If Stanford University were a country, they would have tied CUBA for 12th in total medals with 24 and tied Italy for 9th in Gold Medals with 8
With the gold and silver-medal winning efforts of six Cardinal athletes in men's water polo and men's volleyball, Stanford athletes have now combined to win a school-record 25 medals in Beijing (eight gold, 12 silver and four bronze).
This phenomenal medal haul, won by 24 current and former Stanford athletes, is three better than the previous record of 21 medals accumulated by Stanford affiliates at the 1924 Olympics in Paris, France.
As the Beijing Games reached its penultimate day of competition, six Stanford athletes helped a pair of U.S. Teams reach heights unattained in 20 years. In the pool, the quartet of Tony Azevedo '05, Layne Beaubin, Peter Varellas '06 and Peter Hudnut '03 led an incredible run by the unheralded United States men's water polo team to a silver medal - its highest Olympic finish since 1988. On the volleyball court, Stanford grads Kevin Hansen '04 and Gabe Gardner '00 were part of a United States men's squad that culminated an emotional Olympics by bringing home gold for the first time since 1988.
All told, 23 current and former Stanford athletes have combined to win 24 medals - equalling the school record