Princeton has ended the 2012 Olympics with one final honor (though not exactly a medal). David Blatt ’81 has coached the Russian men’s basketball team to a bronze. In the bronze medal game, Blatt’s team defeated the Argentine men’s team 81 to 77. Russia edges Argentina for men's basketball bronze Blatt '81 Guides Russia to Final Day of Olympic Hoops
Princetonians end these games with seven medals--one gold, two silver and four bronze. Medals were won by graduates competing for the U.S. and Canadian teams in rowing, soccer and fencing with near misses in field hockey and track and field. Olympics Update: Princetonians win medals Tigers in London: College achievements
“We’ve been through Princeton’s success in London plenty of times: 15 Olympians, seven medalists and surprisingly great performances by some others. Princeton has the second-most Olympians per student [among all colleges]. [Stanford has the most]; and even in the total number of Olympians, the Tigers are first among non-BCS schools, as we mentioned last week.
So let’s take a look back at history: What did these world-class athletes accomplish during their Princeton careers? . . . (continued)”
“The last time Princetonians won at least six medals in a single Olympics was … the very first one, in 1896, when Tigers reached the podium seven times. (Four of those came courtesy of Robert Garrett, Class of 1897, back in the days when an athlete such as Garrett could enter the discus event without ever having thrown one competitively and still beat everybody else.) Before this year, Princeton had never had more than four different athletes win medals in a single Games. Tigers in London: Making history
“The Tigers’ medal haul remains historic in an Ivy League context. Harvard earned six medals in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin (all in women’s ice hockey, when six players on the American and Canadian teams reached the final). Before that, the last time at least six members of an Ivy took home medals was 40 years ago, when seven Crimsonites medaled in Munich. Yale turned the trick in 1964, and Harvard and Yale both did so in 1948, but it has been an extremely rare feat in the modern Olympic era.
Here’s one more: If Princeton broke away from the United States and declared the Orange Bubble a sovereign nation (which, let’s be honest, isn’t all that hard to imagine), not only would it be a pain to go through customs each time you wanted to ride the Dinky, but Princeton would be tied for 15th in the current medal count, even with Brazil and ahead of Mexico and Spain. . . . (continued)”