UC IRVINE OLYMPIC FACTS
At least four UCI athletes have been selected to various national teams in each of the last 11 Summer Olympic Games (including 2016)
UCI athletes have earned a total of 23 medals at the previous Summer Olympics (six gold, 16 silver and one bronze).
UCI tops Big West Conference schools with 8 Olympic representatives and is third most among UC schools behind Cal and UCLA.
Three UCI alums have each competed in four Summer Olympics (Ryan Bailey, water polo; Lanee Butler-Beashel, sailing; Greg Louganis, diving).
UCI head women’s water polo coach Dan Klatt has participated in the Summer Olympics both as an athlete (2004 men’s water polo) and as an assistant coach (2012 and 2016 women’s water polo).
Four-time Olympic gold-medalist Greg Louganis (’83) was the featured commencement speaker for the Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences in 2015.
Former two-time UCI All-American Kevin Tillie is a member of this year’s French Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team, coached by his father, Laurent. Kevin's brother, Kim, plays for the French Olympic Men's Basketball team. Kevin received the Outstanding Student-Athlete award at the 2013 Lauds & Laurels gala.
Women’s track athlete Persis William-Mensah and badminton player Phillip Chew are current UCI students. William-Mensah is majoring in biological sciences, while Chew is majoring in business economics.
William-Mensah is the first Olympic competitor while still a current UCI student-athlete since Lara Bjargardottir swam for her native Iceland at the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece.