Gators frequent visitors to Olympic medal podiums
Published: Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 5:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 5:17 p.m.
It was an impressive haul for Florida Gator athletes at the Olympic Games in London.
UF letter-winners' medal totals
Ryan Lochte, swimming: Gold medal, 400-meter individual medley; gold medal, 4x200 freestyle relay; silver medal, 4x100 freestyle relay; silver medal, 200 individual medley; bronze medal, 200 backstroke.
Dana Vollmer, swimming: Gold medal, 100-meter butterfly; gold medal, 4x200-meter freestyle relay; gold medal, 4x100m freestyle relay.
Elizabeth Beisel, swimming: Silver medal, 400 individual medley, bronze medal 200 backstroke.
Connor Dwyer, swimming: Gold medal, 4x200 freestyle relay.
Christian Taylor, track and field: Gold medal, triple jump.
Will Claye, track and field: Silver medal, triple jump; bronze medal, long jump.
Tony McQuay, track and field: Silver medal, 4x400-meter relay.
Heather Mitts, soccer: Gold medal.
Abby Wambach, soccer: Gold medal.
Melanie Booth, soccer: Bronze medal (Canada).
Lisa Raymond, tennis: Bronze medal, mixed doubles.
Jeff Demps, track and field: Silver medal, 4x100M relay. (He ran in the preliminary race).
Novlene Williams-Mills, track and field: Bronze medal, 4x400M Relay (Jamaica).
Led by swimmer Ryan Lochte's five medals, UF letter-winners took home 19 medals. For perspective, Gators took home more medals than the countries of Canada and Spain and would have placed 13th overall as a nation.
The UF medal count included seven gold medals, six silvers and six bronzes. The Gator medal total also included three gold medals won by swimmer Dana Vollmer, who spent 2005-06 at Florida before transferring to California.
Lochte won the first U.S. gold medal of the Olympics in the 400-meter individual medley and finished with two gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze. He had set a goal of six gold medals before the games began.
“Whenever I step out on the blocks, obviously, I always want to win,” Lochte told the Washington Post. “Sometimes you have it, sometimes you don't. I can't be too disappointed. I am coming home to my country with five Olympic medals.”