A total of 21 current and former Texas student-athletes competed in the 2012 London Olympics. Ten of the 21 athletes accounted for 13 total medals, and of the 13 medals won, 6 were gold-en.
If Longhorn Nation competed as their own country, they would rank 13th in the world for gold medals. Among Division I schools, Texas ranked fifth in both the overall and gold medal count.
Track standout Sanya Richards-Ross led the Horns’ Olympic triumph with a pair of gold medals. Richards-Ross won the 400-meter dash in a time of 49.55 and also ran the anchor leg of Team USA’s gold medal-winning 4×400-meter relay.
A duo of former Texas swimmers started the Longhorns’ medal tally, each winning a pair of medals. Ricky Berens earned a silver medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay with Team USA after swimming in the event’s preliminary round. He also swam the third leg of Team USA’s gold medal-winning 4×200-meter freestyle relay.
Fellow former Texas star, Brendan Hansen, swam the breaststroke leg of Team USA’s gold medal-winning 4×100-meter medley relay. Hansen also claimed a bronze medal in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 59.49.
Jimmy Feigen joined in on the swimming success, winning a silver medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay after swimming in the event’s preliminary round.
2007 National College player of the Year, Kevin Durant, was the leading scorer for Team USA’s gold medal-winning men’s basketball team. Durant’s 19.5 points per game are the most points ever scored by an American player on a single Olympic run.
Destinee Hooker paced the U.S. volleyball team to a silver medal, while former Longhorn Troy Dumais earned a bronze medal in the 3-meter synchronized springboard diving competition.
Trey Hardee won a silver medal in the decathlon, while Leo Manzano earned a silver medal in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:34.79. Former Longhorn sprinter Bianca Knight rounded out the Horns medal tally, running the third leg of Team USA’s gold medal-winning 4×100-meter relay, which set a world record with a time of 40.82.
In its storied Olympics history, former and current UT student-athletes have now produced a total of 130 medals, including 73 gold medals. Leaving their stamp on their first Olympics, Kevin Durant and Destinee Hooker will likely headline the next group of Longhorn athletes in Rio 2016.
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