Texas Olympians in London: A Recap
Texan Olympians brought home some 26 medals from the 2012 London Games.
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Last month, we brought you the twenty Texas athletes to watch during this year’s London Olympics. Now that the games have come to an end with Sunday’s closing ceremonies (Spice Girls and all), here’s a recap of which Texan Olympics brought home medals from London.
Track & Field
The Jamaican-born former UT track star Sanya Richards-Ross won big for the U.S., snagging gold medals for the women’s 400m and the 4x400m relay. She won the latter alongside Houston native Diamond Dixon.
Duncanville’s Brigetta Barrett brought home a silver medal in high jump.
Bianca Knight, who spent a year at UT before going pro, won gold as part of the 4x100m relay.
Mexican-American runner and UT alum Leo Manzano won a silver medal for the men’s 1500m race, America’s first medal for that event since 1968.
Round Rock’s Michael Tinsley took the silver in 400m hurdles.
UT grad Trey Hardee brought home the silver in men’s decathlon.
TCU grad and runner Darvis “Doc” Patton won the silver in the 4x100m relay.
Cedar Hill’s Jason Richardson, hurdler and Old Spice Man impersonator, won the silver in the 110m hurdles.
Swimming & Diving
Ricky Berens, took home a gold medal for the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay, which he swam with Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Conor Dwyer. And in the 4x100m freestyle relay, Berens won a silver medal alongside fellow Longhorn Jimmy Feigen.
UT grad Brendan Hansen took home two medals: a bronze for the men’s 100m breathstroke and a gold for the 4x100m medley relay.
Granbury’s Dana Vollmer won three gold medals for her performance in London, for the 4x200m freestyle relay, 100m butterfly, and the 4x100m medley. Texas A&M’s Breeja Larson also won a gold in the 4x100m medley.
Former Longhorn Troy Dumais, appearing in his fourth Olympics, won the bronze for synchronized 3m springboard.
Destinee Hooker won both a medal and international attention as a key force of the American women’s volleyball team. Although the U.S. team was defeated by Brazil in the final, Hooker and her team won a silver medal, and the UT alumna ranked second overall in scoring.
The U.S. Men’s Basketball team beat Spain 107-100, which means one-time Longhorn Kevin Durant and Colony High School grad Deron Williams both won gold medals.
U.S. women’s basketball star Duncanville High School graduate Tamika Catchings won gold with her team.
Marlen Esparza won a bronze medal in women’s flyweight boxing.
Courtney Hurley brought home a bronze medal for the women’s fencing team.