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Published Jul 1, 2008 8:00 AM


Bruins have participated in every Summer Olympics since 1928. In August, we learn about some of the more than 30 UCLA alumni who could be going for the gold in Beijing.

At least 34 current and former Bruins are in hot pursuit of an Olympic slot — or have already earned the right to compete in Beijing. In 2004, Bruin students and alumni captured 19 medals in Athens. If UCLA were a country, that would have placed it 14th in the per-country medal count. Among the Olympiads and Olympic hopefuls for 2008:

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Jonathan Williams. Photo by Frank Ockenfels

  • Jonathan Williams '05, for Belize, in the 400m hurdles;
  • Kim Vandenberg '07, U.S. Olympic team hopeful, 200m and 100m butterfly, 200m freestyle;
  • Yoo Kim '04, for South Korea, pole vault;
  • Jessica Cosby '05, U.S. Olympic team hopeful, hammer throw;
  • Lauren Cheney '10, U.S. Olympic team hopeful, soccer;
  • Four members of the U.S. women's softball team: Stacey Nuveman '02, Natasha Watley '05, Tairia Mims Flowers '05 and Andrea Duran '07.
  • Check back in August for complete stories about Beijing-bound Bruins by Kristine Stiven Breese '86, the hefty UCLA involvement in the U.S. women's softball team by Paul Sterman, and about the role of human rights in the Olympics by Professor Richard Baum '62. UCLA Athletics has the full list of 2008 Bruin Olympiads.

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