She was honored for her extraordinary streak of Olympic appearances at the 1968 Mexico City Games, where she became the first woman to carry the U. Nicknamed “Chicken Legs” for her lanky build, track speedster Allyson Felix ’08 took home her first Olympic gold medal for running a leg on the 4×400-meter relay team in Beijing in 2008.
She went on to capture three more golds at the 2012 London Games, individually for the 200-meter race, and as part of the 400- and 1600-meter relay teams.
She won a silver medal in platform diving in Helsinki in 1952, a bronze in Melbourne in 1956, and two silvers — in platform and springboard diving — in Rome in 1960. She won a fourth gold medal, along with a silver, at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
Six-time Olympian fencer Janice Lee York Romary (non-degreed, attended 1948-50) competed in every Summer Olympics from 1948 to 1968 — the most of any Trojan. Although she failed to medal in Atlanta in 1996, she had the honor of passing the Olympic torch to Muhammad Ali during the opening ceremonies.
Troy’s first Olympic gold medalist, Fred Kelly ’16, was a USC freshman when he won in the 110-meter high hurdles at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics.
She was the first Trojan woman to capture Olympic gold in the 200-meter dash and the first USC runner to win gold in this event since Don Quarrie won the men’s 200-meter in 1976.Swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg ’99 won his first three gold medals in each of the events he competed in at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney (100-meter backstroke, 200-meter backstroke and 4×100-meter medley relay), also establishing new Olympic records in the first two events.