Of the 14,000 athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, the 11 young men and women with ties to the University of Virginia – including a pair of gold medal winners– constitute one of the more successful "nations."
"The university community is proud of the efforts of our student athletes that are competing on the biggest stage of all," Virginia Athletic Director Craig Littlepage says in email.
Four of the now and future Cavaliers competing in London are swimmers, including Switzerland’s David Karasek (UVA Class of ’12). Breaking his own Swiss national record in the event with a time of 2:01.35, he finished 28th in the men's 200-meter individual medley, while countryman and incoming UVA freshman, Yannick Kaeser (’16), the national record holder in the men’s 200m breaststroke, finished 24th in his event.
The big UVA swim winners were Matt McLean (’11) and Lauren Perdue (’13), each earning a gold medal as a member of their respective 200-meter freestyle relay. Perdue says she underwent back surgery five months ago and never expected to make the Olympics, let alone win a gold.