, fans could get more of those videos in the winter.

In the end, Lee scored a gold in the women’s all-around, a silver in the women’s team and a bronze in the uneven crossbars.

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Zach Apple, who has been swimming for three years at Auburn, scored a gold in the men’s 4×100 freestyle and another in the 4×100. Annie Lazor won bronze for her performance in the women’s 200m breaststroke. These are the unforgettable Olympic performances of the NCAA athletes

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